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Are your plants thriving or surviving?

Flowering or surviving?

By nature, plants want to survive. This may well be one of the most important things to keep in mind when keeping indoor plants. They really want to live.

It doesn’t matter if you think you have a black thumb (or a whole black hand) that no plant wants to give up and end up in your compost bin without a fight. Most have really amazing stamina and will adapt for some time to difficult conditions, but do not confuse a flowering plant with a survivor.

Some time ago, our department at work brought everyone a number of plants to green our desks. Mine was a Sansevieria (mother-in-law’s language), another of my colleagues also received the same. And so it started, two young plants of similar size in their silver pots settled into a new life in our office.

Whiz at several years and side by side here they are today:

Two Sansevieria / mother-in-law tongue plants side by side as seen from the front

Mine is to the left in both pictures and I would say with reasonable confidence that it is booming. Since my colleague’s growth is noticeably smaller and complicated in comparison, it only survives.

Two Sansevieria / mother-in-law's tongue plants side by side from above

Sansevieria is one of the toughest plants you can get, takes quite poor conditions like a little light and very general neglect, but this type of treatment is precisely why the plant on the right does not do so well.

Although they are both still in the same pots they were brought into, the plant is placed to the right in a shady spot and rarely watered. Before I took the picture above I was even forced to blow dust off the leaves, there is some serious plant debris there.

My colleague also couldn’t say when (if ever) she last gave it fertilizer. I actually asked her about last week, to which she responded with a rather confused expression, “What? You should give your plant cowpoo then?“.


But I think my plant (though it has never been rubbed over with kumung) gets the best conditions it can get for an indoor Sansevieria: strong light all day and some sun for a few hours (if it’s a sunny day, of course), so be it watered every week or so and I try to provide fluid fertilizers with half strength by a few months.

Of course, the pot is small, but obviously love to be pot boundand the result of it speaks for itself.

If you want houseplants to thrive and flourish You have to study their individual needs and do your best to provide what they need

Normally it would not be possible to compare two of the same plants in this way, especially for many years.

But when you can it shows the difference between a facility that is satisfied with what it has received and a facility that has received everything it needs.

If you want houseplants to bloom and flourish, you must study their individual needs and do your best to provide what they need. We can help with this. All of our articles have comprehensive care instructions to help you get the most out of your plants and make them bloom in your home. So spend some time reading through. Your 10 minute investment will pay a dividend for your plant’s health (and you won’t have to spend your own money to replace it).

Of course, there is nothing wrong with the plant that just survives, but if you want that little bit of bloom at the top you may need to change something that you are doing.

Do you have any stories like this? Maybe pictures of your own long-term (or even short-term) experiments. If so, we would love to read about them in the comments below, even send a cool picture or two if you can.

About Elisa

I love flowers and bonsai trees

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