For the first time maybe EVER I know that I can keep plants alive. I have succulents and cacti that I’ve had for over two years. I can’t stop buying plants and now that we’re moving into fall I’m hoping these new guys survive. Here are some pictures of the new guys and a few memories from my plant journey.
I was one of the students in my middle school made responsible for the greenhouse. Before or during our lunch break it was our job to water the many houseplants, ferns, forgotten science projects and tropical trees. These already struggling plants were placed under the care of clueless inner-city kids during the particularly harsh Missouri winter of my seventh grade year and many did not make it. Over-watering.
After the Lincoln Middle School Plant Massacre, I told myself that I was just totally challenged at all things plant related. I watched my mother attempt and fail many times at growing anything in the Missouri red clay soil surrounding our house. Sometimes a random cluster of neglected marigolds survived in the front yard but that was about it. I never really attempted house plants or a garden until I was about 25. It was grown over by weeds but we still harvested some delicious radishes and cucumbers.
Five years ago, I moved into my first apartment in Portland and I received two house warming plants an orchid and some sort of GMO flower from Fred Myers. The orchid lasted almost exactly four months and then I watered it to death. The restaurant I was co-managing at that same time had great big indoor trees and small succulents on every table. The tallest and most beautiful tree in that place was getting watered once a week by me at the owners request. A few months into this routine, the tree looked pathetic, almost dead. It had to my fault I thought. I had no idea that the bus boys were emptying water pitchers into the soil at the end of the night, the florist responsible for the living arrangement was watering it bi-weekly. The tree survived but could have suffered root rot under those conditions, and became a very expensive mistake. They had to repot a massive, massive plant, it was so sad.
Watch for Plant Shelfie Update later this fall.