Calathea

I have always admired this particular plant but where do I begin to tell you of what drew me to this plant in the first place. I generally came across this plant due to my first purchase of a rattle snake and I suddenly became intrigued. Generally around the time that the sun goes down these beautiful plants fold up, almost as if they need sun to survive. Interesting enough this plant is one that requires shade.

As my love for plants grew so did my collection it became a mission of mine to collect them all. I found at this plant in a nursery not far from me, this was a little odd being as though I had been looking for the same plant online. Only because when I went to the same nursery previously and they didn’t have it. I know just an up and down roller coaster of disappointment and yet I finally got my very own. So it was worth it for me and fun.

The purchase was just the easy part

In this blog you will find

  • Lighting
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Care

Lighting

You may hear some say that indirect light works and or shade, but I have learned the hard way that shade is best when dealing with these plants or even low dim light. When I put them in indirect sunlight it burns my leaves and gives them a burnt crispy leave which just looks awful.

Don’t Overwater

Watering is simply the best part because it allows for your babies to grow, but sometimes we get a little to happy and tend to over water our plants. This is the case for me I am very heavy on the watering side and so now I want from the bottom. These plants do not need to be watered everyday but every week keep in mind moist not mushy.

Fertilizer

I know that there may be a great deal of fertilizers out there but I mostly rely on the “Jobes Houseplant Sticks” This is so much easier then remembering to fertilize each and every plant, as if the watering’s wasn’t enough to remember.

Care Tips In Advance

Humidity

Living in a place that doesn’t provide enough humidity for you plants can suck you are actually going to lose more plants then you save. When it comes to humidity pebble trays do in fact help, what is a pebble tray you may ask?

This is simply a tray that contains rocks and water, place the rocks in a dish and pour filtered water until it reaches just above the rocks.

You can also invest in a humidifier if you feel as thought the pebble tray is not doing you any justice, I originally had a 500mL humidifier trying to cover all of my plants. This was absolutely a no go and it did absolutely nothing for my plants. Searching for a humidifier invest in a bigger on for instance a 4 to 6 L. They may be a tad expensive for a good one but it is all worth it when you think of what you are investing.

Grouping is also another method for humidity, grouping a group of plants to improve the humidity.

Wipe your leaves

From time to time we may see white particles accumulating on our plants in most cases this is just dust that has been acquired throughout your plants stay. A little soap and water will do the trick but I recommend that you wipe your leaves daily to keep them free from dust particles.

Plants + Urban+ ME

Have you ever wanted to start you own indoor garden but never got around to doing it? For what ever reason you never got around to it let’s just knock that out of the box because it’s not carved in stone. If you want something then you have to be willing to sacrifice for it even if it’s you time. I have always had a love for plants but never had enough time for myself to even collect one. That was a real blow for me because here I am stuck in the house due to quarantine looking for an outlet and I am still am making excuses. The thought did cross my mind quite a few times prior to quarantine that I should start my own but again I had so much going on that I quickly forgot. I really became interested in plants because of the great health benefits that they provide. My daughter suffers from chronic asthma in the beginning being cooped up in the house started to have a toll on her health. We were going through quite a few episodes. So I started to research plants that better help the air quality in you home. To my surprise there was quite a few choices when it came to indoor plants but I absolutely fell in love with the “Peace Lily”. The next day I went out and got my very own and the rest is history. Over a period of time my love for plants have grown causing curiousity as it pertains to each plant causing me to start my own collection.

In this blog you will find

  • Plants that produce the most oxygen
  • Collecting plants
  • Budgeting

More Oxygen Please

Some people like the air quality that plants provide and then you do have some of those people who in fact are looking for those particular plants that actually provides the most oxygen. If you believe that there is a such thing that exist I would have to tell you that plants like these do exist. Looking for one that produces more oxygen well here goes nothing.

  • Snake Plant
  • Money Plant
  • Palm (Areca)
  • Chinese Evergreens

All or even just one of these plants will give you the results you are looking for. I literally have a snake plant in every room of my home to esure better oxygen flow all throughout my home. I would reccomend that if you are considering one of these plants, you start will the snake plant being as though they are so low maintnence.

  • Watering: Every 2 -8 weeks
  • Sunshine Vibes: indirect sunlight
  • Fertilizing: A couple of times during the spring time

It is literally that easy no string attached type of deal and this is a great first starter plant if you have one kiddo’s or two.

Collecting plants

Once you get into it then maybe you will even start to explore new plants such as urban plants in which comes in a variety of sizes and vibrant colors. As I started to see and learn about urban plants the more I wanted my very own to grow and study. Where could I search for urban plants if I am a beginner, I wanted to tackle this as easy and gently as possible. I came to the conclusion that maybe Etsy was a start, but as I looked on Etsy I realized that it wasn’t just the plant that people were selling but cuttlings as well. I’m no expert but I can assure you this wasn’t the road that I was willing to go because I was so new to this. So I started small, facebook marketplace had a wide variety and so I started looking into different plants. I finally became linked to this nice woman who provides me with all my urban plants. Some in which you would originally have to order, she even puts baskets together. Cactus’s, Succulants, Rare, you name it then she has it. I can admit that I was over the moon when I found her it was from there till now 53 and counting. So If you are looking for urban plants don’t give up they are out there, try facebook first.

On a Budget

If your like me then you are always looking for a good deal because you are a plant lover save where you can and binge where it is needed. Generally when I purchase my plants I do go to my connect but I also dabble on etsy as well. I finally learned about cuttlings and I have been having a blast planting new plants that I have never seen before. They are reasonably priced and if your willing to pay for shopping it’s a plant lovers paradise.

Go for the green

Still thinking on whether or not you should get started well here is the answer “Yes”. Don’t wait like I did to start on something that yo love to do. If it bring you comfort than I am all for it. During these trying times we do in fact need a little more self care time  and need to unwind rather than releasing your emotions elsewhere.

What was your first indoor plant?