Pink Indoor Houseplants to Beautify Your Home


Hey y’all happy Saturday! Today is an overall pretty great day, I’m attending my first plant swap here in Phoenix, Arizona (will post pictures when I come back from it!) So yeah, super excited!

Today we are talking about plants. Pink ones to be exact. I have gathered this list of the most beautiful pink plants on the planet that you are able to get and grow in your own home.

Without further to do, here we go.

Calathea Triostar (Stromanthe Sanguinea)


Nerve Plants (Fittonia Albivenis)


Ruby Pink Rubber Tree (Ficus elastica)



Wandering Jew (Tradescantia Tricolor)


Pink Princess Philodendron (Philodendron Erubescens)


Polka Dot or Freckle Face Plant (Hypoestes Phyllostachya)



Tri-Color Oyster Plant (Rhoeo Spathacea)


Earth stars (Cryptanthus Pink Star)


Aglaonema Creta



Dracaena Marginata Tricolor


Cordyline Ruby


Rainbow Peperomia Ginny



Anthurium’s


Rex Begonia


That’s all for today, guys! Hope you enjoyed this list and were able to add a few of these to your own houseplant wishlists!

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Plants To Sow And Grow In June

Here comes June! Officially the first month of summer here in Arizona where the heat really starts to shine! Temps reaching 110 F and dry air all around. God help us.

Anyways though, ready to get started on some new additions to your garden this month? I know I am!

Here’s what you’re going to want to start planting this month.

Beetroots


Broccoli


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Carrots



Chicory


Cucumber


Endives



French Beans



Herbs


Kohl Rabi



Lettuce


Peas


Runner Beans



Spinach


Spring Onions


Squash


Turnip

Best of luck on your gardening endeavors and happy growing!

Until next week,

10 Houseplants That Are For Absolute Beginners

Houseplants for beginners, well, did you get bit by the plant-bug recently? Join the club! I’ve been noticing an increasing trend of growth (hehe) in the houseplant community and I couldn’t be happier about it!

So, you want to know the best houseplants to start off with? You definitely came to the right place. Today we’re going to go through 10 of my favorite houseplants that I have never had trouble growing in almost any condition they’re put in, and are very low-maintenance.

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Now onto the houseplants for beginners top ten list!

1: Golden Pothos

Houseplants for beginners | Golden Pothos

This plant is extremely easy to start off with. They are very fast growers and tolerate a lot of different levels of light and irregular watering schedules. Coming from experience, I have never killed off one of my golden pothos plants before.

If you’re looking on where to get them, I OFTEN see them at Lowe’s in small little plastic pots for $3.98, so go check them out and get one for yourself!

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2: Philodendron Brasil

Houseplants for beginners | Brasil Philodendron

These cute little guys are closely related to the Pothos family, but still very different in their own ways. Nonetheless, very easy to take care of. I have had my philodendron for probably over a year, and the biggest difference I see compared to the pothos, is that mine doesn’t grow nearly as quickly as my pothos.

My philodendron has tolerated me forgetting to water it for weeks, for leaving it in way too dark of corners in my house for extensive amounts of time, and just honestly constant neglect. Not my proudest moment, but I have literally never lost a leaf from it after all of that abuse.

From what I’ve noticed, they aren’t actually very common plants, I would recommend checking out local houseplant Facebook groups and seeing if someone has one you are able to buy or get a clipping from to start growing your own.

I also have a complete Philodendron care guide written here! 😉


3: Monstera Deliciosa

Houseplants for beginners | Monstera Deliciosa

I’m going to get mixed comments about this pick I’m sure, but I have never had any issues with growing my Monstera Deliciosa. I live in Arizona, which literally has almost year-round dry heat and extreme fluctuating temperatures. I also owned this plant and watched it thrive for about 6 months before I even got a humidifier for it, never have I ever lost a leaf in the entire ownership of my plant.

The Monstera Deliciosa was super trendy and popular back in 2018, which means that their prices have significantly dropped since they were first “discovered” in the houseplant community.

You’ll be able to find Monstera Deliciosas at most nurseries, they’re fairly easy to come across and the average price I’m seeing is roughly $20-$25 for them.

