Hello! I love your garden. I have a 7yo autistic son. He is obsessed with plants and nature. He cried when some local trees got destroyed in a wind storm. I have a problem which is that I kill everything I try to grow, his heart breaks every time 😔 I research how to care for every plant we get, but somwthing just always happens and ai do not understand 💔 Our local nursery shut down with the construction of a Lowe's, and I am having a difficult time finding someone to ask in the community. I was wondering what a good plant is that we could grow (mostly indoors, we have an apartment on a busy road) is that would be easy to care for and hard for me to kill. We have plenty of cacti and succulents, possibly something leafier. Thanks so much if you can help. I am trying to be an encouraging mom.
Unfortunately, houseplants are some of the harder ones to take care of- plants really, really, REALLY want to be outside So if you CAN put these out on the balcony for summer, it will do them a lot of good.
For leafy plants (and cacti/succulents) indoors, I reccomend getting some full-spectrum aquarium lights or those purple plant lights to make sure they can photosynthesize properly. My short list of pet-and-kid-safe, hard-to-Kill houseplants is:
Cast Iron Plant: It's so hard to kill, it might as well be made of Cast Iron. it's a nice leafy, if kind of plain-looking plant that does a GREAT job cycling oxygen and not fucking dying as long as you remember to water it at least once a month.
Spider Plant: Mildly hallucinogenic for cats, if that's a concern. Also a pretty leafy air-cleaning plant that's hard to kill. Put it up where it can dangle a bit for best effect.
Arcea and Parlor Palms are small palm trees that do GREAT indoors. Ponytail Palms are kind of a different thing but also very hardy indoors.
If you live somewhere humid or can keep the temp/humidity high (+68 degrees and +60% humidity) inside, you can keep some real neato tropical plants very easily (srsly, these things are immortal as long as they stay moist), like Bromeliads, Dwarf Banana Trees, and carnvorous plants like Venus Fly Trap and Pitcher plants. If you have a window in your bathroom and someone takes a shower every day, you can just leave the pitcher plant hanging from the ceiling or on a high shelf where it can get light in there and it will THRIVE.
If it's not quite sultry enough for tropical plants, there are still lots with fun patterned leaves like Mosaic Plant, Pink Polka Dot Plant, Calathea and everything Peperomia- it's huge genus and all of it pretty.
I know you have a lot of succulents already, but Christmas Cactus is mad easy to care for and blooms twice a year like fireworks.
If you're not concerned about pets or children eating them, there are even more leafy, floweing, fun plants you can keep indoors. You just needs some REALLY GOOD artificial lights, a reliable thermostat, and to get really good at remembering to check to see if a plant needs to be watered before watering it- Houseplants are more likely to die of over-watering because houses have relatively high humidity so they respirate the water out a bit slower. You test to see if a plant needs water by poking your finger in the dirt- cold and wet means it has plenty, just cold means it needs water, and just wet means it needs way less water and probably a few holes poked in the bottom of it's pot for drainage.
Good luck and tell your son he's awesome!
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“Child” ~ Garazeb Orrelios / LiraSan inspired floral art!
I know it’s not a lightsaber, but I still wanted to do one for the Bo-rifle because I love it so much! I wanted to put more flowers in, but it was getting a bit crowded for them and so I stopped. I like how this turned out though. XD
Plants incorporated: Gladiolas, Spring Crocus, Lavender, Asters, Marigold Petals, Calathea leaves, a single White Rose.
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