Have you had your first Pumpkin Spice Latte yet? Are you bravely trying to ignore the candy bowls sitting atop almost every desk at the office? Is everyone talking about costumes? Yes, it’s almost Halloween!

Black Magic Taro Elephant Ear

It’s one of our most favorite times of the year, and the kick off to the holiday season.

Of course, Halloween is known for its darker color palate. Admittedly, when you think about plants, you usually think light and bright. But, we’ve assembled a collection of plants in perfect step with the season. Come, explore this Dark Side collection that is ……frighteningly fabulous. Witch one to choose?

Black Magic Taro Elephant Ear-

The Elephant Ear is known for its dramatic appearance, but the Black Magic takes it to another level. The heart-shaped dark purple leaves are accented with an underside of dark veins. See more >>

Raven ZZ-

The Raven ZZ is a dark twist on the common ZZ plant. This easy care beauty shows off dark purple and black shiny leaves that cast a spell over any empty corner. See More >>

Spider Plant

Black Coral Snake Plant-

One of the darkest Snake Plants you’ll see, the dark stripes of the Black Coral are truly unique. Best treat of all? They thrive in low light conditions, and are almost maintenance free. See more >>

Spider Plant-

Spiders and Halloween – they go together like Tricks and Treats. This Spider Plant’s dark and light green hues are a spirited addition to a hanging basket. See more >>

Rubber Burgundy Plant-

The black and purple leaves of this Rubber plant are a lovely apparition at Halloween, and year-round. See more >>

Moonlight Philodendron-

In the darkness of a Halloween night, the bright green leaves of this Philodendron shine so brightly, some say they glow like the moon. See more >>

Not only are these picks spooktacular for Halloween, you’ll enjoy them all year long. They’re a perfect accent in any décor, and, ahem….a great gift for your mummy. Happy Halloween and Happy Planting!

Take a quick look at your porch or patio.

Wouldn’t a new container arrangement really add some impact out there?

Tired and overgrown container arrangement.

It’s not hard to spruce up the area, but maybe you’ve been a bit worried about your success. Perhaps past experiences have made you doubt your green thumb? Fear not! Even if you’re a plant newbie, we’ve got you covered. Read on….

When plotting out a new arrangement, whether it is to feature flowering plants or just greenery, it’s important to remember there is no right or wrong plant combination. Your new arrangement should reflect your personal preferences and style. Here are six simple steps to create your own lush and lovely container arrangement.

  1. Choose a Pot that Inspires YOU

Start simple. With endless pottery options in a wide range of shapes and sizes, you’re sure to find a pot that fits your space and your vision. Be sure to choose a planter with a bottom drainage hole. This will help prevent overwatering.

  1. Plan with Bold Color

When developing a flower-filled planter, think color…and don’t be afraid of going bold. You may want to think about the season, and pick a complementary color scheme.

  1. Thrill, Fill, & Spill

This container has a thriller, spiller, and filler

With your color palette in mind, it’s time to determine the perfect mix for your planter. Just remember these three little words: Thriller, Spiller and Filler.

  • Thriller: This should be your container’s main attraction. The perfect plant should stand tall in the back/center of your planter. It is best to pick your “Thriller” first and build around it. Examples of thrillers: Egyptian Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) or Purple Fountain Grass (Pennisetum setaceum ‘Rubrum’).
  • Spiller: Here we’re referring to a trailing plant that spills over your container as it grows. Your Spiller can be boldly colored, like a Sweet Potato Vine.
  • Filler: Time to fill in. Adding plants around your “Thriller” and “Spiller” allows you to fill up your container and visually tie your arrangement together. Add simple drops of color through flowering plants, or even add something edible, like Rosemary. Examples of fillers: Coleus, Pentas, and, Lantana.

(*When choosing your Thriller, Spiller and Filler, make sure to consider what lighting conditions your container will receive. Will the spot receive full sun? Partial shade? Varying light conditions must be considered as you pick your plants.)

  1. Time to Plant

Mockup of how you want to arrange your plants before unpotting

After purchasing your plants, it’s time to assemble. Make sure you’ve chosen a high quality, organic soil, such as our PlantVine Organic Potting Soil. The right soil is crucial to ensure the plant receives proper nutrients and will have good drainage.

