How do you kill an indestructible plant? Simply give it to me.
I’ll be honest — I’m hell on houseplants. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Arbor Day Foundation had me on some kind of a watch list. I don’t actively set out to murder our green friends … it just kinda happens. [[shrug]] So therefore I typically try to refrain from decorating with actual living things ... so that they remain living. ;)
But then the Catalog Team styled our new Odessa Planter with succulents. Check it out.
Beautiful, right? Despite my history, I was eager to try this look out myself. For those of you who don’t know what succulents are, they’re basically a whole group of plants that require VERY LITTLE WATER or maintenance. They sounded right up my alley.
So I whistled my way to the Home Depot and bought an armful. They were so cheap, like $2 and $3 each. I was jazzed. I decided to stuff all of my finds into our Coronado Planter, which I ended up using on a video shoot. Here it is:
There’s my seven little succulents — Pokey, Pointy, Jadey, Flatty, Aritchokey, Aloette and Steve. After the shoot, I decided to adopt the little succulents. So I went home, filled up some glass bowls with sand, and nestled the little suckers down in there. I was pretty darn pleased with myself, and they looked so good with my art…
And then I did what I always do. I forgot about them for a month. But guess what? They were just fine! But I started to get nervous, and I gave them each a shot glass full of water. Another month went by. And then another. Then I panicked and gave them a lot of water. Or was it not enough? I don’t know. What I do know is that one by one, the Seven Succulents started to succumb.
Artichokey, in particular, looks like HE spent a summer underneath a glass coffin. Or perhaps was poisoned via bad apple? Regardless of the murder weapon, he’s a gonna. RIP, Artichokey.
Determined to resuscitate the remaining six, I hopped online in search of succulent care tips. Turns out there’s this cool new site called GOOGLE that’s just full of handy info! ;) Here’s the advice it offered for healthy, happy succulents — keep ‘em dry and give ‘em lots of light. Done. You can read the full article here.
Oh. That’s it? If only I had taken the time to Google it, then poor, sweet Arthichokey might have been able to enjoy a full and happy life. Alas, this was not the case.
So, now that I’m armed with the proper info, I’m going to give succulents another try. Barring any interloping by nasty wishes, perhaps we’ll all live happily ever after…