Planty Care tips πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ

Planty Care tips πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ

Welcome to the first instalment of the Planty Care tips πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ series. I hope you enjoy my sharing with you, common, and maybe not so common, care tips, πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ and planty suggestions as much as I enjoy sharing them with you. 😎🌴🌿

I’ve started with what are, to me,  some of the more important considerations we can take into account before acquiring Planty friends. πŸ€—πŸŒΏ

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First thing I think of when getting/buying plants is how much attention I’ll give it. If it grabs my attention in picture or flesh then I’m more likely to pay it more attention once it’s home. 🌿🏠 I tend to go for what catches my eye over what’s popular. I also like and grow some popular plants too. 🀫🌿

I imagine where the plant is likely to live in my environment. πŸ€”πŸŒΏ I usually have a couple of places in mind. πŸ‘πŸ» The ones I like the look of I research care needs etc… I use various sources for this. My own experience of many years growing plants included. πŸŒΏπŸ’ž Usually left behind when I’ve moved, hay ho, I’ve always gotten more. πŸŒΏπŸ πŸ’ž

If I enjoy the look and feel I get from the plant then I’ll usually collect it, at least, these days I will. πŸ€­πŸŒΏπŸ’ž

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I’m blessed with great light in my little house. East windows, sun in south windows till after 4pm. East and South windows in the same room. A good 8 hours of great light in both my main rooms. πŸ πŸŒΏπŸ’ž

Saying that, I still consider the lightning in my environment. πŸ€”πŸŒžπŸ πŸŒΏ I tend towards medium to bright light, some direct. 🌞😎🌿 In my experience most plants do well indoors in medium to bright light conditions πŸ‘πŸ» That’s not to say that with medium to low light, that you can’t have your space thriving with some green. I think I’d manage wherever light I was in.🀭🌿😎

So I consider where I will place them, the light they will bask in. πŸ€”πŸ πŸŒΏ

Plants (some) in my experience only tolerate low light. They survive. 😐🌿 To thrive? They all seem to prefer medium to bright light, well, all the ones I choose.πŸŒ΄πŸŒžπŸ˜ŽπŸŒΏπŸ’ž

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I’m not a lover of high maintenance* plant care. 🀭🌿🀫 This also comes to mind when choosing my 🏠🌿 guests. πŸ’ž I go from a scale of low maintenance – medium maintenance.πŸ‘ŒπŸ»πŸ§πŸ˜‚πŸŒ΄πŸŒΏ No high dramas here please. πŸ™πŸ»

*High maintenance – Anything you have to buy electric humidifiers for and/or pay hundreds of pounds for and/or a plant you have to faff around with. πŸ˜‚πŸŒ΄πŸŒΏ

“I raise the humidity enough for some Calathea (medium maintenance) using trays and bowls of water. Look out for the πŸ‘‰πŸ»blogπŸ‘ˆπŸ» on that. πŸ˜Žβ›²πŸŒ΄πŸŒΏβ›²πŸ˜Ž”

Out in nature plants grow everywhere. 🌾 With little fuss and interference from us (humans) so I like to adopt the same sentiment with my indoor wilderness. πŸ πŸŒΏπŸ’ž 

Once their needs/conditions are met in regards to lightning and humidity I pretty much like to leave them to it and watch them grow. 😎🌴🌿

Of course, I buzz about them almost every day. Checking for dead leaves πŸ‚ and keeping them bug free. πŸ¦ŸπŸ›πŸŒ΄πŸŒΏπŸ¦ πŸž Polishing the odd leaf. 🌿 Yet. To me, this is not plant maintenance, this is plant growing Joy! πŸ₯³πŸ πŸŒΏπŸ₯³

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There is a lot of joy one can get from caring for 🏠🌿 plants and when considering which new plant friend to get I am always honest with myself, as a human being and as a plant lover. “Will I give this particular foliage the required attention?” Or “Will I be able to manage this gorgeous baby Monstera when it’s grown into a tropical beast monster? πŸ˜‚πŸ πŸŒΏ 

A few things I consider before adopting plant friends. πŸ₯³πŸ πŸŒΏ Time, space and light. How much have I got? 

Thank you for joining me. πŸ˜ŽπŸ πŸŒΏπŸ’ž

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“Next time Planty Care tips πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ on Soil and Watering… 🚿🌴🚿🌿🚿”

Reflections in Nature.

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Keeping healthy πŸš²πŸ’ž

One of the most calming activities I can do is take a walk and or πŸš²πŸ‘πŸ» in nature. Passing through a forest or woodland can bring me relief from the “stresses” ofΒ  my everyday life. It can reconnect me, the moment I go in to the freshness and vastness, to nature’s bounty.

