"plants give us oxygen for the lungs and the soul"- Linda Solegato
As we all may know by now, developing a "green thumb" is nowhere near easy, but the feeling we get and connectedness we feel to Mother Earth comes naturally as our green thumb journey unfolds. I personally have found happiness is growing plants and have noticed how they respond to my energy (or sometimes lack thereof). For about 2 years now I've been developing my own "green thumb", no I'm not perfect but it has been a rewarding experience thus far.
Here are some plants that I personally own, want to own, or have previously killed and would like to try again 😊🌱. Planting, growing, and propagating my own little jungle has been one of my outlets... I hope you find joy in it too! FYI I am aware plants are either "male" or "female" or "both"; however, in this post I refer to all my plants by she/her for simplicity.
1. The Lucky Bamboo
They are usually found in bundles of 3 wrapped in gold twine with red wax at the ends of the shoots.
The amount of stalks and the color of the twine all mean something special and are often given as gifts. 2 stalks mean love, 3 stalks mean happiness, wealth, and long life, 4 stalks mean death, 5 stalks mean wealth, 6 stalks mean good luck and wealth, 7 stalks mean good health and 10 stalks mean perfection in life. This plant is known to attract positive energy, vitality, spiritual freedom and wisdom. A gold or red ribbon used to tie the stalks together symbolizes good fortune. They are said to live up to 4-5 years and can grow up to 8 feet tall!
2. Aloe Vera
This plant can be used topically to treat sunburn, acne and other skin problems. The jelly can also be used in hair as a deep conditioner, the plant leaves can be cut into chunks and placed in water for an Aloe-water infused detox of the blood and digestive tract... the list really goes on and on. Definitely one to keep and grow in your home. 👍
3. Majestic Palm
She LOVES sunlight and prefers if it is sunny all day. If you would like to grow this plant indoors, general household plant fertilizer about every 2-3 months in damp soil will do the trick
She can grow up to 10 feet tall and have massive roots!
Though dainty and high maintenance, her damp soil can attract a lot of pests including fungus gnats and spider mites. To get rid of pests, I purchased mosquito bits and sprinkled it on top of the soil. You can also use neem oil or mosquito bits to get rid of pests. This plant is guaranteed to light up any room and everyone will bask in her glory. ✨🌿
Crotons are also known to be fussy and do not like to be relocated often. The plant may go into shock and lose a few leaves. To prevent too many shocking experiences for your plant, ensure that you re-pot her in a large enough pot so that she can grow and thrive for years to come...in the same pot...in the same spot. 🥰
5. Devil's Ivy ( aka Creeper)
Any type or amount of light, she will do just fine but she prefers bright, indirect light. I bought a stand to place mine in the corner next to a window. She is a vine which means she will weave and wrap around anything in her way. One pump of indoor plant fertilizer every 2-3 months will do her justice. Water every 2 weeks or so and she's good!
6. Snake Plant (aka Mother-In-Law's Tongue)
When repotting, choose a nice sturdy pot as strong roots may crack most plastic pots. This plant is one of the top air purifying plants identified by NASA because they absorb great amounts of carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and other toxins from the air. Put a snake plant in your room, and you are guaranteed a great night's sleep and decreased stress ! 😌🌿
7. Echeveria 'Perle von Nurnberg'
only when it has become either too big or root bound to its original pot. Also, be sure the soil that you are repotting this plant into is dry. They, like most other succulents are notorious for root rot. Succulent food 2x a year, a window sill, water hardly ever and this plant will flourish!
8. Nerve Plant (Fittonia albivenis)
They are low growing, about 3-6 inches but can spread about 12-18 inches. They love humidity so are especially great for terrariums or in humid spaces.
Plants can be toxic to house pets so be sure to check out the ASPCA's website for a list of toxic house plants. If you would still like to grow one of these plants and not have to make an ER visit with your pup/kitty, simply store the plant out of their reach.
Ensure all of your plant pots have adequate drainage holes so that excess water can flow through and not cause the roots to rot.
Ensure the soil is specified as an "indoor plant" or "cactus" for each specific plant. I use the Miracle Gro brand of soil. For my cactus plants, I add small pebbles and sand at the bottom of the pot when repotting to even further prevent water from settling in the pot.
If your plant becomes pot or glass bound (e.g. you see roots at the top of the soil or the soil is starting to seperate from the pot) repotting into a larger pot is necessary. When repotting, loosen up the dirt around the roots so that the roots can grab hold of their new environment. Also, this helps you see if there are any dead roots that need trimming or even worse...mites.
This handy device by Sonkir will help you check the moisture levels of your plant's soil so as to avoid overwatering or underwatering your precious baby. As we know, plants can be expensive so to avoid killing our plants, this device will save their lives and you some money.
The "Planta" App is also a useful resource to help you manage your plants and keep up with when to water your plants. It notifies you, based on plant type, when to care for/water your plants.
Understand that growing plants is a process and each phase of growth is different. Make sure to name your plants, love your plants, speak love and light into your plants. Your plants are a reflection of you... an extension of you. The energy you give off literally feeds your plants and the energy they give off feeds you!
Happy Gardening! What are your gardening tips? Comment below your favorite house plants, tips or your own “green thumb” journey. Also, everything that is underlined is hyperlinked to the exact product I use. I will update this list as my jungle/garden grows denser 💚
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Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.