Am I lacking some important crops in my plant assortment?

Am I lacking some important crops in my plant assortment?

Hello everybody!

I’ve already adorned my house with fairly some crops and I like researching the folklore & magickal properties of latest crops I deliver house. Thusfar I’ve acquired:

– Aloe Vera
– Yuka
– Sansevieria
– Pilea peperomioides
– Scindapsus
– Arithium (flamingo plant)
– Calathea (2 varieties)
– Chinese language Evergreen (2 varieties)
– Cactus
– Succulents

On the wishlist is a Begonia!

I used to be questioning if any of you guys studying the record thought some plant was “lacking”. Is there a selected plant you’d suggest?

Additionally, if you happen to’ve acquired some cool web site / e-book options about these crops or magickal crops generally I might love to listen to about it!

Thanks a lot!

8 thoughts on “Am I lacking some important crops in my plant assortment?”

  1. Rosemary (it smells amazing, has many metaphysical and medicinal properties♥). Sage would be nice. Lavender! Basil (amazing herb~). If you want to learn alot about herbs and their properties in general and magickal, check out a lot of the witchy YouTubers, I’d recomment TheLadyGravedancer I have learned so much from her and she has a bunch of herb videos!

  2. Native plants have a rich history, too, like yarrow. Google it, the medicinal properties are fascinating. Native plants are usually easy to care for, too – yarrow is drought hardy, loves poor soil, and yet looks lush like a fern!

    Datura is a staple* in my home. I think some of the Native American folklore about it online is likely exaggerated, misunderstood, or flat-out incorrect as sources vary, but nevertheless it is a stunning plant that radiates mystery. Nothing soothes me more than sitting on the back porch next to a pot of blooming datura and enjoying the night sky. *NOT EDIBLE; just lovely and intriguing!

    One of my favorite locals is a very plain, hard-to spot vine. The magic for me is in how it interacts with other wildlife. Watson’s pipevine is drab, brown, and has flowers that are shaped like a rodent’s ear. The shape and odor attracts small, blood-sucking fly species, which crawl deep into the flower and become excellent pollinators. The pipevine swallowtail, one of our most beautiful native species, is named so because its caterpillars eat exclusively pipevine – they absorb the toxins in the leaves and become toxic themselves for the rest of their lives.

    If you live in the desert, check out local nurseries. In Tucson good places are Bach’s Cactus Nursery and Desert Survivors, as well as annual fall plant sales at the Sonoran Desert Museum.

    We even have a native species of amaranth known as redroot or pigweed. It looks like a weed if allowed to grow untended, but produces gluten-free grain and nutritious leaves. Just don’t plant it in soils that are too nitrogen-rich, or it can accumulate in the leaves.

  3. Also, if you live in Texas, New Mexico, or Arizona I strongly recommend **Edible and Useful Plants of the Southwest, Revised Edition by Delena Tull**. It covers recipes, medicinal properties and teas, salves, etc, history, natural dyes, and textiles. Even making soap from agave! Most importantly, it cites reputable sources, studies on the efficacy of these plants, and actual historical accounts, not anecdotal evidence.

  4. For decorating, poinsettias and other spurge plants are good, but it’s important to note that depending on climate they may or may not get those lovely red leaves in the chill months. I live in Sydney within 10km of the coast, and this means it’s a sub-tropical region that almost never dips below 8°C in the coldest part of winter. Even at night it rarely gets to 4°C. This means it almost never gets cold enough to cause the poinsettias to change colour. It’s also important to note that poinsettias _will not_ change colour if you store them indoors, because the light and temperature cues are all wrong.

    If you have the skill, tropical bonsai species (my advise is a ficus or tropical fig as your first) will do very well in a well-lit indoor environment. However the most popular bonsai species – oaks, apples, junipers, cherries and the like – are _outdoor only_. The conditions within your house will be too warm and too low-light. Ficus and figs do very well because both are familiar with tropical, low-light conditions that are ideal for such species, but even then you will need to have them in a room that gets a significant degree of sunlight.

    Others have recommended lavender – if you’re growing indoors, do yourself a favour and skip anything from _Lavandula_. They’re a nightmare for indoor growth. However, if you have outdoors space with at least a foot of soil depth and a moderately well-nitrated soil, lavender plants will do magnificently.

    Nasturiums are an _exceptionally_ well-growing plant, and are excellent as a first plant for introducing children and adults alike to horticulture. However, I will warn you now that they spread very, very prodigiously and will need to be confined either to a large pot or trough, or clipped and trimmed regularly. Nasturiums are also wonderful for first culinary growers, because the entire aerial portion of the plant (including all portions of the flowers) are both edible and delicious. They have a sweet, spicy flavour, with sweetness most pronounced in flowers and young leaves and spiciness most pronounced in older leaves and stems. They are a perennial (haha) favourite in summer salads and they can survive both tropical and frosty regions with ease. However, they are water-hungry plants and so you should keep their soil damper than most of your other plants.

    Salvia genus plants (specifically common sage but also purple sages and similar) are a delight to grow, especially if you have a fairly sheltered garden. However, I recommend you try not to grow them indoors, and that you _always_ companion-plant them with marigolds because everything from _Salvia_ is a magnet for gastropods (slugs and snails).

    Mugwort makes not only a useful magickal and medicinal herb, but it’s also an excellent plant for warding off flying insects. Insects loathe the smell of mugwort and so those regions of your garden that have the most problems with biting fliers should be planted with a few mugwort plants to defend against flying insects. However, the insects _most_ repelled by mugwort are sadly bees, who will NEVER pollinate any plants in the vicinity of a mugwort plant. If you have bees or wish to attract bees, do not use mugwort anywhere in your garden!

    Hyssop is a useful plant magickally and it’s also exceptionally attractive to bees. Companion-planting hyssop (which grows less bushily than lavender, another bee-attractant) with plants that benefit from bee pollination can be a great way to increase the yields of plants like tomatoes and other fruiting plants.

  5. Herbs, like mint — any edible kind would do. I have spearmint that I use for tisane. Though it depends on whether or not you use herbs in your witchcraft! (Even if you don’t, I would still recommend growing some herbs to incorporate into your food, haha. My first was basil because it’s good with pasta and very easy to grow 😀 )

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