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«The joy of planting for me is to see my flowers blossoming, even those that I thought were not flowering»
«The joy of planting is to see my flowers blossoming»
Such emotions are worth much. We asked Janice Page from Cambridge to share with our readers her secrets for house planting.
There is a wide variety of flower pots and planters on the market. What criteria was the most important when you chose the LECHUZA self-watering planter and preferred it to any other?Janice Page: LECHUZA self-watering planters are very convenient and handy. They look grand and lovable. Plants decide on their own how much water they need, so they grow much faster and look good, green and alive.
What plants do you grow at home, including those for which you use LECHUZA?J.P.: Viola, Orchid, Schefflera, Crassula, Sansevieria, Schlumbergera and many others. Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact names of all my plants and flowers.
How long have you been planting? Do you have any favorite plant species?J.P.: I’m an amateur; I don’t have much free time that I can spend on planting. I’ve been planting since 2013. When I started, all my violas almost died, but I managed to revive them. I don’t have favorite types of plants, but I like more flowering plants.
Have you been confronted with any difficulties while handling plants? How do you overcome these difficulties?J.P.: The main difficulty in planting for me is proper watering. I can pour too much water so plants start to die, then I can dry them up because I didn’t have enough time. Plants hardly come to life after all such manipulations. They look and don’t gratify me at all.
How does LECHUZA help with the process of handling plants?J.P.: Handling is significantly easier such that the watering is regular and individual for each plant. Once every two weeks my task is to pour water into the planters’ trays and keep enjoying my flowering plants.
Do you notice a difference in plant growth between LECHUZA and other pots?J.P.: Yes, the benefit is tangible. The watering system does the trick, if any other planter had had the same system; the effect would have been the same. I think the main advantage of the planters is the watering system. There are many methods to organize wick watering, but LECHUZA thought through everything. The systems of other brands take up too much space, are not user friendly, and cause me to be less willing to buy.
Modern-day flowerpots should be functional and stylish at the same time, so they and their plants take an active part in creating interior design. What is more important to you – functionality or how the planter matches the design?J.P.: For me interior design is first. If something is functional, but looks disgusting and too complex to use, I definitely decline to use it and change to something more good-looking.
Where is the zest in planting for you?J.P.: The joy of planting for me is to see my flowers blossoming, even those that I thought were not flowering. I have one flower, which started to bloom after 12 years, as soon as I set it in a LECHUZA planter. It was stunning and amusing. Additionally, my colleagues and friends detected changes in my flowers and keep asking how I take care of them.
Do you subscribe to the opinion that plants and flowers should be in every house? What is the role of greens in your home?J.P.: I can’t say for certain, since everyone decides and it depends on their wishes. Not every house needs plants and flowers. I would feel uncomfortable in places where plants are not loved. I think that flowers are for creating comfort, coziness and aura of happiness at home.
Do you place plants on the balcony during the spring-autumn period?J.P.: Three seasons in a row I’ve been growing plants on the balcony. I’ve tried to plant Petunia Pendula and Lobelia, but the results were unsatisfying. My balcony is situated on the south-west side, but I couldn’t water plants every day, so they dried up fast, died and I didn’t manage to revive them. I’ll set my flowers into the planters next year. I’m sure that I’ll succeed.
Do you use tips and recommendations from florists or the internet or just go with your gut and trust your own feelings?J.P.: I always use advice given by florists on the internet. Actually the internet is where I learned about the effectiveness of wick watering. But the methods they suggested didn’t suit me. The design given on the internet was functional, but didn’t blend with my interior (plastic jars, synthetic ropes, there was even advice to use old panty-hose). But I was given a lot of good advice too, especially in situations when plants were dying. I found LECHUZA planters on the internet accidentally, and I’m so happy to have them now. Eventually, I consider florists’ opinion, weigh arguments against my experience and then decide what to do in a situation.
Where do you prefer to buy new plants?J.P.: I don’t have specific places to buy plants. I buy them if I like them.
What suggestions can you give to our readers if they want to grow their own plants at home?J.P.: Set your plant in a LECHUZA self-watering planter and don’t carry out experiments and cause any more confusion. Don’t lose interest in house planting.
What advice can you give to readers thinking of buying a LECHUZA self-watering planter?J.P.: Reader, if they are thinking of buying these planters, will like everything about them. I am sure that they will like it, but price is still something to consider. Why do plastic pots cost a sight of money? I came to the conclusion that nothing can wreck these planter. Plastic planters have a longer service life than ceramic ones. You buy it once, then just enjoy and forget the problem of continuous watering.
I would advise readers to estimate the efficiency of these types of planters by buying them and taking great enjoyment in planting, while getting compliments from your friends.
Column written by: GetPotted.com