  • Step 1: Fill the planter halfway with soil. (Remember you’ll be adding multiple plants to your pot, so don’t overfill.)
  • Step 2: Before removing your plants from their original containers, do a mockup of how you want to arrange your plants. Simply place the plants inside the container to determine your “layout.”
  • Step 3: After deciding upon your preferred planting arrangement, it’s time to plant! We always suggest starting with the main attraction (Thriller) first, and then build around it. When you first “unpot” your plant, make sure to shake away the excess soil to reveal the roots. Then place the plant in the new container. As you fill everything in, you may decide you’ve purchased more plants than you actually needed. No worries, this happens all the time. Think how lovely that “extra” plant will look on its own in another spot.
  • Step 4: Once you’re happy with the placement, add more organic soil to the container to firmly pack in your arrangement.
  1. Some Advice on Watering

Click here for a step by step guide on essential watering tips

After you’re done arranging, remove any excess soil. Then, water each plant to begin establishing the plant in its new container. Developing a healthy watering schedule is key to the longevity of your arrangement. For a step by step guide on essential watering tips, Click Here >>

  1. Enjoy!

As you admire your gorgeous new planter, we’d love to see your new creation and share it with our community of plant lovers. Get out that iPhone and snap a few. Please tag us on social media @plantvine. Congrats, you are on your way being a Green Thumb Legend!

(Please note: As your arrangement establishes itself, it is not unusual to experience some plant loss. Should this occur, simply remove the dead plant and replace it with something fresh and new.)

The 10” Licuala Grandis is already proving to be one of the favorites in our new Terracotta Pot collection.

Licuala Grandis in 10″ Terracotta Planter

Also known as the Ruffled Fan Palm, the Licuala Grandis brings eye-catching texture front and center to indoor or outside spaces. Its rustic terracotta container is a beautiful counterpoint to the lush palm. 

The Australian native hails from the tropics, so a warm and humid spot is preferred. In zones 10a-11, the palm can stay outdoors year-round. But, plant collectors in colder climates may want to feature the plant indoors. The Licuala will thrive on a protected patio in zones 4b-11 during the summer. When temperatures begin to dip, it should be moved to overwinter indoors. Make sure to find a place that’s well away from an air conditioning vent, or any drafts. 

These single slender trunk palms are known for their elegance appearance, and their low maintenance needs. Make sure to water thoroughly. They’ll do best in bright indirect light – especially any south or north-facing window. Avoid direct sunlight, as this may burn the leaves. Their glossy fan-like fronds tend to face towards the light, so be sure to turn the Licuala occasionally to maintain even growth. You may want to fertilize two times a year. The Licuala Grandis is slow growing, and will usually reach a height of 5 to 10 ft. >> Purchase your very own potted Licuala Grandis 

Terracotta Collection

PlantVine is excited to announce our newest arrivals: Potted Plants!

We’ve made it simple and convenient to add the beauty of plants to any spot you choose. As with all our products, our potted plants are meticulously handpicked. Next, we select an exquisite Italian terracotta pot, fill it with our special indoor organic soil blend, and then add our PlantVine natural root stimulant. These PlantVine extras come at no additional cost in this special Collection, and will certainly help your plant thrive.
For our new Potted Plant group, we’ve chosen a mix of our bestselling plants and some more unusual ones you may not find elsewhere. Here are five selections that head our new Potted Plant Collection:

1. Monstera Adansonii:

Called the “Swiss Cheese Plant” because of its unique scattering of oval-shaped holes, this popular beauty is an easy care choice for beginners and experts. This Monstera arrives in 6″ planter that brings home a touch of exoticism. See potted Monstera >>

2. Calathea Ornata:

Dark green glossy leaves are pinstriped in pink, then finished with an underside of reddish-purple. Anywhere you place it, the Calathea becomes a focal point. The Calathea comes in an 8″ planter. See potted Calathea >>

3. Dwarf Jade:

Many plant lovers feature this easy-to-grow Jade Tree as they would a bonsai. Its medium sized 8″ planter is a lovely choice for table top or desk. See potted Dwarf Jade >>

4. Dracaena Gold Star:

This statuesque beauty is an eye-catching mix of dark green centers framed by vibrant lime green. Not just another “pretty face,” the Gold Star is famous for its air purifying abilities. It arrives in a room-enhancing 8″ planter. See potted Dracaena >>

5. Licuala Grandis:

Texture takes center stage in this rainforest native. Its glossy, pleated fan-like fronds make this one of the most elegant small palms. The Licuala Grandis comes in a 10″ planter that brings a touch of the tropics indoors. See potted Licuala >>

At last, the long, hot summer is behind us. We welcome the cooler temperatures of fall, while we begin to contemplate upcoming holiday festivities.

