My friend Lisa is an amazingly creative and fun human being. As an actress, she spent the summer in the Finger Lakes singing and dancing as Sally Bowles in “Cabaret.” I know she is an accomplished painter, and also has been a professional muralist; s
he dresses cool and knows all about make-up; and she smiles 96% of the time. What I DIDN’T know is that Lisa has an almost supernaturally green thumb.
Last time I visited Lisa was something like 8 years ago, and my memory was of a sparse and open space. Imagine my pleasant surprise on a recent visit when I walked into a plant-filled urban gardening oasis in NYC! Beautifully displayed green, glossy plants did wonders to make the apartment feel cozy, cool and inviting. I got her to share some of her plant care advice with me:
Choose Gorgeous, Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants
Zamioculcas zamifoia: Lisa’s beautiful “ZZ plant” is a good choice, because these plants are good-looking, have a unique shape, and are very easy to maintain. Plant care is a cinch: they don’t require much water and are broad-spectrum plants that can tolerate direct sun or shade.
Pothos plant: Lisa’s healthy pothos was lovingly named “Godiva,” and its verdant tresses cascaded over the top of a tall, Santeria altar-styled armoire. (Maybe that’s why her plants are so awesome – they’re enchanted!) Pothos plants are common indoor plants that do well with very little maintenance.
Lisa’s Plant Care Advice for Indoor House Plants:
- Water, but not too much! “Mist-mist-mist.” This is especially true near the air conditioner, where the air can dry out those tender leaves.
- If a plant looks too big for its pot, move it! Play musical pots and move every plant’s pot up one size, then buy a new ‘big pot’. This way every plant also gets the benefit of fresh potting soil.
- Listen and pay attention to what your plants tell you. If they don’t look happy, shift them around the room until you find their happy place – just enough sun, just enough shade.
Do plants inspire you? Share your pictures and stories of plant experiences with me at firstname.lastname@example.org!