Croton

Which Are Better: Terracotta or Plastic Pots?

Should you use terra cotta or plastic pots for your plants? This was definitely one of my main questions when I started buying proper pots for my plant. The answer is, of course, it depends! In general, a plant that prefers to stay on the dry side will appreciate a clay pot that absorbs excess […]

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Valentine’s Day Plants That’ll Impress Your Houseplant Lover

Flowers are ephemeral. This Valentine’s Day, why not treat your significant other to a potted plant? Cut flowers, as we all know, eventually die. With a little tender loving care, potted plants (and perhaps even cuttings) have a great chance of surviving for years to come — or at least past that one or two-week […]

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Dracaena on macrame

3 Easy Plants for Beginners

My very first plant was a bird’s nest fern, which is supposedly one of the easier houseplants out there. I beg to differ, however, after killing two in my day! Beautiful yet so incorrigibly finicky, ferns and calatheas are my sworn frenemies. As I’ve started collecting more plants, I realized that I didn’t have to […]

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Peperomia and ZZ Plant

Where to Find Budget-Friendly Pots for Your Plants

I remember the good old days when I’d buy a plant and just let it chill in its plastic nursery pot on a plastic saucer. After collecting plants for a minute and spending most of my waking hours in my bare room in quarantine, I’ve been more keen to treat plant pots as an integral […]

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hedera ivy

All About the Ivy Plant — AKA Hedera Helix

Ivy is the definitive cottagecore trailing plant, even if it’s generally underrated in a world where tropical plants get most of the fanfare. After giving “ivy” a few listens (yes, I’m that Swiftie friend), I ended up picking two ivy plants as my first plant purchases of the year, a run-of-the-mill green hedera helix from […]

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How the Saguaro Cactus Became a Symbol of the American Southwest

As a plant collector, I hadn’t quite noticed cacti until recently. Not until The Good Place made a Janet joke about them or until Taylor Swift casually posed with one. I previously prided myself on collecting plants that flirted with death should I forget to water them — calatheas, fittonias, ferns, and so on. Many dead plants later, […]

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How to Build a Succulent Container Garden

Cacti and succulents never impressed me much, just like Brad Pitt to Shania Twain, you know? But during wintertime, these hardy babies are the only plants that fare well between the cold weather and my space heater. My collection consists mostly of succulent and cacti cuttings my mom’s garden and baby plants from my local […]

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Plant Haul

Plant Haul: Hirt’s Garden + Grocery Outlet

Oh, plant friends. My insatiable love for plants has been thoroughly satiated, suffice to say. It started with a few clicks online on the Hirt’s Garden site and ended with me jogging out of Grocery Outlet with an armful of Halo Top and new plants. I’ve got it bad for plant deals, what can I […]

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Syngonium plant

Plant Update: A Guide to Arrowhead Plants

Riding on election stress, I finally got my poorly manicured paws on a plant that’s been chilling at the bottom of my wish list: a syngonium podophyllum or arrowhead plant (or nephthytis triphylla)! I’ve seen this species at grocery stores and nurseries for under $15 but always felt inclined to buy something else instead. So […]

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