• Spring Has Sprouted

    by  • April 13, 2017 • Entertainment, Homepage • 0 Comments

    Spring is (supposed to be) here! Which means that it’s time to plant flowers and plants!

    Now, knowing most Maldonian houses, some of us have an actual garden with space to start gardening. Some of us, not so much. People who live in apartments or in houses that are closer to other houses, who don’t have access to a little green plot of land, and that is okay! During your spring vacation, here are some things you can do to make your little apartment greener!

    A Geranium maderense. Photo from Flickr.

    Step 1: Picking a plant

    Do you want to grow flowers? Or herbs? Maybe just plants in general? Be careful though, you might not be able to accommodate to all of the things your plant needs. You’ll need to figure out whether you have proper lighting, a good room temperature, and motivation.

    Not all plants enjoy the same thing. An orchid for instance requires direct lighting and ⅓ cup of water in the form of ice cubes, and they’re moderately easy to take care of especially considering they’re indoor plants. An Anthurium needs bright light constantly, and moderate watering- one mistake, and your plant’s dead!

    If you want to keep your plant indoors, year round, you’ll need an indoor plant. Here are some ideas by level of easiness to take care of:

    Jasmine flowers. Photo from Flickr.

    Super easy:

    -African Violet

    -Geranium

    -Wandering Jew

    -Cape Primrose

    -Peace Lily

     

    Moderate:

    A Begonia flower. Photo from Flickr.

    -Hibiscus

    -Ponderosa Lemon (yes they make actual lemons)

    -Jasmine

    -Phalaenopsis Orchid

    -Begonia

     

    Hard:

    -Anthurium

    -Azaleas

    -Basil

    Step 2: Planning Your Garden

    A Spathiphyllum Cochlearispathum. Photo from Flickr.

    Since this step varies from person to person based on the living conditions and space try to consider as many options as possible.

    Do you want a clay pot? A tin container? Glass? How much space are you going to dedicate for your plants? Is there enough lighting? Is it in a stable area? Figure it out!

    Step 3: Getting it All Together

    You can get plants from almost anywhere. Your grandma, a flower shop, Home Depot, a park… literally anywhere (just don't steal plants that are obviously not yours). Pot your plant according to the instructions of your plant. You might need to do some research. Again, every plant is different.

    Step 4: Enjoy

    Nothing is better than waking up to find your nice healthy plant basking in the shine. Drink your coffee or tea and breathe in the clean air. Enjoy it!

    Photo of plants. Photo from Flickr.

    About

    Ana Pirosca is a sophomore and returning member to Malden High School’s Blue and Gold. Pirosca is looking forward to working with different people in the class and doing more video work. She was born in Cluj Napoca, Romania, but was raised mostly in the United States; Kansas for 5 years, after which left for Boston when she was 7 years old. The way she describes her own personality is very goofy, pretty awkward and sometimes others see her as overly serious but she just spends a lot of time thinking. Her favorite movies are the Harry Potter series and she just recently got into the TV show Game of Thrones. She enjoys listening to music and manly listens to classics. She also did cross country and outdoor track during her freshman year, but is thinking of only doing crew this year. Pirosca went to Forestdale until 7th grade and transferred to Linden for 8th grade. Academically, her biggest achievement was organizing the psychology club.

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