Plants: Getting Green-Fingered with Houseplants During Lockdown
I’ve always been green-fingered, I get it from my mum. I enjoy having houseplants (and buying them!), however as soon as T came along my love of plants took a back seat. I know that having plants is a responsibility. You can’t just get a plant and think watering it and putting it in a bright spot is all you need to do (although some plants are that easy!). It needs love and attention. So, I decided to hold onto the ones we had and get a few fake ones as I still like having greenery around.
But over the past few months, I’ve really missed looking round a garden centre and actually buying something. I’ve missed watching plants grow and how they make a place look nice. I then fell into Plant TikTok, and then a few of my favourite bloggers started writing about their plants, and suddenly the game was up. I needed more plants in my life.
During lockdown, I’ve had some time to browse various online shops, as garden centres (when I first started) were very much off limits still. My favourites so far are: Patch Plants and The Little Botanical. This is because they’ve either been recommended to us, they’re reasonably priced, and/or they come with a newsletter or similar guidance on maintaining plants (always the plant nerd). As much as I love a garden centre, they’re lethal for my wallet; so this was a much more affordable option. Not only that, but you’re more likely to find plants you wouldn’t otherwise find in your local garden centre.
Where we started
I know some people like to curate their plant look, but I’m not *that* creative. If I like it, I’ll get it and work the rest out later. This worked at first, but as we started to learn about our plants and understand what they preferred, we ended up making our way around the house. Working room by room, we got plants that would fit that room and be happy.
We also had to work any new plants around the ones we currently had. If you’re interested, we have: A Monstera (Swiss Cheese Plant), Spider Plant(s), a Ponytail Palm (that we’ve had for YEARS!) and a Yukka. We also had a few small cactus dotted around.
In addition, we also had to make sure they’d be pet-friendly, or at least kept out of harms way.
We started in the bathroom, as this is a really steamy room with lots of humidity. With this, we got a fern and other plants that liked that environment. We already had a well-established Spider Plantin there, so we didn’t anything else as domineering.
The thought of cutting off baby shoots and throwing them in the bin just feels like murder. Hence why we now have dozens of baby Spider Plants (and hence why our friends are receiving houseplants on their door steps!)
Our first purchase was a Chinese Money Plant, as they’re pretty easy going and they’re generous when it comes to babies; meaning you get more bang for your buck. They’re also happy when you go away on holiday! We also purchased a few hanging houseplants – which makes use of high ceilings, especially if you don’t have floor space. Although they make us nervous, we also got a couple of succulents, and then some extra cacti.
Over the past few months, our new green additions have settled in and we’re really proud of what we’ve created. I’m not over-exaggerating when I say that they’ve even made coming home after holidays easier! They relax me and watching plant TikTok is still one of my favourite things to do!
The hardest thing now is stopping myself from buying more houseplants. Instead, I’m now someone who buys accessories, such as moist (*shudders*) meters, re-potting tools and misting bottles. I’ve also invested in different soils, nursery pots and decorative pots. I’ve now also started propagating a few plants that have sprouted a few nodes.
Nothing is more satisfying at the moment than new growth!
I’m far from an expert on houseplants, so don’t take what we’ve done as gospel – we’re often winging it – but if this is something you’d like us to write about, let us know! Equally, let us know what plants you recommend or favourite plant accounts to follow (including online shops!).
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