It’s a great time to think about ways to incorporate some cozy fall colors into your home. We’re here to help! Our new collection of hardy houseplants will add that special splash of fall hues: the rich reds, plums, purples and deep greens that signal autumn’s arrival.

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Cordyline Fruticosa ‘Red Sister,’ Ti Plant

With its dark purple leaves accented in pink, this Ti Plant makes a glorious addition to your harvest home. It can provide a strong contrast to a darker wall, while conjuring up a bit of the tropics. Easy care, they prefer bright, direct light and medium amounts of water. See more >>

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Codiaeum Variegatum ‘Fantasy’, Croton

Colorful multi-hued foliage makes the Croton a popular choice this season. If you’re having guests over, imagine the Croton’s dark colors as an exquisite and unexpected centerpiece on an autumn dinner table. Make sure to water regularly, and to place the plant in a spot where it will receive bright light. See more >>

Calatheas-

Calathea ornata, Pinstripe Prayer Plant

With several varieties to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect Calathea in warm autumn shades. From the spotted foliage of the Rattlesnake to the dark elegance of the Medallion, these low maintenance beauties are known for their colorful inflorescences.  They thrive in direct light and soil that’s kept moist. See more >>

Bromeliads-

Aechmea ‘Burning Bush’, Bromeliad

The bold flowers of the Bromeliads bloom in vibrant shades of orange and purple. Indoors, they work as effective air purifiers. Hardy and handsome, they’ll thrive with minimal care and water. See more >>

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Washingtonia robusta, Mexican Fan Palm

The best palm for fall! This cold hardy palm can weather the cooler temps on your patio. Its unique fan-like fronds add fabulous texture to any room or porch. See more >>

Snake Plants-

Sansevieria zeylanica, Snake Plant

No matter what time of year, the Snake Plant is always a smart choice. They earn the title of “The Perfect Houseplant” each and every day. They work tirelessly to purify the air; you can neglect them for a bit; and they always look fresh. Place them in any empty corner, and they’ll make that space look complete. We love AND appreciate them, and feel confident you will, too. See more >>

We’re sure you’ll agree fall is a wonderful time of year. We want to stress there’s no need for your green thumb to go into hibernation. Bringing your plants indoors – or adding to your indoor collection – makes your home more relaxing – and more beautiful. Autumn hues, like the ones featured in our Fall Collection, are a perfect backdrop for the holidays.

You should always think of your pets when selecting a new plant to bring into your home.

Many folks aren’t aware that some plants contain toxins which, if ingested by your cat or dog, could make them ill. For example, ever wonder why another name for Dieffenbachia is “Dumb Cane?” If a person somehow ingests the plant’s sap, they could experience swelling of the mouth– making them unable to speak – and causing them to go “dumb.” Of course, we can read warning labels. But, if your cat or dog chews on a Dieffenbachia, they may experience oral irritation, intense burning of the mouth, tongue and lips, excessive drooling, difficulty swallowing and even vomiting. We certainly want to avoid the chance of this happening to our furry friend.

To put your mind at ease, we’ve assembled a list of the Top 10 pet friendly plants. These are absolutely safe, and make an absolutely beautiful addition to your indoor spaces or outdoor garden.

The plants in this diverse list range from tropical palms to vibrantly colored foliage. Even if your cat or dog gets a bit curious with these plants, a little bite won’t harm them. (Of course, eating an entire plant – no matter if it is non-toxic – is not recommended.) When you first introduce a new plant into your home, you may want to leave a new variety of pet toys out for your dog or cat. This might dissuade them from thinking of your new plant as a toy or plaything.

Bringing greenery into your home is incredibly beneficial. Plants purify the air, boost your mood, and work towards creating a warm, calm environment for you and your pet.

