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no such thing as a green thumb

well, isn’t that the truth? this sentiment, beautifully illustrated by justina blakeney, really hit home with me. i like to say i have a ‘murky green thumb‘, but in reality i just don’t do my homework. i’m determined to change that! justina encourages us to bring home a new plant and then do our homework. google it. learn what kind of light it likes and how much water it needs. if it looks sad, move it into another window. love your plants. what do you think.. yes?

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best trees for indoor use

as a follow up to my indoor tree post earlier this week, i wanted to share with you a few of the best trees for indoor use. these 7 trees are best know for their beautiful leaves, ease of care and tendency to thrive indoors. if you’re looking to purify your air, they’re also great air filters (in addition to these plants)!

1. schefflera tree
also commonly called the umbrella tree, this plant’s large glossy leaves create a beautiful tropical display of foliage.

grow: medium to bright light; 60-75°F. keep soil evenly moist.
size: up to 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide.

2.  fiddleleaf fig tree
one of the trendiest indoor trees, it’s a popular pick due to it’s big leaves, beautiful shape and ease of care.

grow: in medium to bright light; 65-75°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 15 feet tall and 5 feet wide.

3. dragon tree
also called a ‘madagascar tree’, this is a versatile trees and is one of the easiest to take care of! feel free to angle and twist it’s branches as it grows.

grow: in moderate to bright light avoid direct sunlight); 65-75°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

4. rubber tree
a very versatile tree- keep it short and shrub like my trimming it’s branches, or let it grow into a large statement piece. either way, it will have big, dark and green shiny leaves that truly make any space beautiful!

grow: in medium to bright light; 60-80°F. water when top soil feels dry to the touch.
size: up to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide.

5. norfolk pine tree
this tree is a popular choice to decorate indoors during christmas, but can be enjoyed as an elegant houseplant year round.

grow: in medium to bright light; 50-70°F. keep soil moist, but not soggy.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

6. lemon tree
lemon trees serve two purposes: to supply beautiful fragrant blooms and to provide delicious lemons for much of the year! they are hardy plants that can be moved to a patio for the summer and inside for the winter. these trees are always either flowering or blooming!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 8 feet tall.

7. guinea chestnut
also known as the ‘money tree’, this is an easy tree to take care of. it loves lots of water and thrives in indirect light. perfect for indoors!

grow: in moderate light; 55-85°F. keep soil moist, and well drained.
size: up to 10 feet tall.

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bring in the trees!

June 25, 2013

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lately, i’ve been all but obsessed with bringing a few trees inside. after adding this tree to our space, i just can’t get over how fresh and airy it makes the place feel! plus, they work  as incredibly good air filters. i’ve done quite a bit of research on which plants are best for indoor use, and i’ll be sharing them with you a little later this week, so stay tuned!

do you have any trees in your home? if so, what kind is your favorite?

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top 10 air filtering plants

with a new house in the works and a baby on the way, i’ve been doing everything i can to make sure our new place will be green and healthy. one of my most biggest concerns has been to reduce the level of toxins in the new home, especially since we’re planning on doing a few renovations (a big no-no when you’re pregnant, apparently!). if we could afford it, we would just install the greenest materials known to man. you know, like 100% wool carpet, pure bamboo floors with no adhesives and locally crafted cabinets. since that’s not possible for us though, i’ve looked into some other things we can do to make sure our space remains healthy. we’re planning on installing the most eco-friendly wares we can afford, and then supplement those with organic products, healthy alternatives and air filtering plants.

i’ve known for a long time that plants can filter our air, but it wasn’t until recently that i discovered just how much. according to this study by NASA, the top ten air filtering plants (above) remove 90% of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene within 24 hours. 24 hours!

another study shows that one 6″ houseplant per 100 square feet of living area will be sufficient at filtering out the pollutants. and, the more vigorous the plant, the more air it can filter. so keep those plants pruned and watered! the plants filter the air by breaking down indoor pollutants and absorbing the chemicals through their leaves. the bacteria associated with the roots help break down contaminants which are then taken up as nutrients. so amazing, right?!

i was so excited when i learned this! usually our homes are the most toxic areas since they are usually kept closed up. with so many VOCs floating around, the air inside our homes is usually much more toxic than the air outside. since it’s the place where we spend the majority of our time, i want to do everything i can to make sure our space is as healthy as possible.

i’ve got some really neat plans on how to incorporate many of these air filtering plants into our new home, so stay tuned! i can’t wait to share them with you. :)

interested in learning more? check out this list of air filtering plants and this book on how to grow fresh air.

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one day, i will have a little greenhouse in my garden. it will double as a quite getaway and support all kinds of growth, both naturally and spiritually. below are a few that my dreams find especially inspiring!

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unconventional greenhouses and beautiful gardens galore are what you’ll find in jeremy miranda’s shop and on his website and blog. the way he lights these warm-summery-night-greenhouses up from the inside, seem to deeply draw me in to each of his paintings. with warm muted colors and striking emeralds and olive tones, i long to visit such peaceful planthouse.

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best plants for terrariums

happy monday, friends! if you’ve been around here for a while, you know i love terrariums. unfortunately, i’ve learned the hard way about which plants do and don’t survive in this type of climate! (let’s just say mine once started growing mushrooms.. ) in efforts of helping you skip the trial and error phase, i thought you might find this article helpful. better homes and gardens recently published an article about which plants work best for terrariums, and i’ve summed them up in an easy to view table below (you can read the bhg article for more details!).

best plants for terrariums (click on the image to make it bigger)

as pictured above:

1. peperomia caperata ‘variegata’
2. cryptanthus bivittatus
3. arachnoides simplicior ‘variegata’
4. pilea involucrata ‘moon valley’
5. selaginella kraussiana ‘aurea’
6. tillandsia stricta
7. acorus gramineus ‘minimus aureus’
8. ophiopogon planiscapus ‘nigrescens’
9. asplenium bulbiferum
10. saxifraga stolonifera
11. fittonia verschaffeltii var. argyroneura

happy terrarium-ing!

all images via better homes and garden

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sasha prood typography

March 21, 2012

sasha prood

in sasha prood’s artwork and typography, you’ll find animals, plants and roots of all kinds (my favorite!). i recently discovered her beautiful work on dearest nature (a new blog that i’m quickly becoming addicted to) and seriously fell in love with her delicate illustrations of the natural world around us. sasha creates all of her work using pen, pencil and watercolor and has a portfolio that i’m pretty sure i could look at forever. i hope you’ll be inspired by her lovely work!

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