Read my Monstera Deliciosa care guide!


4: Pilea Peperomiodes

Houseplants for beginners | Pilea Peperomiodes

Another one of those plants that aren’t traditionally seen as easy plants to grow, but I’m going to tell you otherwise. They’re a bit uncommon to find even in most nurseries still, but they are well worth the effort in searching for.

All they really need is a spot where they can receive a decent amount of indirect sunlight, and you’ll be set. Rotate them often though, because their leaves tilt heavily towards the sun and it will just grow uneven, but if you want that, then that’s how you can do it!


5: Spider Plant

Houseplants for beginners | Spider Plant

I’ve honestly grown a bit of an obsession of these guys recently. I was gifted a few spider plant babies to propagate for myself and they have been so fun to watch grow and thrive in my home.

I totally think spider plants are super underrated too, get off your rare plant high horse and grab yourself a spider plant and you’ll fall in love with it as much as I have.

They are pretty common in most stores and nurseries so you shouldn’t have hardly any problem getting ahold of one of these babies.


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6: Snake Plant

Houseplants for beginners | Snake Plant

Okay you probably figured this one was going to be on the list, but I mean, it’s here for a reason! They are super easy to take care of and thrive in so many different situations they are put in.

I have one mother plant that I went and took a bunch of clippings from to propagate into more little babies, and I am so eager to start seeing them sprout new plants and grow up into their own.

They are a bit of a slow growing plant, so I often don’t pay attention to mine but every once in a while I’ll give it some attention and just be super proud of all the growth it’s been putting out slowly in the background of my home.

Snake plants are also very easy to find in most stores, and they have a range of prices but you will most likely see them sold for about $20.


7: ZZ Plant

Houseplants for beginners | ZZ Plant

I know, another one of those cliche easy houseplants you see pretty much everywhere. But here’s a little story of my experience with them; my day job is at a call center, and I’ve seen the ZZ plant scattered around by the people who designed the office and for the longest time I thought they were plastic.

I thought that simply because I didn’t expect them to do so well with literally no natural light and more often than not put in pretty dark areas, yet, they were absolutely thriving. Just goes to show how low-maintenance these guys are.

Good luck even thinking about killing these guys, they’ll probably outlive you.

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8: Aloe Vera

Houseplants for beginners | Aloe Vera

These are probably one of my favorite plants I have ever grown. I got my first Aloe when I was living in my apartment, and I pretty much set this guy on the windowsill, watered him no more often than I paid my rent, and he absolutely thrived.

I have a deep love for them especially because they are so many different genomes of Aloes out there, you would definitely be surprised by a few of them I’m sure.

Bonus points to them for their medicinal use too!


9: Dieffenbachia

Houseplants for beginners | Dieffenbachia

The Dieffenbachia is another plant that people might be questioning me putting up on this list, but let me tell you why they’re wrong. Back in my early plant parenthood this was one of the very first plants I got for myself because I was super obsessed with the foliage.

Fast-forward a month, my Dieffenbachia unfortunately got a bad case of mealybugs and I had to fight them off for quite a while, and it led me to pruning the hell out of him until he was pretty baren with literally only 4-5 leaves left. (originally had at least 20-30 leaves)

With a little bit of hope and love he made an extraordinary recovery and completely bounced back from the attack and he has never looked better since then.

I only have him placed in front of my east-facing window and water only once his soil is completely dried and I’ve only ever seen him put out new growth and just be overall super happy in my home, that’s why I think these plants are pretty low maintenance and great for beginners.


10: Dracaena

Houseplants for beginners | Dracaena

And the last houseplant on my list, the Dracaena. Mine has been nothing but great and fortunate for me. I honestly have a bad tendency to forget about him because he is more out of the way than most of my plants, so out of sight and out of mind.

Never had an issue with pests, never lost leaves due to under-watering, and they tolerate low and high light levels pretty well so they are versatile for almost anywhere in your home.

These are on my top 5 favorite houseplants too, I love the different varieties that are out there and just generally feel much more tropical than most of my other plants, which I’m obsessed with.

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Happy growing, and until next time,

How I’m Growing Tropical Houseplants in Arizona

Everyone wants tropical houseplants, right? They’re gorgeous, can’t blame you.

