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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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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Haworthia Fasciata | Zebra Haworthia

The Haworthia Fasciata, otherwise known as the Zebra Haworthia or Zebra Cactus is characterized by stripes that resemble zebra stripes. This plant originated in South Africa.

Haworthia Fasciata Information

Botanical Name: Haworthia Fasciata, Haworthia Attenuata

Nicknames: Zebra Haworthia or Zebra Cactus

Origin: South Africa

Size: The size of Haworthia Fasciata varies from 4 inches to over 8 inches tall. 

Zebra Haworthia Plant Care

Here are tips for taking care of your Haworthia Fasciata.

Lighting Preferences

The Zebra Haworthia prefers very bright indirect or direct light.

Watering Your Zebra Haworthia

Allow the soil to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. Learn more about over-watering plants HERE.

Fertilizer Preferences

Fertilize your Zebra Haworthia every month, April through September, but dilute the fertilizer to half strength

Temperature Preferences

The Zebra Haworthia prefers temperatures between  65° – 80°F.

Humidity Preferences

Zebra Haworthia prefers normal indoor humidity.

Soil Preferences

Zebra Haworthia does best in a well-draining cactus soil.

How to Propagate your Zebra Haworthia

Propagating the Zebra Haworthia is similar to that of succulents. One of the most common and effective ways to propagate the venus fly trap is by using plant cuttings. Learn more about propagating with plant cuttings HERE.

Potential Problems with the Zebra Haworthia

There are no additional problems to note regarding the Haworthia Fasciata. Like most houseplants, this plant is susceptible to root rot from overwatering. Learn more about root rot HERE and overwatering HERE.

Poison Information

The zebra haworthia is generally not considered poisonous. Read more about poison levels HERE.

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Haworthia Fasciata Zebra Haworthia

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Dracaena Deremensis | Lemon Lime Plant

The Dracaena Deremensis, otherwise known as the Lemon Lime plant is characterized by its green and white sword-like leaves. This plant originated in Africa.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Dracaena Deremensis

Nicknames: Lemon Lime plant

Origin: Africa

Size: The size of Dracaena Deremensis varies from 1 to 2 feet

Plant Care

Lighting: The lemon lime plant can adapt to low light conditions, though it does better in medium to bright indirect light.

Watering: Allow the top half of the soil to dry between watering. Leaf tips will brown if the soil becomes too moist or too dry.

Fertilizing: Fertilize plant every month, spring and summer, with a liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.

Temperature: Keep the lemon lime plant between  70°-75° F

Humidity: Dracaena Deremensis prefers high humidity, but does fine in average household humidities.

Soil: This plant does best in fast draining, well-aerated loose soil. Lava rocks can also be mixed in.

Pruning: Remove browning leaf tips using a pair of wet scissors. Stalks can be trimmed at any point and new growth will develop below the cut.

Propagation: Use stem cuttings.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust and anything else from leaves to help avoid potential problems. 

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • Mealybugs

Disease: 

  • Fluoride toxicity
  • Fusarium Leaf Spot Disease

Poison Information: The Lemon Lime plant is considered poisonous to household pets.

My Plant Care Picks

Caladium | Elephant Ear Plant

Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm | Paradise Palm

The Howea Forsteriana, otherwise known as the Kentia palm or Paradise palm is characterized by beautiful dark palm leaves. This is of the most expensive indoor palms. This plant originated in Australia.

Plant Information

Botanical Name: Howea Forsteriana

Nicknames: Kentia Palm, Paradise Palm

Origin: Australia

Size: The size of Kentia Palm varies from 4 feet to 12 feet in height, though it is slow to grow.

Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm

Plant Care

Lighting: Howea Forsteriana prefers indirect light, but can survive in low light.

Watering: Allow the top few inches to dry between watering. Water soil evenly, but do not over water your plant. The Kentia palm is sensitive to salt, fluoride, and chlorine in the water. Do not use water that has gone through a softener.

Fertilizing: Fertilize your palm monthly in the spring and summer, but dilute fertilizer to half strength

Temperature: Between  65°-85.° F, keep away from cold drafts.

Humidity: The Kentia Palm does well in average household humidity

Soil: The Paradise Palm does best in well-aerated loose soil. You may add sand if the soil is too caked.

Pruning: Do not prune palms. If a branch is dead, cut it off with sharp shears. Trimming palms do not encourage new growth.

Propagation: Propagating the Kentia palm requires an expert and is done using seeds.

Potential Problems: Be sure to remove dust from leaves. Spray with warm soapy water every few weeks to avoid pests. Elephant Ears are susceptible to disease when over-watered.

Pests:

  • Spider mites
  • mealybugs

Poison Information: This palm is non-poisonous.

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Howea Forsteriana | Kentia Palm

 

 

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