How to: Not Kill Your Plants
For the past few weeks in class, Aria and I have been working tremendously hard on our school business fair project. We were given the choice of any product to market and sell. Some groups chose to sell shirts, while others chose mugs. However, the thing that we chose was quite peculiar for your average student run business: Decorative plants and pots.
Our inspiration was actually pretty simple: That plants and pots would be perfect for the springtime, beautiful and very easy to manage and sell. Well, we were right about the first two parts to our predictions. However once again, our lack of judgement came back to bite us in the butt!
Aside from the many other underlying issues of the plant and pot marketing industry such as:
a. Having to spend many of our weekends sitting on Aria’s kitchen floor, painting miniature pots with small intricate designs
b. Dealing with our (immature) classmates shocked reactions when finding out that we were selling “pot(s)” as our business fair project
I’ll say that the most stressful part of preparing for the opening of our business was probably:
c. Caring for the plants, and making sure that in the two weeks prior to the fair they don’t..um…well…die.
When choosing our business fair project, we kind of looked past the fact that we would have to maintain the growth and life of ACTUAL LIVING THINGS in order to insure the success of our products. And let me say, I’ve definitely learned a lot about caring for plants in the past couple of days.
So here are three super easy tips that you can use when trying not to kill your plants. Enjoy 🙂
- Choose the right plant for you
Definitely do your research! Know what kind of plant you want to buy and the correct care that is required in order for it to survive. That way, you’ll be sure to have the perfect plant to suit your busy day and schedule. For example, maybe you’re a person who is experienced with plants, has a lot of time on their hands and wants something that is really fancy looking. In that case, you might want to go for something such as hard to maintain perennials or vegetables. On the other hand, if you’re a busy bee with a lot on your hands or like me, a forgetful person, you might want to go for something more low maintenance, such as a cactus, shamrock plant or succulent.
- Actually read the instructions for the plant
OoOOoo I know, so difficult. However, when I first began to care for my plants, I completely by passed reading the instructions for each of the plants I got and placed and watered them the way I pleased. I only actually put in the effort to read the “Proper Care” instructions on each of the tabs that they came with when the shamrocks began to die from over watering…So read each of their instructions folks and know how to care for each and every plant that you have.
- Water Sparingly
A lot of times, especially for newer plant carers, we tend to go through a phase where we each of our new plants “extra undivided attention.” What this really means is that we purposely walk by our new plant ever day, check to see if its leaves are yellowing or wrinkling up, and prod the soil around to check if it’s still moist. What ends up happening most of the time is that our plants drown in the amount of unnecessary water that we give them . It’s really alright to cut back a bit on watering. Once or twice a week should be efficient no mater how moist the soil is or is not, as long as your plant has adequate drainage, a suitable saucer or trap beneath the container and isn’t root-bound.
Lots of Love,