Happy Sunday! I am currently sitting at my dining room table with my plants scattered throughout the dining room. Last night the temperature dropped to 34 degrees (Oh my!), so after getting home from work I whisked my children inside for the night. I'm debating on whether to move them outside or not; it is supposed to only get up to 60 today and drop into the 30s tonight. They need the fresh air, so I might. The topic of my post today is about my Fiddle Leaf Fig! As you might remember, my tree was growing in two stalks inside the same pot. My morning routine involves carefully looking over each plant, ensuring adequate growth and always checking for areas of concern. As I looked over my Fiddle Leaf on Friday, I noticed that the leaves were being crowded too tightly and one had even split (yes folks, my leaf was split in half and yes, I was very upset). I called up my friend Anna, and we decided to split my Fiddle Leaf up into two plants. What we decided to do was make sure the roots were all the way dry before repotting that way I could soak them into their new soil after the move. We took them out of the current pot, used a clean butcher knife to split them down the middle, then set them on terra cotta plates to bask in the southern sun while we went shopping. While we are out shopping, take a peek at the before picture:
So a few hours later, we get back and I literally throw the supplies down in Anna's kitchen and race outside to find an absolute TRAGEDY! One of my fiddle leaf trees had fallen over and looked done. Literally I died, y'all. I was frozen in fear, knowing that when I picked this delicate plant up its leaves were going to be broken and fall off. I creeped over to the plant (I guess if I walked too fast it would get even more afraid of what was to come and die right before my eyes). Before touching it I looked it up and down: Still green? Yes. Any broken leaves? Too early to tell. Does it look just like it did before just laying to one side? Maybe. With the utmost caution, I bent down toward the ground (Also my back was hurting) to inspect poor little Fiddle Leaf. I raised it upright and literally screamed out loud. My two new leaves that I had been watching grow day-after-day were flopped over like a hound dog's ears! I probably could have cried but I don't really do that. Ripping open a bag of cactus potting soil I put that tree back in the pot as fast as I possibly could while making sure it was of course straight up and down and perfectly centered (I can't forget the important parts). I carried it over to the edge of Anna's patio and watered that poor baby until water was pouring from the bottom of the pot. The leaves felt as soft as silk and as weak as wet toilet paper. Instead of pointing to the heavens, my leaves were pointing to the ground (probably telling me "Go to hell" for putting them through this torture). The other Fiddle Leaf looked surprisingly intact, standing upright and proud, leaves still facing the sky. I placed it in a new pot (same pot, different color), and added fresh soil, then watered the heck out of it. All I wanted to do was rush them home and nurse them, but a drive that normally takes ten minutes (Anna's house to my apartment), took me probably 30. Every bump in the road, every curve, every right or left turn, and every sudden stop was followed by me screaming and looking in the back to make sure I wasn't going to snap my poor trees' necks. Charlotte traffic is crazy, and 4pm on a Friday was no exception. Eventually, I made it home.... and two days later, they look GREAT! I was so impressed I did a little photo shoot this morning. So for all those who read this whole post, Introducing Fiddle Leaf 1 and Fiddle Leaf 2!
It's February! The weather is warm, the birds are chirping, and the sun is shining! While I may be done growing (unfortunately), my plants are just beginning. I spent the day watering, fertilizing, and arranging my plants in a way that they not only got optimum sunlight, but looked great for photos.
They love the outdoors, and if my concrete patio was pressure washed, I'd submit this for a magazine. I love the way the terra cotta contrasts against the blue hardy board. Here's to a happy growing season!
So a few weeks ago in late January, Josh posted a link on my timeline for a product that would allow you to grow your own Avocado tree. Uhh....does he know me or does. he. know. me. HE probably thought it was just a funny gig, but here I was watching videos, googling reviews, and seeing if this was a legit way to grow another plant! Less than five minutes later I had a confirmation email from Amazon and an email saying my AvoSeedo was on its way! (Happy Dance). Well anyway, life goes on and of course we all work and with all these other plants to tend to, the little avocado grower slid to the back burner of my mind. Even when they arrived I wasn't THRILLED to grow an avocado from a pit (I think the excitement wore off when I realized it would take a long, long time for anything to happen). As it turns out, the instructions say it could be one to three months before the pit germinates. WHAT?! Who has times for this? So I come home from yet another grueling shift, walk into my kitchen, and there's the cutest little pale avocado pit floating in a little green boat with a flag on the mast that says "2/2/2017." D'awww, Josh decided he'd be a plant connoisseur for, meh, five minutes and grow a tree (Hey, less work for me). So basically, you eat the avocado, wash the pit, PEEL the skin off the pit, fill a cup/bowl/whatever-can-hold-water with - you guessed it - water, then sit it someplace with light for 1-3 months. One...to...three....months....later you have a....tree? I imagine it will look something like a fragile brown stick coming up from the pit. I changed the water after one week, replacing the tap water with bottled water. So if I can be patient enough, I may have a tree on my hands!
