Plant Update – Expanding The Collection.

IMG_0495Since I’ve had somewhat of a hiatus on this blog for the past couple of weeks months, I thought we would take it easy this week with a small update about my plants and how they’re doing In general, since I last updated you on that matter.
A lot of things has happened in the time I was gone. One of which was a trip away for about three weeks where I was unable to water or take care of my plants at home. You would imagine that would have been a death sentence for just about any plant but most of them actually seemed to be doing just fine when I returned. One however did not make it and I had to say goodbye to my small tangerine tree. As sad as that was, life moves on and I bought a couple of more to take its place and that’s what I’m going to write about today: How I saved the remains of my plants after weeks of no watering (I have no clue myself really but I’ll try my best to explain), Which plants I bought afterwards and which I’m thinking of adding to my collection going forward.

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Coming home from tour was pretty stressful on its own but getting home and realizing you completely forgot about the well-being of the only other living beings in your house was quite an abrupt wake up call. I remember being both incredibly tired and jet-lagged but still taking the time to at least water them all before going straight to bed afterwards. Looking back I’m really glad I did that because that was the very first step I took to try to salvage them. They where so dull looking and dry that I don’t think they could have gone on much longer. I was honestly very surprised that only one plant died during that whole ordeal.
First step in saving these incredibly malnourished plants, was water. However you can’t just pour a whole lot of water on them and expect them to be okay after that. You also want to make sure that you don’t over-water them and accidentally end up drowning them instead. So I had to take it day by day. Slowly nurturing them back to life. Most seemed fine after a couple of weeks time. They slowly got some of their green color back into their leaves and less yellow surrounding the edges. I also moved some of them to a better spot in the house where they better could absorb sunlight. That’s literally all I did. Most seemed to take to this treatment really well and as long as I watched them and made sure they had what they needed, they could do the rest on their own.

IMG_0531IMG_0525Now to introduce you to the two newest members of the family, which I bought quite recently on my way back from shopping, with way too many groceries and way too little self-restraint to care. Needless to say, it was a slow walk home.
The first one I want to introduce is a small Palm which I am definitely planning on putting outside once it’s big and strong enough. There wasn’t much information given with this one but after a little bit of researching I think the species more specifically is a Dwarven Chusan Palm Tree.
The reason I chose this plant is because I’ve always wanted a palm. They’re so lush and green and can take quite a bit of heat, which is honestly perfect for the weather right now. With their wide leaves they take up a good amount of space as well and will add a good bit of color to your home. They’re also fairly easy to take care of. As with most “easy-to-care-for-plants” make sure they’re in a good temperate spot in the house and let the soil dry between watering. Simple as that.
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The second plant I bought was a Peperomia Polybotrya, also known as a “Raindrop” plant. Not to be confused with the really popular Pilea Peperomioides, or as that’s more commonly known, a Chinese Money Plant. That everyone and their mother seem to have on Instagram right now. Though they do look similar (and are actually cousins). I purposefully chose this one over the other. Not so much because of its popularity ranking but because I simply liked it better. I did however end up chatting with the shop keeper about popular plants on Instagram and how many people will buy what’s popular, instead of thinking about what they can actually take care of but that’s a story for another time.
I like this plant because the leaves are bigger and glossier than those of the Chinese Money Plant and also slightly heart-shaped. The plant also doesn’t spill too much over the sides like it’s cousin would. The third and most important reason why I chose this one, is that it’s apparently way easier to take care of.
Now I don’t know much about the popular Pilea Peperomioides but from what I can find it just seems to be a fast grower with frequent need of pruning. It’s also very succeptable to sunlight and overwatering so if you have one, make sure you are taking proper care of it and do your research.

There you have it! Now you are all up to date on my latest plant adventures. It probably won’t be long before I venture out and buy some more though, so until that time comes, I will continue to take care of the growing greens I already have.

Thanks for reading!

Best,

Signe.

 

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13 thoughts on “Plant Update – Expanding The Collection.

  1. Your plants are so pretty and I love the fact that you are so responsible about them! I’d love to hear your thoughts on people blindly doing things because they are popular, instead because they like doing such things. Hopefully you’ll get used to blogging regularly again!

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  2. Ferns and the big leafy green plants are hardy plants that are easy to take care of. I’m not surprised that they survived your absence when you took such good care of them previously! Welcome new plant babies you are in good hands.

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  3. Those plants look really cute. I myself prefer succulents, because they’re easy to take care of, and I love the look of them

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  4. I’m so sorry about your Tangerine, Wiish.
    As a college student, I’m living in a dorm and have a small collection of succulents. Last week I had to go to a 3-day trip, so I made sure I watered them properly and put them in a place with good sunlight before I left.
    When I came back, one of them has shriveled and the leaves turned all black, I think it’s rotten. I have no idea how that happened and I was so sad and shocked because succs are tough and should’ve survived 3-days of neglect.
    Anyways, it’s amazing how your plants survived those 3 weeks. Thanks for sharing, Wiish!

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  5. I’m so glad your plants survived the wait! They’re hardy boyos, that’s for sure. Sorry about your tangerine tree, I hope you got a chance to harvest from it at least once. It’s neat to hear about how you managed to help your plants come back to life. It’s cool to see the success story and good information for anyone else who might loose a plant baby while on vacation.

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  6. I have a small Japanese peace lily plant in my classroom and the kids just keep watering the poor thing every time i turn my back. They just will not believe me when i say that too much water is just as bad as too little. Wish me and my lily good luck, we are going to need it 😛

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  7. I really love the vibrant colours of your new plants! I’m also feeding my plant obsession lately and I’ve been building a miniature cactus army haha 🙂 I’ve also been on the lookout for a ‘dwarf’ lemon tree to put in the kitchen. Plants just bring so much colour and life to a place! Another great post, Wiishu. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I’m soooo glad you were able to save most of your plants! They all look so luscious and green, I love it! I bought some plants myself, actually, because I saw how much you loved them and thought I would try out being a plant mom too! And it’s true, They really do bring life into a home that is otherwise pretty plain with white walls and floors. I have a gorgeous Poinsettia plant, a little baby cactus and an absolutely gorgeous Kalanchoe blossfeldiana as well. I love them very much! 🤗

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  9. I love your love for plants. I too love plants, though I sadly find I can’t usually keep them alive. I would like to get some leafy plants like you because I normally have flowers and I feel they are a bit needy for me. I hope you like your new additions to your plant family!

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  10. I’m new to your blog’s but have been loving it. I love your YouTube channel also. I understand that you need a break. I hope your doing well. Your awesome Signe!!

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