“If you say you can or you can’t, you’re right.”-Henry Ford
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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve agreed with someone when they say “I just can’t keep plants alive.” “I do not have a green-thumb.” The truth is, you haven’t tried hard enough.
I am the first to confess that my excuse for not having many plants initially was because I let (key word let) too many plants die. I thought I just couldn’t do it. When, in fact, I just didn’t now how, or take the time to know how. It was ME who allowed them to die, because I didn’t show those plants the love and affection they needed.
I’ve always loved plants; the color, the way they bring me joy and make me feel relaxed. I had a couple plants in years past that died on me. This is because I simply didn’t understand how to take care of them.
This is the exact reason I started this blog; to help you understand, that you (and I) can keep plants alive…you just have to want to, and learn how to.
Did you just know how to play basketball or sew quilts, or change a babies diaper? NO. Somewhere along the way you had to learn.
This year I bought an indoor palm plant. (Like this one). It was very plentiful to start with. Days went by and it seems that all of a sudden, the “leaves” were turning brown. My husband said “this doesn’t even look good, can we throw it out.” Of course I said “hell no!” I wanted to see if I could revive it.
The internet is a wonderful tool folks. Especially reading other people’s blogs, because they’ve been there, done that, and are writing about their passions as well. Somewhere along the way, there is somebody who has experienced what you’re experiencing (I’m not just talking plants here ya’ll).
I had learned over the years that it’s okay to trim dead leaves and it actually helps them reproduce new, so I did this to my palm. Another word for this is “prune.” Let me remind you that this Palm was full when I bought it. In the next photo you can see where I actually trimmed full branches off…
I snipped off the dead branches (which were a lot). I added a plastic water tray container under the pot, (like this one), so that the water would drain, and allow the plant to use water when it was “thirsty.” Guess what? It is reproducing GREEN and beautiful new branches. The brown has stopped spreading and I am proud to say that I DO have what it takes to be a plant lady!
The plastic plant saucer I used looks like this:
I bought mine at Home Depot, the one above is from Amazon.
I have always been one who loves to learn new things. In fact, it’s difficult for me to stick to one thing in my life, because I seem to get bored. There is so much to know about plants, and I am just super stoked to continue learning.
I am also very excited to be earning an online Master Herbalist Diploma through centerofexellence.com which will help me to learn more about the medicinal benefits of plants. I can’t wait to share what I learn with you!