It's Not Easy Being Green

Thursday, March 6, 2014


For my birthday a couple months back you may remember that I really wanted to get myself a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree. But I haven't done so yet because I am so incredibly terrible with houseplants. I know part of my problem is I always buy cheapies from the grocery store on impulsive whims to try to give houseplant ownership another go. And everyone says that you should never buy houseplants from any place other than a nursery. But I don't listen, I keep doing it and they keep dying. I think I am afraid to find out the truth, that it's not where I get the plants, it's just me. But still I want one of these beautiful trees in my house, I'd even be happy with a little fern at this point if I could just keep it alive. But being as I can't seem to keep even an airplant alive so far, I have been showing a little restraint in my desire for a plant that likely costs more than all the plants I have ever bought altogether, and trying to find out how to actually care for house plants before I bring anymore into my house to inevitably place on death row. 

Here are a few links I have found if anyone else has the same killer instinct that I seem to have with plant life. (btw all these blogs are lovely and definitely worth the visit.)

Design Love Fest - House Plants 101 (also the source of the above image - so pretty! Have I mentioned I'd also love to have a studio?)



10 comments:

  1. I have that killer black thumb so I will definitely be checking out those links you've posted - thank you for sharing and I will let you know if I have any success (or failures)

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  2. You can't get much darker than our condo, which has 3 windows in 1600sq ft, and two of which are in the basement. It's like a bat cave where plants go to die (and I also never realized how light needy I was until I moved in!). I've been lusting after a fiddle leaf plant, like you; they seem to be the hot plant of the moment in the blogopshere/pinterest. xo

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  3. i love fiddle leafs too, but i have major plant anxiety! i have never never never been able to keep anything alive and it has gotten to the point where i am just too scared to bring any more home. thanks for the advice...maybe it will help give me the courage to try once more this spring :)

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  4. I am pretty awful with plants but I do have 1 plant that has survived since college- and I think the one thing I have learned about plants besides watering them is to make sure they have a big enough pot for their roots.

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  5. "Killer Instinct" ha! My lack of space is what has kept me from a fiddle leaf fig tree. But I think you should just go for it Christine! Arm yourself with the very basics as to the care of it, and go for it.

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  6. it's too funny, months ago when you were on a fiddle leaf fig tree kick, i started pinning your images and others of them on my pinterest. steven saw me doing this one day and asked what kind of tree that was and now he too is on our fiddle leaf fig kick! i hope that soon enough you and i both get one :)

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  7. I've been curious as to weather you got the fiddle leaf fig or not. You need to just do it, I also have a lot of houseplant anxiety and right now I am in the process of acquiring some new ones (had to purge some of the old ones when we got our cats). I am trying my hand at succulents (scary) and I just bought a prayer plant today (great houseplant, thrives in shade). I am learning to stay away from things that have tiny leaves that are delicate and always dropping off (creating more houseplant anxiety). Anyway, I just try to remember my mom's rule, water & light, in that order. : )

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  8. don't listen to them. I always buy left-over plants from the supermarket, the ones they are about to throw out because they look so miserable. and you know what, most of the time they come back. I do believe there is such a thing as a green thumb. I'm not too good with flowering things, but anything just green, bring it on. maybe you should try succulents?

    [sorry, don't be mad at me xoxo]

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  9. I think I will take a closer look at all these links, because I have a hard time with our few house plants, and I want to change that. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, Christine!

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  10. This is such a stellar idea, you are going to be a great plant caretaker someday real soon I'm sure.
    cheers.

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