Well, here’s to another week, everyone! Thank you so much again for stopping by! Your support means the world to me and I cannot thank you all enough!

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Cactus Wall
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Back to our regularly scheduled program.

So, what’s it like living in this super dry heat state and trying to grow tropical houseplants? It does definitely have its disadvantages, but I’m here to prove to you that it is absolutely possible.

Here is a quick list of some tropical houseplants that I’m currently growing, and that are thriving in my home.

Tropicals I have growing in my home:

  • Dieffenbachia (dumb cane)
  • Ficus (fiddle leaf fig, rubber tree, etc)
  • Syngoniums (arrowhead plants)
  • Philodendrons
  • Sansaveria (snake plant)
  • Dracaena
  • ZZ Plant
  • Monstera Deliciosa

Those are just the ones off the top of my head. I have many more than just those but I’ll save that list for another day.

So, how do I manage to accommodate these gorgeous plants to thrive in my home and promote growth frequently? It’s pretty easy actually. Here is what I pay attention to the most in my home in order to make sure they all stay happy and healthy.

String of Hearts
String of Hearts via @leafmealoene

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Humidity

Humidity is such a huge factor in this honestly, maybe the biggest downside to living in Arizona. But I didn’t let that stop me now, did I. Inevitably I did end up buying a humidifier for my home, but I also went a very long time before that and still provided my plants enough humidity.

Some people recommend spritzing your plants with a spray bottle to provide humidity, but I’m just going to tell you that that method doesn’t hardly do anything for your plants. The “humidity” that brings to your plant lasts maybe 30 minutes at maximum. Not an effective method.

What I did though, was station all of my humidity-loving plants in my bathroom with me when I showered, because all of the heat and water would steam up the entire room very well and my plants absolutely adored it. Doing that every day or at least every other day goes so far with your plants and they will thank you for it very much.

Of course, when I did get my humidifier, it completely changed the game for me. No longer did I have to haul 15 massive plants to my bathroom. Not this guy.

One thing you have to be careful though when you get your humidifier is making sure that the humidity it provides actually stays in the room and doesn’t vent out. This can be so easily done by just leaving a door open for a few minutes at a time, you’ll see your room humidity percentage slowly go down, and you don’t want that.

I currently only own 1 humidifier so I have to quarantine my humidity as much as possible so it doesn’t escape and I’m just wasting my time with it.

Staghorn Fern
Staghorn Fern via @foliagelove_r

Lighting

For those of you who don’t know, Arizona is a very brightly lit state, at all times. Rarely ever do we get overcast days or some days we are completely without clouds altogether. So most often there is a sun constantly beating down on us at all times.

Normally, south and southwest facing windows indicate High Light areas. But for some regions in Arizona when you have that constant sun, your west facing windows can seem to produce those kinds of light levels. So you definitely need to be careful with choosing the location of your plants.

Luckily I have a roof going over the south side of my house as well as a wall so that direct sun isn’t so bad. It only lasts for the early 3-4 hours of the day and I’m actually able to keep many of my plants on that windowsill and it’s perfect for them.

Shout out to everyone else though in Arizona who is making do with these harsh lights and no treatment for it! Kudos to you.

Watermelon Peperomia
Watermelon Peperomia via @so0tie

Watering

I water my tropical houseplants way more often than normal because many of my plant pots dry out so much faster than others’ just because it really can get hot inside my home and the water evaporates pretty fast.

A normal care guide suggests a 6″ pot will dry out and need to be watered in about a weeks time, but mine dry out baren in about 3-4 days if they’re close to the windows. So because of that, of course, I do need to water more frequently.

As far as my plant food and fertilizer goes, I do not apply that frequently whatsoever. I keep on a pretty tight schedule of once every two weeks and I only ever do 1/4 of what the directions say for the amount to feed them because delicate roots can be burned by fertilizers super easily.

Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa via @deplantenbakker

Risk of ordering plants online

This is nearly impossible sometimes and just about any website I visit to order plants says that by sending them to Arizona they cannot promise the plants come safely or alive because temperatures soar over 100 F for 4 months of the year.