For an official list of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants to cats or dogs courtesy of the ASPCA, please click the appropriate selection below:

Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Tropical Plants Alive During Winter

Hibiscus brought indoors during winter. *Flowering not guaranteed.

As Summer begins to wind down, our Plant Lovers from colder climates frequently ask us, “How best can my plants survive the Winter?

Luckily, it IS possible to keep some of your less cold-hardy plants thriving year-round. By having a smart overwintering plan, you can bring your plants through the coldest months. Okay….we hear you asking, “What exactly is Overwintering?” It simply means bringing your cold-sensitive plants inside, or into a sheltered spot.

For example, even a tropical plant like a hibiscus can make it through the Winter. If you live in an area where the temperatures dip below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, bring the hibiscus indoors. Fortunately, hibiscus are not too picky about location as long as they’re receiving adequate light and water.

Tip: Place outdoor plants on a sunny window sill for maximum light exposure.

Moving a plant indoors is not without some challenges. A plant could experience shock, caused by changes in light and humidity levels. You may even see some wilting or loss of leaves. But trust us, the plants can recover.

Misting leaves, allows your plant to retain the humidity it needs to thrive in a dry environment.

Here’s how to prepare your plant for the move. If possible, start by reducing the amount of sunlight the plant receives. Place it in a more shaded area outdoors. When you move it indoors, find a sunny spot by a window. If such a spot is not available, consider purchasing an artificial grow light. Humidity is another factor to consider. As you might suspect, the level of humidity indoors is far less than outdoors. Here are some ideas to compensate:

1) Situate the plant in your home’s most naturally humid rooms, like your kitchen, bath or laundry.

2) Group plants together, as this naturally increases the area’s humidity.

3) Misting the leaves of more tropical plants will help but be cautious to do so moderately and not overmist!

4) If all else fails, consider trying a room humidifier.

Keep in mind that overwintering plants indoors may impact their growth and bloom. Rest assured, this is completely normal. They’ll bounce back to their beautiful selves when Spring comes and they’re back outdoors.

Introducing our Newest PlantVine Terracotta Planters

8″ Terracotta Planter

Looking for the perfect pot for your plants? Look no further than our terracotta planters. Each pot is crafted in Italy. Their unglazed finish adds “modern-rustic” appeal to your interiors or outdoor spaces.

6″ Terracotta Planter (Pictured on Table) and 10″ Terracotta Planter (Pictured on Floor)

When we considered adding pots to our PlantVine collection, we researched suppliers who would both mesh with our design philosophies, and meet our high quality standards. We found exactly what we were looking for in Italy.

For centuries, terracotta has been the color of choice in the world’s most magnificent gardens. The word “terracotta” actually means “fired earth.” PlantVine’s terracotta pots have a smooth coffee-like finish that sets off any plant to perfection.

As you unpack your PlantVine pot, you’ll notice a wonderfully earthy smell – the heavenly scent of the finest Italian clay. Yes, the timing on introducing our Pots Collection is perfect, as terracotta is a wonderful autumn color. But, we feel certain you’ll enjoy these pots year-round. >> Shop All Pots

Divertitevi! (Please Enjoy!)

Discover PlantVine Terracotta Plant Pots

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.”

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.
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.

Now that you’ve unboxed the plant, it’s time to find a special spot to place it.

Time to style, accent existing décor and get inspired with plants. Change the way a room looks, transform it from bland to lively or create your own indoor jungle. The power of plants changes the mood and atmosphere of a room.

Create a Cozy & Comforting Environment in Your Home

When bringing houseplant(s) into your home, many considerations should be made ahead of time. Where should the plant be placed; will it have enough light? How tall should the plant be, or how wide? Which room would best accommodate the plant? Plants such as the Snake Plant, Aloe Vera or bamboo can create a lush bathroom space that is bright and cheery. Basil, cilantro, thyme and more herbs right in your kitchen windowsill, become easy to access when needed.

Bring the Feeling of Home to College

College can be tough at times with homesickness and stress; gifting a houseplant can make dorm life feel a little like home. Dorms and apartments are usually small, cramped and a little stuffy. A houseplant could purify the air and create a calming environment. It brings a great aesthetic for dorm rooms and apartments; cacti or succulents are low-maintenance plants that will survive even if it is sometimes forgotten. If these plants are placed in a well-lighted area they will thrive. Ferns are good natural humidifiers that can freshen a confined room. Other plants such as, the Snake Plant are very shapely and trendy, accenting the room and giving it a more modern feel.

