By the kitchen table, looking at my bird feeding station 🙂
In the kitchen behind the sink
I counted my plants recently. I don’t know why. But I have 49. I need a 50th, an orchid, I think.
A lot has changed since I shared pictures last.
One of the pothos that was on the fireplace got too long so it’s upstairs on the landing, you can see it hanging down the wall in the third picture. The neon pothos that was also on the fireplace got too long, and it is upstairs. I’m going to do this with it, climb it up the wall, when I can find the right place for it; I think it’s stunning. And Leo doesn’t like us installing plant hooks in the ceiling (it’s a rental) or I’d do that with all of my pothos and philodendron (I have 4 pothos and 1 philodendron).
My mostera though (that monster in the foreground of the first picture). It is thriving there, but it’s also getting too big for that space, and I’m not sure what to do with it. I have it staked up some, to keep it from falling all over the floor, but it’s least a foot taller and much more filled in than it was in December. I’m most excited about my monstera of almost all my plants – I wanted one for so long but where we were before just didn’t have enough light for one. Frankly it didn’t have enough light for most of my plants. They survived, but never thrived until we moved here. I mean, I only had about a dozen plants in our old place though, I’ve added quite a few here 🙂
My second favorite plants are my ficus elastica. I have two of these, one with very dark leaves (in the brass pot near the sofa) and one with variegated light green, white and pink (on the floor by the fireplace). I also love my fiddle leaf figs (one in my office and one downstairs by the window). And my ficus benjamina . I love them all…I have one very sad schefflera that lost nearly all of its leaves the moment I brought it home to the old place, and now is finally recovered enough to start growing new ones!
I did move the tall ficus tree I had in my office downstairs by the window and it isn’t dropping any leaves anymore and seems to be healing a little bit. It had a little shoot growing off the bottom trunk so I cut it off and replanted it in a small pot and it seems to be doing well also.
I do have quite a few succulents, and find those incredibly fascinating, especially when they bloom, which took me by surprise at first. Again, I have never lived in a place with enough sunlight for succulents, so they are quite new to me.
I don’t have any secrets to keeping my plants alive. Maybe they know how much I love and appreciate them and so they just thrive? I can think so anyway.
I make sure to place them in areas where they can SEE THE SKY instead of just get sunshine. I learned that via Houseplantjournal on Instagram, and I do think it has made a difference. It’s tougher in the summer when all the trees outside have their leaves though – I do move things around.
I go around once a week at least and check moisture levels and water whatever I need to. I add plant food to the water once or twice a month. I aerate the soil (with wooden chopsticks poked in the soil and turned around a bit – to simulate what earthworms would do if the plants were outside) once a month or so. Many plants are in the plastic nursery pots on a saucer inside more “decorative” pots, and many I repotted directly into pots. I do this when plants seem to dry out faster than they should and that has been a good rule of thumb for me.
I don’t know what I’m doing, I just do what feels right. I suppose I could measure pH levels in the soil and be much more methodical about caring for my plants, but they seem to be doing just fine, and I don’t want to complicate the process right now.
Do you have houseplants? What are your favorites? How do you care for them?