Anytime I show up somewhere with my little army of plants, I hear the same story: “I kill everything.”
Now, in order to do what I’m doing, I had to kill a lot of plants. It’s not that I’m a terrible person, or that I was negligent (okay, sometimes that was true) but I was just learning. We would never in a million years tell our kids to quit something because of one or two failures, and yet that is the narrative I hear over and over again.
Ladies, let’s be real here. Plants needs two things: water and light. Plants can die because of 4 things: too much water, too little water, too much light, too little light. It doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to know what you’re dealing with and how to handle it. Like anything else, that takes time and practice. I promise you will not be blacklisted from ever owning house plants because of that one gift a friend gave you that bit the dust or for buying a plant that croaked a few days later. I had that happen to $60 worth of geraniums once – and while I did feel some shame over wasting that much money, I didn’t stop a thing that was overall bringing me a lot of enjoyment. I merely attempted to hide that purchase from my husband.
Human are wired to love nature.
Our brains know to appreciate its color and form, we are often stopped in our tracks by a beautiful scene. How wonderful is it that you can bring a small part of that in your house? You could be sitting in your living room, sipping tea and binge watching Escape to the Country on Netflix, while a growing plant livens up the space. Oh, and PS, it’s also quietly removing toxins from the air. Like what is that? Why would you want to miss that opportunity because of a few misses?
From one former black thumb to another, you’ve got this. If a plant is speaking to you, give it a shot. If it doesn’t work out, compost that plant carcass and try something else. And if it does, then there goes that excuse to not buy plants. You may well become a member of my plant hoarding club (you don’t have to go there if you don’t want to).