I'm a lifelong plant killer.
I love the warmth and color they bring to any abode, but remembering to water and care for them has never been my strong suit. I've tried terrariums, which tend to create their own self-sustaining ecosystems, but eventually even those wither up and die. Until recently, the only plants in my apartment were dried flowers. And if there were a way to kill those a second time, I'm sure I could figure it out.
So it's a big deal that I've decided to finally commit to — and, specifically, not kill — a few houseplants, including the one above. I wandered into the greenhouse with the same pitiful lack of confidence that I bring to the auto mechanic and asked the first lady I saw to direct me to the easiest plants they offer.
Et voila! Snake plants.
Native to West Africa, these hearty plants require little sunlight but can tolerate a lot of it, and they only need to be watered every week and a half. The lady at the greenhouse told me they can go up to two weeks without water, so there's no need to get a plant-sitter during long vacations.
My keep-alive strategy so far involves setting an alert on my phone reminding me to water the plants, and turning them around every so often to give the other side some light. The greenhouse lady mentioned fertilizer at some point, but I don't think I'm there yet.
It's been about three weeks, and so far, no deaths! Let me know if you have any tips for a plant beginner — my snakes will thank you.