What’s Wrong with This Picture?


Remember this plant from Wednesday? It’s a “lobby” plant from a small commercial office building where I go to get my hair cut. Colloquially known as ZZ plant, this plant regularly makes lists of “world’s easiest house plants.”


Really? Okay, here’s my version of the same plant. As I always say, here’s where you know that I am an organic gardener because the plant isn’t overly fertilized or watered. In other words, no excessive inputs.

I have had the plant probably 3 years. And while it is still living, I surely wouldn’t say it is one of my prettiest plants, one of my hardier ones or even one of the easier care. The thing falls over out of its pot several times a year–at best, an annoying trait. I can’t say it’s my favorite plant.

Maybe if my plant looked more like the “lobby” plant, I would like it a lot more.

2 thoughts on “What’s Wrong with This Picture?

  1. tonytomeo September 2, 2019 / 12:55 pm

    Actually, I think yours looks pretty good. ‘Perfect’ specimens are rather boring. Yours at least has some structural appeal to it. I would just put it in a bigger pot and let it keep going. I do sort of think they are overrated though. They are no easier than other houseplants.

  2. gardendaze September 2, 2019 / 4:45 pm

    I think what I am objecting to is the proliferation of articles promising “easy-care” house plants when, as you correctly noted, most plants are no more easy care than any others. I am beginning to see all sorts of ridiculous information out there–things like English ivy being easy care, when, unless you live in a humid house, that’s nonsense. English ivy is a spider mite magnet. I am even seeing wrong photos of very simple plants. Ah well….


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