I’m back today with more houseplant fun. Today we had the windows open in our house and it was 60 degrees so it put me into full houseplant mom mode. I posted yesterday my tips to make your houseplants happy [HERE] & today on Instagram I asked you guys to ask me some houseplant questions so I could answer them. Here are some Houseplant FAQ’s you guys asked me yesterday. I hope these help you with your houseplants!
- Where I find Topiaries: I find mine at our shop, The Found Cottage. My friend Passiflora also carries them, along with many local greenhouses & other boutiques near me. I would suggest calling your local greenhouses & boutiques to see who carries them.
- Where I find houseplants: I find a lot of our houseplants at Home Depot, Lowes, local greenhouses, local boutiques, & you can also order houseplants from Sill [HERE]. I find they are super affordable at hardware stores so I would start there first!
- How often to fertilize: I go off the “less is more” rule & I fertilize maybe every 3 months. I do it to maintain health in my houseplants & not to save a dying plant.
- Fur babies & plants: I got a lot of questions about how to keep our fur babies away from our plants & I have o say I have never had to deal with our pets bothering the plants.. not even our cats. I would recommend that if your pets do bug your plants to purchase only pet-friendly plants for your home.
- Pet Friendly Plants: Birds nest fern, stag horn fern, haworthia zebra, peperomia, money tree, ferns, spider plants, & that’s just a start.
- User Friendly Houseplants: These plants are hearty & great for beginners or forgetful plant parents: Aloe Vera, snake plants, kangaroo plant, succulents, zz plant, peperomia, Philodendrons, Pothos, & again.. that’s just a start.
- Low light plants: These plants work well in places with no direct sunlight & work well in spaces like apartments, bathrooms, and low lit rooms: snake plant, pothos, zz plant, & succulents are a great start.
- Steps to bring plants back: If your plants are losing leaves, turning yellow or brown, or just not looking great it could be many things, but here are some common factors: over watering, under watering, too much fertilizer, too small of pot, your air is too dry in your home, not enough light… that’s just a start. Remember you don’t want to over water your plants so when you water do a sufficient amount without flooding the plant.
- Getting rid of gnats: These little guys can be one very annoying part of house plants. Sometimes plants will get little gnats in the soil of the plants & there are a few ways you can prevent/get rid of the gnats: One way to prevent the gnats is to not over-water the plants so there is no puddling. Also, be sure to clean the planter tray often. You can make a solution of 1tbs of dish soap in a spray bottle to spray the soil and leaves to get rid of the gnats. You should test the solution on a small area of the plants, but this works for me. You can also add a pebble layer to the top of the soil like these stones that prevent gnats and fungus [HERE] or put a sticky bug trap in the planter to catch them.
- My biggest plant tip: Don’t over water!! When I used to say that I didn’t have a green thumb this was my issue. I was drowning my plants thinking that “more was better” & with watering plants that just isn’t right. You don’t want any standing water or too wet of soil. Adding a little water at a time will help prevent accidentally drowning your plants.
- Where to find planters: I did a post a while back on my favorite planters you can find them [HERE]
- Types of topiaries I love: Lavender, rosemary, angel vines, Spanish lavender, boxwood, olive. These are just a few I love. I do find that my topiaries are way more high maintenance than all the houseplants I listed above so I would for sure ease into topiaries if you are not super confident in your green thumb.
- What fertilizer I use: I love these organic fertilizer spikes [HERE] off of amazon because they are so easy to use & they do all the work after you just stick a capsule into the soil.
- My favorite house plant: Pothos hands down! I love how hearty these plants are and how low maintenance they are here in our farmhouse. Minimal water, minimal light, & they vine which is fun. I love how unruly they can look as my favorite farmhouse plants are ones that look a little wild and natural.
- My watering schedule: I don’t have an exact schedule, but I like to do once a week at least. I suggest picking a day of the week depending how much you need to water… if you are doing minimal water at a time every three days is great as well.
- Have any more questions? Ask me on Instagram & I will be adding them to this post!
Thank you guys so much for stopping by the blog today & every single day to see what we are up to. & if you want more plant tips or what to chat more about houseplants be sure to follow me on Instagram [HERE]. xx