Energize Your Workspace

Going into work and sitting in your office can be a bit stultifying at times. Adding style or a green touch into your office can improve productivity at work. Make work a more fun and comfortable environment, worth going to. Add some color into the office with the ZZ Plant. They are tolerant to low light and will grow even with little water. Bamboo is an easy to grow houseplant that doesn’t need much light, if the stems are submerged in water they can grow without soil.

No matter where you place your houseplant, it will change the room. Whether it may remove toxins from the air, add color to a bland room or bring your décor together, houseplants will always be a great addition.

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ADD A TOUCH OF MAGIC TO YOUR HOME

When you open a PlantVine box, we believe you’ll find the experience to be a bit different from opening other boxes. Inside you’ll find something alive; something that infuses positive energy into a room or a corner of your garden; something magical. From the moment you unbox the plant, you begin to imagine the perfect spot for it. Your creativity swings into play. You’re inspired to design a new look and feel, indoors or out.

Just as with the clothes and accessories we choose to wear, all of us also have a “Plant Style.” We’d love to help you discover your own, or take your interests to the next level. This season, we’re focusing on unboxing the magic of plants that bring fresh elements into your homescapes. We’ve categorized them into Style, Scandinavian Design, Holistic Beauty, and Nature. We’ve hand-picked various plants filled with texture and color to add vibrant focal points to your home and garden.  Here are just a few examples.

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Designing with Style can be a fun way to bring fashionable plants into your décor. For example, considered to be a plant enthusiast’s “must have,” our Philodendron Gloriosum adds strong visual interest with its rich, velvety leaves. Alone, or paired with other bold choices, create your signature style by combining shape, texture and color.

Interest in Scandinavian Design is once again surging to the forefront of décor. Inspired by its clean lines and spare approach, you’ll find many fashion-forward homes in Europe and across the U.S. embracing its minimalist ideology. To highlight and complement, we suggest various Philodendrons, such as the Swiss Cheese Vine (Monstera Delicosa), or even the Snake Plant (Sanseviera).  Working with various shades of green and a mix of shapes, these plants become stylistic focal points. Of course, their low maintenance demands are an added bonus.

Consider for a moment the Holistic Beauty and Benefits of plants. Many different varieties bring more to the table than just their good looks. For example, the Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a “go-to” treatment for minor burns and rashes. The Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans ‘Massangeana’) has been approved by NASA as an air purifier that effectively removes toxins from the air we breathe. These double duty plants are smart additions to home or office.

And what about those plants that get re-connect you with Nature itself? We have suggestions that bring a garden-full of birds, butterflies and wildlife right to your door. Case in point: Milkweed or Yellow Elder are natural attractors for butterflies. Sweet Viburnum or Pink Bougainvillea will bring the birds. Adding any of these will also bring… compliments from neighbors and friends.

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We’re Planting Some Unique Ideas for Dad’s Day Gifting

Father’s Day is just ahead. This year, don’t wait for the last minute to get Dad the same old, same old. After all, your Dad always has your back, so why not show him he’s front and center in your heart and in your thoughts?  The plants we’re spotlighting below send Dad the message that your love for him grows each year. Lush and alive, choose one as a perfect addition to Dad’s outdoor landscaping or his special interior spaces.

Idea #1 The Old Man Palm (and how perfect is this?)  Dad loves a good pun, and we’re certain he’ll love a great palm. Wonderfully low maintenance, this slow growing Cuban palm can reach 20 feet tall in the garden. Container friendly, it can also thrive indoors. Looking for something different for your Old Man? Look no further.

#2 – Is Dad a chef? Is he the guy who loves to make his own salads, sorbets, marinades, chutneys or cocktails? Even if he’s not a “foodie,” we’re certain Dad will appreciate the gift of a Meyer Lemon tree. Sweeter than regular lemons, Meyer Lemons have a discernible orange flavor. They’ve got more sugar and less acid than other lemons, and thus have a softer flavor than their famously sour siblings. These brightly colored lemons bring beautiful color into the yard while conjuring up a “taste” of the tropics.

