I bought these two Echeverias in December last year for my tabletop garden – Merry Christmas. In these three months, the stems of these Echeverias have kept stretching longer and longer, and now, they are like a Yao Ming of their genus.
Echeverias need bright light. And obviously, I didn’t give my poor Echeverias enough light, as the stems of the plants kept growing longer and longer in the direction of the light.
This photo of my tabletop garden – Kung Hei Fat Choi is taken in early February. After being deprived of light for over a month, the stems of my Echeverias started to grow longer. Yet, as ignorant as I was, I thought I might have fed my Echeverias too well with the liquid plant food that I had just bought for my cacti and succulents.
This is how my Echeverias looked like in my tabletop garden – Merry Christmas. I bought these Echeverias and took this photo in the end of December last year.
After this experience, I have learned my lesson – light is one of the most important factors, if not the most imporant one, in the care of houseplants. Of course, water, humidity, nutrients, space, temperature and such, affect the health of our houseplants as well. Yet, it is usually much easier for us to modify these factors than the placement of the windows, skylights, doors, balcony and such. Hence, the among of light a plant can recieve in the indoor environment is one of the greatest limiting factors when we select our indoor houseplants.
No wonder most indoor houseplant selection guides categorize indoor plants by light requirement. Okay, I better start listening…