Passing through parks and nature reserves I can experience a joy often lost in the distractions of my life. This subtle joy can be an antidote to depression and apathy. A non pharmaceutical treatment that almost everyone has access to. πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

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“Wind fresh on my face. Pedd🚴ling at a sedate pace. Escaping monkey mind. Joy I find! πŸ₯³”

I have to find ways to remind myself of the reasons I enjoy life. Sadately 🚴ling through the countryside and seeing nature in it’s “just there, being” existing. Stopping every now and then, to snap a picture πŸ“Έ, to take a look. πŸ‘€

And breathe her in. πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

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I am at peace in the countryside.🌾I feel recharged. I feel it in parks too, anywhere I get access to nature. Where there are trees, bushes and green things. 🌾🌿

“Chill. Riding in sunbeams. Aware of daydreams. See the bigger picture. Am one with Mother Nature. 😎🌞🌾🌳🌾”

I like to take my time. I enjoy not being in a rush, putting down the clock. Having free time to do some wondering. 🌾🚴🚢🌾 

I imagine we explore again 😎😊 I imagine I explore. I check in with not knowing, I touch base with “don’t know”. 🀭🌳🌾

In nature I remember the flow, to get out of my own way. I’m a part of nature, it’s not all about me. The buzzing creatures, the birds and the little beasts will continue free, without little ol’ me. πŸ˜‰ πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

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The other attraction in nature for me is the growing things. Trees, 🌲 Bushes, 🌾Plants, πŸƒπŸŒΏ And Weeds. πŸ€

I love the foliage. πŸŒΏπŸƒ The little flowers that bloom 🌻🌷🌺🌼 I love to watch the bees 🐝 pollinate. Birds chirping, encouraging me to sing 🐦 Reminding me to love, a reminder to care. πŸ’ž 

This is why I love πŸ πŸŒΏπŸƒ plants. I’m connecting to nature while at home in the house. Bringing little pieces of foliage home and watching πŸ‘€ them thrive in my environment. πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

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I’m aware of the need to be connected more regularly. I’m aware of what I readily turn my eyes to. πŸ‘οΈπŸ‘οΈ Nature happily growing under my care. Turning my indoor living space into a thriving fresh atmosphere that rechargers me. πŸŒΏπŸŒ»πŸŒ¬οΈπŸŒ€

Creating an indoor wilderness has helped me feel less depressed, less lonely and unloved. πŸ˜”πŸ€—πŸ₯° πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

Instagram – @david_plantlover

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“Chill pill, take what you will. Without a walk in nature, my life’s getting ill. πŸ€’πŸ€§πŸ˜·”  

“Sunbeams, the breeze.🌬️ I peddle with ease 🚴 Stop whenever I want, wherever I please.”

When I return home I spend a little time with my plants, in hopes they’ll pick up on my wilderness vibe. 😁 I look at and appreciate each one of them πŸŒΏπŸ’ž

In the next few weeks I’ll share how 🏠 plants keep me grounded, caring and loving. πŸŒΏπŸƒπŸ‚πŸ€πŸŒ³πŸŒΎ

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Succulent Love.

Keeping succulents here in the UK can be a challenge. But a challenge worthy of any plant lovers out there. They make a beautiful addition to any collection for your home and gardens.

Two of the biggest challenges with keeping succulents in the home as house plants is their lighting requirements and watering needs. 

Hailing from desert climates such as you find in Africa, South Africa and South America it can be difficult to recreate the right conditions in our homes. But fear not. They can adapt to life in our homes well given the correct treatment.

There are various varieties of succulents that one can find in the UK and most require very similar treatment. I’ll be giving general care tips later.

I fell in love with succulents when I discovered them about 15 years ago. I was attracted to them because they were like cactus without the spikes. I wasn’t a fan of spiky plants at that time so I was overjoyed to find these cute little plants.

Well the first batch I bought didn’t fare well unfortunately, over watering being the main cause and of course light requirements. These were new to me and I treated them as I did my other plants, not realising their needs were different to the usual leafy houseplant. However I did not give up on them. 

Over the next few years I researched each new succulent I purchased and in no time I had them thriving. I haven’t looked back since and they have become a staple in my collection ever since.

Care tips to keep your succulents thriving indoors:

  • Light requirements:
  • In order to keep your succulents compact and looking great as opposed to stretched out they need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Southeast and southwest facing window sills work well and south facing windows will be great for the majority of the succulent types. It’s best to research the individual plants as some need less direct sunlight than others but in the home most do well with as much as you can give them.
  • Watering needs:
  • In my experience the vast majority of succulents like to dry right out between waterings. I usually wait till I see a tiny amount of wrinkles appear on the leaves before giving them a good soaking. I’ve found bottom watering to best suit them. They do not, in general, like to be misted as this can cause the leaves to rot.
  • Soil requirements:
  • My succulents do really well in a mixture of cactus soil, succulent soil and orchid bark. I tend to mix 30% of each soil and 40% orchid bark.
  • How to propergate:
  • Succulents are one the easiest plants to propergate. Just one little leaf can give you a whole new plant. I tend to place the leaves on a tray and allow them to sprout roots, which they will do rather quickly, then place them on some shallow soil to allow the roots to acclimate to the new soil environment. In no time you will see tiny baby plants appear at the base of each leaf. I mist them occasionally. They can easily be propergated by cutting the top off and planting directly into soil.

So if you have tried and failed to keep these beautiful spike-less cactus I would definitely recommend having another go. I’m glad I stuck with it as succulents have become a favourite of mine. Once you get the hang of their needs they become easy houseplants to care for. πŸƒ