#3 – With a nod to the Village People, you’ve always known your Dad was a “Macho, Macho Man, Who lives a life of freedom, Machos make a stand.”

So, take a stand, with a cool choice for your one-of-a-kind Dad: the Macho Fern. It can grow indoors or out, though it prefers light shade (as too much sun can scorch the fronds). The Macho Fern is also a smart choice for Dad’s office.

#4 – In your family, you’ve always relied on Dad. His love and support is a constant on which you depend. Just like a leopard, you know he’ll never change his spots. That’s why we’re recommending the Giant Leopard Plant this Father’s Day. Known for its giant heart-shaped shiny leaves, its colorful daisy-like flowers grow through late summer. The Giant Leopard does best with a couple of hours in the sun, along with slightly moist, well-drained soil. It’s a perfect gift for your Cool Cat of a Dad.

When you were a kid, you probably hit Dad up for some green (as in some $$$). Now it’s your turn to give him the gift of green, a plant that grows more beautiful as time goes by. Make it a Father’s Day he’ll remember.

One-of-a-Kind Gifts for a One-of-a-Kind-Guy

ON TODAY’S AGENDA: ADDING A GORGEOUS PLANT TO YOUR OFFICE

Work can be so stressful. Perhaps your project list is packed, or deadlines loom large and you’re not sure you can get it all done.  While we can’t help with workload, we can help with improving your work space. Not only will a plant offer tranquil beauty to your office, they also bring a breath of fresh air (which could boost your productivity). Between work and home, average Americans spend 90% of their time indoors, where the amount of some pollutants can be two to five times higher than outside. Here are some top picks we know will “work” well at your office to add beauty and cleanse the air.

The Snake Plant is #1 on our list. There are many different varieties to choose from, including the popular Whale Fin or the Laurentii. The Snake Plant is incredibly low maintenance, and can thrive in a wide range of light conditions. It easily survives an irregular watering schedule, and excels as an effective air purifier.

The Money Tree could be a beautiful addition to your cubicle. Like the Snake Plant, the Money Tree is known for its ability to survive with minimal care and low light conditions. Many people believe the Money Tree brings good luck and fortune, which is why you’ll find it atop desks everywhere.

The Dracaena is our next suggestion. With its many colorful varieties, the Dracaena conjures up a tropical feel wherever you place it. The Dracaena is truly low maintenance, with high marks for air purification.

The Aloe Vera is a hardy choice, and thrives with very little care. Of course, its gel has been a used as a skin treatment for thousands of years. So, next time you get a paper cut, apply some to the wound for a speedy recovery.

The Peruvian Apple Cactus brings the feel of the desert to your office. You’ll find it to be a low maintenance gem that can grow to impressive heights and even produce flowers. It’s a new and notable choice for cacti lovers.

The Ponytail Palm is actually a succulent that stores water in its trunk. What that means for you is that it is relatively easy care. Its whimsical silhouette adds so much to an office scape.

After a challenging meeting, imagine walking back into your work space and pausing just a moment to appreciate the fresh, vital beauty of a plant. We think it’s a fabulous way to “dress” your office for success!
At PlantVine, we’re here to help you find the plants to mesh perfectly into your lifestyle. So, what kind of plant parent do you think you are?  Will you practice “gentle neglect?” Or perhaps you’re a bit of a water warrior? No problem. Everyone can find choices to fill their homes and gardens with gorgeous greenery. Here are some simple guidelines.

Are you always on the go – consumed at the office, with evenings crammed with a crazy schedule of meet-ups? Low maintenance plants, like the amazing Sansevieria, the Aloe Vera, or the Ponytail Palm, should be high on your list. The Sansevieria has several popular varieties. Our top seller is the Whale Fin. Ours will arrive on your doorstep with lots of lovely leaves. Not only is the Whale Fin low-maintenance, but it also filters the air. Definitely place one on your bedside table so it can work its air-purifying magic overnight. An Aloe Vera requires very little watering – perhaps only every two to three weeks. Not only does this plant have medicinal benefits, it is also air-purifying. Our last suggestion is the Ponytail Palm. Drought resistant, this beauty is a great fit for an on-the-go lifestyle.

