Plants I Have Not Killed

This blog post is for the person who loves plants but can't keep them alive. I am by no means a good plant owner. I do not have a green thumb & I have managed to kill many plants. I started to do a lot of research into plants that are almost impossible to kill. I've been collecting them one by one & here is a short list of the only plants I own. So far, all of these plants I have managed to keep alive & in good shape. They are all very low maintenance. I love plants & I want to be able to have them (without killing them), so if you can relate to this, you should consider these gems. I do have plans to expand my small indoor plant empire, now that I feel like I have a grasp on the keeping-plants-alive thing.

Snake Plant - Some people also know this as being called Mother-In-Laws Tongue. This is the first plant I decided to buy when researching into plants that are difficult to kill. If you google that, this one comes up on almost every list & article you find. It's tall & spiky & stiff, I put it in a well-draining soil mixture of regular potting soil, perlite & those little pebble rocks you put in the bottom of fish tanks. This plant needs a soil that drains well because it can be prone to root rot. It doesn't need a ton of light, although I keep it on my coffee table next to my balcony door, so that it gets indirect sunlight through out the day. It needs watering about every 2 weeks - but sometimes I forget so it gets watered closer to around every 3 weeks. That's the glory, you can forget & it won't die. You can fertilizer every 1-2 months. I found this plant at my local Lowe's. It's supposed to be a pretty slow growing plant & from what I can tell from the information I've found online, it's supposed to get huge. Since I've gotten it, it's gotten pretty tall (unevenly, as you can tell from the photo) & has sprouted off around 3-4 baby plants.

Philodendron - My philodendron is a heartleaf philodendron or sweetheart plant. This plant also does bright to moderate light but tolerates low light, it sits next to my snake plant next to my balcony door. It needs a little more water than the other plants I own, the soil needs to be kept fairly moist - it needs a peat moss based soil but it still needs drainage or it can get root rot. It's also tolerant of dry air but does like humidity, so it enjoys being misted occasionally. This plant is a vining plant, so if you aren't about that - then don't bother. Mine has grown a little but not much since I've gotten it. Yellow leaves are a sign of overwatering & you can fertilize this plant once a month in spring through fall. You should also let the soil dry between waterings in the winter time. This particular plant I didn't buy in town, I actually ordered it on Etsy from Hirt's Gardens. I recommend the shop & will be ordering from them again in the future.

ZZ Plant - This is my newest plant, also found at my local Lowe's. It hasn't grown much since I've gotten it but I do keep it in a place in my kitchen where it doesn't get a ton of light. It does get some indirect light that comes in from my balcony door - just like the other two plants - it just gets less as it's further away. I haven't yet re-potted this one either, because I'm extremely lazy - but I need to. This plant can do bright to moderate light (although it shouldn't be put in direct light) & will still do well receiving very low light. Only water when the soil feels dry, so again every couple of weeks will do it. This plant shouldn't get fertilizer, it doesn't like it, so 1-2 times a year, if at all & only in the summer. This plant also needs quick draining soil - refer to the soil mix I used for my snake plant.

Bunny Ear Cactus - For a cactus, this one is kind of high maintenance. Although, I didn't know this at the time of purchasing it. This one is also a Lowe's purchase. I used the same soil again for this cactus as I did for the snake plant. This fucker has the most horrible pricklies that get all over everything & you'll never get them out of your fingers, so be careful. I had to use a washcloth to handle it when I was re-potting. This cactus needs full light & warm temps 70-100 for the entire summer, I actually kept this cactus out on my balcony in direct sunlight. The high maintenance part is that it needs a winter cycle or it dies. In winter it needs low temps between 50-65 & no watering, if you don't do this it will die in the spring. I got this cactus in spring of this year & am working (er, or not working?) on it's winter cycle right now, so if it dies in the spring I'll be pissed. I'll let you know. 

I hope that, like me, if you are terrible at keeping plants alive - this helped you at least a little.

- C

Favorites: November 2016

 A bunch of random things that I'm currently digging. 

Tamagotchi - I have an Amazon problem. This is a result of that. I had a weird sentimental moment where I went hunting them down on the internet to see if they still existed. Unfortunately they no longer sell them as "animals" (back in the day I had a turtle) - now they are "Tamagotchi Friends" - which are weird people creatures. I'm really enjoying it, even though the majority of people are making fun of me. I've managed to kill it once so far . . . You can order the one I got here

Daria: The Complete Animated Series - What a show. I hadn't watched it in a very long time but I keep getting compared to Daria by my coworkers & it made me want to watch it again. I'm not as smart as Daria but I definitely have the very non-enthused, indifference to everything & everyone personality type.  I guess that's how I relate. I've read a lot about how Daria is bland & condescending & a giant bitch. I would like to think that I'm not those things. You can also get this box set on Amazon for $14.50. So really, it's so cheap that you have no excuse to not buy it. 

Gilmore Girls - I didn't get on this bandwagon until about 2 months ago. I just started season 3 but I'm already so obsessed. It's such a cozy feel-good show. I love Luke & Lorelai & I'm definitely Team Jess (Although I haven't been introduced to Logan yet). I've been watching it on Netflix in preparation for "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life" - a Netflix reunion consisting of 4 90-minute movies. It's easily become one of my favorite shows of all time. If I'm feeling sad all I have to do is throw this show on.

French's Classic Yellow Mustard - Yeah I'm fucking weird, I'm aware. I love mustard. LOVE it. Some people are mustard people, some people are mayo people & some people hate both. I am a mustard person. I'm not really sure what this says about me. The point is, I've been craving mustard almost everyday for a week so I've been continuously eating veggie sandwiches drenched in mustard. You can judge me for this all you want, I know you're going to. 

Scrunchies - A throwback to the 90's, scrunchies always remind me of my mother. She probably still wears them. Recently I've been using them a lot more than regular hair ties, I think they can be comfier than regular hair ties because they are softer & stretchier so it's difficult to get them so tight that they pull the hair out of your scalp. So there's that. I ordered mine on Amazon - because if you couldn't tell already I order basically everything on Amazon. I have these ones & these ones. You can probably also just get them at Target if you aren't too lazy to leave your house. 

Annie's Bunny Grahams - These are just over-priced Teddy Grahams but you don't have to feel as bad about eating them because they're organic. They are delicious, worth the money & 10 out of 10 would both recommend & buy again. EAT THEM. 

Maybelline Line Stiletto - I've recently started doing winged eyeliner again after about a 2 year hiatus. This is my all-time favorite liquid eyeliner, I can't do a wing with anything else. I've tried so many liquid eyeliners including a lot of stupid expensive ones from Urban Decay, Stila, Eyeko, etc. This will always be my fave & it's super cheap. It's a very flexible felt tip with intense pigment. 

Clinique High Impact Mascara - I've always heard of this mascara but never thought to give it a chance. I found a sample of it that had just been laying around my bathroom. It's amazing if you like volume. It's a little more natural looking, so if you like dramatic spider-lashes, this won't be for you. 

Lancome Blush in Aplum - I feel like all photos I can find of this are a bit darker than it actually looks in person. It's a matte mauve-plum shade that looks so natural & pretty on. It's my favorite fall & winter shade, so I've been using it every single day for the past month.

Music Favorites 
Click on the picture to be linked to Spotify!

I also have a "Rainy Day" playlist on Spotify that I've been listening to a ton.

I'm sure you can guess what my sole dislike is for this month, I'm still trying to pretend it's not real.

- C