Houseplant Tour: Pothos, Medinilla, and Monstera

Hey guys!

I’m super excited to share some more of my houseplant tips and tricks with you! Today we’ll be diving into the world of some easier plants that I think would be great for beginners. All of these plants are very easy going and need the same kinds of basic care in order to thrive in your home.

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We’ll start with the Monstera deliciosa, or the Swiss Cheese Plant. These are hardy plants that have become super trendy over the past year.

When the leaves mature, they begin to split until the plant looks like this:

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Overall these are very easy-going plants. I usually water mine once a week, and fertilize it once a month with a basic liquid plant food.

These plants can tolerate medium light, but do best in an environment with bright, indirect light such as with a north or east facing window! They can also tolerate normal household humidity and are super fast growers. Mine seems to have three new leaves at all times!

The Medinilla magnifica is one of those plants that I had dreamed of owning. They are beautiful houseplants and they produce one of the prettiest flowers that I have ever seen. I knew I had to purchase one when I saw that my favorite online greenhouse, Hirt’s Gardens, had eight in stock.

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When the flowers bloom, the plant looks like this:

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These plants are also pretty laid back! I water mine once a week, and have not yet fertilized it for the year. These plants also need bright, indirect sunlight in the spring and summer months. During the winter, you’ll want to move this guy to a spot that gets direct sunlight!

Pothos are one of my favorite varieties of houseplants. They are probably the easiest plant to care for in my opinion, and they come in a ton of beautiful varieties!

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Silver Pothos or Scindapsus pictus argyraeus

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Marble Queen Pothos or Epipremnum aurem

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Devil’s Ivy or Epipremnum aurem

These plants are super easy to care for as they only need watering once a week, can handle almost any type of light, and can handle dry conditions caused by air conditioning or heating drafts.

One thing to keep in mind with these plants is that the brighter the light, the better the variegation on the leaves! Another cool thing about pothos is that they are clean air plants!

Will all three of these varieties of plants you want to make sure that you have a well draining soil. Overwatering, and root rot are one of the most common causes on death in any houseplant, but I’ve noticed this to be an issue with the Pothos varieties in particular!

These plants can typically be found at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot, but are also very common online! If you’re looking into becoming an indoor gardener, I definitely recommend trying one of these first!

-S

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My Garden Box: Box #4

Happy Wednesday friends!

Today I’m going to quickly share with you all what I got in my fourth box from My Garden Box!

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This month’s box was themed “A Sedge With Edge”. In my box I received:

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-Three plants

-One bag of soil and fertilizer

-One bag of black pebbles to use as a plant topper

-One stainless steel planter

-A magnetic name card and a piece of chalk

-An info card, sticker, and piece of candy

Once I had everything out, and I read through the information on these plants, I got to potting!

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This month’s box was super easy to pot, and I think that they will be pretty easy to care for. Here is the finished product:

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As usual I love this box and am amazed at the value of each one. These are highly recommended for anyone who loves plants, or wants to get more into indoor gardening. I also think that these boxes make great gifts! I’m always super excited when I get my shipping confirmation every month, and I know your special someone would as well!

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Prayer Plants and Peperomia

Hey guys!

Once again, we have finally made it to the weekend!

Today I am going to be sharing another portion of my houseplant tour with you all. Today’s plants are definitely the most colorful and exciting of all of the plants that I own!

We’ll start out today with my Peperomia, as they are much easier to explain than Prayer Plants.

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Peperomia obtusifolia

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Peperomia argyreia or Watermelon Peperomia

The great thing about Peperomia is that they are relatively small plants that are also pretty easy to take care of!

Peperomia need medium to bright, indirect light but are pretty forgiving if you don’t have the best light. They are also pretty laid back when it comes to watering. I usually water mine on Friday mornings!

When it comes to fertilizer and humidity these plants are still super laid back. They like a basic plant food between spring and fall, and they can handle normal household humidity!

