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@TexanExpat avatar @TexanExpat · 2d
Anthropomorphism and thinking of your plant as a high maintenance friend. Anthropomorphism (ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈmȯr-ˌfi-zəm) Merriam-Webster Dictionary refers to the attribution of human traits,emotions, or intentions to non-human entities. It's a common human tendency, seen throughout history in mythology and storytelling, where animals and even objects are depicted with human characteristics. But how does this relate to our houseplants? The urge to talk to our plants, give them names, or imagine them feeling happy or sad is a form of anthropomorphism.While seemingly whimsical, it can unlock a powerful tool for plant care: mindfulness. The Link Between Anthropomorphism and Mindfulness: The decision to see our plants as living beings with needs motivates us to be more attentive. Instead of simply watering on Wednesdays, we become plant detectives. We observe subtle changes in leaf color, drooping stems, or signs of pests with a heightened sense of awareness. This is mindfulness in action – a present-moment focus on observing our plants without judgment. From Observation to Breakthrough: Mindfulness goes beyond just noticing changes. It encourages us to analyze these cues critically. A drooping plant isn't just "sad," it might be thirsty, lacking light, or battling root rot. By actively connecting these observations to potential causes – like recent changes in watering or light exposure – we can identify the underlying problem. Unlocking Mysteries: Consider the quintessential Karen of the plant world, the Fiddle Leaf Fig. (well IMHO, a tie with calathea). For weeks, a given fig can have drooping leaves. Increased watering doesn’t resolve the issue. Different light source, still no improvement. However an approach using mindfulness would consider the greater context such as a recent repotting. Bingo! The roots were crammed, restricting water flow. A thoughtful repotting, and the plant perks up. The Takeaway: Talking to your plants might seem silly, but the underlying concept – anthropomorphic mindfulness – can be a game-changer for plant care. By viewing our plants as living things with needs and actively analyzing the cues they offer, we can cultivate a thriving indoor jungle, filled with happy and healthy plants, even the "fussy" ones. Who knows, you might just have a breakthrough with a plant that has been struggling for a long time, all thanks to the power of mindful observation. But then there is always the other side to consider… Take my philodendron dark lord. What a menacing posture it exhibits. It makes me wonder whether its namesake is “the Dark Lord” and that body language and expession? Already a megalomaniac. I had this plant in my bedroom one night and just cloud not shake this feeling it was already plotting my demise. And that countenance. Could it be any clearer: when I am grown up I wills be your overload. I knew I shouldn’t have given it a vantage point so high above … #PhilodendronDarkLord #MyPlantWantsToBeInternetFamous #PlantCare #GreenThumb #IndoorGardening #UrbanJungle #GregGang #CentralTexasGang #SanAntonioGregGang #GreggersSupportingGreggers #HappyPlants #PlantsMakePeopleHappy #PlantAddicts #plantdad

@AnthuriumQueen avatar @AnthuriumQueen · 3M
Good Morning! #GregGang! Please stay away from this shop on #etsy . I can’t say it’s an #EtsyScamShops member but I can tell you that I never leave less than stellar reviews unless there’s a real issue. And this is a first! I have over 1k plants and most aren’t on the app. I ordered two large spiral aloes which they sent and right out of the boxes, there were broken leaves, they looked a bit overwatered, and had mushy leaves. I set them on a shelf and woke up to one leaking sap from the bottom. That same day, as the plants had arrived very dirty, I went to wipe the leaves off one and they started falling off. Next day, rot started taking over. When I contacted them, they said they didn’t know what happened and they would wait until other buyers would review the other aloes. One plant is unlike the other even if they look the same. One may have been overwatered more than the others. Logical concept, yes? No, it appears they cannot fathom the point. The picture they sent me was supposed to be of my aloe but that’s just a picture. The chance it was actually mine is questionable because I have pictures of what I received and they don’t look like the picture they sent which looks exactly like their listing image except for the date. They offered me one replacement that I could drive over to pick up once they move to Pflugerville from California (??) during my initial message to them. Well, now the other aloe is a goner as well. Clearly, they were overwatered and damaged before shipping and they are saying they don’t know what happened.I’ll let you all tell me what you think. I’ll add the link so you can see the videos in the reviews. And I will also attach images of what I saw last night and this morning. Save yourself the money and do not buy from them. There are no refunds and obviously they aren’t aware that I am very aware of caring for aloes, agaves, and succulents. I have not heard back from them since my message last night telling them the aloes were rotting. I spent $200 on plants I expected would be healthy but that’s not what I got. And rather than say, “We can send another one out to you right away!”, they want me to drive 1.5 hours once they move to Texas. Nope! I hate doing this because I find it tasteless however, I’d rather you know whom you cannot trust via their service. Link and more info in comments. #EtsyShopsToStayAwayFrom #SucculentSquad #Agave #Euphorbia #AloeVera #Aloe #SanAntonioGregGang #CentralTexasGang #Philodendron #AnthuriumQueen