The 5 Unkillables

Ever read the book The Killables by Gemma Malley? I’m going to introduce you to The Unkillables, 5 plants who will survive just about anything that indoor environments can throw at them. Obviously, this is just puffery: all plants have their strengths and weaknesses, and these plants are no different. However, they’re low maintenance overContinue reading “The 5 Unkillables”

Phalaenopsis Orchids

Just today, I received an orchid in the mail, inspiring me to write about orchids. As you undoubtedly know, Phalaenopsis is a flowering genus of plants from the Orchidaceae family. Orchids, in my opinion, some of the most regal and elegant plants to look at, and it is no wonder at all that they wereContinue reading “Phalaenopsis Orchids”

2 key questions for understanding fertiliser

Fertiliser is kind of a mystery to many beginner gardeners. What are those three numbers on the packet? Why are they important? In this post, I’ll be answering both of these questions. What are those three numbers on the packet? The three numbers featured on a packet of fertiliser (usually formatted something like 24-8-16) referContinue reading “2 key questions for understanding fertiliser”

Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)

Spider plants are beautiful, hardy plants that can survive in low light, and need minimal nutrients. In fact, sometimes I’m quite sure the only things that will survive the apocalypse are Queen Elizabeth II, cockroaches and spider plants. They’re known for removing harmful chemicals from the air, as well as how prolific they are inContinue reading “Chlorophytum comosum (Spider Plant)”

3 types of houseplant pots

Plant accessories are one area where I really want to up my game. I want to get new cover pots, plant stands, tables to put my plants on, big trellises and maybe even one of those new Terraplanters. At the end of the day, I know that none of it is really necessary. The aestheticContinue reading “3 types of houseplant pots”

Busting 5 houseplant myths

When I was a beginner houseplant enthusiast, I often had to look online for information on plant care. Having been in the game now for a few good years, I can now look back at some of the information and tell you that it is categorically just wrong. Here’s a list of some of theContinue reading “Busting 5 houseplant myths”

Hedera Helix (Common Ivy)

Hedera helix, also known as Common ivy or English ivy, is a vining, flowering plant that does well both indoors and outdoors. It is robust and fast growing provided that you give it the conditions that it likes, which shouldn’t be hard to do. Its tendrils are steeped in centuries of close coexistence with humanity.Continue reading “Hedera Helix (Common Ivy)”

Pest profile: Spider mites

Our houseplants are our babies, so when something happens to them, it can be highly distressing to us. Probably one of the worst things to experience is having pests sap your plants of their vitality. They can be hard to manage, and if they aren’t eliminated in time, they could also infect the rest ofContinue reading “Pest profile: Spider mites”

How to propagate succulents

Everybody loves succulents. I mean, how could you not? They’re striking plants that come in every shape and size. They’re low maintenance and they really are the gift that keeps on giving. I don’t mean that figuratively. I mean they’re so prolific in their reproduction that they just keep producing more and more succulents. PropagatingContinue reading “How to propagate succulents”

Talking to your plants pt. I: Water and Moisture

When we think of crazy cat ladies, we tend to think of single, middle-aged ladies with frizzy, dishevelled hair, crooked glasses, and a perpetual hunch. They speak to their cats, and react to their meowing as if they can understand what the cats are saying. Some even meow back (Okay, I sometimes do this too).Continue reading “Talking to your plants pt. I: Water and Moisture”