With their showy, colorful foliage and striking flowers, bromeliads are some of the most unique and impactful houseplants; yet many people shy away from them because of the (inaccurate) belief that they are hard to grow.   Bromeliads are, in fact, very easy to grow and maintain providing that the right ones are chosen for the site.

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Bromeliads belong to the Bromeliaceae family of plants which contains over 3000 species. In the wild they’re found in an extensive range of conditions, from deep shade to full sun; and from terrestrials in the ground to epiphytes on trees and rocks. You’re sure to find one for your location, whether it be indoors or out.

When selecting a bromeliad the most important consideration is the amount of light the spot receives. As houseplants, most bromeliads can be grown in any space that receives bright, filtered or indirect light. Save for a few sun varieties, more than a couple hours of direct sunlight will probably burn the leaves. Providing the right amount of light is paramount to achieving the full color and ideal shape of your bromeliad. Too much light can cause the foliage to grow short and have a lighter, bleached color whereas too much shade can result in leaves which are stretched and greener.

Watering Tip: Keeping bromeliad cups in their center filled with water, allows for a healthy plant.

Although most bromeliads come from humid tropical conditions, they don’t like wet soil. Keeping the cups in their center filled with water and regularly spraying the leaves will ensure a healthy plant.  Distilled or rain water is best as tap water usually contains too much minerals and can cause calcium buildup. As most bromeliads are epiphytic, it is recommended to plant them in a well drained, loose soil mix.  Bark chunks are a great additive to the potting medium.

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Bromeliads tend to be relatively disease and pest free plants.  For the most part the main problem you may encounter, albeit rare, is fungus from overwatering the soil (manifesting as brown spots on the leaves) – this is easily treated with fungicide.  Scale and mealy bugs may sometimes turn up, but they can be treated with organic pesticides such as neem oil.

There are thousands of different bromeliads that come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, so you’ll certainly find a variety that will work for you. The easiest to grow indoors are Aechmeas and Neoregelias.  Aechmeas are colorful bromeliads which can tolerate low light conditions and usually have beautiful flowers spikes which may last months! Although Neoregelias don’t produce striking flowers, they are widely sought after for their magnificent leaves with bold colors and mesmerizing patterns. Discover more bromeliads >>

In general bromeliads are relatively affordable, need little maintenance, and provide attractive foliage along with bold, long lasting blooms.

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!

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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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!