I <3 the plant guy

So the plant guy has been coming around Davenport a lot, which is really lovely when everyone’s eating lunch outside and enjoying the dregs of summer with tons and tons of flowering orchids swaying in the breeze. Here are some quick care sheets on cacti, orchids, and bonsai, respectively.

I’d like to take this opportunity to say that bonsai are deceptively difficult to upkeep, because while they’re tiny and (depending on the species of plant) usually relatively drought-resistant, they need constant maintenance to stay that way. Orchids, on the other hand, are nearly impossible to kill, and needless to say, if you can’t keep a cactus alive, you might need help beyond what the internet can offer you. I’ve seen the plant guy offer some tropical plants as well, and while they require more regular watering, if you have a room that doesn’t get a lot of sunlight, they may be your best bet. If you really really really want an orchid, though, and are especially forgetful, skip the large fleshy-petaled Phals and go for the smaller Dendrobiums–The ones I’ve seen him carry are light green or yellow. They’re the cacti of the orchid family and seem to thrive on neglect.

2 thoughts on “I <3 the plant guy

  1. David

    if you’re terrible and keeping plants sustained (and I’ve been there and back), I have one word for you: bamboo. Home Depot used to sell these happy little bamboo plants, which I adopted as pets over the last couple years. Sadly, they didn’t have them when I went a couple weeks ago, though I’m hoping to check again soon. Seriously though, these things require like no sunlight and the most miniscule water. I watered it right before i left for winter break, and when I got back a month later, maybe half a leaf was starting to discolor.

  2. David

    if you’re terrible and keeping plants sustained (and I’ve been there and back), I have one word for you: bamboo. Home Depot used to sell these happy little bamboo plants, which I adopted as pets over the last couple years. Sadly, they didn’t have them when I went a couple weeks ago, though I’m hoping to check again soon.

    Seriously though, these things require like no sunlight and the most miniscule water. I watered it right before i left for winter break, and when I got back a month later, maybe half a leaf was starting to discolor.

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