A while back, I was challenged to write down 3 things that would help make up my “happy place”. That cozy up corner where you can sit back and relax, enjoying everything around you. My 3 things were: animals, plants, and nature. In other words, I love to surround myself with LIFE!
Because of my love for having life all around me, I am constantly trying to raise houseplants! Now, with all the vegetables, herbs, and flowers I can grow, you would think I could grow houseplants too!! But no, the African Violets died and so did the Orchids. I also tried growing Schefflera, Kalanchoe and even Aloe Vera. The Aloe Vera did well for the most part, until we shared our tiny house with a certain little kitty cat who loved to chew on the stalks.
One day, my hubby came home from the store with a gorgeous houseplant I had never seen before. I admired it’s tri-colored leaves and was eager to try again to keep a house plant alive. First things first, I looked the plant up on the internet to learn everything I could about it. I didn’t even know what it was called! Oddly enough there was no name anywhere to be found on this plant. After searching for common house plants, I easily identified it as the Pothos Plant, also known as Devil’s Ivy. As I read about it, I learned that it is nearly impossible to kill, even if you forget to water it for long periods of time! Just what I needed. The Photos plant does well in low light, or direct light, rarely needs to be transplanted, and is just all around easy to care for.
As you can see here, mine grew quite well, in it’s original pot from the store for over two years! I decided it was time to give it a pretty new pot, fresh soil, and a major hair cut!!
My research said the plant would do better being trimmed back when it was time to transplant into new soil. So I gave this guy a major trimming!! I probably cut about 8 feet of vine length off. It was kind of hard to do it, but I know the plant will be happier for it, and will probably grow back quickly as well.
Of course, Kitty Inspector had to come check my work and make sure I was doing a good job!! She is always around, poking her nose in everything just like this when we are doing projects.
The finished look! All freshened up, cute tea cup planter, with the roots nested in new soil. I shook off as much of the old dirt as I could from the roots, and untangled the root ball a little bit. I also left one length of vine, because I just couldn’t cut them all off. It looks so happy and healthy now!
Kitty came back and inspected my final look and apparently approved, so I moved my plant back into the house to grow once again. What is you favorite house plant? Do you have any houseplant tips to share? Let me know in the comments!