Here’s a little story about my plants, the Lord of the Rings characters.
One day I was so excited that I had kept some outdoor plants alive that I bought a houseplant. (you’ve seen Gollum/Stan here)
That little plant thrived. He grew so much I had to put him into a giant planter, and he was happy.
And so I decided one day to bring home another plant. And that plant also was happy.That 2nd plant led to another. And another. And another.
Soon I had 5 plants. FIVE.(and that included the death plant! aka a really cool looking aloe plant, which is death to me since I am allergic to it, ironic eh? Also allergic to benedryl. Go me. Nothing like being allergic to the things that help with allergies. Winning.) And they were all doing great!
One day I got selfish. And I decided to add another plant. I wasn’t absolutely in love with this plant, but I did it anyway. Terrible idea people. I should have stuck with 5!!!
That newest plant (who’s name was Kili because of the Hobbit) had gnats. And it spread those bugs to all the plants. I tried everything to get rid of them. I was unsuccessful. I researched, and researched. And then tested and tested.
One of the suggestions for getting rid the gnats was to sprinkle coffee grounds around the plants to kill the gnat larvae.It worked for about 3 days and our house smelled like a coffee shop. I’m here to tell you: don’t do that! Tonight I had to do something hard. I had to throw away all of my plants. They were all growing mold. Thick disgusting mold. And the bugs came back. I can’t handle that. I really can’t. I have huge bug phobias. And it doesn’t make sense to have air purifying plants if they are growing lung destroying mold. lol
So my question is this: How in the heck have I kept my family alive for 14 years if I can’t keep “easy to grow” plants alive for longer than a few months at a time? haha. Only sort of kidding. Seriously: sadness. I need to go research realistic plastic plants.