Right around the beginning of December, when the auburn, rust and copper leaves have long fallen and the grass has muted to a grayish sage I get an itch to see those deep greens and reds and I start to bring nature inside. If you're like me, I need plants in my life. I don't know if it's because they quite literally provide the air I breath or because they just make great decor, but regardless I need them.
Now if you really are like me than you also understand how tricky they are to keep alive, especially house plants. There is the questions of finding the perfect window sill that has the right amount of light, how much water the plant needs, the size of pot that provides room for the roots and drainage of water, and on and on.
Coming from a recovering plant killer, let me just burst your bubble and tell you that you will kill a few. I killed cactus. I didn't realize that was possible. So start small, and start cheap. Don't start with an orchid. They're touchy. I bought all my succulents from our State Farmers Market for $4 a pop. the great thing about getting them from a farmers market is the vendors really know their stuff, so be the nerd and ask them how to keep these kids alive.
I also got my aloe vera and larger succulents from Trader Joe's. While you don't get to talk with an expert, they're really good at marking their plants and giving some basic care tips. Do your best to follow the directions and if the plant dies just try again. Sooner or later you will find that with each try your plants live a little longer than the last.
And if you're really against trying again, you can always go the fresh cut flower route. Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and the local Farmer's market are some of my favorite places to pick up some blooms. The great thing about cut flowers is that you can dry them and use them all year long. Note that not all flowers dry well. Not sure if it will dry well? Just flip them all over and hang them for a few days. Toss our the stems that grew brown and limp, and arrange the ones that keep their color and form.
Try to have fun with it. Pick out some bright colored pots from Target or buy some vintage mugs from H&M Home and Anthro (this works great for a small cactus and certain succulents that don't need to drain as much).
Be Patient - with yourself and withe the plants. Growth, in all things, takes time.
Talk to your plants. I know I sound like a crazy plant lady, but I swear that it helps. The first time my husband heard me asking a some Hens and Chicks (succulents) if they were thirsty and how they were doing. He about lost it, but I guess by talking to them it reminds me that this green fleshy life needs care like we all do.
And it doesn't hurt to snag a cute plant spritzer from Raleigh's Deco to make your daily care a little bit more fun!
So try it out, and send me pictures of your own succulent garden and any other new plants you're trying out. Currently, I'm on a streak of keeping an Orchid alive and I've recently tried growing a Bonzai Tree (i'll keep you posted on that).