a year of growth

Two Thousand and Seventeen was a lot of things for me, 1) I got married, 2) I went back to school, 3) I changed careers, and last but certainly NOT least, 4) I started this blogging adventure. Overall this year has been filled with a whole lot of growth (har har).

In my very first post, one year ago, I blogged about one of my recommended best practices for keeping a healthy and happy plant family:

Whether you’re a plant novice or have your own growing jungle, photos are a great way to check-in with the overall health and happiness of your plants. It can be hard to remember exactly what your plant looked like last week, let alone three months ago. If you take a photo of your plant now, you can always refer to that photo to help you determine what, if anything, has changed.

And that’s exactly what we’re about to do… Below is the good, the bad, and the ‘meh’ of 2017!

The Bad

Let’s get the unfortunate out of the way, shall we? It’s sad to say goodbye to old friends.

Snake Plant (pictured left): My very first of her kind and a gift from a dear friend. She had been struggling ever since we moved into a new home in 2016. While Snake Plants are incredibly easy to care for and do well in low-light conditions, I fear I overwatered it to the point of no return.

Dracaena aka Janet Craig (pictured right): For years I didn’t even know what kind of plant this was and previously to refer to her as ‘the pineapple plant’ (get it?!). Dracaena’s are also incredibly easy to care for, but I under-watered her and then went out of town for a few too many days. I’m currently trying to propagate the remaining healthy part and will report back with any positive news. Insert fingers crossed emoji.

The Good

There is a lot to celebrate! For the most part, my plant family grew and grew in 2017. Here are a few of my all-star VIPs:

Peperomia obtusifolia: My oh my, how you’ve grown! This last year, my Peperomia really thrived. So much so that I upgraded her pot.

Pothos aka Devil’s Ivy: I apologize that the photo from Jan 2017 isn’t that spectacular. Regardless of photo quality, you can see that the plant is limp. I struggled for a few months to determine what was wrong. Finally, I decided to downsize the pot to see if that would help, and what a different it made. Almost immediately, Verdginia (yes, this is the one and only plant I’ve named) bounced back and I couldn’t be happier – She is the first plant I ever purchased and would be beyond heartbroken if anything ever happened to her!

Watermelon Peperomia: Another spectacular amount of growth on this beauty. Especially considering I beheaded her at the start of 2017 (you might recall my previous blog post: Peper-OH NO-mia where I accidentally pulled all the leaves off the root base). This is by far one of my fav plants and I’m so glad she survived her beheading and continues to flourish.

Hoya: Gosh, I love this plant! What started as a few cuttings from a Bunz trade has turned into this gorgeous plant. She’s finally starting to vine and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for this lady.

The Meh

To be clear, ‘the meh’ category is neither good nor bad, but somewhere in the middle…

Money Tree: This money tree has caused me some grief over the years! And 2017 was no exception. I was preparing to give her a final farewell after she came close to her end, but one of her branches made a full recovery. The one remaining branch doesn’t seem to be able to hold more than 3 leaf clusters at a time, but as long as she wants to live, I support her!

Rattlesnake Plant (top) & Variegated Pothos (bottom): Not much has changed for these two plants. I propagated the pothos, which worked fine, but didn’t seem to encourage new growth on the mother plant. Perhaps putting them in a bigger pot will allow for growth… Something to put on my Spring 2018 to-do list!

And that’s a wrap! Coming in 2018: More plants and more crafts!! I hope you’ll join me.

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