🔵Do you like looking back at how much your plants have grown from the very first picture of a particular plant? Not quite one year with my Snake Plant/Mother-in-Laws Tongue but it does seem to have grown quite a bit.
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Polishing leaves helps keep the leaves from bring covered in dust and pollutants in the air
+Plants cannot breathe when covered in dust
+Sunlight is reduced and a plant cannot conduct photosynthesis
+When a plant cannot function, it becomes more susceptible to pests because they find it easy to thrive on unmanaged plants
Ways to clean/polish your plants
+Indoor showers. Many people find it beneficial to put their plants in the shower and give them a gentle wash. If this is a method you choose, make sure the water you use is lukewarm. This method is easy because you can do many plants at once
+Rain showers. If the weather is calling for rain, placing your plants in the yard or back deck can be a good way to prevent a soily mess
+Misting. Take a spray bottle filled with water and mist your plants weekly or daily to wash off dust and other materials. This is a technique plants tropical plants like because it mimicks a rainforest. +Wash rags. You can take a damp cloth to gently wipe down your plant’s leaves. This is effective because you can check each leaf to assure dust is removed
+Some people even use things such as olive oil, milk, and beer to “naturally” shine the foliage. Do not use mayonnaise, yogurt, and banana skins because they can attract bugs and feed into bacteria, deteriorating your plant’s overall health
+There are chemical treatments you can buy for leaf polishing as well but I prefer water and believe it is the best method
Basics for polishing
+Do not mess with new or young leaves and obstruct their development .
+Be GENTLE. They’re only leaves and they will rip if you are putting too much pressure on them
+Read instructions and follow carefully if you choose chemical treatments
+Don’t test chemical treatments on your favorites in case the plant doesn’t respond well
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Pretty little Pink Lady aka Callisia💗🌱
🧠 These fast growing creeping plants are actually illegal in some states in Australia as they spread so quickly it can cause environmental damage to certain areas!
Remember when I was complaining about how slow my Monstera dubia grows a couple of #monsteramobday ago? Looks like he’s determined to prove me wrong as he’s put out 5 new leaves (all those above that piece of Velcro) and almost outgrowing the moss pole I made for him.
Yesterday’s bathroom scene! All my monsteras have thrips 🙄 so weekly water blastings and neem oil spray downs in the tub is a must! I’ve been battling them a few weeks now. My monsteras are still doing great! They just have damages on the undersides of the leaves. I’ll show you guys in my stories later. #monsteramonday
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I was super PRESSED to use my new coco coir mix (coco coir, bark, perlite + horticultural charcoal) I made the other day so I decided to pot up this super root bound spider plant.
Now, this is one of my pride and joys because I grew this from a small pup that I cut from the mother plant who is now deceased 😬. Now this babe is the mother plant!
Spider plants only grow pups and flower when they are root bound. So I did not completely loosen the roots as I normally would. I just loosened them a tiny bit to help with the transition into this new soilless mix. That way it will continue to flower and send out shoots. It’s moving from a 4” pot to a 6” pot.
Spider plants are one of my top five favorite plants and I’m very proud to have grown my own that has flowered and sent out pups for me. It’s been a major goal of mine when my obsession started with them.
Musician: Not The King.👑
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Most days we get asked in the shop ‘Does this need repotting?!’ It’s really common to get excited and want to repot your plant as much as possible thinking that if it has more space it’s going to grow faster...riiight?! 🤔.
Many varieties of houseplants actually like to be quite potbound and don’t need that much space. Sometimes a plant with large leafy foliage only needs a small pot in comparison.
A few keys things to remember are that it’s best to repot in Spring, as your plant’s roots then have the best chance to become established at the beginning of the growing season, before the onset of the Winter rest period.
Also only go one size up!! Drowning a plant in too much space is likely to give it a shock and make it grow slower than if you give it a little more space.
Ensure your plant pot has drainage! A hole in the bottom of a pot is important for ensuring the water can escape out the bottom so that your plant’s roots aren’t sat in water.
Lastly make sure you use the right soil. Grit, perlite, sand, bark, coir and seramis are all additions that can be added to an individual plant’s soil. Make sure you do some quick research and see what your particular houseplant variety likes.
My favorite little corner ✨🌱 but do not be fooled, it’s never this clean. I just wanted to see how this monstrous beauty looked on my dresser but it’s too tall to go under the grow light.
I took this pic about two weeks ago, so this cutting now has 4 leaves! This is my favorite monstera out of the 5 I own. That’s because this one is a true #monsteradeliciosa and I like the way it grows better.
About a year ago I found out that my monsteras may not be true monstera deliciosas, but a monstera deliciosa ‘borsigiana’. It’s hard to tell if you don’t have a mature monstera because they both look the same as juveniles. Since I work at a plant shop I was able to compare the large monsteras we get in by checking for the ruffling that true monstera deliciosas have on their stems. My oldest monstera did not have the ruffiling, so I was on the hunt for a true deliciosa. Luckily, one of our permanent mature monstera deliciosas needed a trim one day and I was able to secure a cutting!
According to research, #monsteraborsigiana grows smaller than a deliciosa (which isn’t saying much because it’s a massive plant regardless) and quicker. It could all be a load of crap and misinformation but I just wanted to share how I came upon this mature cutting that I adore. 🤗
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