Transform your space with lush greenery

As a dedicated plant parent, I have had the desire to explore different ways to bring greenery into my home, from the ready-to-go, statement plant, to cuttings for propagation. Big or small, there’s something about green that I just can’t get enough of!

And one of the most exciting ways for me has been to find the perfect statement plant to instantly transform dull spaces into a small jungle, whether it is a dramatic corner piece with large foliage, or the perfect centerpiece in a living room.

These are my top picks for fully grown, tall and full plants that promise to add a wow factor to your living spaces:

1. Monstera deliciosa:

This household name is not gratuitous. A fully grown monstera brings huge, deep green, dramatic fenestrated leaves to the table. It is also a climber, and given the proper support, can reach very high points. It is also a rather low maintenance plant, which makes it the ideal plant for anyone, experienced or inexperienced in plant care who’s looking to transform a newly decorated room with a large pop of green.

2. Ficus lyrata:

Also commonly known as Fiddle Leaf Fig, this ever popular plant has large, leathery leaves and grows to be quite high. The most experienced plant parents out there rave about their beauty and for years has been in the top list of indoor trees for interior decorators. It is a little more demanding in its care but its beauty is well worth the effort.

3. Ficus benjamina:

The Weeping Fig is a great option for those looking for instant height for a bright corner, ideally next to a window. This is a stunning plant for indoor use, provided you give it enough view of the sky, otherwise it may start shedding its leaves.

4. Schefflera:

The Umbrella Tree is a very low maintenance option that has the additional benefit of air purifying properties. Its leaves grow in clusters that resemble an umbrella and it can does very well with filtered, medium light. Indoors, can reach heights of about 6 feet, and outdoors can be twice as much. Not the best plant if you have pets, as its known to be toxic to small animals.

5. Rhapis excelsa:

The Lady Palm, like Schefflera, is a perfect beginner plant given its low maintenance nature and air purifying properties. It has fanned branches that grow both tall and full in foliage bring a tropical appeal to any room.

6. Ficus elastica:

The Rubber Plant is a show-stopper thanks to its beautiful leaves that can be found in different color such as pinks and yellows in the variegated variety or ruby red, among others. It grows very fast and it prefers brighter spots, right on a window.

7. Licuala grandis:

This palm with glossy, fan-like fronds is beautiful and elegant. It is commonly used as a statement piece outdoors, but it does great when potted and placed indoors as well, as long as it is placed in a bright, sunny spot.

8. Strelitzia reginae:

The Bird of paradise grows in long stems with large leaves and are a staple of tropical climates. It thrives in bright locations and can reach about 5-7 feet in height when used indoors. It is not pet friendly as it can cause stomach issues if chewed.

9. Dracaena:

Care-free, tall, slender and with striking spiky leaves. Perfect in a corner, even in medium to low light conditions. They can be found in different varieties with different color foliage. They also possess excellent air purifying abilities.

10. Fishtail palm:

Tall, bushy palm that brings the tropical feel into any room. It likes bright, indirect light but lower light conditions suffice. It also prefers high humidity. They can get really tall, which is perfect for spaces with high ceilings, like atriums, foyers, etc.

Tips of the trade to become a successful plant parent

Like everything, there is a learning curve. But I can’t think of many things more satisfactory that to see a plant grow and thrive, no matter how difficult it may seem.

One of my first cuttings, the Whale Fin Sansevieria, was lost due to too much water.

As a relatively new plant parent, I have experienced the loss of several plants to my lack of experience and abundance of “love” (AKA over-watering). And what I expected to be intuitive, was really not so much.

If you ask me now, I do think that as you gain more experience, you learn to know your plants and their needs based on the way they look, their leaves, the soil. But I could’ve used some reading at the very beginning. However, at this point I have gathered a decent amount of information to share with those out there who either are getting into the “green movement” or have been unsuccessful in caring for a plant.

Location and Light are very important when choosing where to place your newest plant.

1. Start simple: nobody wants to get into plant parenthood with all the enthusiasm and fail. I feel that the choice of the first plant you’ll own is important, as a hardy plant will give you all the satisfaction while you learn while a finicky one might make you want to quit for good. My first piece of advice is to invest in a hardy, fully mature plant.

