The Right Amount of a Good Thing

Does anyone remember the scene in the 90’s movie “10 Things I Hate About You” where Chastity and Bianca are wandering in the parking lot after school?  They are walking slowly, pondering the mysteries of life and discussing the different between “like” and “love.”  (“There’s a difference between like and love. Because, I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack.”)

Then there’s gem:

Chastity: I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?
Bianca: I think you can in Europe.

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Deep, right?

That’s literally all I can think of right now…because I know you can have “too much of a good thing,” and I’m sure there’s some kind of saying about “not enough of a good thing.” But what about the “right amount of a good thing?”  And how in the world does all this tie into plants?

My last blog looked at three important elements of plant care: proper light, the right amount of water, and the correct temperature.  While each of these is essential to a plant’s wellbeing, each plant has different needs. It is important to research what your plants requires in order to have a successful plant experience.

Did you know, though, that your plants can let you know (at least to some degree) what issues they are experiencing? If you find that your plant is struggling – be it losing leaves, leaves are turning brown or yellow, or the plant looks puny overall – this could be because the plant isn’t getting the “right amount” of the good stuff.

Over-Loved Plants

Are you a helicopter plant parent, hovering around your plant babies? Do you always think they need a little more water, a little more sun, a little more fertilizer in order to grow up big and strong? If so, it is possible that you are over-caring for your plants. If you have experienced any of the following, perhaps you are giving you plants “too much of a good thing!”

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Neglected Plants

On the other side of the coin, perhaps you are a neglectful plant parent. Maybe you go weeks without watering your plants, or maybe you never fertilize them. You might even forget to put them in the sun every once in a while. If so, then you are definitely not giving your plants enough of all the good things they need to survive.

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Every plant’s needs are a little different – just like people! If you see your plant beginning to show any of the “symptoms” above, then perhaps it’s time to change you plant care routine.

Personally, my biggest mistake is over-caring for plants by overwatering. (I admit: I’m completely a helicopter plant mom!)  I can’t tell you how many leaves I have turned yellow by giving my plants too much to drink!  <<insert guilty look>>

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What about you? Are you more likely to give your plants “too much of a good thing” or “too little?” Tell me in the comments below. I can’t wait to read about your experiences!

And seriously…can you just be “whelmed” in Europe?

– the {house}plant momma

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