For my first college apartment my mom gave me the sofa from our living room, the entertainment center for my TV and a spider plant.
Her rationale was simple. If anyone was getting new furniture it was going to be her and every home needed a houseplant.
She started me out with a spider plant because it is one of simplest houseplants to grow.
Her instructions? Water it every Saturday with one cup of water and pay attention to the color of the leaves. Yellow leaves are a sign of too much water.
Years later she is still giving me houseplants. Some have flourished and others… not so much.
The funny thing? I still take care of them the same way. I water once a week and when my mom visits she doctors them to health if needed. Sometimes this doctoring comes with special directions… “This lily needs water every four days” or “Please remember to rotate this pot when the leaves start leaning towards the window.”
I’m not sure if I will ever earn the title “Green Thumb Towanda,” but I’m doing pretty well with the last set of plants she gave me. Let’s see how well they’re doing this time next year, :-).