I had to do a quick search to see if I had ever blogged about the plant market and I was surprised to see that I hadn't. But I guess I shouldn't be that surprised; I don't think I've been to the plant market since my first year in Beijing. At least, not to buy plants. (I bought Goldfish there! (Never mind, I just realized that was also during my first year.) Who is still alive, KNOCK ON WOOD! And oh man, I just got all sentimental because looking at the photo here, I realize he's actually gotten a lot bigger since then.)
Ok, tangent over. Ahem.
ANYWAY. We had our last 2 or 3 plants die over the summer while we were in Canada. (One friend who shall remain nameless—Alanna!—insists that they were dead before we put them in the hallway for the ayis to take care of, but I insist that at least one of them was still alive.) So after much convincing that we needed more plants because they'll make our air healthier/produce oxygen and they're beautiful, Tony and I walked to the plant market by Lady Street this weekend.
And like always, I was in heaven.
I'm convinced you can breathe easier as soon as you walk into the building. I mean, of course you probably can. It's a building filled with oxygen makers.
Look at the colours here!
So many succulents. Blogland, are you drooling?
I love looking at all the different varieties of plants that I have no idea how to not kill.
The plant market has more than just plants. Yup. Turtles and rabbits and fish, oh my. Plus crabs and mice and birds and I don't remember what else.
We ended up buying 4 plants—two Snake Plants and two plants that I don't know the name of. We put 3 in the living room and one in the bedroom. We were supposed to put two in the bedroom but Tony was all, Um. No one puts plants in the bedroom. I gave him a look like, Are you crazy? And he said, They don't make oxygen at night! And again, I'm like, Are you crazy? But I googled it. And it turns out he's right. Except for Snake Plants! Apparently, Snake Plants convert CO2 into oxygen at night! So that means we're both kind of right, right?!
I'm going back to the plant market soon. Any suggestions for plants that improve air quality, are beautiful, and are hard to kill?