As winter approaches, I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to post about. I can always talk about garden planning and plants I fancy, and there will be seasonal topics such as evergreens and weather to discuss. As I was compiling a list of such topics, it hit me:
I guess it doesn't quite roll off the tongue like Wordless Wednesdays.
These days, I have quite a few houseplants and I would like to learn more about them and share what I've learned.
First things first - is it house plant or houseplant? Wikipedia seems to like houseplant, so that is what I'll use. Next, should I use scientific names or common names? For some reason, I only refer to houseplants by their common names. I'll be looking up the scientific names and including them in each post title, but I doubt I will ever think of a jade plant as crassula ovata (or even just crassula).
Speaking of which - our first houseplant is the jade plant (or crassula ovata, or sometimes even crassula argentea).
|Jade Plant (and Andy, our one-eyed cat)|
One of my earliest "gardening" memories is picking leaves off my mother's jade plant and putting them in the dirt to make new plants. It seems like we always had a jade plant when I was a kid. They're a really easy to care for, low maintenance plant.
Mine does well in a sunny window with minimal watering and well-drained "cactus" soil.
The biggest thing to watch out for with jade plants is overwatering. In the past, I have killed jade plants by overwatering them, mistaking their crinkled leaves as a symptom of a thirsty plant. According to wikipedia, you should water them every 10-20 days in the summer and only every 30 days in winter. I probably water mine every two weeks.
|Beautiful red-tinged, succulent foliage|