I am a terrible plant owner. No matter what I do my plants seem to die, with the exception of a cactus I’ve had since university. The most recent loss was a gorgeous fiddle fig which has been gradually losing its leaves one by one, each mourned by my boyfriend and I. When we eventually reached one leaf we bit the bullet and binned it. As to how it died, we couldn’t figure out if it was under watering or over watering, lack of sunlight or my worried hovering stressing it out, but it’s safe to say that I am not the best with plants.
We’ve been through a lot of plants since moving here, as I gradually figured out where the hot spots, cold spots, dark spots and light spots of the new space. I’m not great with plants in general, but I think our slightly shadowy flat doesn’t help. The plant pictured is a relatively recent purchase, but I’ve had to move it from its perch in the kitchen to near the window because several leaves were turning yellow and dropping off; I think I’ve saved it, but we’ll have to see what happens in the long run.
I’ve concluded that I can only keep plants alive if they’re right near the window, as we look out onto a narrow road surrounding by buildings with very little direct sunlight. I’m currently in the process of looking for a flat to buy and light is a definite priority as plants make such a difference to a space and make me feel so much calmer. In the meantime, I’m buying fresh cut flowers and lots of vases because they survive a while even in the darkness of the bathroom and bring a bit of colour to the room. I’m currently sticking with cacti and succulents literally on the windowsill, as they seem to be the only thing that lasts more than a couple of weeks, but I think I’ll have to hold out for my next flat to build my ideal green palace.
If you have any tips for keeping plants alive in a dark space let me know!