10 Velvety Plants You Need To Own

Welcome back! Today we’re on the topic of velvety plants that you need to own if you’re a sucker for soft textured leaves like we are!

10 Unique Velvety Houseplants You Need

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Without further to do, our first plant on this list.

1. Alocasia Frydek

The Alocasia Frydek was on of the first “uncommon” houseplants I ever bought online, and when I got it she came with 5 beautiful leaves.

Over the course of a few months her growth was slow and she was losing leaves faster than growing them. So, I panicked. When there was only one leaf left on the Frydek I took her out of soil and put the entire bulb and roots in sphagnum moss. Ever since then she’s been growing leaves very quickly and hasn’t been losing any! It was a quick decision I made that I wasn’t sure if it would pay off but I’m happy to say it did!

I keep mine in bright indirect light, she is still in the moss so I only water her once the moss gets dry. I’ve had her in moss for about 3-4 months and she’s done nothing but thrive for me since! I keep her fairly close to a humidifier but the room humidity overall doesn’t typically get over 50%.

2. Philodendron Gloriosum

The Philodendron Gloriosum is second on this list because this plant was second to the Frydek for uncommon plants I started collecting. I got mine when it had only two leaves and a growth point, fast forward 4 months she’s unfurled a new beautiful leaf and is currently working on her fourth one!

My Gloriosum also gets bright indirect light via my grow lights and sits close to the humidifier as well. I have her in soil that retains more moisture than not so I don’t need to water too often.

3. Scindapsus

So if you know plants very well you’ll know that Scindapsus is actually a large family of plants, and not all of which have velvety leaves but for the purpose of this article we’re just going to refer to the ones that do.

Scindapsus is one of my favorite trailing plants because of their silver hue that makes them stand out from the rest of a green jungle. Mine have proved to be slow growers for me but I hear of many others saying they’re one of their fastest growing plants.

4. Philodendron Micans

Look at this cutie! The Philodendron Micans is unfortunately a plant I don’t have in my collection anymore but I used to have a small pot of a few cuttings. I ended up selling that pot and told myself the next time I get a micans it will be a nice full pot of them.

If you own a Philodendron Micans you’ll know that the leaf colors go through an entire shade range when they unfurl and harden off. From oranges to magenta they’re definitely a unique plant to own!

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5. Calathea Warscewiczii

I have proved I am not worthy yet of a Calathea Warscewiczii from the many past calatheas I’ve unfortunately killed. May they Rest In Peace.

I’ve been so tempted a few times to pick one up when they were coming in circulation of Lowe’s and Home Depot plants but I resisted the urge.

6. Philodendron Verrucosum

My favorite local nursery nearby has these in stock and they’re as stunning in person as they are in photos. They have red on their backside of their leaves along with a little fuzzy stem that has small hairs poking out.

Definitely a wishlist plant of my own to day the least.

7. Philodendron Gigas

The Philodendron Gigas is such a unique plant in the Philo family in my opinion. Unlike most other philodendrons, the Gigas leaf shape grows more elongated and tall compared to the normal heart shaped leaves.

8. Alocasia Black Velvet

This is a plant I plan on getting very very soon. First because I’m addicted to Alocasia, and second because I’m addicted to velvety plants, which is why I have the Frydek too.

I like this plant especially because of it’s more rounded off leaf shape and of course that darker color you don’t typically see on plants.

9. Purple Passion

So, long story short: I got this plant in my earlier houseplant parenthood years and it lasted for about 2 weeks. In that unfortunate time period I managed to both overwater and sunburn her. Poor girl didn’t have a chance.

Just because of that traumatizing experience I shared with this plant I probably won’t be getting another soon. But it’s for the better anyways.

10. Anthurium Clarinervium

So, the Anthurium Clarinervium has been a top wishlist plant for a very long time in my book. I have yet to actually even own an anthurium because I get psyched out on if I can take care of them or not and I don’t want to take the risk.

But I will say, when I do have the confidence to take care of that plant I will definitely be getting one.

