Houseplants are loads like folks, particularly youngsters. Sure, this is perhaps a controversial assertion, but it surely’s my opinion and right here’s why.
Certainly one of our writers talked about that selecting a favourite houseplant was like selecting a favourite baby and also you merely can’t do it (or shouldn’t anyway). That is completely true. Dad and mom love their kids equally, or a minimum of they’re purported to, though I’ve recognized a number of that do appear to favor one baby greater than one other. The identical will be mentioned of our houseplants. I’ve many however love all of them the identical. That being mentioned, like kids, every of our houseplants has sure traits which makes them somewhat extra “particular” to us. We nonetheless love them equally, however in numerous methods.
Plant Traits and Youngsters: Fittonia and the Rubber Tree Plant
Take my youngsters, for instance. Each are totally different as evening and day; but, I really like them simply the identical, though my daughter would possibly argue that I favor her youthful brother. Not true, after all. He’s only a totally different plant with totally different wants. And she or he’s simply, nicely, my little drama baby. In truth, I evaluate Leslie to my fittonia nerve plants.
She has at all times been my neediest baby, requiring just a bit extra care. Considerably contradictive, she likes to be within the limelight however not the focus. Nerve vegetation want mild however ideally oblique. She’s happiest within the background however positively enjoys being seen – standing out just like the engaging fittonia foliage, although she gained’t admit to it. Like me, she’s an introvert at coronary heart, stuffed with creativity and creativeness. When unable to satisfy this want, she turns into lifeless, withering right into a hunch, a lot as fittonia vegetation do when in want of a drink. Present the sustenance it craves and this plant bounces proper again, extra vibrant and vigorous than ever. That’s my Leslie!
Her brother Austin, however, is kind of reverse. He’s by no means been shy and by no means recognized a stranger, which as a guardian will be scary – he as soon as practically took off with some random individual simply because they appreciated him and jokingly requested if he needed to go dwelling with them. “Okay,” he replied and adopted behind till I snatched him up and defined that we don’t go anyplace with folks we don’t know.
Austin is very like my rubber tree plant. He’s sappy on the within (one thing he will get from me), but sturdy and straightforward going (for essentially the most half). The one requirement he’s ever actually wanted, as with the rubber plant, is sustaining a sure stage of stability. Rubber vegetation want mild and water, however not an excessive amount of of both. Discovering the right stability between the 2 makes for a more healthy, happier plant… that and pruning. My son is humorous, outgoing, and reliable, but he will be temperamental. Discovering an acceptable stability helps hold him grounded.
Rubber timber can develop massive. Pruning helps hold these vegetation extra manageable, they usually’re fairly resilient to the method. Not that my son is unruly, however due to my previous historical past with home violence, I didn’t need this repeating itself one other era. It fell to me to “prune” him into the most effective man potential. I’m happy to say that Austin has grown into a beautiful, respectful, hardworking younger man that adores his spouse (and baby) and would by no means increase his hand to her or any feminine. He even opens doorways for us.
Houseplants are like kids. Every baby has particular traits and traits that make them the people we love. Every indoor plant in your assortment, and even within the backyard, shares these similar qualities. Which houseplant is your baby like?