It’s been super busy around here with the Garden, as you may know if you have been following me for a while. Also homeschooling or crisis schooling as I call it at the moment. Last couple weeks, almost there
There’s something about bringing the outside in. I’m not just talking about blending my morning smoothie with mint leaves or trying a new smoothie with rhubarb. I’m talking about flowers from the Garden and better yet bringing in House plants into our home.
Being in the “growing family” mode for a while and it’s been a bumpy road of recovery from that time. I’ve always dreamed of having more house plants. I feel like that time has finally come that I can turn my attention more to our home again.
I used fake flowers to get through this phase. I learned, even looking at that was still worth the money spent at the dollar store, when I would have preferred real over fake.
What Indoor House Plants do I have at the moment?
Currently I have plants I have “rescued” or saved or simply had them given to me. FYI – Huge money savings if you can save plants people don’t want anymore. Don’t be afraid to ask if you notice a plant with baby shoots on it. They might just happily pull out an extra pot and send it home with you.
Spider plant – I grew from baby shoots from my Mother in Law. I’ve already potted up a first set of baby shoots from this plant and about to do it again. As I mentioned above, I noticed her plant had several shoots and I asked and she said to “go ahead”.
This plant has bloomed several times. It’s been really neat. I had no idea this indoor plant bloomed with little flowers.
First time it had 3 Spiderettes and this time it has 2. This plant is grown from 3 shoots. I suspect I need to repot this one soon.
What do I mean by “rescue” plants. Here’s an example of that, with my next house plant.
Peperomia – This is a combination of the plants that didn’t die from 2 Christmas baskets I got one Christmas. I loved the look of it. I like the fact that this plant isn’t bushy and big. The Planter it is in is from the original Christmas Basket I got with at least 3 other plants that didn’t survive. Since both of the planters had this plant in it I combined the 2 and they have doubled in size since. Super great beginner plant I might add.
Kaffir Lily – Someone just gave me in my neighborhood through a connection over the Garden Swap Box. Here’s my blog post about the Garden Swap Box. This plant is completely new to me. I’m super curious to see it bloom. It already has a baby shoot starting. This lady from my neighborhood has kept the original plant alive since 1970, so I think I got a good shoot at keeping this one going too.
Go check out my Instagram for the story behind this plant. Look for this photo.
Stromanthe Triostar – I just bought this. I was wanting to add something to my indoor house plants that I picked out and bought for myself. These plants were ALL over our resort in Mexico. When I saw it at the local garden center it was definitely coming home with me.
I’ve already noticed, this is my new plant “baby”. Seriously, this plant loves LOTS OF WATER. Oh, at least my kids think this parts fun, it needs to be misted. At least I have helpers, “mom did you mist the plant today?”.
Here’s The blog post about our recent trip to Mexico. Don’t worry, it was before the world literally shut down.
One of the light bulb moments I had that realized my blogging niche is Home and Garden. I took as much pictures of the plants ( videos of the Stromanthe in particular) then time with my family.
Farmhouse Inspired -DIY Pot for Indoor Plants!
Items you will need:
- Dollar Store metal pot with handle.
- White Spray Paint
- Painters Tape
Steps for preparing the pot for paint:
- Tape the TOP EDGE of the pot and the HANDLE.
- Tape any extra metal sides, where you don’t want paint. Like the handle piece connected to the pot on mine.
- Paint in a open area for over spray.
- Paint 2 coats. Once dry remove the tape!
Allow the paint to ‘gas off’ before coming the house. And set it in it’s new home.
Additional TIPS for Indoor House Plants:
If you are just starting out or a beginner, start small like I did with 2 or three plants. If you have too many to start, it can be overwhelming. Plus I had to consider, kids and now a dog. Yes – My oldest we learned is allergic to Easter Lily’s.
Each plant has it’s own spot in the house it”ll like. Plus it took time for me to learn the signs of stress in the plants or when I forgot to water. I noticed over time my spider plant was fussy. I learned to pay attention to the leaves color. Dull – needs water. Bright – well watered. I also moved it around a LOT to find it’s “happy” spot in the living room.
My Pemperima was/is a great beginner plant, I’ve moved it downstairs with less sun for a while and it did just fine.
Fresh Flowers – From the Garden
I’m having so much fun creating fresh flower bouquets. My fave is the peonies!
Fresh Flowers from the Garden beat Fake Flowers from the Dollar Store
I’m already busy planting more cut flowers in my new garden I made last year along our fence. I’ve been blessed with flowers from the previous owners like these peonies.
Ok – I think you might have noticed I’m loving finally being able to get to this place now and share this with you.
How about you?
What do you have for Indoor Plants?
Are you a beginner or have had plants for a long time?