Monday, September 22, 2008

Extremely easy indoor houseplants, without the attitude

Even though the weather is cooling down in preparation for fall and ultimately winter, my backwards nature is suddenly craving greenery.

I got my green thumb working on a couple easy indoor houseplants. The first and probably the easiest to maintain: Bamboo. You know, the kind they sell in the dollar store by the stick, but also at expensive flower shops in asian inspired pots surrounded by polished stones? Well, I got mine at the dollar store when they were quite small. I wanted to give them lots of light and water but I opted NOT to add the stones. I've found in the past that the roots can become entangled with the stone and make the plants hard to transfer to another pot, should you decide to do so later on. So, here are my three hearty bamboo shoots in my very stylish red 7-Eleven Extreme Gulp thermal cup.

Next up, the mystery plant. Pretty nasty looking start, but a quick growing, beautiful plant emerges after only a couple weeks. What could it be you say? Well, it ain't Audrey II. Although it does bare a striking resemblance to the infamous man-eating plant from "Little Shop of Horrors" (one of my favorite movies and soundtracks). Can you say, "Feed me Seymour?"

Give up? Ok, think, Mexican, think Guacomole!

Think, an avocado plant. In fact, I have three of them. I started these plants by eating the avocado fruit (is it even a fruit???), then cleaning the seed and sticking 3 or 4 toothpicks in it's side. The toothpicks hold the seed upright in a small cup of water (pointy part of the seed up). The water should cover about two-thirds of the seed at all time. Leave it alone for a couple of weeks in a sunny spot and you should start to see roots poking through the bottom of the seed, then shortly after the seed will split and a young plant will emerge. Once you see the roots touching the bottom of the cup, its time to transfer the plant to soil so it can get some real nourishment. As you can see, I'm a little late in transfering mine but I'm picking up some pots and soil today. I promise.

1 comment:

Kyle Kunnecke said...

I'm not sure which I love more; the fact that you're growing trees from avocado seeds or that you have them growing in plastic cups! - I can't wait to see your plants in their new little homes - curious to find out what you do to the pots to make them awesome... one of my fav. easy things to do is to take terra cotta pots and paint them with chalkboard paint - then you can write the type of seed on the pot with chalk - it's cute :)