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An Ode to My Houseplants: National Houseplant Appreciation Day, January 10, 2021.

Norman is my newest to edition to my houseplant collection; pictured below. He started out planted in the garden last summer and didn't do very well, so in the fall I potted him and intend to transplant him back when the weather warms up. Norman was also a mystery for awhile. After reaching out to some friends on social media I was informed that he is Mexican Heather. A small hedge with purple flowers that loves hot, sunny weather and can grow up to 2 feet tall. He loves his southwest facing window and has adapted nicely to his pot. His best friend is Atticus. Atticus is a Christmas Cactus that resides in a chrome champagne bucket. He blooms huge hot pink buds starting before Thanksgiving through the New Year. My Grandma Tracy would be so proud and think Atticus is the most handsome. My Dad says Grandma would tell me to put caster oil in his pot. He doesn't need it! He's a thriving plant--if anyone wants a section, I'm happy to set you up with a starter! And lastly, I have Cletus and Clara. Twin purple Shamrocks received from a former agent in my office on Saint Patrick's Day. They love their breadbox planter and have actually managed to keep them them alive for almost 3 years--that's some true Irish luck right there!

HOUSEPLANT Tips and Tricks:

Start by making sure that the houseplants you already have, are watered to their specifications. Some are like Goldie Locks. Give them a special treat today... a little fertilizer.

  • If you do not have any houseplants, or just have a couple, buy a new houseplant (or two) on this day).

  • Learn more about the benefits of houseplants to your health.

  • Stand by your houseplant and breath in the air! It's giving off oxygen.

  • Teach your kids about growing and caring for plants.

  • Give a houseplant to a friend, especially the elderly or shut-ins.

  • Talk to your plants. Yes, people believe plants respond positively, when you talk to them.

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