Summer 2019 Houseplant Tour | 200+ Plants

It’s finally here, I did a houseplant tour! I will definitely be giving frequent updates as I am constantly adjusting my plants and adding plants! Enjoy!

Houseplant Care

Here are some of my favorite houseplant care products.

Favorite Soil Products

  • Espoma 4-Quart Organic Cactus Mix – https://amzn.to/2XdricA
  • Espoma AP4 4-Quart Organic Potting Mix – https://amzn.to/2X8dSK1
  • Garden Horticultural Grade Premium Perlite 8 quart – https://amzn.to/2NmUd9R
  • Hoffman Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss, 10 Quarts – https://amzn.to/2FFZcvX

Plant Food & Fertilizers

  • Espoma Organic Cactus Plant Food, 8 oz – https://amzn.to/2Xibm92
  • Espoma Organic Grow, 24 oz Fertilizer – https://amzn.to/2xmPudn

Humidity

  • 6L Humidifier – https://amzn.to/2RGOES7
  • Small Humidifier – https://amzn.to/2X6k5pW

Plant Goodies!

  • Macrame Plant Hangers – https://amzn.to/2XhXJqw
  • Wall Hanging Plant Terrarium – https://amzn.to/2JjDq2e
  • Flower Rack Wood Plant Stand – https://amzn.to/2IXVIH5
  • Modern Plant Stand – https://amzn.to/2J13KPL
  • Modern black and white strips seagrass belly basket – https://amzn.to/2xgkpIj

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Online Plant Haul | Etsy, Amazon, & Arium Botanicals

Have you ever ordered plants online? I did! I went crazy and bought a bunch of plants through various online shops. I had some really good luck this time! Here are some of the plants I got in my recent online shopping spree!

Plants/Shops Mentioned

Here are all the plants I got and where I got them in case you are interested!

Ficus Elastica

Ficus Elastica ‘Tineke’

Scindapsus Silvery Ann

Philodendron Brasil

Black Peperomia Ripple

Philodendron Bipennifolium

Monstera Adansonii

Othonna Capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’

Colocasia Esculenta Black Coral

Alocasia Cuprea

String of Bananas

Planting Products I Love

Plant An Herb Garden With Me!!

herb-garden

My boyfriend and I love to try new seasonings, foods, and experiment with drinks. He is a phenomenal meal and drinks creator; however, living in Michigan, our fresh herb choices are the grocery store are slim. Because of this, I decided to grow my own herb garden! I did a video of my seed planting and will share it with you here!

Check out my Salsa Garden!

Potting/Planting Tools Used

Herb Garden Seeds I Planted

If you are interested in creating the same herb garden that I have, here is the seed pack I purchased:

This package includes the following plants:

  • Cilantro
  • Blue Borage
  • Sweet Genovese Basil
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Italian Oregano
  • Sweet Marjoram
  • Rosemary
  • Italian Flat Leaf Parsley
  • German Thyme
  • Summer Savory
  • Broad Leafed Sage
  • Lemon Balm
  • Mint
  • Chamomile
  • Lavender
  • Echinacea

Thank you so much for hanging out with me while I plant my garden. To keep an update of my garden follow my InstagramTwitter, and YouTube! Also, check out my salsa garden!

Giant Peace Lily Re-potting

peace lily repotting

Last summer I bought two large peace lily plants from a box store near me. After purchasing these guys, I separated them and they are doing well. While they were beaten up from my recent move, they were ready to be re-potted. Hangout with me while I re-pot one of my massive peace lilies!

Repotting this massive plant by myself is always difficult, but worth it! Watch as I accidentally slap myself in the face with a peace lily leaf, spill dirt on myself, and a ton more! Do you want more re-potting content? You’re in luck because I post videos where I re-pot, plant, unbox, and more with my 200+ houseplants! All you have to do to get this content is SUBSCRIBE.

Plant Care Stuff I Used In This Video

Basic Peace Lily Care

Lighting bright indirect light
WateringAllow soil to dry some between waterings
FertilizingEvery other month at half strength in the spring and summer
Temperature 65° – 80°F
Humidity High humidity
Soil Well-aerated soil with peat moss
Poison Information Level 2

Get more detailed peace lily care information HERE.

Check out my massive repotting series!

Here is part 1 of my massive repotting session. In this part, I re-pot a pothos, unknown plant, pineapple plant, and sansevieria or snake plant. Also, I just do some chatting!

Here is part 2 of my massive repotting session. In this part, I re-pot a Christmas tree, philodendron Brasil, and a zz plant. Also, I just do some chatting!

Here is part 3 of my massive repotting session. In this part, I re-pot a two different pothos, Dracaena deremensis ‘Janet Craig’, calathea, and two different sansevieria or snake plant. Also, I just do some chatting!

peace lily repotting

Plant A Salsa Garden With Me!!