The most difficult thing that I’ve had to deal with concerning my Peperomia is the lack of light that I got in my room during the winter months. However, this affected all of my houseplants, so I guess it wasn’t the Peperomia being picky!

There are a ton of awesome varieties of these plants, so I would definitely recommend them to someone who is just getting started with indoor gardening!

While Peperomia are easy to care for, Prayer Plants are on the opposite end of the spectrum. These are delicate, but beautiful plants that need a lot of attention on a daily basis.

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Some basic Prayer Plant care tips and information are:

Water Needs: High. These plants like moisture and humidity. I usually water all of these twice  week. Also, they need to be watered with distilled or filtered water as fluoride can be harmful to their leaves.

Light Needs: These plants prefer low to medium light. If they get more light than this, their leaves could burn. A super cool thing about these plants is that they take in light from the day, and conserve it at night by moving their leaves depending on whether it is day or night!

Fertilizer: They need to be fertilized from early spring to late autumn.

Humidity: These plants LOVE their humidity. I usually spray these with distilled water two or three times a day. If there isn’t enough humidity the leaves on these will start to turn brown on the edges as you will see below on my Calathea ‘Fusion White’.

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Calathea ‘Freddie’

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Calathea lancifolia

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Calathea ‘Fusion White’

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Stromanthe Triostar

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Calathea veitchiana

These plants are the most colorful, and the most exciting plants that I own. There is something so magical about the intricacies of the foliage on each of these!

I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about some of my favorite plants!

P.S. I have another prayer plant on the way, my dream plant, a Calathea orbifolia! I can’t wait to share that one with you all once it arrives!

-S

Lazy Day Project: Spring Refresh

Happy Saturday everyone!

Today I am going to be sharing how I refreshed my outdoor space for spring! If you love Lowe’s, Homegoods, warm weather, and flowers be sure to keep reading!

This was a super easy project for me to complete! One day after class I convinced Zach to come with me to both Homegoods and Lowe’s. I knew that I wanted to find a floral wreath and that I wanted to get some flowers as well.

We started out at Lowe’s. I had been talking to my mom about which outdoor plants to get as she is the crazy perennial plant lady!

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Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers, but since my mom didn’t have a ton of luck with these I had to pass on them!

As we were shopping I made sure to read the care instructions that are attached to each plant to make sure that they could handle the back and forth of Kentucky temperatures.

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I knew that I wanted to use two 12 inch pots and place a variety of plants in each. I ended up purchasing seven different perennials, and used another 10 inch pot for the seventh plant.

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I was super excited about what I found at Lowe’s! I tried to get one taller plant per pot, one medium sized plant, and then one shorter plant for each pot. I also focused on sticking to the same color palette for each of the two pots. I got one pink, one blue/purple, and one yellow for each pot.

I found a lovely floral wreath at Homegoods for only $24.99! It matches the color palette of the flowers perfectly and will be incredible for both the spring and the summer months.

Once I got home I began to strategically place and repot each of these plants.

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I filled up each pot about halfway with a basic potting soil before I places the plants in their spots. I wanted to add some height to these arrangements and knew that I could achieve that by putting more soil in first.

I even got Zach to join in on the fun!

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Once we had successfully made a huge mess in my kitchen, all of the flowers were in their new homes! As always after repotting, I made sure to give these plants a good watering before setting them outside.

Below I will insert a photo of all of the care instruction cards that I had for this project. I have put these in a drawer so that I can refer to them if I’m ever having an issue with one of these plants.

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Here is the finished product!

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I love each of the aspects of this spring refresh, but I think the wreath is my favorite!

It’s been about a week since I purchased these plants and I have had to bring them inside a couple of nights since Kentucky weather is totally unpredictable! I have also been watering these guys once a day to make sure that they are staying hydrated.

Be sure to let me know what you think of this spring refresh, and what you’re going to do to get your decor ready for spring!

-S

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Houseplant Tour: Sansevieria

Happy Saturday!

I hope that all of you are having a fantastic weekend! Today we are going to be starting a new series. This series will be a Houseplant Tour, but I am going to give you tips and tricks for all of the plants that I have!

