Plantidote of the Day 2013-01-07
I have a new theory: the purpose of houseplants is to help us survive winter. Whaddaya think -- sound about right? It can be a real challenge to get through all the dark, cold, wet nonsense, even here in LA. I can't imagine how awful it is in colder, darker places.
Anyway, every fall, I bring the dracenas, rubber plant, and a few other warm-weather lovers into the living room for a couple of months. This seems to agree with them, as long as they go back outside in the spring. The dracenas are especially happy to come indoors, probably because they're native to warm places like Africa and the Canary Islands.
Maybe having plants in the house makes up for not being able to do much gardening outside. Or it could be the oxygen and air-filtering they provide. Whatever the reason, it's great having the plants around -- the "plantidote" for winter??
Anyone else going the indoor-garden route this winter? If so, here's a blog with a lot of useful information on the subject. Or maybe someone knows how to keep cats from getting creative with the potting soil in an "outside the box" kind of way. Sphagnum moss? Wood chips? Used tea leaves? Can you tell I'm desperate?
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