‘Tis the day after Christmas, the official beginning of houseplant season.
Did you forget to water your houseplants while your attention was distracted with shopping, wrapping, cooking, baking, gift-giving, gift-receiving, traveling, eating, greeting, and other ings of the Christmas season?
Then you are in luck because the best way to celebrate houseplant season is to water your houseplants.
Water them well until the water is coming out of the bottom of the pot, but don’t let those plants sit in saucers of that water. In fact, it might be easier and less of a mess if you took the plants over to the nearest sink to water them.
While you are watering the plant, letting water drain out the bottom of the pot and into the sink, check for signs of insects and diseases, pull off dead, yellowing leaves and wash off the leaves that are left. And since you are doing all that why not scrape off a little of that top layer of potting soil and replace with some fresh top soil?
Go all out for the beginning of houseplant season.
And if you feel like you are watering a dead plant, take a deep breath, say good bye to it and dump it on the top of the compost pile, where it can decompose and relive again as good compost. Then scrub up the pot and find a new plant to put in it.
Then water that plant well.
After all, it’s houseplant season. Let the dirt fly, let the fun begin.
Happy Houseplant Season!