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The Dwell at Kerby's E-Newsletter
November 11, 2020
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Plants Want to Live
by Joey Bokor

I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Well, I guess it isn't a secret, but it is easy to forget sometimes: Plants Want to Live. It's what they are created to do. It doesn't mean they don't need our help to get going, but plants are made to thrive and survive.

I know this is true and yet, I often have to learn the lesson all over again. The other day I was mowing our backyard, enjoying the peace that walking back and forth with the mower brings, when out of the corner of my eye, a gorgeous leaf caught my attention. It was so striking because this leaf was hiding in a huge pile of brush where we pile our yard waste: branches, limbs, weeds and, yes, sometimes our plants that didn't make it.


This particular leaf wasn't just one plant, there happened to be three plants once I looked closer, including one tucked among some wild grape vines. They were all Orbifolia Calatheas that during the heat and humidity of a Florida summer, had declined to the point where they didn't seem salvageable, so they got tossed onto the heap. But here they were alive and thriving in a place that gets no water except for rain, no fertilizer and very little light. But alive they were. Actually, not just alive, but recovering beautifully. So, I stopped what I was doing and quickly potted them and put them back into our houseplant collection. Of course, now that we are paying attention to them again, they'll probably get moody and stop growing. I've already threatened them that if they do, I'll send them back out to the heap.


These little beauties hiding in our pile of yard trash made me really appreciate that plants want to live. It's what they are made to do. Sometimes, I think, we kill our plants with too much love, giving them way more than they need and overreacting to their subtle changes. Be kind to your plants. They will love you back and thrive along with you. Come to think of it, it's kind of the same way with people.


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Houseplant Tip

Since this is our inaugural Dwell Well newsletter, starting at the beginning makes sense. And to start at the beginning we have to talk about watering. For all plants indoors and out, consistent watering is the most important thing you can do for plant health and growth.

Start with a Schedule - To keep it easy, put yourself on a schedule to check on your plant babies. But remember, that is only a starting point. Every plant is different and every home is different. A friend may have the identical plant that you do but water on a different schedule and that's OK. Be prepared to modify your watering schedule to fit your plants needs.

Plants with a Low Water Requirement - For plants with a low-water requirement, you will typically only water once the soil has dried out. These plants are often things like hoya and peperomia. Check these plants weekly at first, although you may find that you water every other week for some of these.

Plants with a Medium Water Requirement - Philodendrons, monstera and calathea fall into this catergory. For these plants you usually want to water before the soil has dried completely. Start by watering twice weekly and adjust as necessary. If you get to a watering day and the plant still seems soggy, wait a day and check again.

Indoors is Different - Inside your home, the air is cooled, heated and, if you live in a humid area, dehumidified. However, most houseplants are native to humid, steamy, tropical jungles. As your plants adapt to the conditions of your home, make sure you are ready to adapt to the plants as well. You'll grow together as you create your indoor jungle.


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