Add rocks to plant soil for drainage, dummy.

Sep 17, 2012

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repotting the sago palm, fern, and jade for better soil drainage

I know I know, I have a problem. The rocks for soil drainage is plant care 101 I guess. Dimitri told me, and I listened but, um, I guess I just forgot? Or the thought of buying rocks and carrying them home in the summer heat was just too much to execute. Luckily this weekend was a delicious 70ish degrees in NYC and I DID ALL THE THINGS. Well by all the things I mean, I un-potted the surviving plants, gave everyone a good layer of rock at the bottom, made a huge mess, then put the troopers back in their homes.

jade, sago palm, and plants in their new planter homes

I also switched out the sago palm (thanks Katherine) and the other leafy plant thing. The sago palm had a crazy root situation happening and clearly I had never bothered to take him out of his grocery store plastic pot out of fear, the ‘Rooms thinks the potting process is killing them. But I think the palm in the big tall Aztec-y pot with root room will be better. The leafy thing in the gold pot with no name has about a 2″ root system, so I could pot that in a brownie pan (if I had one) and it would probably be fine. PS. Anyone know what that big leafy plant is called? I am the worst plant killer owner.

I DO know that the sago palm is super duper poisonous to animals and humans alike, like kill them dead poisonous. Oops, luckily the pets have zero interest in plant matter. Kibbles only. Oh and Dolly(s)? Seems like these two little stalks are all that made it out of the jade fiasco, hopefully now that we’ve got rocks goin on in the pot, they’ll do better. Live on!

Sophie cat inspecting the summer's donation pile

Gratuitous cat photo because its Monday and you read this whole post! Sophie’s just inspecting the donation pile here. It’s that time of year in New York Ctiy where us small apartment dwellers switch out the summer to winter / winter to summer closet clothing situation. Pro tip: It’s a GREAT time to purge and get rid of things that don’t fit and/or shit you never wear. I love this time of year because the ‘Rooms is a ruthless purger and I’ll inevitably snag a couple new sweaters.

PS. There is another bonus awesome Sophie cat box photo over on Instagram. I don’t blog on the weekends because I’m really busy ‘gramming. Head over and check it out.

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Senor Pooteepantz September 17, 2012 at 1:31 pm

PURGE ALL THE THINGS!

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Dimitri September 17, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Doing great! Looks like the jade is doing better. The leafy plant is a “Snake Plant” otherwise known as a “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” and the Latin name is Sansevieria trifasciata (also in the succulent family – like the jade). Little water and can be in the shade. Enjoy!

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Beckie September 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Go team keep plants alive!

Joe September 17, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Sophie is #1 at inspecting! I like your pot choices.

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