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What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November

What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November. We’re officially entering Winter, but that doesn’t mean you have to halt any gardening until the Spring. November, despite the cold, is actually a great month to get out and garden.

I should note also that this guide is curated around the United States and is meant for people living within this country.

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Many plants you will be seeding out this time of year, you are preparing for a Spring harvest. But, November does open up a lot of opportunities to grow something different in the garden. Many fruits flourish in the cold as young plants.

So, let’s get started on what we are growing in November.

What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November

Sow Indoors Or In A Greenhouse

  • Pak Choi
  • Spring Onion
  • Winter Salads
  • Herbs such as dill, chives, basil, and parsley
What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November
Spring Onions

Direct Sow Outdoors

  • Peas
  • Hardy Broad Beans
What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November
Broad Beans

Plant Outdoors

  • Cabbage plants
  • Asparagus crowns
  • Onions
  • Garlic
What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November
Asparagus Crowns

Fruit To Plant Outdoors

  • Blueberry plants
  • Gooseberries
  • Raspberry canes and blackberries
  • Strawberry plants
  • Rhubarb crowns
  • Currants
Raspberry Plant
Raspberry Plant

While the growing season does unfortunately slow down this time of year, it does open up new plants that haven’t been in your garden yet. So go ahead and try something different in November!

What To Sow And Grow In The Month Of November

Here are a few other articles you may be interested in reading next!

Propagating and Growing Herbs
Houseplants Safe For Pets
Vegetables for Beginners to Grow

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Hoya “Wax Plant” Complete Care Guide

Today we’re going over a Hoya “wax plant” complete care guide. Covering everything you need to know in order to grow a large and lush Hoya of your own! It’s easier than you may think too, let us show you.

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At some point in your plant collection obsession journey, you are bound to own a Hoya. There are so many different varieties out there in all shapes and sizes.

Hoyas are also commonly known as the wax plant. This is because their blooms are shiny and resemble a wax figure.

Hoya Care Guide
credit from the wonderful @goodandplantiful on Instagram.

Types of Hoyas

Let’s go over a few popular types of hoyas you will commonly see.

  • Hoya Hindu Rope
  • Hoya Krimson Queen
  • Hoya Krimson Princess
  • Hoya Curtisii
  • Hoya Bella
  • Hoya Kerrii
  • Hoya Linearis

The list goes on and on..

Hoya Care Guide
via @rose_rue_and_the_pea

Check out some of our other care guides for these plants:
Monstera Deliciosa
Pothos & Philodendron
English Ivy

Lighting Requirements

Hoyas are a pretty versatile as far as lighting goes. They tolerate low and medium light, but you probably won’t see blooms unless they are in bright indirect light.

They could happily live in a south facing window behind a sheer curtain to protect them from the sun. They also do best with 2-4 hours of bright light a day.

You are also able to use artificial grow lights, they are best for people without much natural sunlight in their home.

Hoya Care Guide
via @foliagejournal


While Hoyas do appreciate higher humidity, they can also thrive in just your normal house humidity without additional help. You would notice though, they grow better with a little higher humidity.

If you aren’t able to get a humidifier for your home, try the pebble tray method. This is where you get a saucer, fill it with pebbles, then fill it with water and place the plant on top of it. Be careful to not let the water touch the pot because that could cause soil saturation which could lead to root rot.

The pebble tray method essentially creates a bubble of humidity around the plant by evaporating water which the plant absorbs.

Hoya Compacta Variegata
via @goodandplantiful


Water requirements vary from Hoya to Hoya, so be sure to look up your plant specifically for this one. For most Hoya, you are safe to let the soil dry out completely before watering.

They prefer room temperature water, tap water is fine also.

It’s best practice to water your plants early in the day, that way the sun helps absorb some of the moisture and doesn’t let the leaves of the plant be wet when the sun goes down and temperatures drop.

Water your plant until you see it dripping out of the drainage hole on the bottom, and remember to remove any excess liquid as to not let it sit in water and potentially cause problems.

