With plants you are a disaster, none survive. Let’s find out why and how to avoid making them wilt after a short time.
Despite your good intentions, you just can’t help letting the plants wither. You like them, they beautify your apartment (as long as they are green and luxuriant) but they do not last long. Before you make the final decision to switch to fake plants that don’t need care, at most a dusting, make one last try.
We have identified a series of various tips and tricks that if followed will also allow a serial killer of plants to redeem themselves and save their lives. You will see that after all it takes very little to have a nice green corner in the house and maybe over time you will acquire even more competence and you can finally say that you really have a green thumb.
If you are totally denied and despite good intentions, you know that in the end you will not take the necessary care, you just have to go on the succulents that are able to get away even on their own. The important thing is that on the contrary, do not water them often with the best watering can so as not to kill them. In any case, falling back on succulents is a sort of escape and will not teach you anything. Adorning the house with only succulents serves to escape responsibility.
Instead, you could start with Zamioculcas Zamiifolia. The plant, originally from Tanzania, is characterized by fleshy stems as well as the leaves which are also shiny, reaches a height of about 60 cm and is a resistant plant. Let’s see how to take care of it. It is not a plant that loves the cold, the temperature should never drop below 16 °
It does not require a particular and constant exposure to sunlight. In winter it requires very little water, this should only be given after the soil is dry again. Its leaves like to be sprayed with water. Repotting should be done in the spring if the need arises.
Another hard-to-die plant is the aspidistra. Called the “iron plant”, it originates from East Asia and Africa. With its 70 cm high and wide leaves of an intense and shiny green, it is a real show. The aspidistra loves freshness but avoid frosts. It should not be left exposed to direct sunlight. During the winter it requires moderate doses of water to be increased in spring and especially in summer.
Aloe vera is often talked about for its properties. Again we are talking about a plant that needs a lot of effort to kill it. This type of plant is made up of 95% water. It should not be watered often, especially in winter (where a month or more can pass between one watering and another), but when it is done, the water must be given in abundance. It should be protected from the cold, cold temperatures could freeze the water inside with negative consequences. Expose it to sunlight.
Accessories for plant care
There are some little things that cannot be missed by those who decide to dedicate themselves to the care of plants. Let’s start with the vases. The size should be chosen based on the plant, it would be advisable to get advice from the nurseryman if you buy a seedling that has yet to grow. As for the materials, the choice is between terracotta and plastic. The former unlike the latter have the property of absorbing water but if they fall they can break. Plastic pots, in our opinion excellent for houseplants, are available in many colors and this can be a point in their favor.
The pot must be accompanied by a saucer to avoid that when you water the plants, the water ends up on the floor with the double disadvantage of dirtying and wasting water that the plant could absorb. If you don’t like the saucer but above all you don’t want to remain too tied to the water needs of the plant, you can opt for a self-watering pot. If you are particularly fond of furnishings, there are also designer vases.
Absolutely can not miss the watering can to give water to plants. These objects are available in plastic, metal and even design. It is important to choose the size. Those of 10 liters, for example, can be fine if you have plants in the garden while for an apartment something between 1 and 5 liters is better, it depends on the size of the plants and their quantity. For bonsai, for example, a very small watering can is used. Do not miss a nebulizer to refresh the leaves.