I’ve ordered succulents online before, they took about 6 days to get here and they came without any issues, perfectly healthy. The only other time I’ve ordered a plant was a Calathea Orbifolia, and it was dead and gone by the time it got here. The shipping time was only 3 days too. Maybe it was how the people packaged it that killed it off in that time, but I know the package sat outside of my house for 30 minutes prior to me getting it and I’ll never forgive myself for not being home then.

What’s done is done though, there is definitely a risk to ordering tropicals in the more warm months of the year. Since then I’ve stuck to visiting my nurseries and big box stores and trying to convince them to special order something for me that is rarely grown in this region.

Begonia Maculata
Begonia Maculata via @foliagelove_r

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Plants To Sow and Grow In May

May is finally among us! So, what exactly should you start sowing and growing in this month? Well, we have the answers for you!

Plants you need to start in May

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In the greenhouse & indoors

  • Sow sweetcorn
What to grow in the month of may | sweetcorn
  • Sow basil

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  • Start lettuce
  • Sow cucumber

  • Sow runner beans and french beans
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  • Start kale seeds

  • Sow perennial herbs
  • Plant glasshouse tomatoes

Direct sow outdoors

  • Sow beetroot seeds
What to grow in the month of may | beetroot seeds
  • Sow broccoli
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  • Direct sow cabbages
  • Sow Brussels sprouts

  • Direct sow carrots
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  • Sow herbs such as chives, coriander, dill and parsley

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  • Sow peas directly into the ground
  • Direct sow your parsnip seeds now

  • Sow radish seeds
What to grow in the month of may | radish seeds
  • Sow salad leaves

  • Start cauliflower seeds under cover
What to grow in the month of may | cauliflower
  • Sow spinach seeds

  • Sow onions
  • Start to sow turnips

Bonus, try sowing melons this month as well!

What to grow in the month of may | melons

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Plants you need to start in May

Houseplants That Can Live In Your Bathroom

We all want houseplants kinda everywhere, right? It’s a little bit of an obsession lets be honest here. I personally don’t keep any in mine (and if I do, it’s so my tropicals get lots of humidity from the shower). But, that doesn’t mean you can’t have them in yours!

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We’re going to go over a handful of extremely resilient plants that would survive living in your bathroom! I’m just gonna say it before we get started though. All because these plants are able to survive in these conditions, it isn’t their ideal environment and you shouldn’t expect them to grow at their normal rate, and I would take them out every once in a while for some real light maybe a few times a week.

I also have an entire guide on indoor houseplants that don’t require a lot of sunlight! It is a bit more in-depth on their care as well, it’s worth the read! Check it out

let’s get into it, shall we?

These choices of plants are based mostly on their light resilience, because obviously a bathroom does not provide enough light to nourish and keep most plants alive (unless you have Kim Kardashian’s bathroom), so this list is primarily plants that are tolerant to little to no light conditions.

Kim Kardashian’s bathroom (i’m pretty jealous)

Dieffenbachia


Chinese Evergreen


Peace Lily

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ZZ Plant

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Pothos

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Tillandsias


Aloe Vera


Parlor Palm


Ivy


Those are all of my picks for plants that can live inside of your bathroom! Just a tip though, not every plant is the same as the last and it is super important to watch out for signs, if you see the plant’s health declining, then it might be the result of lack of nourishment, and in that case, maybe it should only be a part-time bathroom plant.

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20 Houseplants That Are Safe For Cats and Dogs

Your love of pets and houseplants don’t have to get in the way of one another, because why not have both, right?

Cat and dog friendly houseplants

Some people might not know, but there are many very popular houseplants that contain poison in their leaves or stems when they’re eaten or consumed, which can be very harmful to curious animals. So in this post today, we’re going to cover 20 gorgeous houseplants that are completely cat and dog-friendly!

So, here are our picks for the 20 houseplants that are pet safe!

