Dig This: Keeping a sentimental plant alive for decades

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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Many people keep the memory of a loved one alive with a plant. It might be a plant left to you by your grandmother or a plant saved from your father’s funeral service. Many Fox 8 staff members have legacy plants and we called upon AJ Petitti, President of Petitti Garden Centers, to share some tips on how to keep these sentimental ‘living’ momentos thriving.

The Petitti team compiled these tips:

  • Avoid overwatering. Utilize a moisture meter to help determine when it’s time to water.
  • Cut foliage back when the plant gets too long and spindly. Giving the plant a “haircut” is actually a rejuvenating, healthy action to take.
  • Re-pot the plant about once a year. Take care to trim off thick roots that have built up in the bottom, use a light potting soil to provide fresh nutrients and air flow.
  • If noticing brown tips on leaves, remove the entire leaf rather than cutting off just the browned tip of it.
  • Be mindful of whether you’re pot has a drainage hole or if it’s a decorative cover pot. With a cover pot, you’ll want to make sure you aren’t giving the plant “wet feet” – water your plant in its original grower pot, drain well, and place back into the cover pot; or, if growing the plant directly in a cover pot with no drainage holes, place gravel at the bottom or utilize the moisture meter for signals to water.

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