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My Top 5 Easiest Houseplants To Care For

The weather is warming, the days are longer and (hopefully) sunnier. It is always this time of year that encourages me to bring more greenery inside. However, I have got to the point where I don’t really want to be looking after oodles of plants and worrying about every brown leaf or patch of dry soil. I need an easier life with my plants.houseplants

So after a bit of trial and error, I have come up with my top 5 houseplant choices. They are in the top spots due to their price, their level of need and their inability (so far) to wither away into a brown twiggy mess.

Here’s number 1:

succulent in copper pot

… a little green succulent in a copper pot …

Perfect, on trend and actually artificial! It looks great on our coffee table and I don’t need to worry about watering it and leaving watery marks on the wood. I absolutely love this little guy.

Number 2:

kentia palm

… the Kentia Palm …

A beautiful flashback to the 20s when they were all the rage in people’s parlours. I’ve had this plant for about 3 years and so far, I’ve not had to repot it yet. It is happy being in most areas of the house and I love it’s jungle-like personality.

If you want a statement plant – then this is the one for you!

Number 3:

aloe in window

… aloe vera …

The best kitchen companion. It loves a sunny window and doesn’t really mind if you forget to water it. The best bit is that the juice from inside the leaves is wonderful at treating skin injuries, like burns. You just have to snap off a twig and rub it on!

Number 4:

livistona rotundifolia

… Livistona Rotundifolia …

Another wonderfully easy-going plant. I bought this one in Ikea about a year ago to jolly up the office. Again, not one to need copious watering or fussy light conditions. The only downside is that this plant has spines running up its stems so care needs to be taken when moving it about. Currently, he’s sitting in this beautiful beaded basket – which I absolutely adore!

Finally, number 5:

cactus

… micro cactus …

This was totally an impulse purchase! I was actually shopping for glasses (the drinking kind) as Mr D-F seems to get through quite a lot. I often here a call from the kitchen with ‘oh no, I’ve only gone and broken another one!’

As I was browsing through tumblers and water glasses, I saw these cute little cacti. Totally fake but utterly cool. This one needs no care whatsoever but nevertheless, sits happily in the bathroom, spreading its joy.

Links:

Succulent in Copper Pot

Kentia Palm 

Aloe Vera

Livistona Rotundifolia

Mini Cactus

Oh no! The succulent is now showing as out of stock!! I have had a search and you can get some similar ones here in cute white ceramic looking containers – they would look great in a group.

Crochet · Houseplants

A Very Wet Weekend

I’m not one to shy away from a bit of challenging weather. There’s something quite satisfying about putting on full waterproofs, wellies and as much wool as one can wear.

Maybe it was that we seem to have had nothing but rain or wind for the past 3 months and I’m feeling the drudgery seep in, or perhaps the almost-gale-force winds and persistent heavy rain this weekend was a bit much.   In any case, all I felt like was a cosy room, chai tea, some retro films and a new crochet project to play with.

amaryllis

This amaryllis, which was a present from a lovely friend at Christmas, is certainly cheering up the kitchen at the moment. I am always completely amazed how a stem, quite so enormous, can grow out of just a mere tangerine-sized bulb. I can’t wait to see how the flowers look once they are fully emerged.

crochet cowl beginnings

I have really enjoyed working The Pebble cowl, shown here, in a richer Damson colour.  I am already scouring the yarn colour charts for some new variations – I have a hankering for some stripes.

I hope you’re managing to keep out of the rain and wind. Pour yourself another cup of tea and definitely have that slice of cake you’re eyeing up. It’s the only solution!

See you soon x

Houseplants

Houseplant Focus | Gerbera

Unless you have had a bit of experience, are particularly green-fingered or have a very relaxed attitude, choosing a houseplant for a particular situation in the home can seem like a daunting task.

‘Will it get enough light?’ ‘Do I have to care for it a lot?’ ‘Will it actually do something?’

These are questions I often get posed when being asked to recommend a houseplant for someone.

Today I thought I’d focus on the Gerbera. I was given one for my birthday last month and while I have had lots of experience using them in floristry, as cut flowers, I have never had to care for one as a houseplant before…

…and boy, is it a great little plant!