2. Analyze where you want to place it: The choice of plant also will depend on your vision of where it would go, as the amount of light you will provide dictates the right type of plant. If you have prime real estate (next to a window), most plants will thrive. If you are looking into placing it in a bathroom, you need plants that thrive in humid environments. If you are looking into brightening a rather dark corner, you will need a plant tolerant to low light conditions.

Visiting your plants 2-3 times a week allows you to learn how to care for each plant and develop your own care instructions.

3. Visit your plant 2 to 3 days a week: This step is key to start learning how to care for your plants without the need for an instruction manual. As you look at it, you’ll start noticing whether the leaves are perky or droopy, green or yellowing, with or without disease, and you can start making a relationship between the condition of the plant and the humidity of the soil. If the plant looks unhappy and the soil is soaked, you’ll know to water less and vice-versa. If the leaves are falling off or rather, they seem to be growing desperately in the direction of the nearest window, you’ll understand it needs more light. If you feel committed enough, you can put these observations in a little journal for future reference. By looking at them frequently enough you will be able to trouble shoot before there’s any kind of irreversible damage. And in time, you will also experience one of the most rewarding parts of plant parenthood: finding new growth.

Never give up! Continue trying until you succeed.

4. Be flexible: Even after careful consideration and a lot of research, you may find that your plants don’t succeed in a given environment. Allow yourself to be flexible and change things up. Find a new spot, try fertilizing, take it outside for a couple of days, if weather allows. Talk to them! Try cleaning the leaves so they can utilize better the light they get, repot it. There are many different things to try that may help.

5. Utilize resources online: There has never been a better time to own a plant than today. With very friendly, vast plant communities all over social media, there’s always someone willing to share their experience and expertise with those who need a hand. This resource has served me very well and I have made plenty of plant pals all over the world!

6. Don’t give up! And if it all fails, still, don’t give up. Get another plant, give yourself another chance. I promise you will not regret it! Caring for plants has become a very important part of my life, one that brings me back to “here and now”, one that connects me with the source of it all, mother nature, one that has served as a mean to unwind.

Today we celebrate Women’s Equality Day.

It is a commemoration of August 26, 1920, the day when the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted.

“The right of citizens of the United States shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

This was the culmination of a long fought battle by American Suffragettes, including Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, and their sisters across the country and throughout the world. Today we choose to celebrate not only Women’s Rights, but the quest for true equality between women and men.

At PlantVine, we wanted to do something special on this historic day. We thought, “What can we add to the commemoration?” It didn’t take us long to come up with the idea to celebrate women who are making history in the plant world.

Today we’re saluting three amazing Plant Moms who’ve taken Plant Parenthood to the next level: Dee (@stayathomeplantmom); Madeline (@madelineexpaige); and Pau (@plantmomlab). We hope you take a moment to meet these special women and share their joy in plants, hear their heartfelt wish for Women’s Equality Day and learn their special plant tips.

Dee (@stayathomeplantmom)

Dee, better known as @stayathomeplantmom, has decorated her home with over 100 plants. She grew up in a house filled with plants, and is carrying on this green, gorgeous legacy with her own children. In fact, one of her biggest joys is watching her kids learn to care for plants.

Dee’s message to women and all plant lovers on Women’s Equality Day is “Treat everyone with fairness and respect.”

Dee’s advice as Plant Mom Extraordinaire, “Make sure your space has the right light conditions before bringing a plant home.”

Madeline (@madelineexpaige)

Madeline, (or @madelineexpaige) adores tropical plants and the outdoors. (Yes, she’s a Florida Girl.) Madeline received her first plant just a few years ago, when she’d received some devastating news. She learned she might not be able to have children of her own. With the possibility that her dream might not come true, she turned her sadness into a passion for plants. She felt she could watch her plants “grow into amazing things.”

On this Women’s Equality Day, Madeline stands strong in believing “All women are strong and powerfully made. Equality for women is not taking away from anyone, but giving women the equality they deserve.”

