12 mustards, 6 collards, 4 kale and a shit ton of radishes potted up. Pac choy and turnips are thriving. Only a few weeks left before the mustards and holy basil come up. #floridagarden#ilovegreens#greenthumb
This week I found out that so many of you are afraid of the Fiddle Leaf Fig. Either you’ve been unsuccessful in the past or have just heard how hard they are to keep alive. I get it. It’s the most finicky plant I’ve ever owned and the one that has caused me the most stress. But like I say, it’s so worth it! Here are a few things I can tell you about what I do for my fiddles:
1. I make sure they have bright indirect light. If it’s ever going to get direct sunlight, it’s better that it’s early morning sun than afternoon sun. But the more bright indirect light the better. Hard sun will burn your leaves creating yellow and brown spots and eventually kill the plant.
2. I water them only when the top 2 inches of soil is dry to the touch. Get your index finger dirty! Once I know they’re dry, I water them with the exact same amount of water each time. I base how much water they need on how much water comes out into the base tray. Once the water drains completely into the base tray, I’ll either lift the plant to the side to discard that water or I’ll take a towel and wrap it around the base tray to soak up the water. I NEVER LET THE PLANT SIT IN WATER. This will surely cause root rot over time and eventually kill your filddle.
3. Rotating your plants every 2 months helps to promote new growth. So dooooooooo it!
4. Clean the leaves every 3/6 months with a little dish soap and water. Baby needs a bath! Clean leaves free of dust and grime help give the leaves their natural shine and also allows more light to reach the surface of the leaves. If you ever notice super shiny leaves on my leaves, that’s because they’re new growth.
5. Name your buddy and talk to them from time to time. 😉 Honestly this just makes you more likely to care for the plant like you would your pet rabbit! You tend to care more about things with names. But you should be deeply invested in your Fiddle anyway. They are expensive af!
Good luck! Because even with these 5 tips you’ll need it! 😬🤷🏾♂️😂😂😂
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After tonight’s count, we have about 85 houseplants living under our roof. Which leads me to wanting to talk about abundance in the houseplant community and the hierarchy that seems to build when we tally up our “scores” in the form of how many plants we can cram into our spaces.
I’ve noticed a bit of toxic behaviour when it comes to sneezing at people who don’t necessarily have large numbers of plants, or a feeling of frankly, superiority, for being able to care for so many. In reality, we all have different lifestyles and a fixed amount of hours we can dedicate to our hobbies.
For a lot of hobbyists, myself included, plants are just one facet of our lives. We’ve got full-time jobs, other activities we enjoy and friends we like to spend time with.
I used to go plant shopping as a way to stress relieve and realized it was no different than retail therapy for fast fashion or cheap home goods. But lately, being content with what I have and being realistic with which plants I could care for made me re-evaluate this green hobby.
This photo is from when we first moved in, when, because we had more space, I became desperate to rebuild the crammed "jungle" of our old dwelling. Which isn't healthy behaviour and as I've settled into our new lifestyle, I've acknowledged what part of this hobby became performative and what is genuine and personal. Instagram is a weird space where it's easy to get caught up in the frenzy.
Growing at its forefront should make you feel joyful and connected to nature. Sharing information is part of that enthusiasm but getting caught up in numbers is a dark appetite that never gets satiated. Having large collections isn't inherently bad at all, as long as the intentions are right.
Here's to plant happiness, for the lover with a single potted plant to the mono-hobbyist with many 🌿✨
(English version below) Dzisiaj są moje urodziny. Ostatnie pół roku to czas rozwoju Warsaw Jungle. W najskrytszych marzeniach nie sądziłam, że projekt zdobędzie takie uznanie. Dziękuję, że z nami jesteście, to najlepszy prezent!
It's my birthday today. Last half a year was a time of Warsaw Jungle's development and in my most hidden dreams I wouldn't expect it to gain so much attention. Thank You for being with us, it's the best gift!