I am a private collector of house plants and have an eclectic indoor jungle. I am not someone that loves flowers, but rather leaves. Leaf shapes and sizes and textures are what drive my collection. I am based in the South of England, UK, so experiences around buying plants and plant related products are influenced by my location.
I also love making terrariums. My current favourite plants are prayer plants and monstera, but some philodendron are intriguing me.
While my plant parenthood is by no means perfect or without fails, I wanted to document my journey and share any tips and tricks along the way.
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As for many 2020 and 2021 saw our plant collection growing. For me this was only possible to grow in such a vast way by looking at alternative places apart from the UK market. There were a few reasons for that. Types of plants availablePrices of the plants Brexit – making it impossible to lookContinue reading “Importing Plants from Ecuagenera to the UK”
EDITED on 28th Feb 2022 to include other suppliers. EDITED on 18th Dec 2021 to include DHL related info. Not that it matters but my most liked picture in October was one of my two plants that I managed to import using Arthur and his new business Exotica Exportare. So I thought I’d share aContinue reading “Importing plants from the USA via Exotica Exportare”
A list of known successful anthurium hybrids and crosses.
Last year I shared my experiences with Amydrium medium green and silver and I thought I’d give an update as I had some failures and some successes since then and also some propagation updates. If you haven’t seen the post you can find it here. Now I said I had successes and failures. Failures areContinue reading “Plant Journal – Amydrium Medium Green / Silver – Update May 2021”
Summary Anthuriums seem to be everywhere right now. At least in my plant feed. I resisted for so long but then this year I got my first Anthurium and it was an Anthurium Magnificum Silver. The Silver bit is referring to the area around the veins as this tends to have more silver contrast thanContinue reading “Plant Journal – Anthurium Magnificum”
In the last two months I have experimented a bit with importing plants. I have done this the easy way, where the company does all the paperwork and they have a broker in my country, so I do not have to extra paperwork, like you might if you imported directly from Indonesia or so. SoContinue reading “Plant Care: rehabbing shipped and imported plants”
I haven’t written here in a while. I felt like an imposter in a community with collectors who know so much more than me and have been collecting plant for so much longer. I have used the time to think about why I collect plants and evaluate my collection and my relationship with it. ThisContinue reading “Plant Journal – Plant collection and anxiety”
Oh wow, we are a week into the new year and despite me having 2 weeks off, I haven’t actually done much writing. But the holiday period was a much needed break, despite the fact that the pandemic is still getting worse and Brexit being official. Can you tell that my mood is dampened byContinue reading “Plant Care – root rot”
Summary Pilea peperomioides is a popular plant. I have heard it be called chinese money plant, and its leaves are like big round coins. To me the plant doesn’t look like it should stand up, as there are so many leaves on long stems but it works and is fun to look at. It isContinue reading “Plant Journal – Pilea peperomioides ‘White Splash’”
As I mentioned in my post about my propagations of Nov to Dec 2020 I have had some failed attempts with rooting node cuttings of my variegated monstera. The last one I was still trying to root, completely rotted away this weekend so I gave up on it, as I guess I had to. SoContinue reading “Propagations – air layering”
I am awful at propagating. I hate cutting my plants. BUT I do love experimenting and seeing plants root from a leaf cutting or node is kinda magical. The whole idea and concept that but cutting you can make another plant from an original mother plant is actually fun. I do realise that not allContinue reading “Propagations – Experiments Nov-Dec 2020”
So in one of my previous posts, I described how I made a basic moss pole and some of the benefits of having moss poles. What I didn’t think would happen is that within a week, I’d see some changes in some of the plants. This is why I love trying things to see ifContinue reading “Plant Care – Moss pole – 1 week later”
Summary I knew I liked this plant from pictures and I was intrigued by it. I did not think I would love it this much. It has big leaves, even when it is small, these are velvety, almost black when mature and the veining is silvery. So far it has also been a fast growerContinue reading “Plant Journal – Alocasia Reginula or Black Velvet”
EDIT: I noticed that I used forest moss instead of sphagnum moss here. Oops! I should have read the label of the moss. I actually washed the moss in a cloth bag wondering why it was dirty. I still make many mistakes, even after several years of plant care. D’oh. I do recommend sphagnum mossContinue reading “Plant Care – making a cheap moss pole”
Let me start by saying that this is not a post about plant winter care and how to over winter your plants. I am more talking about not buying any more plants over the winter period, as they can get really bad shock in the winter, even with a heat pack enclosed. It is justContinue reading “No buy Winter? How to survive the winter as a plant addict”
In this post I’d like to share my personal assumptions, that I had about plants and caring for them. While I am someone that likes to learn and really understand something, I did not know there was much to understand about plants and their care when it came to indoor plants. Growing up we haveContinue reading “Plant Care – 4 Assumptions I had when I started indoor gardening”
Summary Over the last couple of weeks I have fallen hard for this monstera-esque plant. Amydrium Medium is a vining plant, with leaves that will fenestrate with maturity. It has been called the spider man monstera and the leaves are really striking. The colours I have are green and a grey/blue/silver one. I have seenContinue reading “Plant Journal – Amydrium Medium Green / Silver”
Plant parenthood is not all lovely and fun. I learned this the hard way. I did not even think indoor plants would get pests. To be fair the only plant pests I knew about were outdoor pests such as Aphid’s that eat roses (spoiler; they can also come indoors!) and slugs! I am yet toContinue reading “Plant Care – preventative treatments against common houseplant pests”
Summary The variegated monstera Borsigiana was my first big house plant. It has been such a joy to see grow. The borsignia is a smaller version of the delicisiosa but will still grow leaves with fenestrations, just a bit smaller in size. Quick Facts Journal I am pretty sure that the day I opened myContinue reading “Plant Journal – Variegated Monstera Borsigiana”
Summary My Syngonium Neon Robusta was a present from Elena. She had bought the plant to use in a terrarium and not all of it fitted so I got the leftover baby. ❤ This is a pink cultivar of the arrowhead vine family. They are actually climbers and really versatile. Mine is growing into a bushyContinue reading “Plant Journal – Syngonium Neon Robusta”
Earlier this year, I purchased a variegated monstera. It is my pride and joy and I love it. Looking after it is therapy and I cheer on every new leaf. It was living under a light in my living room for a while, and then in a brighter spot in the kitchen. But now thatContinue reading “Grow Lights – What I’ve learned and use”
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