My sister has brought us a potted orchid as a house-warming present – eek!
I’ve never in my life looked after plants that need ‘proper’ care and attention to thrive, all my previous green-fingered experience (whether indoors or outdoors) has been with the kind of robust non-needy plants that require minimal intervention year in, year out, and not only survive by themselves but keep coming back all on their own. Independent plants that you need to be really, REALLY negligent to kill off.
Anyway, I’ve read up online ‘how to look after a potted orchid’ and have found some really good advice and tips on watering and light and warmth, so forewarned is forearmed… And I’m really keen to learn whatever new housewifery skills I may be required to get my head around in my new home plus conservatory and garden, so I may as well start now. All I can promise thus far is that I’ll do my very best to look after my new orchid, and see what happens…
We’ve also been given three dormant hyacinth bulbs and some dehydrated compost blocks in a pretty ceramic pot as another house-warming gift – a DIY grow your own kit – so apparently once I’ve reconstituted the compost and planted the bulbs they need to live in the cold garden shed for 10 weeks before coming in to the house… Hmmm… OK… I’ve never grown hyacinths before, either… Double eek!
Two brand-new-to-me indoor plant experiments in one fell swoop seems like a good challenging start to the new year in our new house – I already have a thriving potted basil growing on my kitchen windowsill and two schlumbergera, but I’ve had them before in the past (long ago, but it still counts) and know what I’m doing (there or thereabouts) so I’m not a complete novice to houseplant care…. Famous last words! Hopefully I can succeed in learning how NOT to kill potted orchids and hyacinths too… 🙂