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Do you have a fair amount of free time? You may want to consider choices that need a bit more of your attention. The Gloriosum, Licuala, and Fiddle Leaf Fig are top picks. These lovely plants need a bit of care to keep them at their peak. The Philodendron Gloriosum is a true show stopper with its big leaves. The Gloriosum requires specific amounts of water and humidity, (but no worries, we’ll let you know its requirements). The Licuala requires partial shade and needs humidity to flourish. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of our most popular plants. Equally at home indoors or out, you should place it in partial sun/shade, and make sure to keep the soil evenly moist.

Perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle of the “Plant Care” scale? We’ve got suggestions for you, too. In this category, consider the Giant Leopard Plant, the Dracaena Deremensis ‘Lisa’, and the Emerald Gem. The Giant Leopard is known for its uniquely shaped leaves. It prefers partial sun and slightly moist soil. The Dracaena Deremensis ‘Lisa’ is a popular slow grower for indoor spaces. The Dracaena enjoys medium sun, but not direct sunlight. It needs water only every one to two weeks. Lastly, we have the Emerald Gem, a popular tropical that thrives in low to medium light, and needs regular watering.

No matter what your “Plant Parent” category, we’ve got smart suggestions for your lifestyle. We’re here to help you “Go Green!”
Happy planting!
Spring is right around the corner – which happily means more color for our gardens!

This is an exciting time of year for plant enthusiasts. In our minds and hearts, we envision blooming flowers basking in those welcome warmer temperatures. So, even though it may still be a bit chilly, this is the perfect time to start working on your existing garden, or to begin a new one.

You’ll find a fabulous selection of spring plants located at the “Shop Plants” section of our website. Click through and prepare to be entranced. Our PlantVine experts have selected lovely picks to add glorious color to your garden.

One of our most popular Spring picks is the Mandevilla. It’s so simple, but a true show stopper available in a great array of colors. For those who wish to “boldly go,” consider the reds and pinks. If you’re thinking something a bit more subtle, look to the white, appropriately titled the “Mandevilla Bride’s Cascade.”

Another choice for a pure pop of color is the Bougainvillea, available in your choice of a tree or bush – and in a rainbow of vibrant hues: purple or pinkBy adding these plants or others on our website’s Spring Plant Picks, you’ll be adding that perfect punch of color wherever you place them.

Happy Planning and Happy Planting!

Our Top Flowering Picks

Whether March comes in like a Lion or a Lamb, when the month finally arrives, we all begin to look forward to Spring and the lovely flowers those warmer temperatures bring.

Let’s focus here on Pollinators: those insects, (like bees and butterflies), birds and critters so important to helping your garden grow. Pollinators move pollen from the male part of the plant to its female part. In doing so, they make growth possible.

The Lantana, Hibiscus and Anthurium are show stoppers that add beautiful color to your garden while attracting those crucial pollinators.Choose the Lantana in white, purple, yellow, or even confetti (a blast of different colors together). Though the Hibiscus is one of the most common tropical flowers, that doesn’t stop it from being one of our most popular plants. And – so many colors to choose from! Lastly, the Anthurium can be a dramatic addition to your garden in a choice of vibrant shades.

These amazing plants are guaranteed to bring the color you’re looking for in your outdoor scapes, and those all-important pollinators so necessary to a flourishing garden. Happy March!

Add a POP of color to your garden

Those of us with hope in hearts know that Spring is on its way.

This year, why not plan for some very welcome visitors in your garden? Let’s spend a moment familiarizing ourselves with several plants sure to attract butterflies and bees.

Milkweed has traditionally been one of our most popular butterfly plants.

Our Butterfly Flower Milkweed (Asclepias spp) and our Giant Milkweed (Calotropis Gigantea ) are perfect choices. Milkweed grows five nectar cups with incurved horns around the petals. This allows butterflies or caterpillars to move easily from one leaf to the next, collecting fallen pollen from the plant’s horns. Milkweed is also where Monarch butterflies prefer to lay their eggs.

In the last several years, those of us who love gardening have seen an alarming downward trend in the bee population. That’s why committed gardeners and environmentalists are paying more attention to attracting bees, by planting their favorite flowers and plants. As we all know, bees are one of the most important pollinating insects – so central to our gardens’ well being. This year, let’s plan to make our outdoor spaces more welcoming to these crucial critters.

Happy Planting!

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