Hey friends! It's week 2 of the One Room Challenge and we're off to a slow start. I'm not worried though because I now have a plan, and I know I can implement it over the next several weeks.
Repotting Our Family Ficus Tree
It may seem strange to start our Family Room off with this task, but to me it makes perfect sense. Clean air has always been a very important aspect of keeping my home healthy and beautiful for my family.
Why This Tree Has Special Meaning
Apart from plants being good for any home environment, this particular little tree has sentimental meaning to me. Homes should hold objects that represent truth for the people that live there. When I was 7 months pregnant with our first child, I hauled home a 5 lb ficus bush from our local grocery store. I remember loving it's wispy leaves. At the time there was no way we could afford a large ficus tree, but I had high hopes of it growing tall and strong, just as the baby inside me.
Over the next years I encouraged it's growth, and eventually twisted its branches into a trunk. Our daughter is now 21, and this ficus tree of ours is still going strong. I recently gave it a trim, and realized it was long over due for a repotting.
Always Check Lowes
It was off to Lowes where I narrowed the choice down to three pots that would do the job. I settled on a nice neutral, light weight, clean looking planter with just the right amount of details and texture. It also had a good amount of space at it's base for the plant's root to stretch out a bit more.
I carefully removed the potted tree from its current planter, with the help of my husband, by laying it down on it's side and tugging on the base of the trunk.
I loosened its roots by slowly pulling on them, freeing those that were in knots, and trimming any damaged or rotted roots. Realized I've been over watering our dear tree.
I then placed it in the new pot which had rocks at the bottom to protect the roots from sitting in water, and was filled a quarter of the way with fertilized, well drained soil.
The rest was easy as I gently filled and packed down the soil around the root ball.
When this was finished I watered the plant heavily as I'd read helps prevent shock to the tree. This handsome planter will be our ficus tree's home for many years to come.
After watering I generously covered the loose soil on top with Spanish moss.
Spanish moss helps to hold in moisture, and gives the plant a stylish and completed look
Our living tree has become an integral part of this space, supporting our health, and representing how investing in and nurturing those we love makes them grow in their beauty and strength. Yes, I find some poetry in this little tree.
Really happy with how it turned out! Be sure to check back next Thursday because I will have a big (hint) project finished, and I'll show the step-by-step process to you here on the blog. Thank you so much for following along on my first One Room Challenge!