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1: Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

Wax Plant (Hoya carnosa)

Light: Indirect, partial direct sun
Water: When dry


2: Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes phyllostachya)

Light: High indirect light
Water: Consistently moist soil


3: Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Light: Low light
Water: When dry


4: Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea)

Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea)

Light: Indirect, partial sun
Water: Consistently moist soil


5: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: When first inch of soil is dry


6: Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Bird's Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

Light: Indirect light
Water: Consistently moist

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7: Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

Light: Low light
Water: When dry


8: Haworthia Zebra (Haworthia attenuata)

Haworthia Zebra (Haworthia attenuata)

Light: Bright Indirect Light
Water: When completely dry


9: Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus)

Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus)

Light: Medium light
Water: Keep soil moist


10: Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus)

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: When dry


11: Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)

Friendship Plant (Pilea involucrata)

Light: Indirect light
Water: Keep soil moist


12: Calathea Rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia)

Calathea Rattlesnake (Calathea lancifolia)

Light: Bright ambient light
Water: Slightly moist soil

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13: Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

Light: Low light
Water: When dry


14: Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae)

Bromeliads (Bromeliaceae)

Light: Full sun to partial shade
Water: When dry


15: Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)

Light: Low light to indirect light
Water: Keep soil moist


16: Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)

Aluminum Plant (Pilea cadierei)

Light: Indirect light
Water: Keep soil slightly moist


17: Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)

Venus Fly Trap (Dionaea muscipula)

Light: Bright light
Water: Keep soil moist


18: Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Light: Indirect light
Water: When dry

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19: Air Plants (Tillandsia ionantha)

Air Plants (Tillandsia ionantha)

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Soak the plant in water once every 1-2 weeks


20: Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Light: Bright indirect light
Water: Keep soil moist


Well, I hope this helps you the next time you’re venturing out to get new houseplants to pair along with your pets!

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Monstera Deliciosa Complete Care Guide

So, want to grow a Monstera do ya? Well, you are definitely in the right place. Today we are going to learn a few things about the Monstera Deliciosa.

Monstera Deliciosa care guide | everything you need to know about monstera deliciosas

Happy Tuesday everyone! How are we doing today? How are your plants? Good, I hope!

Monstera Deliciosa plants are one of the more tropical plants you are actually able to grow in your home! They make amazing home decor pieces because people are so interested in their split-leaves!

I can’t tell you how many times people have ignored the other 50+ houseplants I have and go straight to the Monstera. Because, well, it’s a stunning plant!

But with great plants, comes with great responsibility! As I mentioned, they are a very tropical plant and you do need to accommodate everything your home is lacking.

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Last Tuesday we posted an Article for a complete care guide on your Pothos and Philodendrons! Read it here!

variegated monstera deliciosa
an indoor variegated monster deliciosa

Once you get it down and really know what they need in order to thrive, they actually aren’t that difficult of plants to grow!

Today, my friends, we’re going to learn a little something about the Monstera family. Let’s just start with the basics like:

  • How to take care of a Monstera Deliciosa.
  • What are the light and water needs for the Monstera Deliciosa?
  • How to deal with pests on your Monstera Deliciosa.
  • Propagating your Monstera Deliciosa.

Without further a-do, let’s just jump right into it.

How to take care of your Monstera Deliciosa

So, the basic needs for your gorgeous Monstera Deliciosa are quite simple. As long as you can provide for them as best you can, you will have happy plants!

Humidity

I cannot stress how important this is for your Monstera. I absolutely recommend investing in a Humidifier, and your Monstera will definitely thank you for it in the long run.

If you don’t have the budget immediately available, don’t stress out too much. I wasn’t using one for the first few months of owning my Monstera. What I did was I brought it in the bathroom with me when I showered because of the humidity that creates for it.

People say you can substitute a humidifier for just spritzing the leaves with water, but that doesn’t provide humidity for more than 30 minutes at a time, and your Monstera definitely wants more time than that.

Lack of a humid environment will stunt the growth of your Monstera and you might not be seeing nearly any new growth on it for long periods of time.

Light

As far as their light needs go, they are pretty easy to manage for this category. In short, they like lots of indirect light. Placing them where the sun directly shines on them will cause their leaves to brown and burn which you don’t want of course.

Monstera Deliciosas can tolerate lower light environments and still grow, but they would be much happier where they can get as much light as possible.

My apartment only gets about 5-6 hours of good indirect sun a day so I try to compensate an hour or so with a lamp I have and pointing it at my Monstera about 5 feet away so it doesn’t burn the leaves, but still has the opportunity to absorb more light during the day time.

