Here in New England, the official season of Winter is finally ending. Of course you know that doesn't rule out the possibility of our having a blizzard, but we New Englanders remain hopeful and anxious for warmer temps and sunnier days.
I've wanted to move to a warmer climate in the past, but not as much as I do after the winter we have had. Too much snow, way too cold, and just dreary.
I have faith that my flowers are growing beneath the snow cover, struggling to get out! Spring officially begins on Thursday, the 20th and I am so happy about that.
Let's get Spring going! Let's get out there and walk, run, throw the Frisbee around, get out into the garden!
Until I can get outdoors to work in the gardens, I plan to pick up some low maintenance house plants. This satisfies my nature need temporarily and brings that wonderful green into the house. Looking for easy to grow houseplants? Here's some suggestions based on my own experience.
NAME: Crassula ovata
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: Low-water, slow growing, easy to propagate
GROWING CONDITIONS: Bright light; 65-75 degrees F., 55 degrees F. in winter; keep moderately dry
SIZE: Up tp 6 feet tall and 3 feet tall
Jade is a slow growing plant/tree. It will last forever if you let it dry out in between watering. You can stick the leaves into soil and they will root very easily. I’ve had mine for many years.
NAME: Chlorophytum comosum
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: Looks fantastic, has babies that can be propagated
GROWING CONDITIONS: Average light, prefers bright light, but can grow even in shade. Water liberally through the summer, mist now and then, cut watering back in winter, no temps below 50ºF no cold drafts.
SIZE: Can get very large!
I once had one that was 3 feet wide and had about twenty babies hanging from it - it was gorgeous.If you care for it, it will last a very long time.
NAME: Sansevieria trifasciata 'Laurentii'
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: Hard to kill this one! Unique sword-shaped leaves
GROWING CONDITIONS: Low to bright light; 60-85 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between watering
SIZE: To 4 feet tall and wide
Snake Plant tolerates neglect. If you've had no success in the past with houseplants give snake plant a try. Just watch out for root rot from overwatering!
NAME: Philodendron hederaceum oxycardium
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: This plant will climb and cling to bark slabs or poles. It grows very long and can wind around the room if you want.
GROWING CONDITIONS: Low to bright light; 60-80 degrees F.; allow the soil surface to dry between watering
SIZE: Trailing or climbing to 8 feet or more
Although it’s easy to care for, bear this in mind: all parts of this plant are poisonous and can cause severe irritation of the lips, tongue, and throat if eaten or chewed by pets or children – so don’t let your dog or your child eat it!
NAME: Maranta leuconeura
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: At night the leaves fold up just like it's praying.
GROWING CONDITIONS: Moderate to low lighting, moderate to heavy watering, 65 to 80 degrees F.
SIZE: Height up to 12 inches
Prayer plants prefer moderate to low indirect light and require moist but not soggy soil. Do not dry out between watering, try to keep the soil consistently moist at all times.
WHY IT'S PRECIOUS: Nice to have a pretty flowering plant in the house.
GROWING CONDITIONS: Bright, Filtered, sunlight, no direct sun. Moist, but not wet, soil. Water before the soil has dried completely. Warm or room temperature water. SIZE: Between 8-10 to 12-16 inches
Can be propagated easily and have many varieties!
So get out there now and get your Spring on! Go to the garden shop and pick up some house plants to get your growing going! Soon enough we can get outside and work in the garden.
Check back next week for next installment of Magic of March!
It's me, just trying to get by.