Better living through plant healing
July 8, 2011 8:48 AM Subscribe
Help me save Mabel, my new spider plant, who is not adjusting to my apartment very well at all.
posted by pazazygeek to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have a black thumb. I have never been able to keep a plant alive. I want a plant so bad! Some folks had suggested a spider plant because they are "impossible to kill". I love the way that they make a house feel homier, and my new spider plant (whom I have named Mabel, in a futile attempt to let it know that I love it, and that I don't want it to die) was purchased about 3 weeks ago.
I got it home, set it in the window, and oh-ho, Mabel did NOT like that. Its leaves began to brown. I also made the mistake of watering it when I got it home, and I believe that it did not need it yet. I bought a hook and put it on the wall a little further into the room, but still near enough to the windows that it will get SOME light. I refrained from watering it for another week. Two nights ago I gave it one more watering with a little all-purpose plant food (MABEL! I care!! Hang in there!) - but I think I might be overdoing it?
The plant is still alive but it's rapidly deteriorating. The leaves all around the edges are browning and shriveling. Can you give me some instructions to help nurse it back to health?
Information that might be useful: I bought it in a flower/plant shop and it was hanging from the ceiling pretty far back in the shop. It wasn't dark back there, but there was no really direct sunlight and it was pretty airy. My apartment has bay windows, and it doesn't get too bright in there (I'm on the first floor and my windows look out into an urban alley) and I've hung it inside and drawn the shades. It does get a bit stuffy in the apartment during the day because I need to shut and lock the windows while I'm not home.
SAVE MABEL, MEFI!