Plants are everywhere, but sometimes growing them and keeping them alive and thriving indoors can be tough. Some people have a special-seeming Green Thumb and keep producing plants until their houses are filled and their properties resemble lush gardens.
I recently received a variety of free starts and cuttings from a kind-hearted soul on Craigslist. They had produced too many plants from cuttings since their daughter fell in love with nature and the ease of growing your own food.
This is called Greensharing. It’s a win-win for the gardener who is over-run by plants and also for the receiver who is delighted to receive new life and energy into their home. I did her a huge favor by taking these plants off her hands and at the same time, she greatly enriched my life by introducing diversity into my crops and showing me a couple of new techniques for starting plant cuttings.
We received a number of wonderful cuttings: Spider Plants, Jade, African Violet, Pythos and Cactus. I appreciate the “pay-it-forward” attitude of sharing plants and seeds to those in need.
Starting plants from seed can be a challenge. They require the right amount of light, humidity, temperature and growing medium. Many times seedling can fail due to dampening off disease, a mildew common problem. Starting plants from cuttings or starts can take the difficulty out of growing indoor plants and it can also have a variety of other wonderful consequences.
Let’s share to Greensharing movement and fill the world with plants; go ahead, plant it forward!
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Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.