Spring Cleaning

You didn’t kill your plants over quarantine now what?

Abigail Lowrey, Staff Writer

If you’re like everyone that over quarantine got an avocado plant or maybe a sturdy succulent with the intent of creating your own post-apocalyptic plant empire this may be for you. Living in Arizona it’s inevitable that you’re going to mistreat your plants. Even after surviving a long hot summer, with copious amounts of water some plants just don’t last forever. Now that we’re approaching the season of spring where plants and animals thrive equally, it may be time to reevaluate our gardening habits.

 When a plant eventually comes to the end of its term it’s not completely useless. A majority of plants can be made new through a process known as propagation. In those last few days where the leaves are still attached, for the most part, cut them. Cut about 4 inches of stems on plants like philodendrons, pothos, and the string of pearls. Grab some jars with water and let the cuttings sit in the water for as long as it takes to grow small roots. Swap out the water twice a week to allow for the forming roots to pick up nutrients. All plants vary when it comes to their propagation time but most take to it within the first month. When the roots are fully developed you can swap out the water jar for some soil.

 Succulents require a lot more care in order to propagate and may not always be successful, misting and wet paper towels are things you’ll need to keep up on to keep them satisfied. In the end, they are plants and all things come through trial and error. Don’t be upset when your pothos randomly dies or your orchid refuses to bloom, they are plants and they’re all different.