Plants in Pots on the Deck
Since moving to a solo apartment, I've expanded my plant collection quite a bit. I currently own three succulents, three string-of-pearls, a painted leaf plant, a pepperomia, two ivy plants, and a big sun-loving plant that I cannot remember the name of. I also have a few cherry tomato plants growing on my deck, along with lavender and rosemary.
My ivy plant was bought on clearance at Lowe's and came back to life quite satisfactorily. It is thriving in a big pot on my coffee table under the sunny window, but I wanted more ivy elsewhere in the house, and preferably in a smaller pot. So I chopped a few stems, stuck them in a glass of water, and waited for roots to grow. Now, I guess you can actually just plant the chopped stems right away if you want, but I neglected to Google this and just let them root in the water at first. This worked out, and I think gave them a stronger foundation. I spent some time doing this on Saturday after yet another trip to Lowe's expanded my plant collection to include a mini green succulent with red tips and a blue-green succulent called 'blue chalk tips'.
I settled in on the deck and began re-potting. I used regular planting soil (regular in my mind - there are so many types of soil!) for the ivy cuttings, and well-draining cactus soil for the succulents.
Now I have a beautiful array of plants everywhere, that get moved at will. Poor things! Sometimes I can't decide where to put them. But there's something about green growing things around the house that make it a home. Have you ventured into the world of plants? Do you have a favorite plant? How about a favorite planting tip? Start the discussion below!