I really have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to house plants. Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb. When you walk into her home, you are greeted with an upstairs balcony full of plants.. plants in the entrance way of the living room.. and plants in the kitchen. My mother loves her plants… she’s had all of them for years and years and years! Gosh, I think I may have grown up with some of them! I’m pretty sure I’ve heard her talk to her plants. Did you know it really works? When she is out of town, my father graciously takes care of her plants for her… I know because one time when she was out of town, I called to see how my father was doing. He told me he’s watering my mother’s plants. How sweet:)
I have received a couple plants as gifts in the past. I kept them for a short time, and then just passed them along to my mom. When I visit her, I don’t recognize them. How come they didn’t grow with me like they do with her? Hmm… Well I’ve decided to take another jab at taking care of house plants. The motivation? I confess, the motivation were my Ikea planters. Do you remember them from my hot chocolate party? I used them as serving vessels for the snacks. I thought they were too cute to keep them stored away for too long, so I decided to use them as their original purpose. However there is one problem with them. They don’t have holes at the bottom. Arghs! Now what? I had already bought the plants, and I didn’t want to get new ones. Like I said, they are the reason why I decided to give house plants another chance. I did some research on some of my options on making my own drainage system. One of them is trying to put holes in the bottom of the planters myself. The second was to do the double potting method with rocks at the bottom.
I went with the double potting method. I filled the Ikea planters with rocks, and placed the plants still in their original plastic pot in the planters on top of the rocks. I’m not sure if I went about it correctly. Maybe some of you guys can enlighten me:) I do drain the water from the Ikea pots each time I water the plants. It’s not so bad, but I think if it starts to become tedious I may just try to punch some holes in the bottom myself. Also, I do assume eventually one day I will have to place them in bigger pots. Yes.. no?
I thought to have a little bit more fun with my planters, so I created cute labels for each pot out of chalkboard vinyl with my Silhouette. I love this stuff!
You can write anything you want on the label. Here I labeled them with the type of light that is needed for each plant. Since I don’t have much light coming into my condo, I had to go with low and medium light plants.
How about some words of encouragement for your plants! Words that encourage growth, showing love, and telling them just how pretty they are!
Writing down the date of the last time you watered them may not be a bad idea either!
What would you write?
How do you think I’ll do? Are you scared for the poor little plants? It’s ok if you are because I am! Don’t worry, if I see any signs of any plant dying, straight to my mother it shall go! She’ll bring it back to life in a snap!
Check out my Let’s Party page for all the fun linky parties. You will find my plants and planters at each one!