Meet The Family: Hypoestes Phyllostachya – Pink Polka Dot Plant

For Valentine’s Day this year my husband decided to buy plants as gifts instead of flowers. I had just started my plant parent journey and loved that he was so supportive of my new interest. Along with the Dieffenbachia he also bought a Hypoestes Phyllostachya or Pink Polka Dot Plant as they are more commonly…

Beginner Plant Tips: Finding The Right Plants For You

The topic for today’s June Beginner Plant Tips is about finding the right plants for you. Choosing a plant is a very personal decision and will depend on your preferences and situation. There are a lot of factors to consider when purchasing a plant, but I do know that sometimes it is easy to ignore…

Beginner Plant Tips: Becoming A Better Plant Parent

There are a lot of things you will learn as a new plant parent and with technology these days there are so many different ways for you to gain knowledge about caring for houseplants. I love learning new things both in a personal and professional capacity. I strongly believe that you can’t learn or grow…

Meet The Family: Ivy – A Surprisingly Difficult Plant

Hedera helix, or English Ivy as it is most commonly known, is in my opinion a very overrated plant. When I say overrated I mean it is growing everywhere in Ireland and so freely available. When I saw it for sale at one of our local shops I thought I might as well take one…

Meet The Family: Dieffenbachia – The Most Underrated Plant

My Dieffenbachia, also known as a Dumb Cane is one of my favourite plants and probably the plant that has surprised me the most. I saw her in one of our local supermarkets and my husband went back and bought her as a Valentine’s Day gift. It was the first time that he bought me…

Meet The Family: Elephant Bush/Spekboom – Join The Challenge

My rainbow Elephant Bush (Portulacaria Afra) or Spekboom as I know her from growing up in South Africa is not particularly one of my favourite plants, but she has a special place in my heart. Every time I look at her a lot of special memories from living in South Africa come to mind. If…

A Short Lived Family Member: How To Kill a ZZ Plant

A few months ago I went through a “I am killing all my plants” phase. My plants were not doing as well as I wanted and I felt very overwhelmed. I am an over thinker and suffer from anxiety so in hindsight it wasn’t really that bad but at the time I felt completely lost…

Meet The Family: Maranta Leuconeura – Dancing Prayer Plant

In some of my previous posts I have highlighted the importance of being part of the plant parent community, especially if you are a new plant parent. Not only will you learn a ton about plant care, you will also meet some of the nicest people that share your passion for houseplants.  With my “Meet…

Meet The Family: Ficus Elastica Tineke PLUS A Miracle Revival

A few months ago I went through a “I am killing all my plants” phase. My plants were not doing as well as I wanted and I felt very overwhelmed. I am an over thinker and suffer from anxiety so in reality I actually just killed one plant that was doomed before I brought him…

Meet The Family: Pilea Peperomioides And The Repotting Horror

This post started out as an introduction to my Pilea Peperomioides, but turned into a discussion about the struggle I have about deciding when to repot a new plant. It turned into a bit of a rant so I might rewrite the second topic as a separate post.  Apparently the Pilea Peperomioides was a big…