I’ve been spending tons of time with my outdoor garden but what about my indoor garden? My poor neglected houseplants need some attention! I’ve started today with my Christmas Cactus that I’ve been babying for a couple months now but today, it got the ROYAL TREATMENT.
I started by removing it completely from the pot it was in with regular potting soil. It’s probably lost any nutrients it had anyway.
I’ve also research this plant and did you know that “these plants are native to tropical rain-forests where they grow as epiphytes high in the trees”? (Taken from an article at New Mexico State University). Okay, so I had to look up “epiphytes” and it’s a plant that grows on another plant (such as a tree). Mainly what the Christmas Cactus grows IN is composted tree leaves and whatever else gets caught in those composted leaves.
The plant doesn’t like being too wet (which is what I suspect happened to mine) and they need good drainage so the roots don’t stay wet.
So……….here’s what I did.
- I first removed the plant and let it lay on the potting table so the roots could dry some while I prepared the new pot of soil. You can see that it’s in sad shape.
- Next I made my own mix of soil using Miracle Gro Gardening Soil, dead dry leaves, sand, and pea gravel. I put some sand in the bottom of the pot for good drainage. I then mixed the soil, leaves, a little more sand, AND a handful of pea gravel. All in hopes that any watering won’t leave the roots saturated, that it’ll drain well. You can see that I left room at the top of the pot to actually plant the Christmas Cactus and then I’ll fill in around it with the rest of my soil mixture.
- I planted it, even sprayed a light mist of water on its leaves (thinking to imitate the tropical forest). Now you’re NOT supposed to water these plants from the top! You need to water from the bottom and that’s why I only misted the leaves. It’s sitting in the shade right now and we’ve got HUMID and HOT weather right now and I do know they LOVE that as I’ve had mine outside before during the summer months but OUT of direct sunlight. It will burn the leaves.
- I then added more pea gravel to the drainage tray, set the pot on top of this and watered from the bottom with some Miracle Gro fertilizer. It THANKED ME!
I’ll keep you updated on whether my transplanting helps this poor plant or not.
AND I gave my Peace Lily some attention too. I still have a few leaves that need removed. I removed any dead leaves that were sucking the life out of it. I also misted its leaves and sat it outside in the shade and humidity and watered well with Miracle Gro fertilizer. It thanked me too.
Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m off to recharge my camera battery and tend to some more of my houseplants.
Hugs and Have A Creative Day!