By Caitlin Giddens
Similar to cooking casseroles and efficiently laundering, I assumed that nurturing plants was a skill you inherited in time for motherhood. But as the daughter of a horticulturist, I should have known better. Like any 20-something, I don’t boast a green thumb. And neither does my friend Amy, who moved into her duplex and seeks solutions for the unpleasant odor she inherited from the previous tenants.
To counteract the smell, and dive headfirst into adulthood, I suggest we adopt some houseplants. The plants may not camouflage the duplex’s peculiar odor, which we’ve decided smells like wet laundry. But with undemanding plants there’s little to lose. My horticulturist expert (AKA Dad) suggests any type of sansevera or aglaonema. I know, these names sound intimidating. But I’ve been promised they require little attention and flourish for more than one season.
There’s also the reliable jade plant, one of the hardiest succulents. And if it’s color you’re craving, chose a Christmas cactus for it’s pink blooms. This cactus may be more difficult to find than the others, which are all available at your local grocery or home improvement store, because the best season to pot the plant has passed. But the Christmas cactus should survive for multiple holidays with little maintenance. The gift that keeps on giving.
Now for the fun part: you can accessorize your greenery with the perfect plant pot. West Elm offers bright pots to spruce up your space, such as their Camille indoor planters. (I hear West Elm in Mockingbird Station is having a sale, so now is the perfect time to plant those gardening ambitions.)