Does playing music for your houseplants really make them grow?

Houseplant owners report anecdotally that singing to plants or playing music for them speeds up houseplant growth. While I love the idea that music helps plants grow, logically, I can’t bring myself to believe in the claim: after all, plants grow in all different ways, some of which are not visible to the naked eye.Continue reading “Does playing music for your houseplants really make them grow?”

Gardening, houseplants and social class

It is no surprise that your interest in horticulture can be seen as an indicator of social class. After all, nurturing a plant so that it can produce pretty blooms or beautify your space is ostensibly very similar to the upper class’ fascination with beautiful pieces of art, at least in principle. In fact, inContinue reading “Gardening, houseplants and social class”

5 ways you can cut down the cost of houseplants

Most of us are guilty of spending more than we should have on a plant stand, or that fabulous garden bench, simply because we want to live among beautiful things. The houseplant hobby is expensive, if we’re going to be completely honest. You need plants, cover pots, potting mix, fertiliser, water, and grow lights atContinue reading “5 ways you can cut down the cost of houseplants”

5 winter blooming houseplants to bring beautiful flowers into your home

Winter time can be oh so depressing for indoor gardeners: your plants begin to slow down in terms of their growth, and some of them might even drop some leaves or go dormant. Fret not! You can spruce up your home with these houseplants that bloom in the winter to get you through the longContinue reading “5 winter blooming houseplants to bring beautiful flowers into your home”

The Ivy experiment part 1

This won’t be a particularly long post, since I was really busy today, but still wanted to update my blog. For my folklore and foliage post, I did a bit of reading, and found out that the Ancient Greeks used to believe that ivy was able to stop people from experiencing drunkenness if it wasContinue reading “The Ivy experiment part 1”

Verdict on The Big Flower Fight: 3.5/5

Netflix’s The Big Flower Fight is kind of The Great British Bake Off but for plant enthusiasts. The premise of the show is essentially that eclectic pairs of florists, gardeners and artists are thrown into the thunder dome of floristry and topiary to create giant sculptural, plant-based creations. The show is equal parts edifying andContinue reading “Verdict on The Big Flower Fight: 3.5/5”

Foliage and folklore: 5 ~magical~ houseplants

Plants have captured the human imagination for centuries. Here is a list of 5 houseplants that have done an especially good job at doing so, inspiring all kinds of tales and speculation about their metaphysical properties. Put on your witch’s hat a take out your cauldron, let’s get ~witchy~ 1. Aloe vera We think ofContinue reading “Foliage and folklore: 5 ~magical~ houseplants”

Going into and out of the growing season

Going into and out of the growing season can be tricky to some indoor gardeners, especially those just starting out. For those entering the growing season, it is a time of excitement. It is the time when you will reap the most rewards for your labours and your plants will spring back into action afterContinue reading “Going into and out of the growing season”

The story of leaves: Advice for buying plants

The leaves of our plants tell a story: how long ago was it last repotted? Was it infested with pests? Did it sustain damage in transit? You can tell a lot about the history of a plant just by looking at the leaves. In this post, I’ll be discussing what to look for in theContinue reading “The story of leaves: Advice for buying plants”