By: Mimi Anagli
They say that houseplants are the easiest plants to keep alive, but if you’re anything like me and can’t take care of any living thing, then know that “they” are gravely mistaken. In the hopes of brightening up my dorm room, I decided to get two plants to hang under my lofted bed. Much to my surprise, taking care of these innocent looking plants has been one of the most stressful things about my college experience thus far.
Something that no one tells you before you invest your time and energy into a plant is that watering is an exact science, an exact science I may never master. My whole life, I thought that what all plants needed was sunlight and water, simple as that. When fungus began growing on the soil of my plants, I realized I had given them too much water, I then decided to leave my plants by the window sill so that the sun would evaporate some of that moisture. When I returned, the leaves were wilted from too much sun. Little did I know, the two things that keep them alive can just as easily kill them. Since then, trying to find the balance of enough water and sunlight has been a struggle I face every day.
The moral of this story is that giving to much love and attention to your plants is a very real issue, an issue that makes me question whether I will ever be fit to be a plant mother.