Survey: IKEA Plants — Yay or No Way?

Survey: IKEA Plants — Yay or No Way?

Kyle Freeman
Mar 19, 2009

For some reason we resisted buying IKEA plants for a long time, questioning their ability to thrive over the long haul. But recently we gave in and brought home some handsome ones. If you've bought plants from IKEA before, how have they fared?

A funny thing happened in the parking lot of IKEA as we were wheeling our new plants to the car. A woman approached us, as if she could sense our ambivalence. She squealed with delight about how healthy the plants looked. But the funny part was when she validated her own authority on plants by saying: "I live in Southern California so trust me when I say those plants look healthy." Um, okay. In all honesty we were actually comforted, having received the Californian's seal of approval. (Granted what we were really thinking is "what on earth are you doing in a dreary Stoughton, IKEA parking lot in March when you could be in sunny, plant-loving Southern California right now?)

That said, we got the plants home and noticed how mildewy they smelled. It's been about a week now and they're doing okay — some better than others — but we wonder what the future holds. And of course we get it that our care of the plants has a lot to do with how they'll fare.

How have your IKEA plants fared? Any tips for buying or caring for them?

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