My favorite houseplant

I wish I had more plants around the house . . . but the truth is I either over water or under water them.  Neither is good for the plant and they end up looking pretty sad and can actually make the room feel kind of sad too.  I don’t have the heart to just toss them away so the sad plant will usually end up in a special “holding area” in the backyard for a while.  Then I suppose I eventually get the nerve to put them in the green waste bin.  I’m sorry plants.

But the good news is that I have actually found a plant that I’ve managed to keep happy for quite some time now.  It’s been thriving happily in my bathroom for almost a whole year.  It’s a plant named  peperomia obtusifolia ‘variegata.’  The common name is rubber plant.  I picked a couple up a the local Ace hardware store for about $10 each.  For more info on this type of plant, the National Gardener’s Association website lists all varieties with photos.

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Its partner grew a bit taller not as full. . .

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For the longest time it sat kind of naked-looking, like this . . .  dirt all exposed . . .

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Then I remembered that I had some spanish moss tucked away in my special hoarding section of the garage and used it to cover the plants naked parts.

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So if you are looking for a low maintenance houseplant.  This variety could work for you.

Upon doing my research for this post, this plant is very tolerant of a moist environment and does well with indirect sun (full sun too.)  Since these plants are in my bathroom it’s pretty easy for me to remember to water them.  But I do have to remind myself to tone it down a bit with the amount of water.  Also, my bathroom gets really good indirect sunlight and the steam from shower is good for this plant too.

They have been in my bathroom for almost a year now and seem to still be happy.  There was a point where they were starting to look a little sad (probably  because I forgot to water them before leaving on our summer vacation.)  But I pulled off the leaves that looked droopy and watered it a little more here and there and they sprung back to life.  Phew!

Here’s a tip:  Call your local garden center or nursery and ask when they get their weekly shipments of indoor plants.  That way you can go on delivery day and get your pick of the litter.

If you want a quick overview on the MOST proper way to water your houseplants, Martha Stewart has several good videos on her website like this one here.  Man she’s passionate about her houseplants!

Until next Monday!

Jennifer

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