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To want a houseplants that just bloody lives

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Purplerayhan · 22/02/2021 22:41

That's all. No matter how much I read the instructions and follow them, source from proper garden centres, read up on the best plants for the room THEY JUST KEEP ON DYING. Even a sodding cactus went to the great compost heapnin the sky. I see other people's rooms with lush plants and I'm jealous.
And yes, I do have other things to be thinking about. No, I don't have much of a life. Yes, I talk to them but th singing might have finished them off.
YABU - clearly you're the Harold Shipman of horticulture, suck it up
YANBU - they are bottomless pits of promise and money, get over your hatred of plastic flowers

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ConsuelaHammock · 22/02/2021 23:49

Try the Planta app if you really want to learn about placement of plants and the lighting in your house .
Spider plants , aloe, snake plant / mother-in-law’s tongue and peace lilies are easy to look after. I kill all ferns. Plants like Zanzibar gem are becoming more popular and are easy to look after . I’d avoid the ‘strings of ‘ which are very popular atm.

Catworrier · 22/02/2021 23:49

Snake plants are pretty hardy!!

Check out beardsanddaises website. They have a section of unkillable plants. I have a cheese plant and prayer plant from there. They are beautiful and so far still alive.

Also research care needs. Decide where you will put it before buying it and find one that fits that criteria. So don't put a cheese plant where the sun glazes through the window.

Also most plants need the soil to be completely dry before watering. And they do better by sitting in a sink of water and soaking up the water from the bottom of the pot.

There's an app you can also get called bloom. Tells you how to care for each plant and signs of sickness. Yellowing leaves for example can be too much sun or too much water!!!

Wish you the best on your plant journey. It's addictive once you get the hang of it Thanks

Anniissa · 22/02/2021 23:50

Bizarrely orchids work really well for me. I’m rubbish at plant care and remembering to water them regularly so have killed off more plants than I can remember but the orchids absolutely thrive. They really don’t like too much watering so that’s a bonus!

ConsuelaHammock · 22/02/2021 23:50

Also various types of Jade and Chinese money plants . Get in the habit of misting your plants regularly and use rainwater when you can.

Sam1815 · 22/02/2021 23:51

We have an aloe Vera that pretty much looks like a triffid. We also have two other aloes which I’ve found to be the easiest to not kill. I bought the triffid sized one around 10 years ago now and it’s still not dead so I’d say that’s a win. The biggest mistake was repotting it about 3 years after I got it and didn’t know any better so it turned into a giant.

The reason I no longer kill plants I’ve found is that I now neglect them.
I have a feeling (even looking at the instructions) that I was over watering. My ferns in the bathroom get no water except a quick spritz once a week and obviously steam from the showers and baths. My aloe gets a thimble full once a week. My umbrella plant also gets about a thimble full twice a week but this is the one I water most. My spider plant and ivy also get watered about once a week.
We currently have mixed wild flower seeds growing on the window sill for the butterflies in summer and again I don’t really water them that much.

Catworrier · 22/02/2021 23:52

Sorry app is called blossom

Bluenightowl · 22/02/2021 23:57

Weeping fig. They are immortal. You will pray for it to die. It will outlive you

As soon as I read your post, I googled this plant determined to track it down and place it proudly in my poorly lit home. Imagine my dismay when I saw it and realised I had one and it died!!!! The leaves dropped off mine until it was no more!!! Why?

Haveyouallgonequitemad · 23/02/2021 00:13

I have no idea but you prob live in the wrong type of house they need light (mostly I think) and unless you have plenty they won't like it maybe knock the front or back wall of your house off and change it into a full front glass window (if you haven't already) that will probably help

GertrudePerkinsPaperyThing · 23/02/2021 00:17

Dd introduced me to patch plants. They are supposed to be almost unkillable...

heartshapedskull · 23/02/2021 00:20

Abigail Ahern
From a fellow plant murderer...

fabulousspider · 23/02/2021 00:21

what kind of plants have you owned OP?

Maybe you're overwatering them? Or they don't get enough light? Or they have a pest or something?

Lockheart · 23/02/2021 00:27

I bought myself a strelitzia (bird of paradise) first lockdown. It's a baby and won't flower for a few years - if it lasts that long! I left it alone for two months to visit parents. I thought it was a goner but I gave it a good soak and pruned the dead leaves and it is (almost) as good as new!

I'd like to keep it alive to see it flower. Then I know I'll be ready for a real child Grin

dinosaurcookie · 23/02/2021 00:39

@Anniissa too! I have two beautiful orchids that flower twice a year but can't keep anything else alive (except peace lily, as said previously they seem to thrive on neglect).

FrumpyDumpyDragon · 23/02/2021 01:31

I've had my best luck with white peace lily and pothos (the 'Neon' cultivar seems to grow faster for me than 'Golden', for some reason).

Overwatering has probably been the reason I've killed other plants, but these I've managed to keep alive. They seem to be very forgiving.

Sapho47 · 23/02/2021 01:38

Air plants.

I typically forget mine exist for 1-2 months at a time. Still alive

RavingAnnie · 23/02/2021 01:41

Another vote for aloes. As long as you ignore them and only water them when you remember every few weeks or so, they should be fine 😊

Whatsnewpussyhat · 23/02/2021 01:48

I've had my peace lily for more than 10 years and I neglect the shit out of it. Virtually unkillable

Same. Someone bought it me as a housewarming gift. No idea how the bastard is still alive. It mocks me with it's immortality. Nothing else had survived. It's only flowered a few times though, usually when repotted.

BlueThistles · 23/02/2021 02:06

Wandering Sailor

you cannot kill this plant... honestly 🤣

To want a houseplants that just bloody lives
sandgrown · 23/02/2021 06:45

I had an orchid which I threw away as I thought it was dead. I now realise they come back from looking like a stick !

Purplerayhan · 23/02/2021 06:53

Not even good with the outdoor ones either. My blind dad still has a poinsetta I bought at Xmas. My didn't even see the big dayConfused

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Thehop · 23/02/2021 07:00

Place marking to read properly tonight

Mypathtriedtokillme · 23/02/2021 07:02

Most houseplants are killed with love.
Too much water so literally drowned to death

Roselilly36 · 23/02/2021 07:04

I have had success with a peace lily, and tree like palm type, and orchid, which has bloomed twice since I brought it.

Position is really important with plants, I know if try to move them from where they are happy, it brings on the curse, don’t over water, I have been guilty of this in the past.

Try getting a peace Lilly OP, pretty indestructible, place in a spot with light, but not in direct light, mine is on the lounge floor, it’s really big now, re pot as necessary and don’t over water, it will droop when it needs a drink.

My orchid lives the window sill, I have re potted it twice and it’s thriving, in bloom at the moment. I feed it with orchid food and it’s doing well.

The palm type, tree like one is happy in more shade, as long as it gets some light, in a pot in the corner of our breakfast room.

Good luck OP.

Purplerayhan · 23/02/2021 07:09

Killed with love sounds right. Maybe it is a water thing as I've had lots of the ones on hereConfused
I'm looking for ones to go on top of cupboards in a North facing room, on the side wall adjacent to the window so any suggestions for them would be great!

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Stuckforlong · 23/02/2021 07:26

Watching this thread with interest , I managed to kill part of my yucca which I purchased last September . Pulled the dead one away from the taller one so far so good with the existing one , looked for a cheese plant on Sunday but they'd sold out

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