I Spent 20 Years Failing As A Plant Parent...And It Actually Led To Great Things!
Ever since I was in college, living on my own for the first time, I loved having plants around. I loved greenery in the form of ferns, snake plants, and succulents and I would spend a bit of my meager earnings from a part-time job on plants for my apartment.
The only problem was I would slowly have to watch them die. No amount of watering, feeding, re-potting, and even talking to them seemed to work. Slowly they would wither and slowly I would watch, feeling helpless to do anything.
Trust me, it wasn't for lack of trying.
Finally, in my mid-20s I just gave up and decided that my brown thumb was just a fact-of-life and I wasn't meant to have live plants. I still wanted greenery in my apartment, so I switched to artificial plants. I started searching for artificial plants that looked as real as live plants. Back then (the 90s) the markets were being flooded with cheap junk and it was tough to find anything that didn't look cheap and tacky.
Luckily, things have changed!
I have rediscovered my love for live plants, having learned more about the different types of plants and their very particular needs. Additionally, the quality of artificial plants, flowers, and shrubs on the market has improved significantly.
As a result, I now find balance by decorating with both live and artificial plants. Both have their pros and cons and both have their places in decor.
With more than 20 years experience decorating with both live and artificial plants, I wanted to share my thoughts and insights with you.
Who knows, maybe I can help someone else re-kindle their love for live plants or discover the value of artificial plants.