Madeline finds her greatest joy with plants is, “Successfully propagating clippings! I used to clip anything I could find, and I was never successful. Then, I just left them alone for weeks at a time. I ignored them until I noticed that roots were sprouting. I propagated a Ric Rac recently and jumped for joy when I realized it had pushed out some roots. Now, I’m obsessed with propagation. It’s such a fun experience to wake up every morning and note the progress.”

Madeline’s Top Tip: “Have patience with yourself and the plant. And understand: Once you get one, there’s no going back.”

Pau (@plantmomlab)

Pau, (or @plantmomlab) started her collection around 2 years ago when PlantVine was created.  For the past few years, she was slowly introduced into the world of plants by her husbands business and has “had the opportunity to meet people in the industry, see the local nurseries, participate in the planning of her own landscaping.”

When Pau first started her plant parenthood journey, she was able to successfully care for a Pothos and Dieffenbachia, which are still a part of her collection today.  Fast forward 2 years later, and she has “learned the way to appreciate what plants add to spaces and peoples’ lives”,  as her collection has grown to over 50 plants.

Along the way, Pau has found various women through social media that have provided not only advice throughout her journey but inspiration as well to her. Her favorite Instagram accounts to follow and to recommend are:

@paintingjeri –  “I share a few similarities like motherhood and love for baking and plants. She is also an incredible artist and someone with a huge heart.”

@plantydropper“Her style and the way she cares for her plants really inspire me. I also adore that she is not afraid to post about important things such as LGBTQ or mental health.”

@planterina –  “I enjoy that she shares a great deal of information with all her followers about plants.”

On this Women’s Equality Day, Pau believes that “It is a reminder of what every day should be. An ordinary day where everyone, no matter what gender, race, political affiliation, sexual preference, religious beliefs, does their part in making this world a better place without fear of any type of discrimination. And a reminder for us as women and men as well, that our contribution, whether it is in the highest positions at world-changing industries or at home, raising our children, is to be respected and appreciated.”

Pau’s Pro Tip: “Don’t give up even if your plant dies. There are plenty of online resources to help you succeed. Oh, and buy a moisture sensor.”

Easy-care, low maintenance, indoor plants for beginners

If you are experiencing a green fever and have been wanting to immerse yourself in caring for plants, you are not alone.

Plant parenthood has become a trend, and a very positive one, I might say.

Plants provide with health and well-being to those who care for them. From purifying the air, to bringing the joy of seeing them grow strong, plants have become a staple of wellness and natural beauty in hundreds of thousands of homes and offices around the world.

So, if you find yourself wondering which plants to get if you are a beginner, this guide is for you.

Easy-to-care-for plants will instantly transform your living space without having to worry about your lack of experience. I have gone through that process myself and these are my recommendations for first-time plant parents:

1. Sansevieria:

I have a few different types of sansevieria and they all are very easy to care for. They tolerate low light conditions and I water them every 3 weeks. >> See Sansevieria

Pro tip: a few plants share the same water requirements, so you can afford to have several without having to worry about them dying on you. I have my sansevieria and cactai on a schedule and I put an alarm on my calendar to water them.

2. Monstera adansonii

This is another plant with medium light requirements, highly ornamental, fun to watch grow and to propagate! I water it about once a week or if I see the leaves a little droopy. >> See Monstera Adanasonii

3. Monstera deliciosa:

Similar to the adansonii, it does well indoors, I water it about once a week and I try to provide it with medium to bright indirect light. The lushness of its leaves truly transform the space were you place them. >> See Monstera Deliciosa

4. Cacti:

Like the sansevieria, they need infrequent watering and mine are doing very well on medium light conditions (close to a window, not right on it). They are on the same watering schedule as the sansevieria, every 3 weeks. >> See all Cactus

Pro tip: they would certainly prefer more than less light. Put them closer to a window when available.
Pro tip: as the sansevieria, these plants rot when overwatered. Don’t be afraid to stick with the plan and water every 3 weeks.

