Am I A Horticulturist?

I'm far from it! But I'm happy to report that I have been successful with low-light plants.  So if you are having a hard time keeping your greens alive, don't fret! The trick is to find the right kind of plant that will work for you and your life style.

I have always loved having something live at home, either fresh flowers or green plants but I don't have a 'green thumb', if anything I would say I have a yellow one, which is the color most of my previous plants end up with.  So here is the story behind this green and thriving success:

When I moved to New York City, sis and I ended up in a basement apartment.  Needless to say, we only had two small ground level windows that barely let any light in, so my solution for this dilemma: google plants that don't require too much light or care.  To my surprise I learned that there is no such thing as a house plant, plants don't natural like living indoors.  Which makes sense if you think about it, plants don't grow in a basement or concrete floors, surrounded by walls and little to no light.  The good news though is that there are plants that 'adapt' to living indoors and low-light conditions.  Some of them not only adapt but can thrive in dark apartments, especially if you give them extra love here and there by giving them some extra light from time to time and if possible taking them out to get some sun in a shelter, shady spot.

So determined to find that willing to thrive plant for our basement apartment, I headed to Home Depot and after walking around for a few minutes down the plant aisle and looking at all the options they had there. I found our low-light loving plant: pothos.  No, I did not name our plants that, that is it's actual greek name which means 'longing' but we'll leave that for another post.  So I decided to take two, you know just in case one died, I would have a second opportunity to succeed.

Well, here we are 3 years later and I'm happy to report our two low-light loving plants are still alive and I have been able to repot little branches of the original ones into four other pots.  Not to brag to but I feel pretty good about my gardening abilities, yes it's all thanks to our low-maintenance plants but it still takes some sort of skill to keep them alive.

So no I'm not a horticulturist but next time I'm asked if I have a green-thumb, I will proudly say: "Yes I do!"


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