You’ll also notice that you need to water your Hoyas more in the growing season which is Summer and Spring. During the colder months of the year, slow down on watering and allow your plant to dry out a bit more in between.

Hoya Care Guide
via @arapisarda


Hoyas are easily propagated by node cuttings. You can find the node where the leaves touch the stem, and always cut below the node.

You can propagate Hoyas like you can most plants. Through water, soil, perlite, or leca. It takes between 4-6 weeks for good roots to form and be transferred to soil.

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15 Variegated Houseplants You NEED In Your Life

Hi everyone and welcome BACK this week for another houseplant showcase! This week we are spotlighting our favorite rare and elusive variegated houseplants. I apologize in advance for your bank account if you end up going out to buy one of these bad boys.

Starting off our #1 spot will be the..

Monstera Borsigiana Variegata

Monstera Borsigiana Variegata
Monstera Borsigiana Variegata via @harrison_plants

The variegated monstera, one of the most sought after variegated plants on the market right now. I was actually gifted a very juvenile yellow variegated monstera deliciosa that I’ve been raising for a little bit and I’m pretty proud of her.

See my Monstera Deliciosa Care Guide

Dracaena White Jewel

Dracaena White Jewel
Dracaena White Jewel via @houseplanterr

I stumbled upon this plant when I was planning out this post and didn’t know this existed before-hand, but nevertheless, added to the wishlist.

Heliconia Variegata

Heliconia Variegata
Heliconia Variegata via @hocusficus

I’m kinda all for this Helicionia, it stands tall and has gorgeous striped variegated leaves.

Philodendron Florida Beauty

Philodendron Florida Beauty
Philodendron Florida Beauty via @jus__plants

The Philodendron Florida Beauty has been on my wishlist since I first started collecting plants early this year, and every time I see a photo of one it re-ignites my love for them.

Philodendron Florida Ghost

Philodendron Florida Ghost
Philodendron Florida Ghost via @pream.houseplants

This is the sister plant to the Philodendron Florida Beauty, they share a somewhat similar leaf shape but the biggest difference is that the variegation on this plant is only on new leaves it produces. Once the leaves mature they turn fully green.

Philodendron Marinaruybarbosa

Philodendron Marinaruybarbosa
Philodendron Marinaruybarbosa via @noplantnolife

When I first saw this plant I assumed it was the Philodendron Burle Marx, but it turns out I was way off. I kind of like the variegation on Marinaruybarbosa more than I like the variegated Burle Marx, the BM has more of a yellow hue to it than this one does.

Philodendron Ring of Fire Variegata

Philodendron Ring of Fire Variegata
Philodendron Ring of Fire Variegata via @monsterasandkitties

Another one of those plants that have been on my wishlist forever that I would kill for. It’s leaves shapes are so unique and the variegation is very splashed on the leaves which I’m obsessing over.

Check out some care tips of ours for Philodendrons! Read here

Thai Constellation Monstera

Thai Constellation Monstera
Thai Constellation Monstera via @the_fancywalrus

The sister plant to the Monstera Deliciosa Borsigiana. The difference between the two here is the pattern the variegation takes. This one is a lot more splattered and over the place compared to the Borsigiana where the variegation has a more consistent shape.

Variegated Alocasia Frydek

Variegated Alocasia Frydek
Variegated Alocasia Frydek via @notanotherplantsgram

So my favorite plant I own right now is my Alocasia Frydek just because it’s been growing so well for me since I got it and was the first Alocasia I ever owned. Now imagining the same plant but with variegated velvet leaves, living for this.

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Variegated Banana Tree

Variegated Banana Tree
Variegated Banana Tree via @ranggakuzuma

Rumor has it these are very hard to obtain and very expensive, and I see why. I will own the Variegated Banana Tree one day that is for sure.

Variegated Chain of Hearts

Variegated Chain of Hearts
Variegated Chain of Hearts via @_plant_stop

I have been wanting to get a Variegated Chain of Hearts since I found out these existed. I’m growing the normal green CoH right now and I am obsessed with how cute it is, but imagine having one that’s white and pink.

Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig

Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig
Variegated Fiddle Leaf Fig via @inkcacti

So you thought normal FLF trees were hard to care for? Try your hand at growing a variegated version of this! I would love to have one in my home but I don’t have enough confidence that it would survive unfortunately.

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Variegated Monstera Adansonii

Variegated Monstera Adansonii
Variegated Monstera Adansonii via @elefantorat

I only very recently saw this variegation for the first time and I was a little taken back, because we all know of the normal Monstera Adansonii but when the first variegated ones made their way around instagram and pinterest, it was love at first sight.

Variegated Syngonium

Variegated Syngonium
Variegated Syngonium via @girl_with_plant_addiction

They are some of the most pretty plants I’ve ever seen and I don’t know why I don’t own one yet. Soon, though.

White Fusion Calathea

White Fusion Calathea
White Fusion Calathea via @i_soiled_my_plantaloons

I was actually about to order one of these myself until the two calatheas I currently own started falling ill and their leaves started yellowing, so until I regain my confidence with caring for calatheas I’ll have to wait on this beautiful plant.

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What To Grow In The Month Of August

Hey ya’ll! Welcome back to another month of gardening ventures with me! As you know, we’re going over what to grow in the month of August!

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What To Grow In The Month Of August

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What to sow outdoors

Get ready for a delicious late Autumn and early Winter crop by starting these seeds today!

Also note, do a little extra research and see what vegetables grow best in your gardening zone, you can see what zone you are in here, courtesy of Burpee’s free online tool!

Plants you need to start in the month of August
  • Sow winter lettuce
  • Sow parsley, coriander and chervil
  • Sow radishes
  • Sow salad leaves
  • Sow cabbages
  • Sow swiss chard
  • Sow corn salad
  • Sow pak choi
  • Sow quick-growing carrots (ex. Adelaide)
  • Sow endive
  • Sow kohl rabi
  • Sow turnips
  • Sow raddichio

What to plant outdoors

Now is when you should take your already started plants, either grown by you or from your local stores, and plant them outside with the rest of the crop!

What to grow in the month of August
  • Plant out cauliflower
  • Plant out cabbage
  • Plant out kale
  • Plant out strawberries

Keep reading with these related articles of ours:

14 Vegetables To Grow In Summer
5 Best Vegetables For Beginners To Grow
How To Grow Any Herb From Just One Stem
10 Houseplants That Are For Absolute Beginners

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14 Vegetables To Grow In The Summer

Hey there again! It’s Jason from Pastel Dwelling and TODAY, we are going over 14 of the best vegetables to grow in the Summer.

14 Vegetables to grow in SUMMER

It might be too late to grow some vegetables as the temperature begins to climb, but this also gives you the perfect opportunity to start these vegetables instead.

Read Also:
Propagating & Growing Herbs
Best Vegetables For Beginners To Grow
Gardening Tools You Need To Have

So here are our top 14 picks for Summer vegetables


Growing Tomatillos

Tomatillos are a cousin to tomatoes, they’re also known as Mexican husk tomatoes. They have a more acidic and less sweet taste than traditional tomatoes do.

Armenian Cucumbers

Growing Cucumbers

Funny thing about Armenian Cucumbers, is they aren’t actually cucumbers at all. They are part of the melon family but get categorized as cucumbers due to their shape and taste.

Southern Peas, Blackeyed Peas, & Cow Peas

Growing Peas

Peas don’t quite need an explanation, but instead try this when you plant them. Put together one of those beautiful trellises you see on Pinterest and let them climb all over it!


Growing Corn

Corn is best grown in places where it receives lots of sun, and higher temperatures. They prefer temperatures between 65 F and 95 F. This makes them best grown in my home state, Arizona!

Yardlong Beans

Growing Beans

For maximum production and yield, it’s also best to grow these in warmer environments where they also receive a lot of sunlight throughout the day.


