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August 23, 2007

Trying not to kill this

A few weeks ago I saw this little guy at Home Depot and thought its bumpy leaves were weird and cool. It was in a box of plants marked "Exotic Angel Plants®" that don't seem to require much light, so they're good options for offices, tables, desks, etc. So for a couple dollars, I had to give one a try. This plant is a Pilea originating in Vietnam. And according to its label, "Your home deserves them...™" This plant also promises to "Purify air, enhance d├ęcor, and calm senses." Wow. I thought I'd been feeling calmer lately. :)

21 comments:

Anina said...

Good luck! I don't buy houseplants. I kill them all.

Anonymous said...

A "Moon Valley Pilea"! Very nice!

Take note of the "mist the leaves regularly" care tip... means it likes humidity. You may have to mist the leaves "constantly" this winter. ;-)

Also, don't be afraid to pinch it if it gets "leggy".

Love,
Mum

P.S. Glad you're feeling calmer. Can't wait to check out the air in your place!! ;-)

Jess said...

Yeah, the air in here is UNBELIEVABLY FRESH! Wow!

Janvangogh said...

The texture of the bumpy leaves is so appealing.

kara said...

wow great shot. Good luck keeping it alive I always kill my houseplants the poor things...

Amy said...

Looks like Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Except friendlier!

thasia said...

I am so bad in watering plants that my boy friend is now responsible for doing that.I wish you good luck from germany!

Zylo said...

Oh Oh! I saw one of those at Walmart and almost stole it, I wanted it so bad. I may pick one up today. Uh, buy I mean. Not steal.

Bronwyn said...

If you talk to your plants, that plant looks like it might say something back :) Very unusual - I like the bumps on the leaves.

N said...

I've got one of those in my bathroom (no natural light at all) and it is thriving. They really do tolerate neglect very well. Then again, I'm sure it gets plenty of humidity in there.

foodiechickie said...

I am the same way I have a tendancy to kill plants. And I don't mean to. I water them, feed and talk to them. I don't have my dad's knack for taking care of them.

Diane said...

I don't uite know how I found your blog, but I'm so glad I did. I'm just so impressed by your creativity and your "eye" for design! Even in plants! Totally awesome!

star said...

i want one! maybe i'll make a trip to home depot this weekend and take a look around. i need a nice plant for my desk at work. unfortunately, i have a cat at home who likes to eat plants. so my problem isn't ME killing them, it's my cat.

nie nie said...

Jessica,
i love your work, i also loved your post about the buttons you covered with fabric. very lovely.


kisses

nie nie said...

...tacks rather

JulieAnn & Shad said...

Cute plant :)

I just got Moo cards (from flickr) that you talked about oh so long ago... and I LOVE THEM.

Enjoy the fresh air. Perhaps I should buy one. It might make Nashville a bit more tolerable ;)

julie

SeaBird said...

I've had luck with some of the Exotic Angels from Home Depot - they offer all kinds of interesting plants!

grnteagirl said...

good luck with the cute plant.. i bought a zebra plant last april from loew's, it's supposed to be low maintenance too
http://tinarosadiabondoc.blogspot.com/2007/04/spring-ify.html
and it recently died... so i'm looking for something to replace it... i'll see what happens with yours and maybe i'll get myself one as well... i def don't have a greent thumb!

platinum blonde said...

I SO need this!

corine said...

Awww...! Ki-ute! Looks highly tropical to me, which means wet soil and misty air are de rigeur. I' bet it would love being in a bathroom best.

tyesha said...

i've had one of these at my desk at work for 2 year. it is has been so easy. i've gone on vacation and come back to it all dried out but it always just comes right back and never even seems to be thinking about going to plant heave.

great plant!

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