I know it seems like I am pretty much focused on my Fiddle Leaf Fig....but I do have an entire plant family I'd love to show you all. So, without further adieu:
Ornamental Peppers. These were a thanksgiving gift from my Gram (11/24/2016). I read that they usually are annuals or perennials, but so far I have had great success with its crop. They're far too hot to eat according to one website, but they are so cute to look at! I recently split the two stalks into two separate plants (two days ago), so they look a little weepy right now. I think they miss each other. I'm hoping they will continue growing because I can't get enough of those rich green leaves and bright orange peppers! OBSESSED. (Click for full size picture)
Hendra Helix (Ivy). I bought this with the intent to grow it up (or down) a ladder I got at Hobby Lobby. Well, during that same shopping spree I just had to buy the lopsided pot and put my Ivy in it! It looks absolutely fantastic. It is one of my more neglected houseplants, which it is totally fine with! It has already produced two baby leaves despite the lack in watering. I have it placed under a fluorescent plant light so it can soak up the rays all day long.
Jade. This stuff grows soooooo slowly. I stole two baby sprouts from my Gram in Late November/Early December and it has barely grown... Which is to be expected from the research I have done. It too lives on the counter under the grow light and is growing more and more as each week passes. And by more and more I mean two itty-bitty leaves have sprouted from each stalk. Stay tuned for its progress.
Ariel, the Orchid. Josh had been wanting an Orchid so bad he couldn't stand it (I am not a huge fan of flowers as you probably already know from my previous post), but I was at Walmart checking out and they had one moderately sized Phalaenopsis left and it was $9.99 so I said "Hey, worth a shot." It fell over three times on the way home and I figured it was a sign I would surely kill it. It is a winter bloomer and had five beautiful flowers along the top of the stalk (in less than a month I am down to two flowers). When and how I am supposed to trim the stalk this spring boggles me, so I have more research to do... Oh well here goes nothing. I read that when the leaves are droopy, it means that the plant has gone without water during its time alive. I have since maintained adequate soil moisture, and the leaves are stiffening right up!
Mint. Mint is a fast-growing little booger! It makes my heart happy because I am human and I honestly get impatient at times. This is the perfect plant for that because it seems that every night before bed there is something new and exciting sprouting from the soil inside this tiny 4" pot. Gram (again) gave me some mint from her garden (roots intact), and I took it home wrapped in wet paper towels and planted it that night in soil. Since I planted it on January 28, 2017, it has shot up 3 or 4 new stalks! Today I fertilized it for the first time and set it outside to bask in the 78 degree sunshine for a few hours (honestly this was because I accidentally flooded the plant and needed the clay to heat up fast and dry the soil out as much as possible). My goal is to get a large bush growing out over the edges of the pot that I can mist and fill the room with that wonderful minty smell.
I also have the Japanese Maple, the Bromeliad, the Ponytail Palm, the Jumbo Fern, and of course my magnum opus (hopefully), the Fiddle Leaf Fig.
It has been a little over a month since I got my Fiddle Leaf Fig. I strategically placed it six feet away from my east-facing window (in reality that was the only spot I could put it in without Josh or I tripping over it). However, it loves it there! I've been watering it only when the soil feels dry to the touch. I've misted the leaves a couple of times and have carefully polished them with some "Miracle Grow Leaf Shine." I have two baby leaves peeking out of the top of one of the stalks and I could not be happier.
I was very hesitant fearing I will kill the tree, but I decided to add some fertilizer to the soil I bought the fertilizer at my local greenhouse and used only a teaspoon and a half for its 14" pot. I mixed it into the top 2 inches of soil and watered the plant with about half a gallon of water. Today the weather is sunny and 76 degrees, so the tree is out on the patio draining. Lets hope it lives!