5. ZZ plant:

I love this plant because of its waxy leaves. They never loose luster! I water mine every 2 weeks but even when neglected, it always looks fantastic. They are a perfect centerpiece! >> See ZZ Plant

6. Jade Aurea:

This is my newest acquisition, I find it gorgeous, always seems happy, I water it once a week and it likes bright indirect light. Even when forgotten for a few days, it has maintained its beauty. This is a tough one! >> See Jade Aurea

7. Pothos:

This was my first plant ever and has been with me for about 3 years and going strong! It can tolerate low light conditions, I water it about every 2 weeks and it has been perfectly happy, vining beautifully! >> See Pothos

8. Dracaena:

It has several different varieties, some of them with hints of red which are actually my preferred ones. They don’t like bright light which make them perfect for low light conditions. They also like to be watered infrequently, which I do about every 2 weeks. >> See Dracaena

9. Dumb cane:

Along with pothos, one of the first plants I owned and has survived happily for more than a few years. Does well in medium light conditions and gets watered about once a week or even longer. I wait for the soil to be dry before I rewater. >> See Dumb Cane

One thing I’ve learned as I care for more and more plants is that different light conditions and weather, change a lot the water needs. The above plants are very sturdy and overall tolerate dry soil very well. However, I try to walk around and visit all my plants every 2 or 3 days to say hello and look at the leaves, make sure they look happy and healthy. Sometimes they seem too droopy and I know I either gotta water them or move them closer to a window. Soon, you will learn to know them well!

Need a mood booster? Stressed at work or school? We’ve got a simple, effective idea sure to help. Add some plants to your life! Plants are so much more than lovely to look at… they are therapeutic, can sharpen your focus and improve your mood.

LOWER ANXIETY

Ever wonder why people bring flowers and plants to hospital patients? Sure, plants absolutely brighten the environment, but they can also lower anxiety and improve feelings of well-being – which positively impacts your health. Research has proven rooms that overlook greenery, or that feature plants inside tend to be more cheerful and inviting. This can go a long way to improving feelings of depression. A positive mental state definitely speeds the healing process.

SHARPEN YOUR FOCUS

Stress and low attentiveness are common among office workers and students. Plant’s air filtering abilities can heighten focus. Having an environment with cleaner air allows for an increase in productivity.

BRIGHTEN YOUR MOOD

These days, we spend the bulk of our time working indoors. There is no interaction with nature. During the work week, we so seldom get the benefit of that more relaxed feeling that comes from being outside. Re-creating nature indoors – bringing some nature to us – can really help. Adding a bit of greenery on your desk can change your mood each time you glimpse it. It can add life to a colorless room and relax you.

Lavender, Aloe, English Ivy, Basil and Peace Lily are just some of the plants which have been scientifically proven to be mood enhancers. The scent of lavender is used to calm nerves, relieve headaches and treat depression. Aloe is thought to bring positive energy into your home. (And, of course, its topical benefits in treating skin irritations is well known.) NASA scientists have shown that English Ivy is the most effective air-filtering houseplant. The smell of Basil can reduce stress. The Peace Lily is another organic air purifier that also aids relaxation. And we’ve only just scratched the surface.

Doesn’t matter where you are, surrounding yourself with plants will beautify your world, and be beneficial for your health and well-being.

Unboxing Your PlantVine Plants

Please be sure to bring your plant(s) inside and unpack them as soon as possible – shipping and extreme temperatures could place undesirable stress on the plants.  Plants left sitting at your doorstep for an extended amount of time in cold or hot weather could potentially damage them.

What to do IMMEDIATELY after your plants arrive:

Please remove your new plant(s) from their shipping boxes as soon as possible. To remove your plant(s) from their box, make sure that the arrows are facing up and simply tilt the box slightly to access the bottom of the box. Simply cut open the bottom and lift. Although our plants are packed with the utmost care, the sooner they can enjoy the light and fresh air, the happier they will be. As you remove the plant from the box, you may notice one (or several) of these occurrences:

  • Some dirt in the pot may have been displaced.
  • Your plant may have some broken branches.
  • Your plant may look a bit wilted.
  • Your plant has dropped several leaves.

Please be assured, all of this is completely normal.

PlantVine Unboxing Your Plant Order

What to do IMMEDIATELY after your plants arrive:

Please remove your new plant(s) from their shipping boxes as soon as possible. To remove your plant(s) from their box, make sure that the arrows are facing up and simply tilt the box slightly to access the bottom of the box. Simply cut open the bottom and lift. Although our plants are packed with the utmost care, the sooner they can enjoy the light and fresh air, the happier they will be. As you remove the plant from the box, you may notice one (or several) of these occurrences:

  • Some dirt in the pot may have been displaced.
  • Your plant may have some broken branches.
  • Your plant may look a bit wilted.
  • Your plant has dropped several leaves.

