Updated: Aug 6, 2020
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Once again, for this week's design tip I wanted to talk about house plants
(DISCLAIMER: I am not an expert! Just a person trying to keep my plant babies alive and sharing my experience so you don't go through what I did).
Last week we talked about what to think of before buying plants, where to buy plants, pots, soil, etc. This week I'll leave some helpful tips for what plants to buy for your space as well as some helpful websites/blogs and social media platforms.
What I Recommend for First Time Plant Buyers
Before purchasing please double check if the plant(s) are safe for pets/kids.
1. Aloe Vera
Sun: Requires six to eight hours of direct sun is best, although most aloe vera plants will tolerate some light shade or filtered sun at midday (Mine gets direct sun for 4 hours and indirect sunlight for the rest of the day and is growing well!).
Watering: Keep evenly moist; do not overwater; provide good drainage; tolerates drought.
2. Cordyline fruticosa “Red Sister”
Sun: Likes full sun to part shade (the more sun it gets the brighter the pink foliage will come be!).
Watering: It likes moist soil so water once a week.
Sun: Placing your succulents in an area that receives sunlight in the morning is best, as afternoon sun is harsher and more likely to damage plants.
Water: Only water when the soil in the succulents’ growing container is bone dry. Seriously, always make sure that the soil drys out completely between waterings. If the soil isn’t crumbly, dry dirt, don’t water it. They also don't like humidity for it can lead to fungal problems, aka roting.
1. String of Pearls
Sun: Theses guys like to be near the window with bright indirect sun. They don't like direct sunlight, they will get burnt easily.
Water: Let the soil dry out at least half an inch or so between waterings.
2. Snake Plant
Sun: Snake plants can withstand full sun and handle low light, however, indirect sunlight is ideal.
Watering: Allow the soil to dry in between waterings.
Sun: Bright - indirect sunlight. However, they provide more color when grown in bright light.
Watering: Keep moist; likes high humidity. Mist the plants daily to avoid an infestation.
Sun: Indirect morning or afternoon indirect sunlight. Don't put in a full sun area since this can burn the leaves.
Watering: Make sure the soil stay consistently moist. If the soil dries up your leaves with get icky quick! Also likes humidity.
1. Chinese Evergreen
Sun: This evergreen does well in medium to low light conditions or indirect sunlight. You can also bring this evergreen to your office and should do fine under fluorescent lighting.
Watering: Water regularly or whenever the soil is dry. Make sure it is evenly moist. (also likes warm temps and somewhat humid conditions).
2. Waffle Plant
Sun: Make sure to keep out of direct sunlight! But does do well with the help of some indirect sunlight.
Watering: Let the surface of the soil dry before watering it, and make sure the soil drains well.
3. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (ZZ)
Sun: Grows fine with low levels of light. (Best to avoid direct sunlight.)
Watering: Allow the soil to become dry at the top between watering. It's also best to water this plant less than too much.
Websites / Social Media
Heres some Instagram people you could look at for more inspiration!
Also, don't forget to check out your local green houses and talk to some of the experts if you get stuck. There are tons of other plants I could name off but I hope that the small list I gave you helps start your new adventures into becoming a houseplant connoisseur. Happy planting!
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