Plants (especially indoor plants) is a vital part of my job doing Interior Design. Personally, being brought up by my parents who are both plant lovers, I grew up just appreciating them and I never dived deeper into it. It is essential that I knew by heart some facts when doing recommendations to my clients. So I decided to gather information via this blog and will really appreciate if you share me those I wasn’t able to include in here.
I used to purchase plants according to what’s beautiful for me and taking care of them is as simple as watering them regularly, a little of fertilizers and sunlight. That’s it. So most of them I wasn’t able to maintain for long. For how many times I purchased Horse tails in particular and I wasn’t able to make them thrive, I just look at it to the last stem and would just buy another if chance permits. Little did I know, that they have different needs just like us humans.
There are those which requires high maintenance, and there are those which requires low lights, and just a little water or no water at all, . There are those which can thrive on water like the Aquatic plants.
At home, Aquatic plants exudes a more calming vibes, they say that it requires very little maintenance, what stops me is the thought of it harboring mosquitoes when I can inhibit them by growing Citronella which is a kind that repel insects though only for a limited time.
PLANTS THAT CAN REPEL MOSQUITOES
plants for allergies
There are plants that can relieve us from our typical allergies such as:
- Areca palm which removes formaldehyde, xylene, carbon monoxide, and toluene
- Peace lily which neutralizes benzene, formaldehyde, and carbon monoxide
- Spider plant is known to remove formaldehyde as well
- Dracaena plant can remove benzene from cigarette smoke and formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene among other household chemical
plants causing allergies
Then, there are also plants which can cause allergies, some of which are:
- Daisies – have a high pollen count
- Sunflowers – if allergic to ragweed you might have reactions
- Chrysanthemums – related to ragweed
- Pine – Christmas trees can cause allergic symptoms. Although they won’t be flowering while they’re in your home, they may be carrying mold and dust.
- African violets – their leaves collect dust so these are bad for dust mite allergy
Aster, Daisy, Chamomile (so ironic as this is one tea I like), and Sunflowers, Rag weeds, Bermuda, Russian thistle, Plantain, and Nettle are all known to contain pollen.
There are also those you can hang, the best ones I’ve chosen so far and must agree with Housefur.com:
Spider plants, Wandering Jew, String of pearls, Kangaroo fern and Joy pothos
PLANTS THAT CAN HEAL
A GUIDE TO IDENTIFY PLANTS BY THEIR LEAVES
PLANTS WHICH CAN HARM YOUR PETS
Another concern to consider is if the plant you are growing is harmless to your pets. So if you have these furry cuties, please watch out for them.
So currently, here are some of my babies or some of them are my parents’ babies and now that they’re gone, part of what I inherit is of course to take care of them too.
- Rosal or White Gardenia
My contractor and I are discussing about plants and I learned that part of choosing is if you can maintain the cleanliness of your surroundings upon acquiring a specific plant. As an example, I am personally having a hard time cleaning up the garden once the leaves of our Santan falls off, they are so small and they’re a lot.
So this needs considerations, because we also need to maintain not just them being alive but our place being clean too.
In botany, succulent plants, also known as succulents, are plants with parts that are thickened, fleshy, and engorged, usually to retain water in arid climates or soil conditions. The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning ‘juice’, or ‘sap’. Source: Wikipedia
In the language of flowers (and we know they are all talking behind our backs) succulents symbolize enduring and timeless love. Succulents are plants that store water in their thick leaves and stems. Clarence Schmidt. In Feng shui, succulent plants symbolize money and gold, neither of which my plants produce. Source: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/
So it is a wrong belief to blame our luck to these beautiful plants, as some says not to keep or grow them because the thorns signify hurts in our lives.