Growing Eggplants

Eggplants are a fun crop to watch grow, the germination period takes a few weeks to kick off, but due to their massive leaves they can quickly outgrow most tomatoes and peppers.

Malabar Spinach

Growing Spinach

Add a little bit of a twist for your next salad or dish by growing Malabar spinach!


Summer Vegetables: Growing Okra

When cooked properly, Okra has a very similar taste to Eggplants. Okra is also a little bit of a weight-loss hack you’ll want to start cooking with. (disclaimer: I’m not a doctor or physician. I just grow plants and read articles about them.)


Summer Vegetables: Growing Melons

It’s no secret why you always see your local grocery stores stocked up with watermelons, cantaloupe, and other popular melons during summer! This is the time of year they grow best, so start your own!

Hot Peppers

Summer Vegetables: Growing Jalapenos

While the bell pepper season is coming to an end, get ready to start growing some hot peppers! My favorites are jalapeno, habanero, and banana peppers!

Sweet Potatoes

Summer Vegetables: Growing Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are such an easy vegetable to grow and they really do take very little effort to do so. They’re root crops, which means they grow underground and harvest them by digging them up.

Thyme, Rosemary, & Oregano

Summer Vegetables: Growing Thyme

While many herbs appreciate some cooler temps and a little bit of shade, these three are the trio you’re looking for to be able to grow herbs year round!


Summer Vegetables: Growing Tomatoes

Tomatoes really are the most versatile vegetable, as far as growing goes. The only thing they really don’t like is frost, so if you live in an area like I do, then you can probably get away with growing these *almost year round.

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14 Vegetables to grow in SUMMER

English Ivy Plant Care Tips | Hedera Helix

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re back this week to teach you how to grow English Ivy (and just about any ivy, really) indoors as a beautiful houseplant!

I really do have a love/hate relationship with Ivy, when I first started my plant collecting journey I went out and got a gorgeous variegated ivy from my local store, and within 2 weeks time I completely killed it off. Whoops.

Anyhow, I challenged myself to try it again, and do it right this time. So today I’m going to share with you everything that your Ivy needs in order for it to grow long and lush.

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How to grow English Ivy (Hedera Helix) indoors

What kind of lighting does English Ivy need?

Ivy does best in well lit areas, they do need quite a bit of light to really flourish. I wouldn’t recommend placing them somewhere where they get direct sunlight for very long, but if you can find a comfy spot that receives good indirect light throughout the day, you hit the jackpot.

Lighting is one of the things I see most people getting wrong when growing Ivy as a houseplant, because they’re not at all a low-light plant. Putting your ivy next to an East facing window will do it a lot of good.

Massive English Ivy

How much water is enough?

Like many plants, really, they prefer to dry out between waterings. It’s best to check 1-2 inches into the soil and feel for moisture before you water your ivy. They are pretty prone to getting root rot disease due to their thin and shallow growing roots.

This is a tip I try remind myself all the time when I water my plants, you can always water the soil more if you need to, but once it’s in there, you can’t get it back out. Less is more when it comes to watering. If you’re on the edge about whether or not the soil is dry enough, just wait an extra day, it’s probably for the best.

English Ivy Houseplant Care Guide

English Ivy and humidity

So ivy is definitely a humidity lover and they would appreciate having probably 40%-50% humidity at the least in your home, but they would be okay without it. I’m currently growing it in my home right now without a humidifier in the room and it’s thriving, just a preference.