My boyfriend and I love to eat and make salsa. He is a phenomenal salsa creator; however, living in Michigan, our pepper choices are the grocery store are slim. Because of this, I decided to grow my own salsa garden! I did a video of my seed planting and will share it with you here!

Potting/Planting Tools Used

Salsa Seeds I Planted

If you are interested in creating the same salsa garden that I have, here is the seed pack I purchased:

This package includes the following plants:

  • Roma Tomatoes
  • Cilantro
  • Red Cabernet Onions
  • Anaheim Peppers
  • Texas Early Grano Onions
  • Hungarian Hot Wax Peppers
  • Tomatillos
  • Red Marconi Peppers
  • Jalapenos
  • Poblano Peppers
  • Sweet Basil
  • Habanero
  • Red Bell peppers

Thank you so much for hanging out with me while I plant my garden. To keep an update of my garden follow my Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube! Also, check out my herb garden!

How To Use Cuttings to Propagate Your Plants

Cuttings are easily one of the most simple ways there are to propagate your plants. All this requires are trimmers or scissors, a container, and either water or soil!

Tools You Will Need

Water Propagation

Soil Propagation

What Are Cuttings?

Cuttings are simply a piece of a plant which has been cut off of the parent plant. Most often cuttings are taken for pruning or propagation purposes.

How to Cut

First, you want to be sure that the plant you are taking cuttings from can be propagated by cuttings. One of the easiest ways to be sure (other than a quick google) is to check the stems for nodes. Nodes are little bumps along the plant stem. Further, these bumps often appear hard or calloused and sometimes feature small calloused looking stems. If you do not see these nodes, double-check google to see if your plant can be cutting propagated.

If your plant can be propagated with cuttings, then you want to be sure that the plant is mature enough and healthy enough to handle losing some of its leaves. This is not something easily taught, you must be familiar enough with your plant to know. Some research on the hardiness of your plant may be useful

Next, you want to be sure that the section you are cutting includes nodes and at least one leaf. For a better chance at root development, include multiple nodes or leaves. You want to be sure that you are trimming the stem between the nodes in what is called the internode. You can read more about plant nodes HERE.

How to Care For Your Cuttings

Now that you’ve taken your cuttings you have to decide how you want to propagate the cutting. Two common options are in water or in soil. Both methods have pros and cons. Many people choose water propagation so that they can view the roots as they grow.

Water Propagation

If you want to use water to propagate your cuttings, fill your container of choice with room temperature, filtered water. You then plop the cutting into the water. You want to be sure the leaves are out of the water, but the nodes are covered. This may mean you need to trim off a leaf or two. Be sure you leave at least one leaf–preferably two.

If you would like, you can use a rooting hormone to help your plant root faster.

The final step is to wait. Some plants will root quickly and others may take a long time. so long as the plant does not look dead, the cutting is doing fine. All you need to do to keep the cutting healthy is to change out the water regularly. I recommend changing the water weekly, though you can change it less frequently so long as it appears clean. Do not be afraid to add water if it is evaporating quickly. You want to be sure the nodes remain covered.

Once roots have formed you can choose to keep your plant in the water, or pot it is soil. Be sure to keep the soil moist without overwatering to help the cutting adjust to the soil. Some people recommend slowly adding some soil to the water to help the plant adjust. This is up to you and differs by the plant.

Soil Propagation

If you have chosen to propagate your cutting in soil, then you want to be sure you have good soil and a small container. You do not want to use a large container as this could cause rot from too much un-used moisture. Next, you want to fill your pot with the soil and plant the cutting in the dirt. Be sure that the nodes are covered by soil but the leaves are not. This may require you cut some of the leaves. Just be sure that there is still a leaf or two on the cutting. Additionally, you can add multiple cuttings to the same pot if you choose.

The next step is to water your cutting. You want to be sure that the soil remains moist until the plant has rooted. Be sure not to leave the soil too moist to avoid root rot. Once the roots are more established, follow the watering and care guidelines for your particular plant and watch it flourish.

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

The Aucuba Japonica Variegata, otherwise known as the Gold Dust Plant is characterized by the gold-colored speckles on the leaves. This plant originated in Asia.

Aucuba Japonica ‘Variegata | Gold Dust Plant

Aucuba Japonica Variegata Plant Information

Botanical Name: Aucuba Japonica Variegata

Nicknames: Gold Dust Plant

Origin: Asia

Size: The size of Aucuba Japonica Variegata varies from 6 inches to over 10 feet tall, the leaves can be as large as 8 inches. 

Gold Dust Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

This plant requires shaded light to have brighter leaves. If the plant receives too much sunlight, the leaves will turn black.

Watering The Gold Dust Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant.

Fertilizing the Gold Dust Plant

Use an acid-based fertilizer in the spring.

Temperature

This plant survives in mild temperatures hardiness zones 7b through 10.

Humidity

Aucuba Japonica Variegata prefers high humidity when in temperatures above 73 *F.

