PLANT PORN

PLANT PORN

April 25, 2019

PLANT PORN 

"Our 5 Favorite House Plants"

Okay, so as you may have noticed, all great trends repeat! Lately, I feel as if I’ve been transplanted back to my Grandmother’s 1980’s home where hundreds of plants hung from ceiling hooks and bay windows were covered in greenery. I must say, I’m not upset. I’d way rather be a plant lady then a cat lady. (Just saying.) 

I’m going to walk you through all your greenhouse struggles and teach you how to “plantify” (yes, I made that up) your space. From which green friends to bring home, how to take care of them and some scientific-ish. 

FIDDLE LEAF FIG (Ficus Lyrata) 

Yes, these are the beautiful trees you see glorified on the cover of every home magazine and occupying a corner in every bloggers home. 

OUR FIG FAMILY: “Fae,” our Fiddle Leaf Fig,” brings so much joy and fresh air into our store. She has even been know to be a celebrity in some of our photoshoots. She might be a little intimidating at first but don’t blame her. Fae resides in the beautiful front corner of our store, along with her little sis “Phia” in the center and their mother “Franny” on our back patio. 

CARE: Fiddle Leaf Figs being all the rave, I can guarantee some of you are asking, how the hell do I care for this new baby? We are here to help. Okay, so you have someone new in your life (your new Fig). The first thing you’re going to do is name him/her. Yes, name them! Then, you’re going to re-plant your fig in a new pot with new soil depending on the size. Here is a break down:

Size of Fig:                      3-5 Feet                 5-8 Feet             8+ Plus

Size of Pot:                  5 Gallon Pot         15 Gallon Pot     24 Inch Box 

The most important thing to keep these beauties thriving is sunlight, but they don’t need direct sunlight, and that’s what makes them great for indoors. The best part about these amazing trees is they do not require a ton of water. At Salt Culture, we created a watering schedule for all our green friends. The watering depends on the plant’s size. A general rule-of-green-thumb recommends about 1/2 a cup a week. DO NOT OVER WATER. Another tip, we all want to look our best and so does your fig friend, so give them a facial every so often by rubbing their leaves with coconut oil. (I know, I sound as if  I’ve worked at Armstrong my whole life.)

                             

SPLIT LEAF PHILODENDRON (Monstera Deliciosa)

So, you want house plants but you’re not a blogger. These green babies are my personal favorite. The Split Leaf is a great green friend to have. They grow upward and outward so give them room to thrive. My personal Split Leaf  “Stella” occupies my living room and loves a breeze every once in awhile. (Remember, they like their space.)

CARE: So, you just bought a Split Leaf from Salt Culture and brought them home. First off, yep, you guessed it, name him/her. There’s no need to re-plant them. (At Salt Culture, we’ve already done that for you.) Good news, your Split Leaf doesn’t need direct sunlight either. Keep them by a window and feel free to move them around. I learned (the hard way) after killing every green thing I touched. DO NOT DROWN THEM. The size of your Split Leaf (and any plant) determines the water they need, and no, they are not like humans who require eight 8oz glasses of water each day.  These beauties take about one 8oz cup a week. Another great rule of green thumb is to stick your knuckle in the soil and check if it is still wet before watering again. These girls don’t require facials. (Lucky.)

                               Size of Split Leaf:                    

3-5 Feet                

5-8 Feet                       

8+ Plus

                                   Size of Pot:

5 Gallon Pot

15 Gallon Pot

24 Inch Box 


                                 

 SNAKE PLANT (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Also known as the mother-in-laws tongue, (rude, I know) Snake Plants are great indoor and outdoor plants. These babies, “serpents,” align the front of our store. We have two sets of three that are potted in large rectangle boxes and are besties. They get the perfect amount of sun and shade. 

CARE: So, you bought a new set of babies, brought them home, replanted and named them. Now, where to put them. They love a to good bronzing session, which requires direct sunlight and even gives them a little yellow on their tips. Always make sure the soil is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again. Water your Snake Plants every 2-6 weeks, depending on your home's temperature, light levels, and humidity. Sit back and watch them grow. 

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THE GOLDEN POTHOS (Epipremnum Aureum)

For those of you who have bought plants and felt you might as well have bought a puppy, here is the beginners plant! These green vines are hard to kill! (I would know!) You will see these scattered on shelves throughout Salt Culture. We call them the “Giselles.”  They always look amazing and bring life to any shelf, nook or corner. Hanging them in macrame (like in my Grandma’s house I mentioned…) is my favorite. 


CARE: If you bought this greenie from Salt Culture, it’s ready to go! Put that hook in ceiling (okay, have your boyfriend, dad or neighbored do it) and violllaaaaa. If not, then do the same steps as above name, re-plant, etc. These vines thrive in a range of conditions, from low to high light. They can handle a bit of neglect, as they do best when their soil has dried out between waterings. About 1/4 a cup a week will achieve this watering technique, allowing only the top two inches to dry and ensuring the roots are still moist. If the leaves are wilting or turning brown, you should water the plant more often.

CALATHEA TRIOSTAR (Stromanthe Sanguinea)

Spice it up! Bring some color into your life! We love to put these “Thena’s” in bathrooms! (There is always a reason to my madness, okay not always…) These little bursts of color are great for spring. Pop color into any room, they look amazing in nurseries. 

CARE: So, you bought your “Thena” from my old co-worker at Armstrong (kidding), and you’ve named and re-planted them in a well draining pot. Then, you’re going to want to put them somewhere in your house with a decent amount of light. The most important trick with these is their watering. (My madness…) Bring them in your bathroom when you shower so they get their fix for humidity - they require it. Once a week, bring them in the bathroom for this cleanse or be like me and just leave them in there after about a week of hauling them around the house.

 

Now, go “plantify” your space! You can always DM us @shopsaltculture with questions about getting your green on, we’re here to keep you and your new babies at your best. 

Quick Tip #1: 

ALWAYS ! Make sure your plant baby is in a well draining pot! This will help keep them from drowning.

Quick Tip #2: 

Let them GROW! When they get long thats when you get the dramatic looks. Cascade them from hooks. 

Quick Tip #3: 

Bring them into your bathtub for easy watering and proper draining! Also let them hang in the room while you shower, some plants need facials too.