Lemon Geranium as a houseplant.

Many years ago I came across a lady who introduced me to the Lemon Geranium as a houseplant. I knew the typical varieties that people here in the UK would put outside in pots or their gardens in spring. And I remember these geraniums that way from childhood.

I remember walking into her flat and my nose being assailed by the most wonderful smell of lemon mint. The aroma, I soon discovered, came from the biggest geranium I had ever seen and am still yet to see. The leaves were much bigger than my hand. I instantly fell in love! 

From that time onwards I have done my best to have one with me. They make an excellent indoor plant for many reasons. Top most in my opinion, is the aroma you get from lightly touching the leaves. Grown right up against a window they help create a dappled sunlight which can aid plants that, in their natural habitat, live on the forest floor.

You can also use the lemon geranium in baking and cooking as well as for making tea. If you haven’t tried a sponge cake flavoured with the leaves of this plant you are missing out.

Care tips for keeping a Lemon Geranium as a houseplant:

  • Lighting:
  • Lemon Geranium indoors will only thrive if you give it a window to sit in. The window can face any direction, they even love a south facing window sill in full sun.
  • Watering:
  • Lemon Geraniums are reasonably thirsty plants. They don’t like to dry out between waterings but they don’t want to be sitting in any water for any length of time either. If in a south facing window they’ll need watering about once every three days or so. The leaves will start to droop if they are running out of water.
  • Soil:
  • Lemon Geranium will live in most soils. Though my tip would be to treat it like a fern. It doesn’t need fast draining soil as it is efficient at using the water within it. A general houseplant soil will do the job well.
  • How to propergate:
  • Lemon Geranium is one of the easiest plants, in my experience, to propergate. You can do this by leaf or stem cuttings placed in a jar of water and have roots within a couple of weeks and potted up within a month. You can also root divide them successfully.
  • Pests:
  • In my experience of keeping this plant indoors I have had no problems with pests. They can however get green and white fly. A soapy mixture sprayed on, left for a while, then rinsed off should do the trick. Repeat daily if needed.

And there you have it. The lemon geranium as a houseplant. Once you have one inside you’ll wonder why you never thought of keeping one indoors before.

Interested in learning more? Stay tuned for two simple and tasty recipes you can make with this very versatile, wonderfully scented plant.

Online plant shopping.

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Throughout this lockdown period I have become familiar with online plant shopping. I’d not used this service until recently, being someone who prefers to see and touch and look at the plant I’m planning on purchasing.

This aside, with the situation at the time, my choice was online or go cold turkey on buying plants! Obviously I decided to give plant shopping online a chance. What follows is my experience of this service so far.

Purchased from PLNTS.com

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The first delightful thing about online plant shopping I discovered was the practicality of getting essentials like soils, pots, and supplies in general. I enjoyed having the heavy sacks delivered instead of carrying them myself.

Another great thing about shopping virtually is the variety of plant apparel on offer from places like Amazon and Etsy and many independent sellers on social media. Social media plant groups are a good way to discover planty merchandise.

There is such variety not found in physical stores it’s definitely worth getting lost for a few hours window shopping online. I found many different manufacturers online that I’d not heard of before and got an increased chance of finding something suitable.

Purchased from Amazon.com

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As well as the variety of sites to purchase plant apparel there are the plants themselves. Since going online in search of plants I have discovered many of the plants on my wishlist. Some frustratingly rare in the shops and nurseries in my neck of the woods. 

Of benefit to myself within this lockdown event was getting to spend more time at home chilling out and spending time with the foliage surrounding me. And ticking plants off of my wishlist. πŸ˜…

Amongst the multitude of Etsy stores, eBay sellers and Amazon sellers there are some wonderful online plant shops. I’m going to spend the rest of my time with you on my two favourite online plant stores and review them for you.

Purchased from PLNTS.com

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PLNTS.com is situated in the Netherlands and has a range of medium sized plants to baby plants. Their stock of plants include Alocasias, Philodendrons, Ficus, Palms and Syngoniums, amongst others. If you’ve the patience to wait for it to grow you should check out their baby plants section. You may even be able to find some wishlist plants as they stock rare plants.

I’ve purchased from PLNTS.com several times since discovering the store and have gotten some of my own wishlist plants. As these plants were traveling from the Netherlands to the UK the shipping did take up to a week to arrive. Everything arrived in almost perfect condition. The plants came in very professional packaging and had been packed well.

All plants have survived and are now thriving in my ever growing jungle. I would highly recommend PLNTS.com. Make sure to check them out!

Purchased from The Rich Rainforest

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Located in the Welsh countryside is The Rich Rainforest. This online shop has a bigger range of plants available from medium to baby sized. They also stock a variety of beautiful tropical ferns.

They stock a range of plants from Monstera and Philodendron to Bromeliads. This is a good store to find some lovely trailing plants including Hoya, Philodendron and Dischidia.

Again with The Rich Rainforest all the plants I ordered arrived safely and in good condition. Their packaging was done well. Shipping was completed within 3-4 days and again the service was consistent so I would definitely recommend this plant store.

The Rich Rainforest at present has an offer. With every other over Β£10 you receive a free baby plant! Go check them out today.

Purchased from The Rich Rainforest

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So in conclusion I would say that my experiment in online plant shopping was, and has been, successful. I really enjoyed going through the many different sites looking for the right plant.

I found prices comparable with local nurseries and big stores. And although there is postage and packaging to pay for having your babies delivered to your door is worth paying that extra for shipping.

I will of course still be visiting actual physical stores as I do love to check the plants out properly. And the general vibe of a garden centre. I’m glad to have found some lovely places to purchase some of the harder to reach plants out there.

Purchased from Amazon.com

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Stay tuned for more reviews and views on life as a plant lover.

Planty Care tips πŸ₯΄πŸŒΏ

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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… 🚿🌴🚿🌿🚿”