Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A Little Indoor Gardening

Since there's not much to be done in the outdoor garden at this time of year, I decided it was a good time to tend to the indoor garden. 
A few of my houseplants were in need of a little TLC.

The brown leaf tips were detracting from the beauty of the pretty green leaves on my Peace Lily plant.

Nothing that couldn't be fixed with a little "haircut".
I basically followed the natural leaf line and trimmed off the brown part.

Next it was time for a "bath".
The leaves had gotten a bit dusty and I think I even heard them gasping for breath.  "Help, we're suffocating."
Using a soft, damp rag, I carefully wiped off each and every leaf.
It is a bit time consuming, but worth it in the end.
On my plants with smaller leaves, I sometimes rinse them off in the shower or with the hose in warmer weather.

Some of the leaves had gotten long and scraggly looking.

So a bit of "judicious pruning" was in order.

This made for a nicer, more compact plant.
Not to mention I will no longer be catching those long leaves in the vacuum cleaner.  ;-).

" Hooray, we can breathe again"



  1. I need to do the same thing with my indoor plants! They do get dusty don't they!! Your plant looks wonderful now!

  2. I love big peace lillies! Mine are in need of a haircut, too. Too many brown edges! Have a nice day! Twyla

  3. I didn't know that one could trim a leaf. What happens to it after that? Does it continue to brown or does it recover? Your plant looks so much happier.

  4. Vee,
    Usually they recover nicely and greatly improve the look of the plant. If they continue to brown, I eventually remove the entire leaf at the base.

  5. Your plant looks so nice and healthy after a cut and clean. The pot that it sits in is really nice too.

  6. I have 2 plants in my house and they need a little attention as well! Thanks for the reminder! Enjoy your day!

  7. Oooh, they look so pretty now...shiny leaves!!

  8. Hi Kim!
    I bet that made you feel good, taking care of leaves. I think I might need a houseplant or two. I can't keep buying flowers and there are a lot of pretty plants at the grocery store.
    What else are you going to do this week?

  9. That looks like a very happy plant now! :-)

  10. I love Peace lilies, they're one of the easiest plants for me to grow. Yours looks nice and healthy now. I need to dust mine, too.

  11. A plant doctor...imagine that. I sure can use your help and instructions for my plants right now. I never saw such healthy Peace Lillies:) My mother used to remind me that plants need tlc too, and you certainly have provided that for them.

  12. You did a beautiful job!!! My house is full of Peace plants. They're pretty and so easy to grow. I wish you made house calls, mine are in need of pampering. I never thought of trimming off the brown ends.... great idea!!

  13. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  14. I've been doing the same to mine. Your's looks so pretty and healthy now!

  15. Hi Heather,
    Would you consider asking your question here in my comments? I am currently having an issue with my e-mails.


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