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The pandemic made me into a plant-mama. Last summer, when I was getting sick of being stuck in my room, I decided to get a houseplant. One plant lead to another, and within less than a year, I had 8 plants. Today I thought I would introduce them to you alongside sharing some tips on taking care of them.

Disclaimer: I am the kind of person that gives names to my plants. Do not judge me.

Georgie
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a Schefflera (シェフレラコンパクタ). This was one of the two plants I first got and the reason I am into houseplants today. This one grows quickly without not much care so if you are looking for an easy house plant to start your plant-mama/papa life, this one is a good pick. 

Rebecca
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a Hedera (ハートへデラ). It was given to me by a friend, and it, unfortunately, came with mealybugs (カイガラムシ), which is common with houseplants. I removed them with a chopstick and gave the leaves a good rinse. I also socially distanced it from other plant-mates for a couple of weeks until I was positive it was mealybug-free. 

Plant Mama Tips: when buying plants, always look for insects. Check the back of the leaves and the stems. They also can be hiding under the soil, but you can’t check that, so I recommend replanting it to a new soil right after buying it. Also, if you find any insects, keep the plant away from your other plants not to spread, and remove all the bugs.

Toto
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a “Chinese Banyan” (ガジュマル). Is it just me who thinks it looks like a person in a crouch start position? Just about to run with a crazy hairstyle?

Lorane
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a “Creeping Wire Vine” (ワイヤープランツ). This is also an easy one to grow. In my case, though, a mushroom grew out of the soil twice. Honestly, it was creepy, but this is common with any plants if the soil gets too humid. Although I love eating mushrooms, there is something disgusting about it suddenly popping out of your plant’s soil. 

Plant mama tips: Only water your plants when the soil is completely dry. If a mushroom comes out, remove it and throw it away immediately.

Lila
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a “Ficus Natarensis – Sweet Heart” (フィカス・スウィートハート). I feel bad for my other plants saying this, but this one is my favorite. I love the details each leaf has and that it looks like a heart.

Calcifer & Taro
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

The one on the left (Calcifer) is a “Haworthia Fasciata” (十二の巻), The first succulent to join the gang. It looked like a flame, so the name comes from the Ghibli character. 

The one on the right (Taro) is a Peperomia(ペペロミア). This one grew from a few stems that fell off from the main plant that my mom bought, which I rescued. I had no idea if it would grow, but all it needed was some soil, water, sunlight, and a plant-mama that never gave up on it.

就活ハナコ
houseplant
Original photo by Ellie Eshima

This is a “Sedum” (セダム). The name comes from buying it in March when things were getting busy with job hunting. I really like the shape of the pot as I think it matches the plant perfectly. This plant is on the fragile side, so whenever touching it, I have to be careful.

Watching your plants getting bigger and finding new leaves coming out can bring you small happiness into life. Watering your plants once in a while gives a sense of peace and calmness. It almost feels as if they are your pets, and that is such a nice feeling. 

I hope you all enjoyed this article. 

Ellie Eshima

ICU Japan '21

Ellie is currently a senior at International Christian University, majoring in Psychology.
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