The Motivation You Needed to Get More Plants

By Malia Musso – Accounting Major, The Ohio State University

Most people have probably noticed that almost every household or personal space features trendy plants as a part of the décor. I’ve recently felt the appeal of a room filled with plants. Something about it makes me feel more relaxed, and somehow makes my rooms feel brighter and homier. However, like most new plant owners, I’ve learned that taking care of a wide range of plants is much harder than just dumping some water on them on occasion. I’ve had my issues, and with the help of some research and consulting some people who truly have a green thumb, I feel that I can offer some advice to those who may want to start their own little garden but feel they need a little help.

First off, different types of plants require different types of care. I had a beautiful little plant called a mosaic, and I followed the watering instructions, once weekly, and within about a month, the leaves began to turn brown and become brittle and then fall. Not much later, my little mosaic died. I went back to the store where I purchased the plant and asked why this happened, and I learned that the leaves of a mosaic plant are extremely thin and it should not be put in direct light or the leaves will literally burn, much like how exposing our skin to the hot sun causes sunburn… Well, lesson learned.

Next, there are plants called succulents, and besides the fact that they are highly trendy right now, I would absolutely recommend them. Succulent plants store water in their thick and firm leaves. These plants are great for beginners because they only need to be watered every other week or sometimes only monthly. They’re very hard to kill . . . But these types of plants require direct sunlight, cannot be over watered, and will droop and become soft without proper care.

Lastly, preventing mold from growing in a plant’s soil has been quite a challenge of mine. Starting with fresh uncontaminated soil is very important. Also, you must make sure there is adequate drainage in your pot: a hole in the bottom or a layer of rocks. Placing a fan nearby can also help excess water evaporate, and using clay pots instead of glass allows for water to evaporate more easily.

Bio

I am in my fourth year at the Ohio State University studying accounting. I am very interested in the food industry and learning about food labels, production, and growing techniques in the US.

Ideas: www.homemydesign.com

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This blog post was an assignment for Societal Issues: Pesticides, Alternatives and the Environment (PLNTPTH 4597). The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the class, Department of Plant Pathology or the instructor.

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