Please be assured, all of this is completely normal.

Here are your next simple steps to take:
  • Remove the paper sleeve from around your plant (if applicable).
  • Remove the plastic bag that wraps the pot, put any loose dirt in the bag back into the pot.
  • If the plant is tied to a bamboo stake, leave it at least a couple weeks for support. If there is a bamboo stake which isn’t tied to the plant, discard the bamboo stake.
  • Prune off any broken branches, if any. (This will actually promote new growth.)
  • Check the moisture about an inch below the soil surface. If it feels moist, do not water the soil – spray the leaves instead.  If it feels dry, thoroughly soak the soil. Those wilted leaves will perk up in no time!
  • Move the plant into a bright spot, but avoid direct mid-day sunlight for a couple days until the plant recovers from the shipping stress.
  • Do not fertilize plants for at least three weeks.
Plant Your Plant

Here are your next simple steps to take:

  • Remove the paper sleeve from around your plant (if applicable).
  • Remove the plastic bag that wraps the pot, put any loose dirt in the bag back into the pot.
  • If the plant is tied to a bamboo stake, leave it at least a couple weeks for support. If there is a bamboo stake which isn’t tied to the plant, discard the bamboo stake.
  • Prune off any broken branches, if any. (This will actually promote new growth.)
  • Check the moisture about an inch below the soil surface. If it feels moist, do not water the soil – spray the leaves instead.  If it feels dry, thoroughly soak the soil. Those wilted leaves will perk up in no time!
  • Move the plant into a bright spot, but avoid direct mid-day sunlight for a couple days until the plant recovers from the shipping stress.
  • Do not fertilize plants for at least three weeks.
PLEASE WAIT AT LEAST 10 DAYS FROM THEIR ARRIVAL TO TRANSPLANT YOUR PLANTS, WHETHER THEY ARE GOING INTO A NEW POT OR INTO THE GROUND.

PlantVine General Plant Care Instructions

First and foremost, you’ll need to determine a location your new plant: indoors, on the patio, or planted outside in your garden. Your plant’s final location will dictate some aspects of its care.

Here are some important tips and information from our professional care team:

WATERING: Developing proper watering routines is perhaps the hardest thing to learn. Spending a bit of time online researching the watering cycle of your specific plant will be incredibly beneficial. For example, it’s no surprise the watering requirements of Cacti and Succulents are dramatically different than, let’s say, philodendrons. In general, it is better to underwater then to overwater. Overwatering could result in root rot that might compromise your lovely plant. Pay attention to the soil drainage when determining how often to water your plant. Most plants will do well if you only water once the soil is dry to the touch and doesn’t feel cool. For succulents and cacti, you’ll want to leave the soil dry for a while before re-watering.

HUMIDITY: Indoor environments typically lack the humidity essential to many tropical plants. If you place your tropical plant in a “dry air” environment, remember to mist its leaves occasionally to keep them looking their loveliest.

SUN: PlantVine’s interior plants have been shade-grown. When these arrive at your home, be sure to place them where they will receive bright indirect light. Direct sunlight may scorch the plant’s leaves. Inversely, sun grown plants may partially defoliate if kept in shade. The shade houses where they grow are almost always going to provide more sun than inside your home. It’s normal for your plant to lose leaves while it gets used less light (the bigger the difference, the more leaf loss/yellowing will occur). It’s best if you place the plant where it can see the sky initially and slowly move it to its final location.

SELECTING THE RIGHT LOCATION: If you are planning to keep your plant on the patio, make sure you research the lowest temperature it can tolerate. Most of PlantVine’s plants are tropical, and can withstand temperatures down to 40 degrees. If a freeze is imminent, your plant should come indoors.

FERTILIZING: Please do not fertilize your plants upon their arrival, as they need some time to recover from shipping. We recommend fertilizing 2 months after delivery. Be sure to select the proper fertilizer for your specific plant, “Palm” “House Plant”, etc.

