Green stuff

One of the things I really missed when we stayed on the island last year, was taking care of plants. I’ve always had lots of them (long before it was a trend). But with all the traveling back and forth it just wasn’t an option, unless I wanted a lot of dead plants on my conscience.
But in January, when I knew we would stay longer this year, there was no holding me back. I bought a plant the very first day when we went to the supermarket and I’ve been adding plants ever since (if you follow me on Instagram, you may have caught up on that).
I’ve been meaning to post about my plants for a while now. In fact, I had a post, and pictures all ready to post weeks ago, but somehow I never got to it and then some of those plants died and it wasn’t fun to post it anymore.

Last Sunday I was repotting some of my plants and I decided to take some new pictures and write a new post to go online this week. So, here we go.

This was that very first plant. It’s an Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen). One of them wasn’t doing so well, so I took them out of their shared pot, rinsed the roots and gave them both their own place to grow. We’ll see if that helps.

Lemon balm is my favorite herb for tea. It tastes great and it’s calming too. I love to use fresh leaves, but I hope this plant will grow large enough to harvest and dry leaves too.

I think this is some type of agave, but I’m not sure. I tend to buy the cheapest ones in the supermarket plant section and they’re usually not labeled.

These are cuttings I brought from my favorite plants in Holland. The top one is a Ficus Benjaminus (Weeping Fig), the one on the bottom a Schefflera Arboricola (Dwarf Umbrella Tree). I thought they were doing well and took them out of their shared pots to get their own and then I found out none of them have roots. Still, they’re growing and creating new leaves. Not sure what’s happening here. I gave them a different type of potting ground and hope they will grow roots now.

Another medicinal plant: Aloe Vera. At least I know this one will survive here, though I’m not sure if it likes being in a pot.

I don’t have to worry about these two either. Sansevieria’s (snake plants) are very sturdy.  I had them in Holland too, but I bought these here.

Last, but not least: a pepper plant I grew from seeds. I have more outside (I’ll show those later), but I decided to take one of the stronger plants and add it to the selection I keep inside, just to see what works better.

It is time we move to the new house though. There are so many more plants I want to buy, sow, or take cuttings from, but I wouldn’t know where to put them…

4 thoughts on “Green stuff

  1. i love houseplants, too! your new home will look so lovely with these all around!i might look for some lemon balm – it would be fun to have edible plants in the house!


  2. It is fun! Lemon balm does great in cooler climates. If you plant it in the garden, it will spread everywhere (like mint), but it's also great to have it inside.


  3. Oh, cats who eat plants… I know. My daughter has one of those and he's been eating all the plants I gave her when we moved. Well, some of my plants died (I blame the airconditioning that we run at night), but I somehow manage to keep most of them healthy.


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