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It’s finally Friday and I can’t say how excited I am for this weekend. I don’t even really have anything planned, but I just know I’m going to do some great cleaning and relaxing. I’m not sure if it’s just been me, but this week has been a DRAG! Everyday this week has seemed to just been long and either really busy or really boring. I’m not sure what it is, but I’m glad it’s finally over.

One exciting thing that happened this week despite the drag is I adopted two new plant babies. I technically just have temporary custody of them, but it’s still exciting. I brought them home from work, they were holding on for dear life in that office. I’m not good with remembering plant types, but I did give them names. Added to our little plant family this week is Tam, a vining plant that only had two surviving leaves, and CB, I really don’t know how to explain to you guys, but it was suffering too.

I have a couple other house plants, Carlito the Cactus, Nina, and Terrance. Other than Carlito, I really don’t know the specifics of my other kiddos, but I really can say that I do love them. The same way that you feed and care for yourself, your children, and your pets, is the same nurturing love you should give to your plants. Make sure that you know how much water they need and how often they need it, when to repot your plants, and how much light they need.

There are studies that show the many benefits of having house plants. Things from boosting your mood and decreasing stress, to cleaning indoor air by absorbing toxins and releasing oxygen, indoor plants are great for every household. I know you may be thinking, “I don’t have enough time for that” or ” there’s no good lighting in my house” or even “I’ve got no clue what I’m doing.” It’s all okay. There are plants that require low maintenance, survive well in low lighting or shaded areas, and even all kinds of websites and stores with a variety of beginner friendly plants for those of you just getting started.

On my very short list of things to do this weekend, I do plan on trying to find a few more babies to add to our plant family. I encourage everyone to start a plant family; make sure to name each one and raise them well. The best reward of plant parenting is looking back and seeing the growth. A great addition to every home without breaking the bank is a new plant. Remember, the grass is greener wherever you water it, why not get some new perspective on that statement?

From left to right: Carlito the Cactus, Nina, and Terrance on their new shelf
Tam and CB when I got them home
CB after being repotted with new soil after removing dead leaves
Tam’s only surviving leaves in water waiting to grow new roots so I can repot her.

One reply on “Plant Parenting”

I love it. The one that’s currently waiting to root in water, I find it’s best if you want at least two weeks after the longest root is noticeable. It will bounce back just fine and they grow like crazy! 😊

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