Do plants tend to die on you?

Whatever the reasons might be, there’s a whole group of people out there struggling with the seemingly simple task of not killing their plants.

Saturday, 16th March 2019, 11:08 am
A chilli plant in a kitchen. Picture credit:: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos.

We asked horticulturist Jamie Butterworth for some easy tips millennials can follow to help their plants survive.

Choose your plants carefully

Jamie says: “Don’t grow difficult or time consuming plants that demand a lot of tender loving care. There are many plants that thrive upon neglect, and these are the ones to opt for.” He recommends trying Aspidistra or cacti.

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Grow them where you can see them

Jamie says: “Plants are great at letting you know when they’re not happy. By growing them somewhere obvious, you can take steps as soon as they look a bit peaky.”

Treat them mean to keep them keen

“Often it’s easy to ‘over love’ plants, giving them too much water or worrying unnecessarily. The plants I grow at home are all resilient and tough, and only need attention every few weeks,” said Jamie, who recommends investing in a Dwarf umbrella tree.

Check where the plants come from

He says: “Plants that naturally grow in the desert, such as cacti, won’t want to be holed up in a shady bathroom. And similarly, a shade loving plant won’t want to be next to a south-facing window.”

Grow something you can eat too

Jamie says: “You’re much more likely to take better care of a plant if you know you can also include it in a meal,” says Jamie, who recommends growing herbs or chillies.