Water

Watering is also fairly easy for Monsteras once you know what they prefer.

I only water mine once the first 2 inches of their soil is dry to the touch, and I water it thoroughly until water drips from the drainage hole, and repeat.

They’ll definitely thank you for this. A plant that has layers of dust built on its leaves can’t photosynthesize as it would naturally, so you’re doing them a big favor!

Pests

I feel like I’m either really lucky, or just take care of my Monstera Deliciosa very well because I’ve never seen my baby have any issues with bugs or pests either on it or her soil, which I’m very proud of.

There are so many prevention methods to take to just avoid getting them altogether, and we’ll go over them. I totally realize that just sometimes it’s out of your control and bugs will be bugs… and bug you..

So the question here though is, what are some prevention methods I can take to avoid getting them in the first place?

Here’s a little run down of what I practice:

  1. When buying new plants, I check the soil in which the plant comes from to make sure no bugs are eating their roots. I also check every leaf on the plant to see if it has any critters on them. (that way I don’t accidentally introduce them to my bug-free home.)
  2. I’m gonna be honest, fungus gnats are nearly impossible to completely avoid. Any person with plants in their home will know the struggle of fighting them. What I do for them is: Try not to create a schedule where I water all of my plants the same exact day. (that way there’s as little damp soil in my house at one given point as possible). I only plant things in terracotta pots with drainage holes, that way water never sits long enough for them to accumulate in.
  3. Every other watering or so, I water with a 1 part Hydrogen Peroxide and 3 part water mix because that works extremely well for killing fungus gnats and their larva (plus your plants love the nutrients that bring to the soil and their roots!).
  4. Every time I water my bigger houseplants I wipe down every leaf with a damp cloth. This cleans them of any dust build-ups or pests that might have started making a home on my plant.
  5. Always clear up dead leaves and foliage on your plant, because decaying plants and leaves create the perfect environment to invite unwanted pests in your home.

There are more ways to prevent pests from invading your home, but these are the main methods I personally practice.

Propagation

This is my favorite part about growing plants, is that they can be propagated into more plants! It’s very easy as well, once you learn the basics you’ll be able to carry that knowledge forever.

You actually cut the stems similar to how you would your Pothos or Philodendron plants, just below the node where the leaves sprouted!

You’ll see below that there is a swollen part of the stem, that’s the Monstera’s node. That’s where your cut will be. You will want to look for a node that has at least two leaves connected to it that you can propagate. Tt will lead you to a higher success rate with it because it can create more energy to produce roots.

Once you make your cut, you can either stick them in damp soil or place them in a jar of water and let them root there!

I love water propagation because you can see just how long they take to start forming roots. You really learn a lot about the plant during the process there because you’re more involved in what’s going on.

We have 2 Monstera stems propagating right now. I checked the water propagated one this morning and it started forming its first root off of the aerial roots! I first placed it in the water 12 days ago and it sprouted its new root today!

Mine still has a long way to go before she’s ready for soil, but today was a milestone for her and I am very proud.

Indoor variegatied monstera deliciosa

That’s all for today, thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you learned something new about the Monstera Deliciosa!

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Succulents Unboxing HAUL | Review of Succulents Subscription Box

It’s finally the weekend guys! You know what that means? Another post by yours truly.

Unboxing 4 Rare and Random Succulents! Succulent Subscription Service Review

We’re doing something different this week, we were actually sent a care package from SucculentsBox to review and show you all!

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Who are they?

So a little background really quickly about SucculentsBox if you don’t already know. They are a subscription based service where you are able to get between 1-4 rare & uncommon succulents delivered right to your door every single month!

They have very quick delivery; it comes packaged with biodegradable packing peanuts made of starch (which we are very much a fan of), and individually wrapped in plastic bubble wrap (unfortunately.)

They include a care sheet containing everything you need to know about them to keep them alive and happy; as well as little note cards saying what exactly are the succulents you received. (more on their care later).

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I have a very small succulent garden and I was very much interested in growing my collection of them, because they’re honestly extremely adorable and I’m super interested in their unique propagation process.