It is so endearing that the Native American cultures believe that the cactus represents warmth, protection and motherly love. Because cacti plants can survive in harsh conditions, they’ve become a symbol of unconditional, maternal love. A mother’s love is strong and enduring just like a cactus. Source: https://succulentcity.com/
In general, it is all about how we look at things, and a mindset to keep that there is beauty in all around us. I have to include this here because I really love succulents so much and even if I get splinters several time, it is not the plants’ fault but mine. =p
- Welcome plants
- My mom’s orchids that I somehow overlooked
- giant blue myrtle
- fortune plants
- Prickly pear cactus
- and others I really can’t identify
We used to have San Francisco plants, it is my father’s favorite. My father used to have Oliva plants, which my mama and I decorate so we have our leaves during Palm Sunday. He is considered a “green thumb” because he was even able to grow grapes in a tropical country like ours.
My mother on the other hand, is an orchid addict. Some of her driftwoods are still here. Since orchids are high maintenance, I dont think I can take care of them like mama does. And I’m doing a separate blog specifically dedicated to flowers, especially those I can keep indoors. =)
Now, I’m not sure If I already have enough indoor plants. My main goal is purifying the air where we breath and the joy it gives seeing them around. Though I have this feeling my son sees them as too much already.
So in our humble home, I have Aloe veras, Welcome plants, Fortune plants, Peace lily, Snake plants in 3 species, I’m trying my best for my horse tail to survive, getting these info from: https://www.thespruce.com/
In general, horsetail plants do not need particularly rich or fertile soil, so fertilizing often is not necessary. If desired, you can feed it with a slow-release plant food. So I’m really wondering why I cant grow my horse tails. =(
The Spruce can help you a lot not just about Gardening, but also about Home decors, Home repairs, some relevant new and Shopping.
The squad would already be complete once I acquire my Calathea, Oxalis, one or two that’s hanging, a Swiss cheese plant (A sponsor volunteered already) Yey! And a fiddle leaf fig tree which is quite pricey in our country. Did you know that my pots are ready for them except for this super cutie planter which I am also dreaming/ planning of acquiring. Looking to get the Llama. ❤
I am also considering to grow basil and cilantro soon. Being half-hearted about it, I hope the supplier I’ve found will still talk to me. =( I opted to blog about these and collate all the information I need, since I am still in that learning curve. I honestly know a little compared to so many of you who are really inspiring me to the moon and back. =)
Like how to properly take care of them in a timeline. =)
I consider them an investment as it requires you to allot a certain budget to acquire them while in the end it is all so worth it. Aside from a cleaner environment, the happiness it brings not just to our home but to us humans as well.
I get my inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve followed Accounts like:
Doc Yow owns a farm and showcases his amazing foliage, he’s got all the kinds with complete information and how tos, even the diseases where a specific plant is susceptible
You will be amazed on how they photograph their plants. They sell them too. =)
She is a certified plantita =). She not only showcases the plants but also the interior spaces where they are best to display too.
I love this page so much, providing me information about plants. i especially love their posts when there’s a delivery. They carefully pack the plants and anybody to receive it will surely be delighted. They have a collection of some of the prettiest leaves I’ve seen.
What’s great about this page is they feature a lot of plant lovers out there, their collection at home so you’ll be getting bright ideas from here when it comes to displaying and taking care of your plants.
Crazy plant people is the one who introduced me to Indoor plants decor. This page is literally being able to find your tribe in the same vibe! ❤
If I am not mistaken, Craig is a TV host so the approach here is a little more professional. Check it out and get general knowledge in every specie, relevant tips and ideas. The leaves here are gorgeous! This will benefit Designers like me just so to become well-versed when it comes to recommending plants to clients.
That relaxing vibe youre craving for? It’s here. Plus, they have really awesome merchandise. =)
Disclaimer: I do not have a paid partnership with above mentioned accounts. I just had to enumerate them so my readers can check them out too. And my page isn’t enough for the many pages/ accounts in Instagram that are equally informative and truly inspiring and encouraging.
I guess any plant lover can relate to this. =) Happy reading! ❤