|A really sad Aloe Vera plant|
I find myself questioning every moment with the plant in the last few months. What did I do wrong? Did I over water it? Under water it? Give it too much sun? Not enough sun? I suspect, in this case, it was too much water, but I may never know. There will be no post-mortem autopsy.
I believe in houseplants. I know what they can do for indoor air quality. I love how they look. But, I really, really struggle with them. Again and again, my houseplants die.
My husband and I used to do houseplants successfully. We had several that lived for years and moved from apartment to apartment with us. I had a knack for African Violets. I once bragged that I kept a Christmas Poinsettia alive for three years! I only got rid of it because I was sick of it. How cocky I was!
I've long blamed this house for our houseplant failures. Maybe it's the water. Or maybe it's that I don't have a good spot to keep plants. More likely it's that my attention has been diverted elsewhere since we started having kids.
|This one looks okay, so far!|
Yet, I think I can still turn this around. One of these mornings, I'll wake up to a room full of thriving houseplants and not a single one will be on death's door.