Read these for more houseplant care tips:
How To Care For A Bird of Paradise
Pothos & Philodendron Care Guide
Monstera Deliciosa Care Guide

English Ivy Plant Care Guide

Important side notes

  • Pests: It’s fairly common knowledge that Ivy attracts pests. Specifically the malicious spider mites. A way to prevent this from happening is by getting a humidifier to combat dry air, which the mites love. If you do get them though, wipe off all of the leaves with a soft rag and a water & dish soap solvent. Do that weekly until there aren’t any signs of them left.
  • Toxicity: English Ivy is also a toxic plant according to the ASPCA. Keep them out of reach of children and curious pets in your home to prevent unwanted doctor visits.
  • Invasive Species: It’s also pretty known that Ivy is an extraordinary invasive species of plants. It started off as a landscaping detail in North America and it spiraled out of control by getting into native forests and other natural areas. Keep this in mind if you are to plant this outside, because it is a vicious grower and will dominate any terrain you put it on
  • Vine Damage: Ivy is vine that loves to climb and grow upwards. Because of this you want to be aware of what it is climbing on, because the roots they grow in order to attach themselves to surfaces can damage walls and structural integrity if it gets out of hand. You’ll want to prune it often if it does get out of control in order to prevent a hefty maintenance bill.
  • Propagation: You can also easily propagate Ivy like you would most vining plants! Simply cut beneath the nodes on the stem and plop them in a jar with water, and they’ll start rooting within 2 weeks!
English Ivy Propagation

There ya have it!

That’s really all there is to know in order to grow English Ivy as a flourishing houseplant! If you have any other questions, comment them below and I’d be more than happy to answer!

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What To Grow In The Month of July

Welcome back! We’re already halfway through with the year, can’t believe it! So, What To Grow In The Month of July, that is the question today. Well, let me tell you.

Plants that NEED to be started in JULY

What to sow outdoors

These plants are perfect to start this time of year for a great Autumn crop! Try something new and plant a crop you don’t usually grow in your garden!

Plants you need to sow in the month of July

• Sow basil
• Sow fast-growing herbs
• Sow endive
• Sow French beans and runner beans
• Sow kohl rabi
• Sow lettuce
• Sow spinach
• Sow salad leaves
• Sow spring onions
• Sow turnips
• Sow radishes
• Sow beetroot
• Sow carrots
• Sow peas
• Sow spring cabbages

What to plant outdoors

These plants should have been started indoors in May, but if you haven’t started yet on some of these, you can probably get away with direct sowing them outdoors with the rest of your crop. No worries!

Plants you need to start in the month of July

• Plant out sprouting broccoli
• Plant out winter cabbages
• Plant cauliflower, kale and leeks
• Plant out Brussels sprouts

Thank you for stopping by again this month! Check back in at the end of July for yet another growing guide! See you all soon!

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Plants you NEED to start in JULY

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Why Your Peperomia Is Dying

Welcome back, ya’ll! Thanks for joining in on another week with us at Pastel Dwelling! So, did you get your hands on a cute little Peperomia, although you’re not very sure on how to keep it alive? I got you, it’s what I’m here for.

Why your Peperomia houseplant is DYING.
Peperomia Care

The very first Peperomia I got was a Variegated Teardrop Peperomia, I got it sickly from Walmart and was determined to keep it alive. But.. that didn’t go the way I hoped. She’s dead now.

So I took that as a challenge, I was determined to grow a Peperomia and keep it alive.

So, how do you keep it alive? Here’s what you need to know.

Watering a Peperomia

Figuring out how to water these guys was what I struggled with the absolute most. I just assumed to let the top inch or so of the soil to dry out and give her another good watering, but that’s not actually the case.

After some extensive research, I found out that their soil needs to be significantly more dry than that in order to water again, I mean about 5 inches down into the soil dry.

This is because Peperomias have such small and fine roots that they are extremely susceptible to root rot, which is their biggest killer grown as a houseplant, we just love them too much.

So yeah, let them dry out almost completely. Check about 5 inches deep in the soil for moisture, if it’s dry, you’re good to go.

Peperomia Care | How to care for a Ruby Cascade Peperomia

Light requirements

So Peperomias are similar to succulents in a few ways, their watering schedule and how Peperomias store water in their leaves, as well as their lighting needs.

Peperomias are a bit flexible with their lighting needs, they will do best in bright indirect light from a west or east facing window, but could grow just as well in medium light.

How to propagate

So once again I’m going to reference that propagating Peperomias is going to be very similar to propagating succulents. You can propagate through leaf cuttings, steam cuttings, or by division.

