Hello and Happy Friday!
This little lemon tree project I tackled last weekend has me so happy I had to share. I've never been a huge fan of house plants. I associated them with ugly planters, water stained hardwood, fruit flies and thankless maintenance. I did have a massive fiddle leaf fig when I lived in Toronto. I'd planted it in a patio container that was a classic urn and did NOT leak. I loved it, but when we moved to Calgary I couldn't bring it. About a year a go I bought another very small FLF. It's stayed alive this long so I figured maybe it was time to try something a little more exciting like a Lemon tree and a Gardenia, so I bought myself both last Saturday.
Here's the after first (to entice you):
1. Start with a resin or plastic planter- they are lighter in weight and therefore easier to move if need be. This one was from Home Depot from their last season and was 50% off.
Brush off any dirt or dust in preparation for spray paint.
2. Apply spray in slow, even coats. It's better to do many thin coats to avoid drips, rather than a couple of lumpy thick coats. I always want this step to go fast, but trust me, it's better to take your time because you end up with a smooth lacquer like finish.
3. Next I placed some broken up styrofoam in the bottom of the planter. This served as a way to reduce the amount of soil so that my planter didn't end up weighing 500lbs. It's pretty tall.
4. I met a lovely woman named Kathy at Home Depot's nursery dept when picking out my new plants. She works in another nursery herself and was so helpful and informative with regards to planting and watering instructions. She told me that fruit fly eggs hatch in the surface soil when it's wet for too long. She said that plants prefer to be watered from the bottom. I had the idea to buy a bottle of pop in the Home Depot check out, take it home, cut the bottom off (I think it was 750ml) and insert in the corner upside down. This way I can pour water right in to the roots and avoid fruit flies. (Thank You Kathy!)
5. Next the soil. Pour a bit in the bottom. I pre measured with a chalk line to the bottom of the root ball when the top of the plant was flush with the planter. This gave me a guideline of how much soil to dump in.
6. Then the planting of the tree. If you look closely at the back left corner you will see the concealed pop bottle hiding in the soil. You can see I made a mess of dirt everywhere too.
7. Final result... happy lemon tree in my office. With one little plump lemon (by the bottom corner of the painting) just waiting to turn yellow.
all images Erica Cook Moth Design
What do you think of house plants? Have you had much luck keeping them? Happy Friday! xo