Weekend Update: 9/19

Hello, plant friends! I haven’t had a lot of groundbreaking weekends when it comes to my plants. Actually, I’ve been doing a good deal of ignoring them as of late. I’ll get to the good, the bad, and the ugly soon. 

This weekend *did* end up being a productive one in terms of organizing my plant collection. Actually, it was a productive one in terms of organizing my life. While I was up in San Jose this week, I picked up a copy of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo at Goodwill (because, ironically, someone was KonMaring the book).

The succulents for #SucculentSunday that survived my mass declutter.

I am by no means a KonMari acolyte, but I do respect her philosophy. And I’ve reached that point in my life where I’m looking twice at self-help books, you know? Anyway, I’ve read Spark Joy, but it’s a reference book that didn’t do much for me…psychologically? The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up — at least the fifty pages of it that I’ve read anyway — really jumpstarted my innate desire to declutter and clear my mind. I ended up taking out several garbage bags of stuff to donate like a madwoman. Most of my declutter involved old notebooks and broken items that I hoarded.  

And yes. The casualties involved a few plants on the brink of dying. I ended up saying goodbye to my peperomia obtusifolia, jester’s fern, and black pagoda lipstick plant. Each of these guys was on the cusp of death and only had one healthy leaf left, so I decided that it just wasn’t worth it to keep them. CTRL + ALT + DLT.

A few casualties, y’all. These look a little crispy, but I swear they’ve perked up since I watered them.

I also gave my mom a few babies (plant ones, anyway): my air plant, golden barrel cactus, campfire succulent, and little warty succulent. They’ll be in the garden where they’ll get plenty of good sunlight. As of now, a pile of undecided plants still sits on my bedroom floor: my coffee plant, croton petra, and calathea zebrina. These are still alive, but I just can’t bring myself to do anything with them. Frankly, these guys were cheap impulse buys when I couldn’t really find any good indoor houseplants in nurseries. Along with these, I have a feeling I’m going to say goodbye to a few snake and dracaena plants in the upcoming weeks. 

My new nesting shelf! The bottom part accommodates many medium-sized plants!

Part of my declutter also involved giving away some of my Target carts and shelves to my dad for his business. I’ve spent an inordinate amount of money on dorm room-style Target furniture, and I don’t think those purchases have been the best investments. I switched out three little metal shelves and carts for a large nesting table I found at Pier 1’s closeout sale. It was under $40, the cost of a basic particle board shelf at Target! Now my plants can all reside on one table! This layout could use some room for improvement, but it helps me see most of my plants at once, which I love! 

A beauty.

Lots of decluttering went down this weekend. However, I did lift my self-imposed plant ban this week. During my trip to San Jose, my family stopped by Livermore, where I picked up a beautiful ficus elastica in the wee hours of the morning. The ficus elastic burgundy has been on my wish list for so long, so I’m glad I finally got this baby at an affordable price: $13 for an eight-inch plant, can you imagine?! The dark green — almost black — foliage and the red growth are so beautiful to look at. A whim drove me to buy this guy, but I have a feeling he’ll be around for long. (Unless I can’t keep him alive?)

This purchase got me to thinking about the plants that I actually really love in my collection at the moment. Caring for plants will always be something that brings me joy no matter the particular species, but I do have favorites. So without further ado, here are my ride-or-die plants at the moment:

  • Monstera Deliciosa 
  • Ficus Elastica Burgundy
  • Philodendron Narrow Tiger Tooth
  • Marble Queen Pothos
  • Snake Plant Moonshine
  • ZZ Plant
  • String of Hearts

I notice that most of these plants were fairly big when I first got them. It’s a telling sign that I should invest in fuller plants that I love instead of getting a bunch of $2 baby ones! 

Look at that little unfurling baby growth!

One plant that hasn’t quite made this list yet is my $7 Grocery Outlet fiddle leaf fig. She’s a difficult plant that feels a bit like a metaphor for my life right now. I got her towards the beginning of the pandemic about six months ago. She started off with a bunch of new growth, then started dropping leaves one by one as ficus lyrata plants do. There was a promising baby growth just a few months ago, but it swiftly fell off as soon as I pulled out my camera to take a picture. 

But when I wasn’t looking a huge fresh leaf just grew out of nowhere! C’est la vie, right?  

I’m just a Virgo looking for inner peace.

Anyway, this was a super long post! I’ll be back soon with a book review — I’m currently reading Zadie Smith’s Intimations, Junji Ito’s Uzumaki, and, of course, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. For now, keep calm and grow on, my fronds!


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