I guess it should be no surprise that my home is full of plants. They fight for the best spot on the windowsill, hang from the ceiling, hide in dark spots under the stairs and take over the kitchen countertops. I am not alone. Houseplants are hip right now and can be seen everywhere. Hashtag #urbanjungle or #botanicalpickmeup and you will see what I mean. It's no surprise as we all migrate to urban centres the only growing most of us get to do is indoors.
Plants though can be tough housemates, they are temperamental, and many of us have a story of a lush green plant that turned into sad brown husk in a few short weeks. Plants are frankly terrible lovers, they don't talk to us much, treat us pretty mean and the sad truth is they don't really want to live with us at all. Plants want to live outside in the mountains, or in the jungle or the desert. They want clean light, air and water and room to grow, so it can be frustrating living with plants.
The trick to keeping plants happy is to choose the right partner in the first place. Think about where they want to live and think if you can realistically make them happy. That dark spot under the stairs is probably not the best place for the prickly cactus crowd or the sun loving peperomia. You also need to learn to read your plants carefully and pick up on changes. Don't be afraid to move plants if they are struggling.
It's also no secret that most houseplants are killed from too much love - over watering kills more houseplants than any other issue. Always water sparingly, your plants will thank you for it.
Plants also need time to adapt, they have been grown in environments that cater for their every need. When you first buy your plant, it will naturally fade over a few short weeks; keep calm it’s not dying, it’s simply adapting before springing back to life. So don't be tempted to give up.
When you buy a plant think about all the above and you too will have a happy houseplant.