Best Plants For Beginners

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Hello Love!

Whenever I post one of my pretty plant babies on Instagram I always get asked about which plants are best for beginners. I’m definitely no expert but I will share which plants I’ve been able to keep alive for almost a year. I’m pretty proud that my thumb isn’t so black anymore. 😂

But first, let me chat a second about the planter above. This trio of plants was a set that I found at Lowe’s last spring and it’s one of my favorites. The three plants (snake, chinese evergreen, and philodendron) are all no-fuss plants and some of the easiest to keep alive. They don’t need a lot of water or direct sunlight so they’re easy to place in your home.

Alright, are you ready?

Here’s the plants I personally have that I’ve had the easiest time keeping alive:

  • Arrowhead Plant – only needs watered about once a week and loves sunshine
  • Inch Plant / Wandering Jew – my first plant I got and still love. Colors are gorgeous and super easy to propagate. My one plant has now turned to 3.
  • Snake plant – basically indestructible. Only needs watered every 2-3 weeks. I have 6 of them.
  • ZZ plant – so gorgeous and another one that is SUPER low maintenance. Doesn’t need water often and can live in low light. Basically a plant of steel.
  • Monstera – my personal favorite. Easy to propagate and just needs watered once a week. Loves the sun light and doesn’t like to be moved often.
  • Pothos – another hardy plant that likes to “crawl”. These are do pretty in hanging planters so they can drape and be all beautiful.
Here’s a few tips to take into account before you purchase a plant.
  • First, decide where the plant will live in your home. Know what kind of light it’s going to get all day. You don’t want to purchase one that needs full light if it’s going to sit on your mantle or coffee table where it won’t get enough.
  • Keep your phone handy so you can do research on the plant when you’re in the store. Even though you may love the look of a plant, you don’t want to waste money and possibly kill it by not knowing what it needs beforehand.
  • Don’t repot your plant when you get it. Most plants can survive up to a year in the pot they come in before they need to move to a larger one. If you’re wanting to put it in a decorative pot, buy one a little bigger so the plastic fit down in it nicely.
  • If you’re wanting to expand your plant knowledge, I suggest joining The House Plant Enthusiasts Facebook page. The members are everything from beginners to experts and they are incredibly helping if you need any help or additional information. I get so inspired every time I see the posts.
  • Grab THIS MISTER. I use it on my plants every few days to add a bit of extra moisture to the leaves. It’s wonderful!!
Well, that’s all I have for now! As always, please feel free to reach out in the comments below or via email ( if you have any questions or need help with anything. I’m always here to help.

How to propagate plants in water

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How to propagate plants at home

Hello Love!

So, plants have pretty much taken over every room in my home. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I’ve been collecting plants to help bring life into our house and add earthy green tones to the decor. Even though some plants can be a little pricy, if I know I can propagate them to create more, I don’t mind spending a little bit extra. It’s been a bit of trial and error on my end but overall, I’m please with what plants I’ve been able to regrow.

If you’re wanting to get started propagating your own plant babies here’s some of my favorite sources:

CleverBloom: How to Root Plant Cuttings In Water For Propogation

Sprouts & Stems: Plant Care & Propogation Archives

The Garden Glove

If you’re wanting more than just a few internet articles and want to chat with other plant lovers, The House Plant Enthusiast Facebook page may just be the best place for you to start. From beginners to skilled plant gurus, you can ask questions and chat away with your new friends about anything “plant” under the sun. It’s my go-to place to search for plant info.

As always, please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! I’m more than happy to help!

How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home
How to propagate plants at home

What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

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What To Grow in a Vertical Garden

What to grow in a vertical garden

Hello Love!
Gardening has become Cal’s absolute favorite hobby. We planted a big vegetable garden in the backyard about a month ago and we got her this amazing vertical garden for her to plant whatever she wanted. We’re keeping it on our front porch, right outside her bedroom window and away from all the critters.  We teamed up with GreenStalk Garden for this project so she could plant her own food and watch it grow step by step.  Here’s what to grow in a vertical garden.
 We went to Lowe’s as soon as the kit arrived to pick out different seeds to plant. GreenStalk suggested we do a mix of both flowers and veggies so we grabbed a couple varieties of flowers along with lettuce, spinach, strawberries, and her favorite, broccoli. We also grabbed some marigolds because we heard they help keep insects away.
 You can grab a kit with 3 layers up to 5 but since she’s not too tall, we went with the 4 tier so she would be able to reach the water basin on top. We loaded up each section with lots of potting soil and started seeding.
TIP: Make sure to fill each pocket at least 1″ or less from the top to keep plants from breaking as they grow. We had ours too low and had to go back and fill in after sprouts started appearing.
What To Grow in a Vertical Garden
To water the flowers, all you need to do is fill up the water basin at the very top. Instead of flooding each pod with water, this is a drip system and waters each pocket at the same time.
What To Grow in a Vertical Garden
3 days later…
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What To Grow in a Vertical Garden