Soil

This plant adapts well to most soil except waterlogged soil. We recommend using potting soil and adding perlite or similar.

Pruning the Gold Dust Plant

Cut this plant at the leaf joints in the spring. Be careful when pruning this plant so that the shrub is not damaged.

How to Propagate the Aucuba Japonica Variegata

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the gold dust plant is by using plant cuttings. Learn more about propagating with plant cuttings HERE.

Potential Problems with the Gold Dust Plant

This plant does not have many pests or disease problems. Gold dust plants are; however, sensitive to being over-watered. Learn more about over-watering HERE.

Pests

Here is a list of common pests for the gold dust plant.

  • Scale Insects

Disease

Here is a list of common diseases for the gold dust plant.

Poison Information

The Gold dust plant has a level 2 poison level. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Venus Fly Trap | Dionaea Muscipula

The Dionaea Muscipula, otherwise known as the Venus fly trap, is characterized by its ability to eat live bugs such as flies. You might also know it by it’s green and/or pink claw or mouth-like traps. Additionally, this plant originated in North Carolina, in the United States of America.

Dionaea Muscipula | Venus Fly Trap

Dionaea Muscipula Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dionaea Muscipula

Nicknames: Venus Fly Trap

Origin: North Carolina, US, North America

Size: The size of the Dionaea Muscipula varies from 2 cm to 10 cm. These plants are generally bushier than they are tall.

Dionaea Muscipula Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Dionaea Muscipula including watering, lighting, propagation, and more!

Lighting Preferences

The venus fly trap prefers very bright direct light. However, be sure not to burn the foliage yes still provide a very bright lighting situation.

Watering The Dionaea Muscipula

This plant needs to remain moist but without being soggy. Further, the roots are sensitive and should only be watered with distilled water. 

Fertilizing The Venus Fly Trap

Do not fertilize as this will hard the roots.

Temperature Preferences

Keep this plant in temperatures between  60°-90° F. Additionally, keep the plant away from cold drafts which can damage the plant.

Humidity Preferences

Dionaea Muscipula prefers normal household humidity. To create normal humidity, you could use a dehumidifier in high humidity environments or a humidifier in low humidity environments; however, strive for normal humidity.

Soil Preferences

This plant requires nutrient-low soil. So, to achieve this you could use long-fiber sphagnum moss and mix it with regular peat moss.

Pruning the Venus Fly Trap

Pruning this plant requires trimming the flowering stems. However, if you want seeds, do not trim these stems.

How to Propagate the Dionaea Muscipula

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate this plant is by using plant division. Further, you can learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.

Potential Problems with Dionaea Muscipula

The roots are very sensitive and use of proper water and soil is essential for a healthy fly trap. Do proper research regarding these areas before purchasing and caring for the venus fly trap.

Poison Information

The Dionaea Muscipula is generally not considered poisonous. Further, if you would like more information regarding poison levels, you can read more about 5 different poison levels HERE.

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Overview of the Dionaea Muscipula Care

NicknameVenus Fly Trap
Botanical NameDionaea Muscipula
LightingBright Indirect Light
WateringDistilled Water; Moist not soggy
FertlizationNone
Temperature60°-90° F
HumidityNormal
SoilNutrient-Low Soil
PruningTrim Flowering Stems
Propagation Plant Division
Poison LevelNot Poisonous
Dionaea Muscipula | Venus Fly Trap

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Calathea Zebrina | Zebra Plant

The Calathea Zebrina, otherwise known as the zebra plant is characterized by its large leaves on long stalks. These leaves have stripes like a zebra. This plant originated in Brazil.

Calathea Zebrina Information

Botanical Name: Calathea Zebrina

Nicknames: Zebra plant

Origin: Brazil, Mexico

Size: The size of Calathea Zebrina can be up to 3 feet tall iwth leaves as big as 15 inches.

Zebra Plant Care

Here are tips to taking care of your Aucuba Japonica Variegata.

Lighting Preferences

The zebra plant prefers bright indirect light.

Watering the Zebra Plant

Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. During the summer season, keep the soil moist, and water less frequently during winter.

Fertilizing the Zebra Plant

Fertilize every 2 weeks, April through October, but dilute the fertilizer to half strength.

Temperature Preferences

Between  65°-75° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity Preferences

The zebra plant prefers high humidity, mist if necessary.

Soil Preferences

Calathea Zebrina does best in 2 parts peat moss and 1 part perlite.

How to Propagate the Zebra Plant

One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the venus fly trap is by using plant division. Learn more about propagating with plant division HERE.

Potential Problems With The Calathea Zebrina

Leaves may drop, curl, and turn brown due to low humidity or a cool draft. The changes in the leaves may also be due to a lack of proper watering. A limp stem may be due to overwatering.

Poison Information

The venus fly trap is generally not considered poisonous. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Calathea Zebrina | Zebra Plant

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