Digging deep with gardener goddess Cynthia Brian

Posted on January 19, 2022
Digging deep with gardener goddess Cynthia Brian
Maintain constant moisture with anthurium and prayer plants Photo Cynthia Brian

“Having plants in your house is a natural way to keep it clean!” ~ Doreen Virtue

Forty-five! So many houseplants filled my little dorm room on the seventh floor of Hedrick Hall in the first year of UCLA. All the shelves, boxes, windowsills, wall hooks, desks, and floor surfaces were filled with some green sprouting dishes. Surrounded by nature on the farm, I lived in a concrete jungle in a high-rise building. My body, soul, and soul longed for a garden. I created an indoor oasis from easy-to-use houseplants that helped me breathe better in a time when Los Angeles was flooded with smog.

Eighteen! Currently, so many potted plants adorn the interior. The number doubles when we count the containers on my porch and balcony. Most of my plant family has been with me for decades. I have a violin-leaf fig that started out as a small specimen in a gallon pot that now towers 15 feet high in my hallway. A precious peace lily I received as a gift when “Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul” was on the New York Times bestseller list now resides in a nine-square-foot corner of my family room. Original, four-inch variegated bromeliad-born puppies, and the focal flora in my living room. Growing with pebbles in pepper water, my lucky bamboo soars at least three feet.

Because winter prevents us from digging outside, indoor plants offer the opportunity to garden in harsh weather while lending beauty to your interior. Even more so than the appeal of plants in our design, air-filter workhorses are also. Air quality has become a big buzzword during the COVID epidemic. During the process of photosynthesis, plants convert the carbon dioxide we exhale and also remove gases from the air through a process called absorption. A 1989 NASA report concluded that household plants “could be a promising, cost-effective solution to indoor air pollution”. According to a 2020 study published in the Journal of Environmental Management, a green wall would be needed to improve the health index. internal environment. No matter which is more true, one thing is for sure: staying in nature and surrounded by houseplants lowers our blood pressure, reduces stress and improves mental health.

Many specimens are excellent houseplants. My favorites include orchids, bromeliads, aloe, pea lily, snake plant, spider plant, pothos, dracaena, croton, violin fig, dieffenbachia, anthurium, salmon pigeon and arrowhead . All of these are very easy to maintain, offer beautiful vegetation, and can last for years with minimal proper care.

These elements are needed to grow healthy, happy plants that provide endless enjoyment and attraction.

1. Provide the right amount of light. Before you buy any houseplants, look around your home for light conditions. Some plants need strong light in the south window, others prefer low light in the north-facing windows. Some love it warmly, some love it coolly. Do your homework.

2. Water gently. Many houseplants drown from overwatering. Lucky bamboo is a rare specimen that blooms in water. Make sure all tanks have proper drainage. Place pebbles or small pebbles on the bottom of the pan. Insert a chopstick or pencil into the ground. If soaked, do not water. If it is dry, recommend hydration to your plant lover. Plants can dry out faster in winter when forced air heaters are in operation. Most plants need watering once a week or less.

3. Fertilize according to the instructions. Stop feeding the plants in the winter. Start again in the spring. Leafy green plants need nitrogen and flowering plants need phosphorus.

4. Clear the errors. Placing a clove of garlic in the soil is a great way to keep your friend bug free. To kill the bugs, place a clove of garlic in the soil. Flour beetles, aphids and limescale can be removed with a spray solution of water, alcohol and detergent. The solution can also be rubbed onto the leaves. Make sure the soil dries out if fungal mosquitoes appear.

5. Maintain humidity. Cacti enjoy dry conditions; however, most plants prefer 50% humidity. In winter, our homes are usually drier. If the containers can be lifted, add a gravel saucer filled with water to increase the humidity, or spray with a fine spray. Another idea is to take the plant to the bathroom or shower.

6. Cut off dead flowers and dead leaves. When the flowers have finished flowering or the leaves have died, remove them as soon as possible to allow new growth.

7. Other things. Always read the care instructions before buying. Rotate all houseplants a quarter turn at least every two weeks to keep their shape, as most will be exposed to sunlight. ? If you receive plants as a gift, be sure to remove the packaging to ensure good drainage. Live Christmas trees should be taken outdoors. Depending on the size, you may also be able to use the tree for next year’s holidays. Or you may need to transplant the tree into a larger container to keep it on the patio. When planted in the ground, carefully determine the placement, as these trees grow into very large evergreens with extensive roots.

My last interest, which is an instructive and exciting experiment for kids, is rooting vegetables in a glass of water on the windowsill. Avocados, fennel, shallots, green onions, potatoes, sweet potatoes and leeks grow quickly. Refresh the water daily. I currently grow leeks and I still use green tops for cooking.

With a little effort, the interiors will be healthier and more stunning with the introduction of living greens. Bring nature indoors while you enjoy the fresh air and live happily with your organic artistic companions.

Happy gardening. Happy growth.

Leeks growing in water. Photo by Cynthia Brian
Orchids lend beauty and elegance to any room and bloom again. Photo by Cynthia Brian
Lucky Bamboo grows in water or soil and thrives even in low to moderate light. Photo by Cynthia Brian
This violin-fig, also known as ficus lyrata, has been growing for 35 years. Photo by Cynthia Brian
It is a plant that can be grown from potted cuttings, is poorly lit, and is the easiest to grow.
The sansevieria snake plant rarely needs water.
These fifteen-year-old variegated bromeliad puppies have been bred and continue to flourish.
Spider plants are the easiest to grow in all conditions.
Cynthia Brian with her books in the garden.

Cynthia Brian, The Goddess Gardener can be hired to help prepare for the spring garden. Grown up in the vineyards of Napa County, Cynthia is a New York Times bestselling writer, actor, radio personality, speaker, media and writing coach, and founder and CEO of Be the Star You Are! R 501 c3. Listen to Cynthia StarStyler on www.StarStyleRadio.com. Buy copies of her books, including Chicken Soup for the Gardener’s Soul, Growth with the Gardener Goddess, and Be the Star Who You Are! www.cynthiabrian.com/online-store. Get a FREE inspirational music DVD and special savings. Hire Cynthia to write projects, garden tips and inspirational lectures. Cynthia@GoddessGardener.com www.GoddessGardener.com

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