How to Care for Heirloom Houseplants
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Everything You Need to Know So Your Plants Can Outlive You
When we think of family heirlooms, things like jewelry, quilts, and books come to mind. But what about the plants? Currently, the oldest living houseplant is a 242-year-old Eastern Cape cycad (palm) located in London's Kew Gardens.
Under the right conditions, many indoor plants will grow for a long time. Does it count as an inheritance if you pass it on to your children or grandchildren? Absolutely!
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What qualifies a plant as an heirloom?
The definition of ancient plants is not concrete. An heirloom is a plant that means a lot to you and has been in your collection for a long time, "if passed down from a grandfather, great-grandfather, or other family members, so much the better, but I don't necessarily see it as a prerequisite for it. be an inheritance.
It can be a rare or expensive plant, or it can be a common and inexpensive variety. The bottom line is that any plant can be an heirloom, but some varieties are known to be long-lived.
Popular Varieties of Ancient Plants
Probably the most common old plant passed down from a family is the true Christmas cactus. Schlumbergera buckleyi is an epiphytic plant that blooms during the Christmas season.
It is difficult to find one to buy as they have been widely hybridized. Most plant stores now sell Thanksgiving cacti (Schlumbergera truncata) because they bloom earlier and have a more variety of colors.
Other plants known for their long life include ferns, sansevierias, dracaenas, spider plants, cacti, succulents, and ZZ plants. In fact, it depends on how well you care for the plant, prunes it, and often propagate it to extend its life.
Tips to Help Keep Indoor Plants Alive for Years
Starting a collection of ancient plants begins with proper care. What is her secret to keeping her plants for so long? These are the best tips:
- Lighting. Turning on. Pay attention to the needs of your plant, especially making sure it has the right light conditions. Your plants will send signals if they are unhappy, such as excessive amounts of yellow leaves, brown or drooping leaves or leaf tips, and more.
- Check for parasites frequently. Try to pull them up when there are few left, rather than waiting for the entire plant to be covered and unable to recover.
- Don't water on a schedule. The water requirement of a plant varies throughout the year and each plant has different water preferences. The best thing to do is to check your plant frequently to see if it needs it or not.
Water all plants thoroughly. When watering, water until the water comes out of the drain hole.
- Avoid humid conditions. Never leave a plant in water for more than an hour or more. Some people prefer deep waters, suitable for some plants, such as African violets. However, don't overdo it; once you have what you need, empty the rest of the saucer.
Build a Collection of Ancient Plants
Starting a collection is the easy part. Most plant parents love to share seedlings and it is a wonderful way to harvest plants from established species.
If you see a beautiful plant in the house of a friend or neighbor, ask them. Find out how they received the plant and how long they have it. You will be surprised how willing they are to share the story and a cut.
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