SOIL: When you’re ready to transplant your new addition (no sooner than 7 days after its arrival) to a new pot or in the ground, use the proper soil for your specific plant.

SELECTING THE CORRECT POT: If you are planning to keep your plant inside your home or on your patio, choose a pot with a drainage hole at the bottom. This is crucial, as it prevents excess water from building up and causing root rot or other fungal issues.

We hope you enjoy your new plants! Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. Our friendly customer service team is standing by to help.

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Hard to believe, but Summer is winding down.

We bet you’re already compiling lists of things you’ll need to take to school, whether you’re heading for a dorm or an apartment share. While gathering your gear, don’t forget to include a plant or two. They’ll beautify your space, help to cleanse dorm room air… and maybe even remind you of home. Get ready to take some notes: here are our top five “Dorm Friendly” picks.

  1. Aloe Vera. Paper cut, bug bite, sunburn – Aloe Vera is the recommended natural treatment for many skin irritants. You need only cut away the outer skin from a leaf, and rub the sap onto the affected area. Keep the plant in a bright spot and water when the soil is moderately dry. With just a bit of care, the Aloe Vera will offer up some very welcome TLC. (And who wouldn’t appreciate that when they’re away from home?)
  2. Snake Plant. We bet there was a Snake Plant in your bedroom at home, because Mom knows the plant is an effective air purifier. Keeping one in your dorm room is a smart way to cleanse the air. There are several different leaf varieties, each adds a unique look to dorm décor.
  3. Money Tree. Legend has it that a Money Tree brings good luck and helps remove stress. That’s quite the dynamic duo when you’ve got papers and exams to complete. Just keep the Tree in medium to bright light, and water regularly for evenly moist soil.
  4. Cacti. So many varieties! Just pick your favorite and place it in a special spot. You’ll get kudos for your green thumb, but truly, cacti need minimal care. A bit of water and bright light is all it takes to keep them happy.
  5.  ZZ Plant.This evergreen is “top of its class” for easy care. It will thrive in full to partial shade. It’s also drought resistant, (very forgiving should you forget to water regularly). An extremely effective air purifier, the ZZ Plant may even improve the quality of your sleep, as it constantly releases oxygen into the air.
Parents and Grandparents…here’s an idea. Plants get high marks as “Dorm-Warming” gifts. Choose your favorites and let us take it from there.
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At PlantVine, we pack some magic into each container we send.

Lift the lid, unbox the contents, and… Presto! Our plants are ready to revitalize a room. Here are five simple suggestions to breathe new life  into your home design.

EMPTY CORNERS: Not large enough for a piece of furniture, but too big to ignore, a plant can be a great solution for a dreary corner. For example, a Monstera has the shape, color and impact to handsomely fill a space. For smaller spaces like a desk corner, a tiny succulent can add interest to any workspace.

LIVING ROOM: Your home’s focal point, the living room is the central canvas for your personal style. Whether your prefer traditional décor, or the clean spare lines of Scandinavian design, adding a single plant or a multiple grouping brings a fresh appeal. For example, the tall, skyward bound leaves of the hardy Snake Plant lift the eye upward. The Fiddle Leaf Fig also makes a striking statement, (though it will need a bit more attention from you.)

BATHROOM: Some plants thrive in high humidity. Tropical plants like Pothos, Air Plants and Ferns bring a welcome touch of green to this small, but oh-so-important room in your home.

NURSERY: Plants like the Ponytail Palm, Spider Plant, Jade Plant or Boston Fern not only look lovely, but they work hard to purify the air. Of course, these are also completely non-toxic, so no worries there! Any of these are a smart idea to keep the Nursery looking its best and ensuring the air your baby breathes is pristine.

KITCHEN: Even the most skilled chefs occasionally sustain an injury from a knife that slips, or from the jagged edge of a can’s lid. How clever to have a treatment, like an Aloe Vera, close at hand. It’s well documented that Aloe is the “go-to” salve for burns and cuts. Another suggestion – it goes without saying that cooking with fresh herbs enhances any recipe. Why not consider growing Basil, Thyme or Parsley right on your kitchen windowsill?

When you’re looking for a way to freshen up a room, look no further! We’ve got options you’ll adore.