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What plant is on your mind?

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  • Rattlesnake Calathea
    This beauty adds so much personality to my vanity. 
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      Maranda 😍😍😍 she's gorgeous!
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      Bree I always seem to find the best planters in grocery stores that sell flowers like Albertsons and Savemart or Safeway. If you have one of those stores definitely give their floral area a look.
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      Pei LOVE!! so much personality.
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  • Propagating a leggy succulent
    Wanted to share my most recent propagation! I usually let leggy plants be but I was afraid this fella would break off because it was so small and fragile. Seems to be doing well and the leaves are starting to root. :) 
  • What are those?
    Out of the 60+ plants I have in my home these guys seem to get all the attention. The Marimo Moss ball- but actually not a moss at all! These guys are actually a form of macro-algae, like aquatic algae or seaweed. Commonly found in cold, freshwater lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Within its natural habitat this algae gets its shape as floating pieces are caught within the current which rolls them around; ultimately resulting in the spherical shape you are use to seeing. But did you know that this is not the only way they grow? A large number of them can also be found growing on lake beds creating almost a carpet like appearance; covering everything from rocks to debris. 

    Care Guidelines to Follow:
    • Keep in an open container to allow fresh air exchange.
    • Low-bright indirect light will do just fine, but avoid direct sun as this can scorch the filaments.
    • Always use cold water, and replenish every 1-2 weeks depending on algae growth (dirty water).
    • I always recommend rotating these guys daily, or every other day. This will ensure that all parts are actively photosynthesizing, and will also help maintain its shape. 
    • When changing the water I also rinse each Marimo to get rid of any debris that might be on them. I then roll them in my hands to help encourage the round shape in case any have started to unravel (which is perfectly normal since we can't provide those natural currents that roll them). Therefor, we gotta do what we can do help them out!
    • Ever notice the Marimo browning? This could occur if one side hasn't been exposed to light long enough. Or if it's very dirty. Adding some aquarium salt to the water may help bring back it's greener hue! 
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      Erin I love the way you've displayed them!
  • New Pilia babies!
    So much new growth from my pilia 
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      PlntNrd Oh, congrats! It’s so exciting, right?!? Mine gave me one, and then another, and then suddenly there was four!! It was so exciting, every week there was a new one, to my surprise, so I’m sure you’re super excited right now too. Do you know if you’re going to separate them eventually or let them be?
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      Pei 😍😍😍! Pilea is famous for growing very fast that people often give the pups/cuttings to loved ones. Hence their nickname is friendship plant!
  • new monstera deliciosa!
    Got this from a small plant seller in NYC that delivers. It’s just gorgeous! 
  • Omg, Finally!!!!
    My Monstera just unfurled a new leaf and I got an exciting surprise!!! It has its first fenestration!!!! I’m so excited; I’ve been waiting and waiting and it finally happened. It’s just one (and it’s a little baby split), but, hopefully, each new leaf from now on will have more and more. 
  • Finally got the husband to hang these..
    I bought 3 of these some time last year and they’ve been sitting in a box. I finally got my husband to hang them up for me and then I had to figure out what to put in them. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I really love the way they look above the couch with my pics and I love the way the plants look in them. Now I have to decide where to put the third one, but I’m definitely very pleased with the look of these two. 
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      Erin Digging the pops of green against the dark wall!
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      Pei 😍😍😍 they look awesome! Can’t wait to see when the philo starts vining.

      Is that a spider plants on the left? I personally also really like asparagus fern. They vine and so elegant!
  • What?!?! Where did you come from?!
    Omg, I can’t believe it!! My Imperial Red Philo is blooming and I didn’t even notice until today. Thank goodness I went to water some plants in my bedroom and saw it. Two blooms had already faded and died and, I’m guessing, this one will be gone tomorrow. It looks like there’s 2-4 more still to open, but I could have missed them all! 
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      abcactus This is absolutely gorgeous!!
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      Pei 😍😍😍 nothing is more rewarding than see your plants putting out new growths or flowers 😍😍😍
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  • One day mine will be this big!!!
    This is in my absolute favorite nursery in Md. They have gorgeous plants and incredible finds. I always stop here when I’m in Olney. I can’t belive how big this Fiddle is!!! If I had room, I would totally get one. 
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      Erin Ooooo! She's a beauty.
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      Pei what's the place called? Would love to visit when I am in town 😍

      I would love to have a FLF one day, but feel like I would end up hating it because how temperamental they are!
  • Repotted polka dot and nerve plant
    I bought these cuties a month ago and recently repotted them in this repurposed candle container.😃
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      PlntNrd So just a little warning with this. It may not happen to you and you might be able to totally disregard this message, but....
      I also did this with a candle holder that looks very similar. It was a candle that I got in a FabFitFun subscription box. I drilled a hole in the bottom and planted a cute little succulent in it. As the months went by I started noticed the metal turning blue/green and this thick powdery stuff accumulating around the inside of the pot. It turned out the metal was tarnishing from when I would water my plant and I had a succulent in there, so it wasn’t that often. I only noticed it because my succ started looking sickly and dying. I couldn’t figure out why and I started investigating. I’m pretty positive that the tarnished metal was poisoning my plant. I moved it to a different pot and now it’s fine. So, just keep an eye out looking at inside rim of the pot every time you water and if you start seeing a blue or green color change, think about maybe using something else for your plant.
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      Pei [289890,Yecenia] i love all your planter choice. You have great taste!!!
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      Erin So cute! I love repurposing all candles.
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  • Just for some fun.....
    Currently, what is your favorite type of plant (or plants)? And why?

    Right now, I’m really in to Aglaos. I love the variety in colors (they have such beautiful pinks) and I really appreciate that they do so well in low light situations and they’re easy to care for. My other fav is most types of succulents (Echeveria, Sedum, Pachyveria, Gasteria, graptosedum, anacampseros, ugh, I could go on and on). They’re all so stunning and unusual looking and when they flower, super amazing! They can be a bit of a pain when it comes to care, but worth the effort. 
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      Lizzie I'd say I'm an obvious fan of my moonlight philo! But I'm having a love affair with my pothos and nerve plants lately. They really communicate their needs and it's fun to see!
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      Pei [288486,PlntNrd] my currently favorite is all the alocasia! They always have interesting texture and colors. However they are NOT easy :(
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      Sarina Perez I also like Calathea for their shade tolerance and intricate patterns :) My Velvet Jungle is probably one of my all time favorites. I put it right by my armchair so I can pet its silky leaves <3 agreed that some plants are worth the extra effort!
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  • Finally!
    I finally got my lazy butt moving and potted my 5 newest additions. Now, where to put them? I definitely have some rearranging to do in order to make some room. The floor looks good enough for today (and maybe tomorrow too) though!
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      Pei love the Agloanema!!!
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      Erin Such beauties! Love the mix of variegation.
  • Moonlight Philodendron fully bloomed
    It finally bloomed! I’m obsessed. I’ve taken so many photos haha! I have never been so inspired by a plant. Oof! 
  • Fittonias (aka last show and tell post until I start buying more plats again in ...
    Hello,
    The last photo to share my collection (its hard to take a photo of all of them together and its easy to separate them by types) The red variety is the first plant I ever bought and started the obsession. I got him from my local plant nursery and he's much happier than his pot appears. My white variety I got from the grocery store and he's gotten so tall and is in my only decorative pot. 
  • Plant Family Portrait
    My happy family:)
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      Lizzie LOVE the orange pot with the bright green leaves!
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      Pei [289890,Yecenia] you have to share your secret!!! Do you have a humidifier for your plants?
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      Erin Oooo so cute! Your pinstripe calathea is beautiful.
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