The photos on this page feature the two plants we've had in our family room for over twenty years.
I haven't been the best plant caretaker. Nobody in the house has.
These plants have even withstood a move from our previous home to this one. Yep, they're durable and as the article on Houzz says, hard to kill.
The Houzz article only references the Pothos plant. That's the leafy green plant positioned to the left in the photos. The plant on the TV stand is our spider plant. We've owned it for so long that I had to confirm it was indeed a spider plant.
Plants for the Forgetful and Neglectful
The Spider Plant and the Pothos Plant have both survived my flawed gardening thumb. But they're still my babies. Over the years I've learned to adopt a kinder loving nature towards them. I no longer ignore or forget them. They've taught me to be a better gardener.
As we get older I believe we become drawn to things that grow. Maybe it's when the kids are all grown-up that we itch to help another living thing grow again. I have to say that's kinda what happened to me.
What I Did RightThese plants were patient, they knew I would eventually come around.
These are the few basic things I did do correctly without knowledge or effort:
The flowers in the Pothos Plant aren't Real
The Spider Plant is Beside the TV
- I tried several locations in the home until I found the spot that gave them the right amount of light. They're by a window that gets the morning sun.
- My mom once told me to never over water your plants. So I only water them about once a week. They almost dry out completely before their next watering. I have no idea if that's what these plants need, that's just how I roll.
- Do plants like being close to each other? I dunno. But if they could talk I think they'd say they're family. So yah, for that crazy reason, they're positioned fairly close to each other.
- Once in a while I clean up dead dry leaves.
- I ask them how they're doing from time to time. Hubby cracks up.
- I used to forget to water them for weeks. My poor baby plants. I no longer do that!
- I never fertilize them. Yah I know, I should.
- I've never transplanted them.
- I should probably freshen up their soil, so yah, I've never done that.
- I used to keep them in a place where they didn't get enough light. However, that was just a guess on my part. They seem happy by the morning sun window.
- The Pathos and the Spider plant clean the air
- The Spider Plant is said to be an EMF (electric magnetic field) cleaner. I have it positioned near the tv for that reason as well.
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