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In the time that I’ve had this houseplant, it has had at least six blooms and there are lots more on the way. These are the conditions that I have kept it in:

  • On a window ledge facing East
  • Watering every three days (or when the greenery starts to droop – this is very obvious and easy to spot)
  • Cutting back the flower heads as they begin to fade
  • I plan to feed it with a small amount of houseplant fertiliser once a month (affiliate link)

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It’s also a good idea to allow air to circulate around the leaves so that it discourages any mould or disease. When I spot any old leaves turning brown (usually right down at the soil level) I take these out and put them in the compost. Decaying old leaves are always a great place for mould and bacteria to start a party.

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I have been so impressed with this little ray of sunshine and in my opinion, the Gerbera gets a great big thumbs up for being a cheerful and hassle-free houseplant.

To summarise my findings:

  • Easy to care for – not a fussy plant!
  • Needs regular watering but gives clear signals when this is needed
  • Produces lots of flowers and interest
  • Non toxic to cats and dogs – hurrah!

Will you find a place on your sill for a Gerbera? Or perhaps you have something even more exciting? Do tell…

Have a great day x

Houseplants · Projects

How To Give Your Pots Some Personality

painted pot face1

I am starting to bring some of the succulents further inside, towards the warmth, as the weather turns colder and wetter. The slugs are beginning to stir again and would like nothing more than to graze on the juicy petals of an echeveria.

It’s always a bit of a juggling act when the plants come inside. Some have more specific light and warmth requirements than others and as I only have limited windows that face west or south, Mr D-F often finds himself waking up to the sight of a large palm or some other frondy-leaved plant waving around in the window by his head… he doesn’t even question it any more!

We have family and friends staying over Christmas and the guest bedroom window has an excellent success rate for keeping succulents happy over winter.  I didn’t want our visitors to feel as if they were living in a jungle for the Christmas period, but instead that the plants were an intentional addition to the room’s decor!

potface collage1

After collecting together some white ceramic pots and painting terracotta planters in various shades of Farrow & Ball, I set upon them with a permanent marker pen (I used a sharpie pen with a medium thickness nib). I have seen pots with sweet little expressions on the internet and wanted my plants to have their own personalities as well.

succulent collage

When it came to re-potting the succulents I used an equal mix of cacti soil, perlite and sand. Each pot also had a nice layer of stones placed into the bottom, to aid drainage.

pot people

They look like a little succulent family now and will hopefully entertain our friends while they are all roomies over the holidays!

Have a great day!

 

Houseplants · Uncategorized

Heavenly Houseplants | Mimosa

mimosa 1

Over the last few months I have been growing some mimosa plants from seeds. I had no growing instructions, so tried as best I could to mimic their preferred tropical habitat. 

…and boy did they grow fast?! 

They remind me of the scenery you would find on deserted islands, all frondy and green. Until night-time, when they resolutely fold up their leaves as if to say ‘excuse me, I’m done for the day.’

Now these little seedlings are now mini-trees with long water-seeking roots. They love a quick draining soil, watering every few days while allowing the soil to dry out completely in-between and a good level of humidity. 

I think I have repotted (since sowing in March) about 4 times! 

They make the most perfect conservatory plants – eek – and I have about eight! Jungle decor here we come!

mimosa 2

Houseplants · Uncategorized

Heavenly Houseplants | Mimosa

mimosa 1

Over the last few months I have been growing some mimosa plants from seeds. I had no growing instructions, so tried as best I could to mimic their preferred tropical habitat. 

…and boy did they grow fast?! 

They remind me of the scenery you would find on deserted islands, all frondy and green. Until night-time, when they resolutely fold up their leaves as if to say ‘excuse me, I’m done for the day.’

Now these little seedlings are now mini-trees with long water-seeking roots. They love a quick draining soil, watering every few days while allowing the soil to dry out completely in-between and a good level of humidity. 

I think I have repotted (since sowing in March) about 4 times! 

They make the most perfect conservatory plants – eek – and I have about eight! Jungle decor here we come!

mimosa 2