It's no secret that I love plants. As a kid I never understood why people had plants, but as I grew older I came to love them. Amongst my friends I’m now known as “plant mom”, because of the fact that I own 18 plants. So I decided to put a few of them in a spotlight and show you my children!
1. Aloe vera
This is one of my first plants, which I’ve had for over two years now. I bought it at Ikea when it was a lot smaller. A few months ago I repotted it into a larger pot because the previous one became too small. It even has offspring, as Aloe Vera often grow tiny plants which can be repotted and grow into a new plant. I saved some of the offspring and even gave some away. In that sense I’m a grandparent now.
Aloe Vera are one of the easiest plants to care for, as they don’t need that much water and can withstand a lot. Actually, it’s easier to overwater them than to dehydrate them. I think it’s very suitable for a first time plant owner.
I bought this one at a cosplay convention where I was a dealer. I’ve had it for about a year now. This one has had me worrying a lot because every once in a while it loses a lot of leaves and I have no idea why. However, it’s still alive and kicking. In fact, there is even a tiny new plant sprouting! I’m unsure if it will last, but at least that’s a sign that my baby is alright. Bonsai’s require a lot more care, as you’re supposed to spray it with water twice a week, and submerge it into water for 5-10 minutes once a week. It also can’t be in too much sunlight but also not in too much shade. Even though I’m not supposed to, I’ve been moving my bonsai around a lot because it never seems to be satisfied with its spot.
3. Aglaonema Butterfly
This one I got for my birthday little less than a year ago. It’s a shadow plant, so it’s hiding behind one of my cabinets. This one also had me worrying a lot as it lost of a lot of leaves in the beginning. Luckily it pulled through, and it grew new leaves. Now it’s slowly losing leaves again but I figured that’s because we’re heading towards Winter. So I hope it’ll pull through again. It doesn’t need much water, especially not in the winter, so it’s not that hard to care for.
4. Senecio Scaposus
This is one plant in particular that I’m really proud of. It started out as a small plant and it has now grown bigger and bigger, to the point where I have to help it stay upright (I haven’t gotten anything proper yet so for now I’m using a straw). It’s a succulent so it doesn’t need much water. I think it’s a really pretty plant, too. But I think that about all my plants of course. It’s sat on my nightstand, so I often see it first thing when I wake up.
5. Haworthia fasciata
This one I’ve had for about one and a half year now, and I love it so much. It’s such a pretty succulent. It hasn’t grown in all that time, but it’s also never been sick or anything like that. So as long as it’s healthy, I’m happy. It doesn’t need much water and likes sunlight, as long as it’s not too bright.
6. Wandering Jew
This one I got from my friend’s mother. She had cut a few stems from the original plant to grow a new plant with, and had given three small stems to me. And my god, did it grow. It still amazes me how much it grew in a few months time. It’s funny because I never really saw any new stems or leaves sprouting. It just.. grew. It almost seemed like it grew from the roots, the way hair grows. It became really long, and some stems broke because of that. Also because sometimes when lifting it up the stems and leaves would become tangled and got stuck, and it would break. But there is still a pretty large part left, and the parts that broke seem to be growing again. This plant needs about an average amount of water. Just not too much and not too little. It really depends on how dry the soil is.
I got four cacti, three of which I bought at the same time I bought the aloe vera, which means I’ve had them for over two years now. Two of them have grown since then, and one of them hasn’t. Which is fine, really. I’m just glad it’s alive and well. The fourth cactus I got about one and half years ago. At first it only had one flower, but now it has grown and has gained more flowers. I think it’s really pretty and just very cute. I water the cacti about once every two weeks. The biggest mistake people make when they buy cacti is to overwater them. The cacti I have have once been without water for a month, and they survived that still. So cacti are good plants for people who forget to water their plants a lot.
Finally, I want to give some tips on watering plants. Just a tip though: when you water your plants, even if it is a cactus that hasn’t had water for a month, don’t give them too much water. Overwatering isn’t just giving water too often, it’s also giving too much water at once. My mom is a good example of how it shouldn’t be done (sorry mom), as she waters all her plants once a week or every two weeks, and gives them all a large amount of water. Sure, some plants can take this, but some don’t, and thus they die. So if you have a lot of plants, try and figure out what plant it is and what its needs are. To make this easier, I found a cool app to help with that called “WaterMe”. You can add a plant by giving it a name and adding a picture, along with a watering interval. When it’s time for you to water the plant, you’ll get a notification. That way you won’t have to keep track of which plant needs to be watered what day.
So that’s a little insight in my plant collection. Do you have any plants? Let me know in the comments!