Hey again, remember me ?
Unfortunately blogging, something I love so much, consistently gets pushed to the side as school and just plain old life keeps getting in the bloody damn way - and i'm not that happy about it. For the past few weeks i've mainly been consumed in assignment after assignment, and spending the spare days ( that I haven't really had but there is nothing wrong with a bit of procrastination right? ) drinking a tremendous amount of tea, walking out of the house most days on the verge of freezing to death while walking around winter-y Melbourne, and spending way too much of my savings which I don't really know if i'm very happy about either. Whoops ?
Anyway, today I have a bit of a unique and different post for you all. I LOVE indoor plants and have had obsession with them for a very long time, and i'm always looking out for more plants to add to my collection. There are millions out there, so i've made a list about my favourite current plants, where to put them and also, how to care for them.
A Monstera, commonly known as the "fruit salad plant" or "swiss cheese plant " is probally one of my all time favourite indoor plants. It fits into so many decor styles that it could be placed in a bedroom, kitchen ,living room or about anywhere you like.
Monstera's dont like too much water, so it's better to water them sparingly - and try and hold of moving them around the house too often. Indoor plants like these like a permanent spot, so find a place that is fairly bright and sunny but with plenty of shade in some hours of the day. If they are placed in direct sunlight then you might risk damaging the leaves, but if you don't give them enough then it will slow down growth. With watering, water the plant about once a week, or wait untill the soil at the top of the plant is dry to the touch within the top couple of centimetres or so.
OTHER TIPS /
- Monstera deliciosa plants are toxic to dogs and cats, so try to keep them away from places where your pets can get to them.
- Monstera's are climbers in their natural habitat, using its roots to cling to large trees or other plants, so it's a good idea to give it a bit of support just by inserting a bamboo stick or small wooden plank sitting upright just in the middle of the plant so it can continue to thrive.
- If your Monstera is looking a bit dull and sad, standard liquid plant fertilizer can be given once a month to it during spring and summer - but make sure you don't give it too much. This is one really easy way to kill your plants.
- It's a good idea to wipe your Monstera's leaves every few weeks to clean of the dust. Just grab a wet cloth and gently wipe the leaves.
The Philodendron, specifically the "Heart leaf philodendron ( pothos ) " was the very first plant I ever owned. I was lucky enough to get one for my birthday 2 years ago and it hasn't stopped growing since. The pothos plant tends to dangle down from it's pot, which makes it a great plant to hang on tall bookshelves, in hanging pots or even curl the leaves around windows. They thrive on neglect and are very difficult to kill - they are also great to clean and purify the air.
Watering Philodendrons are easy. Give it a good drink once every week or two or until 50% of the soil in the pot has dried. If the heart leaf philodendron is overwatered, their leaves will turn yellow. And if under watered, their leaves will turn brown.
Philodendrons usually need bright - moderate light to grow well. Small leaves or spaces between in which your plant grows, is a good indicator that you should move your philodendron into a brighter location - just not in direct sun though.
A good idea if your philodendron is getting too long, is to propagate it. All you need to do is take some stem tip cuttings and pop them into a jar / vase with some fresh water. It roots easily in water or moist soil, and it's a way to have numerous pots of the same plant throughout your house without needing to buy the same plant again - and they are great gifts too for friends & family. All you need to do once they have been put in water, is to wait a few months until you can see roots are starting to form on the cuttings. Once they are long enough, pop them in a pot with some potting mix, and you are done!
And, my newest adition to my plant collection - the famous "fiddle leaf fig". I only bought this one last weekend at no other than IKEA which was a complete suprise when i saw it on the shelf just siting there screaming for someone to take it home with them.
From what I have learnt over the past week caring for this guy, is that it LOVES sun - like crazy. The tip is to give it bright, indirect light but not too much because stong sunbeams can burn it's leaves.
Water your fiddle leaf when only the top inch of soil is dry. You can easily test this by sticking your finger in the soil. Give it a good soak every 2 - 3 weeks, and just mist lightly once every week to help maintain it's natural moisture.
Like the heart leaf philodendron, you can give it some liquid furtiliser once every month in the growing seasons, but just not in the winter months.
And finally, because their leaves are quite wide and big, you can also wipe them clean so they are free of dust just using a damp cloth.
All illustrations by Alessandra Olanow - be sure to check her out on her Instagram @aolanow.
Wow. That was a lot, like a lot.
Finally, let's hope my blogging break is now and truly over. Holidays are coming in the next 2 weeks, so i've got a lot more that I want to share with you including a fashion editorial that i've been working on / planning for the past couple of days. Definitely overdue, or at least I think so.