I hope that this series encourages all of you to make your homes a little greener. As a college student in an apartment I don’t have a ton of time to be outside, or near nature at all! I didn’t even realize that I missed having my mom’s flowers and garden around me until I moved to a place with more concrete than grass.

This week we’re going to be discussing Sansevieria, or the Snake Plant or Mother-In-Law’s Tongue.

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If you all have been reading for awhile, you know that Herman the Snake Plant was my very first houseplant!

Herman is a Sansevieria trifasciata laurentii. I found him at the Kroger Marketplace in Somerset for $12.99 back in August. He is still doing great, and he definitely changed me into the crazy plant lady that I am today!

These next few photos are some of my favorites of Snake Plants that I’ve seen on Pinterest. You can find these and other photos in my Plant Lady board!

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There are many different varieties of Sansevieria. Here is a photo that highlights the differences in some of these varieties:

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Snake plants are considered to be nearly impossible to kill. They can handle a variety of light conditions, but as most plants, they do best with medium to bright, indirect light. These plants can also handle erratic watering schedules! I usually water my snake plants once a week, until the soil is moist.

I have three of these plants, and they are all different varieties. As I said earlier, Herman is a Sansevieria laurentii. I also have a Sansevieria ‘Moonshine’ACS_0063ACS_0062 and a Sansevieria ‘robusta’. 

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These last two are new additions to the family, so I haven’t had the chance to name them yet! If you have any name ideas, make sure to leave those in the comments below!

With light and water needs out of the way, we can focus on fertilizing, humidity, and re-potting.

I have not started fertilizing these plants yet as spring has just sprung. When it gets a little warmer I will start fertilizing these once a month with a diluted cactus/succulent fertilizer. My favorite is the Miracle-Gro Liquid Succulent Food.

Sansevieria is a succulent type plant, so it does very well in normal household humidity. However, they can tolerate dry conditions caused by drafts or air conditioning vents!

While these plants are super easy-going, they do not love to be re-potted. I usually re-pot my plants as soon as I bring them home, but then I will wait until they are completely root bound before I move them to a larger pot. This could take one to two years, so be patient!

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Sansevieria are one of the top ten air purifying plants based on a study done by NASA! They remove Benzene, Formaldehyde, Trichloroethylene, Xylene and Toluene.

These plants are poisonous to dogs and cats, so make sure to keep your furry friends from eating your green friend!

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I hope that you all have enjoyed learning about Sansevierias! These plants are gorgeous, and are perfect for anyone who is new to plant care, busy, or someone who wants more of a decoration than a living thing to care for!

These plants also go with any decor! They can be found at your local Lowe’s, Walmart, or Home Depot. If you’re brave enough to order a plant online, Hirt’s Gardens has a ton of varieties of these lovely plants!

Please let me know if you have any other questions about these plants. I would love to talk everything green with you all!

-S

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Fiddle Leaf Fig Madness

Hello friends!

Today I am bringing you a post that has been super exciting for me to write! As you all know, I am a plant lady. I love anything green and have been obsessing over almost every genus and species since January of this year.

One of my favorite plants is the Ficus lyrata or as it is more commonly known, the Fiddle Leaf Fig.

You’ve probably seen these plants in design magazines, on Pinterest, or on Fixer Upper as this seems to be one of Joanna’s favorite plants!

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Even Kourtney Kardashian has jumped on the Fiddle Leaf Fig bandwagon!

While we were in Asheville I dragged Zach to a local Home Depot because I had been looking for another plant, a Calathea orbifolia. However, when I walked into the garden center I nearly screamed as I saw Fiddle Leaf Figs in the back corner.

This is also Zach’s favorite plant so we both ran to see what kind of trees we were dealing with!

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Once we got to this section, we couldn’t believe our eyes. These were some of the largest Fiddles that we had seen anywhere, and look at that price! Other trees of this size and health can normally go for $600-$700.

