Resigning oneself to the BLACK THUMB
Posted by kristipetersenschoonover
I’m not great with plants, and I never have been—even when I was sixteen years old and bought a Royal Palm (back in the 1980s, they didn’t sell them all over the place in the Northeast like they do now, so this was a very exciting thing), studied how to take care of it, and was super attentive, it still died.
Back in the summer of 2014, I was out shopping with my friend Michele for painting supplies–we were doing some touch-up work on a couple of things in my house. I spied these adorable little Sago Palms for ten bucks–and absolutely had to have them. I bought four.
So in love was I with those, I went out and bought a much larger Royal Palm and a Snake Plant.
Three years later, it’s only the snake plant that’s still alive – and it’s a beast! I’ve had to repot it three times, and it’s survived. I was heartbroken when the palm trees died, and my initial plan was simply to replace them when they did.
Then I considered my track record as well as the annual cost. At four Sago Palms, that was $40 per year. The Royal Palm was $20. So that was $60 a year, excluding pots when they grew larger, soil, and other incidentals.
Anyone who knows me understands I’m a huge fan of Pier 1 Imports, and over the years I had been impressed with the quality of most of their faux plants; it was always the high price point (we’re talking between $150 and $200) that stopped me. When I thought about how much money I’d save over a certain number of years–a $150 Royal Palm would pretty much pay for itself in three summers, and any thing beyond that is gravy. It would be much more economical to go faux, and the only care involved would be dusting. In addition, I could move them between indoor and outdoor at any time.
I’m really happy with my new Pier 1 plants, and I do plan on purchasing more eventually. Maybe having a black thumb isn’t so bad after all!
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About kristipetersenschoonoverA ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in countless magazines and anthologies. She has received three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies, served as a co-editor for Read Short Fiction, has judged both writing and grant competitions and co-hosts the Dark Discussions Podcast. Her work Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole is a collection of ghost stories set in Disney Parks; her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She’s also a member of the New England Horror Writers Association. More info: www.kristipetersenschoonover.com
Posted on August 1, 2017, in Deep Thoughts & Fun Stuff and tagged Pier 1 fake palm trees, royal palms, sago palms, snake plants, what to do if your plants keep dying. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.