Hello people 😀
You do not need expensive and temperamental houseplants to add greenery to your home. Many of the vegetables you bring home from the supermarket will sprout and brighten a windowsill and children will also love to see them grow.
Here are some ideas :-
- Cut the top 1/2 inch off a beetroot, parsnip, swede or turnip and completely trim off the green parts. Line an earthenware ashtray on other low container with pebbles and fill it with water. Set the flat cut end of the vegetable on the pebbles. Over the next few days, change the water whenever it gets cloudy. The resultant forest of foliage will last for a month or more.
- Slice the leaf crown and 1 inch of flesh off the top of a pineapple. Set it in moist sand and keep it watered. When roots form, plant it in potting soil that has some peat moss mixed in, and you have a bromeliad that should flourish for years.
- To germinate apple, orange, lemon or grapefruit seeds, sow them in small trays of seed compost and keep well watered. When they are a few inches tall, transplant them to larger pots and watch them grow into lush trees. Kiwi fruits, loquats, pomegranates, lychees and mangoes can also be started this way.
- You can easily turn a carrot into a hanging display of fernlike feathery foliage. Just cut half inch off the top of an extra large carrot. Hollow out the centre, leaving the outer wall intact. With a stout needle, run a thread through the wall of this basket. Hang it leaves down, in a sunny window. Fill it with water and keep it filled – if it dries out it will shrivel. Before long, delicate foliage will emerge and hide the carrot.
- That old standby, the indoor tree grown from an avocado stone, usually turns into a slender stem weighed down by a little pompom of leaves. This is because its not pruned back hard enough. Do not be afraid to start again occasionally. Cut the plant back to a 3-4 inch stem. You will force new root growth and get a bushier, healthier plant.
So people, try these ideas and decorate your house with different houseplants. 😀