We decided then and there that we had to bring one of these guys home with us. This was on Friday night, and we checked this specific Home Depot Saturday night and Sunday night until we were able to purchase one on Monday morning when we were heading back to Kentucky.

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Luckily, when we came back to the store on Monday, there were still two trees left. We grabbed our favorite, paid, and ran back to the car as fast as we could. There was a chance of snow all day on Monday, and we knew that Fiddles don’t like the cold at all!

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We had a tentative plan of how to get this thing back to Lexington. After doing some research, we decided that we needed to use some clear plastic wrap to secure the soil and roots throughout the trip. Once the pot was secure, then came the hard part of actually getting a 6 foot tree into a Ford Fusion.

After doing some maneuvering, and having four different people stop and tell us “good luck”, we got our tree into the car! The best way to do this was to put the backseat down, and slide the tree in, pot first, through the backseat and into the trunk.

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As you can see from the photos, we used one of Zach’s jackets, and some of our shopping bags to support the trunk.

Step #1 Get the Fiddle into the car without damaging it: Check!

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The next step was the easiest, we just had to make the four hour drive home!

Once we got back to Lexington, we pulled Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig out of the trunk in the same direction that we put him in. We got lucky at this stage as well because we didn’t lose any leaves during the transporting process!

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Once we got inside we proceeded to take some photos with our giant friend.

The next step for us was to clean off the leaves. An important care instruction for Fiddle Leaf Figs is to dust their leaves every month. This not only helps to keep them clean, but dust can hinder their photosynthesizing!

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Once his leaves were nice and clean, we went to Home Depot to get a plastic drainage tray, and to Homegoods to find a basket to cover the plastic nursery pot that Kevin was in. Another important care instruction for these plants is to not re-pot them until they are completely root bound. Fiddles get “freaked out” very easily and repotting too soon is one of the easiest ways to do that!

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We found this awesome white basket at Homegoods for only $29.99! It fit the pot perfectly and looks pretty great as well!

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We hope that Kevin likes his new home, and that you all enjoyed hearing about one of my crazy plant lady moments!

Let me know what you think of Kevin the Fiddle Leaf Fig in the comments below!

-S

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DIY: Zach’s Media Console

Hello friends!

This weekend I am bringing you part two of the DIY shelving situation that happened in my apartment a few weeks ago! In the first installment I took you all through the process of building Skyler a bookshelf, and this week we’re tackling Zach’s media console.

Be sure to check out this link as it was the inspiration behind Zach’s project!

Zach started and finished this media console on the same day that we worked on Skyler’s DIY bookshelf. Since this DIY was also a little more complicated than our past shelving projects, Zach began this project at his dad’s house, where there are a lot more tools!

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Once he got back up to Lexington, we basically just had to put all of the pieces together! Here is the console before we screwed it all together. Zach wanted to make sure that all of the pieces would fit together as they were supposed to.

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From here this project was very simple! All he had to do was screw the angle irons to the pieces of wood, and make sure that they were level.

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As with Skyler’s bookshelf, Zach had to proclaim that this shelf was sturdy and complete by standing/sitting on top of it!

Zach also decided to use the Miniwax Polyshades Stain in the shade Espresso. Just as Skyler did with his bookshelf, Zach chose to do two coats so that this media console would be more rich in color!

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Here is the media console once the two coats of stain had been applied:

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The most difficult part of creating this console was transporting it from Apt. 3315 across the complex to Zach’s apartment.

Skyler and Zach got their annual workouts in by carrying this thing up and down 4 flights of stairs!

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I love the way that Zach’s console turned out! He takes a much more minimal approach to decor, and that shows in how he styled this piece.

He placed some records, his new snake plant Jim Bob, his bust of Richard Nixon, and his valet tray on the console.

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The main reason Zach decided to DIY this console was because of how empty this side of his room was once he put his gallery wall together. I think that this was the perfect solution as this piece isn’t too large, and fits together perfectly with the gallery wall! Also, Zach can never have too much storage for his record collection that is constantly growing!

Let me know what you think of this week’s DIY, and I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

Love,

-S