(I’ll actually be recording a video on how to propagate succulents later on!)

okay, anyways.

I received 4 amazing succulents in my box this week. They all came in amazing condition and are extremely healthy! No dried leaves, pests, or problems with the packaging!

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In order from left to right:

Echeveria – Perle Von Nurnberg

Echeveria - Perle Von Nurnberg
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Key Lime Pie – Adromischus Cristatus

Key Lime Pie - Adromischus Cristatus

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Ruffle Jade – Ripple Jade Crassula

Ruffle Jade - Ripple Jade Crassula

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Ivory Towers – Crassula Conjuncta

Ivory Towers - Crassula Conjuncta

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The ones I received weren’t as mature as these and were still just babies, but I honestly much rather prefer baby plants because I’m so interested in watching them grow. Hence why I’m propagating probably 25 different plants in my home right now!

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Succulent Care:

These tips were provided from the cute care guide they include with all of their orders!

Light Conditions

When you first get your package, it’s important that you don’t immediately place your new succulents right in the bright sun. They need to be acclimated to the brighter light over a small period of time to avoid burning them. Simply place them in sun for about an hour or two a day and you can gradually leave them out longer each time. Eventually, they’ll be able to go full-time!

Temperatures

It is important to know that succulents are definitely warmer climate plants. They do best in temperatures between 70-85 degrees during the day. And at night, it shouldn’t go below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If it is a particularly sunny day, a little shade on your succulents will go a long way for them!

Watering

As you know, succulents are of course a cactus variety. So you should water them as you would think to water a cactus. During the warmer seasons, it is best to only water once every 1-2 weeks, thoroughly. In the colder months, don’t water them more often than you pay your rent because they do go dormant and do not require very much water during that time.

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Soil Requirements

Again, referring that succulents are part of the cactus family, and needed to be treated as such, lets discuss their soil needs.

Succulents shouldn’t be planted in your average soil that you would use for your other houseplants or vegetables even, because those kinds of soils retain way more water than they would like.

I’ve recently been making my own soil from a recipe I found here.

Succulents require soil that drains very well and doesn’t hold on to water for too long. I’m going to include the recipe I found, or if you would like, you could purchase a pre-made bag of succulent soil here.

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Pothos and Philodendron Plant Care Guide

Pothos and Philodendrons Care Guide

First of all, at one point in your life, you are destined to obtain either a Pothos or a Philodendron plant. Either gifted or bought, you will own one.

So, what do you do with your Pothos and Philodendrons? How do you take care of them? What variety of them do you have? What does it need to grow, survive, and thrive?

Today we’re going to go over all of that, so keep on reading. We’ll start with what kind of Pothos and Philodendron do you own?

Get ready for a good read today, because we’re going over pretty much everything you need to know about growing your Pothos and Philodendrons!

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Pothos Varieties

Golden Pothos

Golden Pothos

Jessenia Pothos

Jessenia Pothos

Pearls and Jade Pothos

Pearls and Jade Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos

Marble Queen Pothos

Neon Pothos

Neon Pothos

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Manjula Pothos

Manjula Pothos

Satin Pothos

Satin Pothos

Glacier Pothos

Glacier Pothos

Jade Pothos

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Philodendron Varieties

Brandi Philodendron

Brandi Philodendron

Brasil Philodendron

Brasil Philodendron

Green Congo Philodendron


Green Heartleaf Philodendron

Green Heartleaf Philodendron

Mini Split-Leaf Philodendron

Mini Split-Leaf Philodendron

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Moonlight Philodendron


Philodendron Grazielae

Philodendron Grazielae

Prince of Orange Philodendron

Prince of Orange Philodendron

Selloum Philodendron


Xanadu Philodendron


Furthermore, it should also be noted that there are hundreds of variegations of both Pothos and Philodendrons, I included only 10 of each because they are the most likely ones that you may have.

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Pothos and Philodendron Care

Although Pothos and Philodendrons are different plant species from completely different families, they do share a lot of the same needs for care.

Light

Both Pothos and Philodendrons prefer bright, but indirect sunlight. Placing your plants in direct sun can cause their leaves to brown or burn, which you don’t want of course. Both can also tolerate low light areas, but if you want to see some serious growth, then put them where they can receive lots of indirect sunlight.

