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Why Won’t My Houseplants Grow?

It’s getting a little cooler outside – chillier mornings, cooler nights. And that all means that we should start to consider moving our plants inside (if you keep them outside during the summer that is), to prevent them from getting sick. And yes, your houseplants do get sick.

But, sometimes when we move them indoors, and they don’t have that sunlight and fresh air as much as we may like, they just don’t really thrive the way that they did during the summer and spring months.

So, what can we do to help them thrive?

First – face the facts. All different kinds of plants require all different types of sunlight. Some like tons of sunlight – for some, partial light is what they love. If you don’t still have the little plastic tag stuck in the soil for the plant (I know most of you probably do), look up your plant online. And if you can’t remember what kind of plant it is (been there, trust me), drop a note on NextDoor or even some Facebook Groups that are geared towards plants. Most people will be more than happy to help you identify your plant, and might even be able to give some great tips!

Second – don’t water it too much. A really common way of essentially killing plants is watering them too much. Don’t fall into that trap. And if you aren’t sure if you’re watering too much, purchase a gauge that will measure how much moisture is in your soil.

Third – and this goes along with the watering issue – make sure you have really good drainage. Want a good tip for this? Take your plant completely out of the pot and place stones/pebbles into the bottom of the pot. Now, add your plant back into the pot and lightly pack your potting soil around. Those pebbles will raise your plant up and help all that excess water to drain out much easier – plus it’ll help those roots!

And what about fertilizer? Here’s the deal – during the warmer months, only fertilize once per month. During the winter months, fertilize once in the beginning of winter, then not again until spring. Using too much fertilizer can definitely affect your plants in a very bad way and will kill and burn your leaves and flowers.

Thinking of buying a home in Greenville or our surrounding areas? I’d love to chat with you! We’ll find your dream home – together! Sellers – don’t forget to contact me in regards to selling your home too! My email is thevictoriacottlegroup@gmail.com, and my direct phone is (864) 275-3953.

Exciting News!

Head to Falls Park on the Reedy River every Thursday in both September and October, and enjoy Movie Nights under the stars (weather permitting of course).
Here’s the schedule! These are some really good flicks!
Cool Runnings | Sept. 9 | 8:10 p.m.

Notorious | Sept. 16 | 8 p.m.

Matilda | Sept. 23 | 7:50 p.m.

A League of Their Own | Sept. 30 | 7:40 p.m.

Back to the Future | Oct. 14 | 7:20 p.m.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory | Oct. 21 | 7:15 p.m. | This night is also a special costume night.

Poltergeist | Oct. 28 | 7:10 p.m.


What should you bring?
Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged for a comfortable experience. You can also bring your own food + drinks, but there will be food and beverages available for sale from local vendors for each movie showing.

You can also bring your own alcohol but only if you purchase a $1 wristband onsite and show a valid ID. Speaking of alcohol: all alcohol must be poured into plastic cups, which will be available at the event. Pets and smoking are not allowed.

It’s Labor Day Weekend!

Since it’s Labor Day weekend, and we’re all going to be celebrating with family bbq’s, picnics and football games, I felt it was kind of cool to share some fun facts about this quite unique holiday. Unique in the fact that really most people don’t know what it’s about ?

  1. The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City, planned by the Central Labor Union.  The Labor Day parade of about 10,000 workers took unpaid leave and marched from City Hall past Union Square uptown to 42nd street, and ended in Wendel’s Elm Park at 92nd Street and 9th Avenue for a concert, speeches, and a picnic.
  2. Oregon was the first to declare Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
  3. Labor Day is considered the ‘unofficial NFL season kickoff.’ 99.44 percent of the time, the NFL plays its first official season game the Thursday after Labor Day.
  4. The first Waffle house opened on Labor Day. In 1955, in Avondale Estates, GA, the very first Waffle House opened its doors to the public.
  5. What are we celebrating? The contributions and achievements of the 155 million men and women who are in the U.S. workforce.
  6. On June 28, 1894, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

Local Greenville SC News

South Carolina State Museum guests can enjoy buy 1, get 1 free tickets for planetarium + 4D shows every weekend in September. The extra ticket can be used for a second show, including the museum’s newest planetarium experience “Habitat Earth.” 

History Comes Alive Festival | Fri., Sept. 3-Sun., Sept. 12 | Various locations | Free | Step back in time and meet American game changers like Ben Franklin and Thomas Edison — hear their stories + ask them how their world changed

The Artist Next Door Fall Show | Sun., Oct. 3 | 1-5:30 p.m. | 25 Pinehurst Dr. | Free | Local artist Sherrill Hill hosts 20 other local artists for The Artist Next Door Fall Show featuring paintings, pottery, photography + more.

About Victoria

 People are on the move and I am ready to help you buy or sell in the Greenville area. Please contact Victoria Cottle by email thevictoriacottlegroup@gmail.com or call (864) 275-3953 for your real estate needs in the Upstate of South Carolina! You can also always follow me on Facebook!

Victoria Cottle is a Realtor® in the Greenville South Carolina area and if you, a friend, or a family member need assistance with selling or buying a home I can help. Referrals and people needing relocation assistance are welcome! Search Single Family homes in Greenville. Search Condos and Townhomes in Greenville.

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