You usually want to let the wound of the plant harden over before you go and stick it in the dirt or some water to prevent infection. Hardening over can take from a few hours to maybe just overnight.

Peperomia Care | How to propagate a Peperomia

Temperature and humidity

Peperomias prefer to be in an environment that is on the warmer side rather than the colder. They also originated in the Tropical Rainforests of Brazil, so they prefer to have a higher humidity around them, although you could probably get away with normal household humidity.

Fertilizing your Peperomia

During the growing season only, which is summer, you’ll want to fertilize your Peperomias about once a month. Be careful not to fertilize in fall or winter, because the plant has most likely gone dormant by that time and isn’t going to want to have added chemicals sitting on top of the roots.

How to care for a Peperomia

That’s about all there is to it! If you need any more help with your Peperomia or identifying what it needs, leave a comment below!

As always, happy growing!

How To Grow A Bird Of Paradise Houseplant

Want to know how to grow a Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) houseplant? You’ve came to the right place.

Bird of Paradise Care Guide

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Bird of Paradise houseplants are a wishlist plant of mine that I am proud to say that I now own for myself. I got mine at a nursery in a “discount” section that aren’t typically ready for sale or are damaged in some way, so I scored mine for only $20. (and she is one hefty momma)

I bought mine on a total whim, without really knowing what to do with it and how to properly care for it, and so many online care guides out there lacked so much important information that is honestly crucial to their happiness.

So, that’s why I’m here. To stop the transitions of websites in order to find at least a basic care guide for them. But I’m going above and beyond, this is your one-stop-shop of houseplant care. Welcome to Pastel Dwelling.

Now, straight to the point.

Bird of Paradise Care Guide

What lighting your Bird of Paradise needs

This was something I had a difficult time finding online, and so many guides at there had blurred lines about what they need in order to continue growing and to really thrive in your home.

So, to be blunt, they need a lot of sunlight. Not just partial indirect sunlight like the middle of your living room gets. I mean, they need to be about a foot from your south facing windows. I actually currently have mine outside on my patio because that’s where she is going to get the best light for her.

If you are mainly wanting it just for the home aesthetic look and really want it in that room of yours that doesn’t honestly get any light, I would consider investing in a grow light that you can hang above it.

Get a hanging grow light, it’s $20. You aren’t going to be breaking the bank with this purchase and it will serve you very well and your Bird of Paradise will thank you for it in the long run.

Bird of Paradise Care Guide

Water requirements for your Bird of Paradise

This is where I saw the most grey areas in online guides. It isn’t that hard, really.

During the summer, keep the soil moist. During the winter, let it dry out between waterings.

That wasn’t so hard. In the summer (any warmer month really), which is the growing season, you will notice your Bird of Paradise pushing out the most growth in that 5-6 month span. That’s why you will need to be on top of watering it regularly, because it’s going to be using up all the water you give it.

Keep the soil moist, not wet, not soggy. Moist means that the soil is almost dry on the surface, but is still retaining at least some moisture that you can physically feel and touch.

During the winter and colder months of the year, the Bird of Paradise plant will become dormant. You probably won’t see hardly any growth during this time, and because of that, you are not going to need to water her as nearly as often as you would in the summer.

In the colder seasons, when the first 3 inches of soil is completely dry, that’s when I recommend watering your Bird of Paradise.

Bird of Paradise Care Guide

How to fertilize a Bird of Paradise

You will only need to fertilize 2, maybe 3 times in an entire year. Do it no more often than every 3 months and only fertilize during the growing season.

Anything more than that can cause roots to burn due to constant chemicals being put into the soil mix and your plant will die. It’s as easy as that.

Also be cautious when you fertilize that you don’t leave any on the leaves of your Bird of Paradise because that can lead to burning and scarring, so if you do accidentally get some on your leaves, be sure to wipe them clean as soon as possible so they don’t sit for long at all.

How to care for a Bird of Paradise

Until next time,

Happy growing!