Water

First of all, this goes without saying that for many houseplants, and I’m sure you’ve heard it before; the common killer for many houseplants is loving them too much and giving them too much water. There’s really no set schedule for when to water them, you have to tell by how damp their soil is.

So, stick your finger at least 2 inches into their soil, if you feel moisture, leave them alone. If the soil is dry, then water the plants thoroughly until water is dripping from the drainage hole of the pot (and make sure it completely finishes dripping, or else you put your plant at risk of getting root rot).

Also, a trick I learned (maybe not a trick, just something I’ve caught on to), is that the smaller pot you have your plant living in, then the more likely you will need to water it. Simply because smaller pots can’t retain as much soil, which can’t retain as much water.

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Propagation

I propagate every single plant I own. Propagating is the easiest way to obtain a very large number of plants for free. Who doesn’t love free plants? Therefore you get an unlimited supply of free plants, from buying only one.

Typically, I propagate my plants once their vines start getting a little out of control or messy.

But just how do you propagate Pothos and Philodendrons though? It is extremely easy honestly. It’s the same technique for both plants which makes it even easier to learn.

What you’ll need to start propagating:

  1. Good pair of pruning shears
  2. Mason jars to hold cuttings
  3. Rooting hormone to boost growth rate for roots

The steps to a successful Pothos and Philodendron propagation:

  1. First of all, it is vitally important that you use sterile shears or scissors to cut stems from your plants. As a result, you can potentially introduce infection to plants by not sterilizing. So, how do you sterilize shears? Soak them into a disinfectant, rinse off with water, and dry with a clean towel.
  2. Next, cut beneath the node of the stem. The node is essentially where the leaf starts shooting out of the main stem. Most note-worthy, you will want to cut just under about 1-2 inches.
  3. After you have your cuttings, you can then either stick them in a jar of water or damp soil for them to begin growing roots. Also, I personally always put them into the water because I can see the roots growing and I know when to pull them to plant to soil.
  4. Finally, in 3-4 weeks of your cuttings in water or soil, you should expect to see roots formed on them. If you root them in water as I do, wait until the roots are at least 2 inches long before you pull them to plant them into the soil.

And wallah! You have a completely new plant!

So, I especially love propagating my Pothos and Philodendrons because of how simple it is and how quick of growers they are once rooted. Above all, once you have a lush new plant, you can gift it to a friend! (in turn, they come to this article because they’ve somehow obtained one of these as I mentioned earlier).

Pothos and Philodendron Pests

With the proper care and attention, you shouldn’t have to worry about dealing with pests and bugs on your plants all that often, but, people are human and sometimes it’s just out of our control.

Some pests to watch out for on your plants include: mealybugs, scales, spider mites, and aphids. The best way to deal with them is taking steps to prevent them before they even get to your plants.

But if you’re reading this because you already have them and need to deal with them ASAP, then here’s what I do with my plants to keep them happy:

  1. When you come around to repotting plants into new soil, check the roots of the plants to make sure you aren’t bringing any new critters with it into its new home.
  2. If you have mealybugs or fungus gnats in your soil, what I do is pour a mix of 1 part hydrogen peroxide & 2 part water into my soil and completely rinse it thoroughly, this not only kills the bugs inside but it provides good nutrients to your plant’s roots that they will be very happy about having.
  3. Next, to deal with fungus gnats, I try to dry out the soil in my plants for as long as they will withstand to help kill any larvae lingering in the soil. (also, I’ve heard that nematodes do a wonderful job with eliminating them and bacteria in the soil, but don’t put them in there if you’ve already done the hydrogen peroxide method!)
  4. And finally, I like to wipe down all of the leaves on my bigger plants with a soap and water washcloth, as a result, that not only opens the pores on the leaves to allow them to photosynthesize but kills any bacteria lingering on them.

Furthermore, I personally try to avoid using any sort of name brand insecticide just because I’m extremely worried that my plants might react harshly to it, so, to the best of my ability, I stick to home-brewed options that I know what is in it that I’m giving to my plants.

And there you have it, friends! Happy growing!

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