Welcome to my minimal blog about plants! I hope to share some of my knowledge with you that I’ve learned throughout my plant journey.
Feel free to DM suggestions for my next blog post. 🥰
New Free Planty Journal Pages
I loved the first couple pages I created and I knew I wanted to add more.
I’m linking the new 4 new ones below -
• Water Tracker
• Collection Tracker
• Propagation Tracker
• The Ultimate Plant Chore List
Freebie Plant Wishlist Printable & Digital
If you’re like me, when you see a plant you love you probably write it down somewhere.
Maybe you have a planty journal and prefer pen & paper?
Or do you prefer digital forms like good notes?
Either way, this is a printable or exported plant wishlist form to keep track of all your favorite must-have plants.
Click link below and you’ll be directed to my Dropbox folder where they’re stored and hopefully I will have more forms, checklist, etc, to come in the future.
From Dropbox you can save, print, or export to desired format. 😘
MY TOP 4 PLANTY APPS
Since becoming a plant parent, I’ve downloaded and explored a few apps.
There’s 4 that have really stuck with me and made being a plant parent a little easier and a lot more fun. I can’t wait to share my top 4 favorite planty apps that I believe are a must have as a plant parent.
PlantIn has been on my phone since the very first day I bought a plant. This app allows you to scan, take a picture, or upload a picture of a plant and will identify it. This helped me a lot when I was newbie or at a store and didn’t recognize a plant.
There’s a free version and premium version of this app. I found it so helpful I subscribed to the premium. The free version still has so many great features to utilize.
My favorite feature on this app is the care guide. I’ve found it to be super helpful, and even now I still use the care guide to know what humidity a plant likes or if it’s toxic to my cats.
You can discover possible diseases on your plant by taking a picture as well. This app also offers a blog, light meter, water/care notifications, ask a botanist, plant journal (when you add the plants to your collection in the app, it can be separated by spaces/rooms for us organized people).
Anyways, check the app out for yourself! There’s a lot to the app that’s helpful for plant parents. I did have some similar apps that I tried using, but something about PlantIn kept me coming back to it as my go-to. I think I enjoy how the app is laid out with simplicity, but keeping all the various options at your fingertips.
I don’t think I have enough good things to say about this app. I’ve also had this app since the beginning of my plant journey.
This is a buy, sell, & swap plant app, but it doesn’t stop there. There’s a community tab where you can post many different topics like Info, Identification, Wanted/ISO, Questions, Inspirational, and even memes. Blossm is an app that really brings the plant community together and lets you mingle with other plant lovers. I’ve purchased, swapped, and sold multiple plants on Blossm and it’s always been a success. You can find anything from common plants to rare plants and plant accessories. You have a tab for your own little shop to see what items you’ve posted to sell or swap and a tab for private chats. It also offers advice on plant care and how to properly ship plants. If you love plants, you NEED this app. Plus no subscription needed.
3) Plant Light
Plant Light is a light meter, you can choose all plants or a specific plant and measure the light just by pointing your camera at the plant you’re wanting to the know amount of illumination (light-intensity) it’s provided.
(If you’re in the US, you may want to change your unit system to LUX and if you’re in Canada, make sure it’s set to FC)
After measuring the light intensity it will give you a reading, and if you’ve picked a specific plant it’ll detect where you fall and where the plant falls for desired light on the bar graph. It also provides lighting recommendations and tips as well. No subscription needed
4) Bloom and Grow Garden Party
This app is still new to me, but I had to share it! So far it has great features and it’s main focus it to bring together a planty community. I discovered it through the Bloom and Grow Podcast. This is hosted within the MightyNetworks app because it is premium based. Bloom and Grow Garden Party is a subscription app that is $6.99US a month and can be viewed from a computer or IOS/Android.
This app launched in 2021 and is still new to us in the plant community. There’s many different topics & features. It’s not an app for buying and selling, but you can swap. There’s tabs that feature community, houseplants, events, zoom calls, DIY, plant business, and much more. I will leave my invite link below for you to check out the app yourself. I’m so happy I stumbled across this wonderful app. I love the ideas Maria is bringing to the table and the little planty world she’s creating for us. I’m so excited to watch it grow.
Anyways those are my top 4 plant apps that I couldn’t do plants without. I hope this helps better your plant care or understand your plant better. Maybe you’ll even find new friends or a rare plant. These apps are amazing and sooo perfectly planty.
Thanks for reading!
- Allison K
DIY Houseplant Soil Mixture
If you’re not mixing your own houseplant soil, you’re doing it all wrong. Just kidding. Seriously though, you should try mixing your own.
I know, it sounds super overwhelming.
I know for me it sounded overwhelming. Never thought I could do it. After watching multiple videos and doing lots of research, I figured it out and I will never pot my plants in prepackaged houseplant soil again. Now I’m sharing with you MY personal experience with mixing my own medium and what I use.
Note that every plant has their own requirements. Some plants enjoy well-draining soil while others prefer a moist soil.
So when I purchase a new plant the first thing I do is research proper care for that plant. This includes the potting mixture.
When mixing your own soil you want to make sure you have the right mixture of substrate, moisture, aeration, nutrients, and drainage.
Base Substrate - this is base soil, it produces no nutrients the plant needs.
Coco Coir or Sphagnum Peat Moss
This has Excellent water retention while offering a texture that encourages healthy root growth. Plus environmentally friendly, comes from the husk of a coconut.
Sphagnum Peat Moss
Retains water and holds onto nutrients, but is also slightly more acidic and definitely needs additional aeration ingredients to help with root growth.
Extra water retention ingredients for the moisture loving plants
Vermiculite or Perlite
It has great moisture retention while also offering aeration for the roots. Little more pricey than perlite.
This ingredient is best utilized in a mixture where drainage is very important. It slowly releases water to the plant. This is what I personally use.
Nutrition for plants is very important. Thankfully there’s tons of options from organic and inorganic fertilizers. Homemade fertilizers and compost. This is all personal preference and research. I like to speak from experience so I’ll stick to what I’ve used.
Most beneficial organic fertilizer for house plants. Even though worm castings are rich in nutrients, it’s also a slow release fertilizer. So you don’t have to worry about over-fertilizing your mixture.
I’ve used inorganic fertilizer for maintenance. I also fear of over-fertilizing so I immensely dilute my fertilizer in water.
Most plants like well-draining soil and there’s a lot of options to intergrade with your mixture for good drainage.
I prefer orchard bark, it makes the soil light and less compact for better drainage and aeration. Best for any aroid plant.
Pumice or Perlite
Both of these ingredients provide excellent drainage and aeration to soil mixtures.
You’ll want to mix this in a sealable tote
35% Coco Coir
20% Orchid Bark
20% Worm Castings
Disclaimer: Please know that I didn’t go into extensive details about each ingredient. Further research can be done on the origins and detail into each ingredient. I suggest watching videos and exploring other blogs on how and what they use to create their mixture. There’s so many other options and I’ve found this mixture of ingredients has worked for me the best.
Plants & Mental Health • Knowing your limits
Plants & Mental Health
Let’s talk plants & mental health.
I feel this is something that isn’t talked about enough.
I’m no expert, but I do have plants and I do struggle with mental health.
Your mental health is not only super important, but something you may have to take into consideration when purchasing plants. Ask yourself these questions. Is this plant going to stress you out? Is this plant going to be a positive motive to get out of bed to turn on the humidifier and check the soil?
Is this plant going to continue to thrive on the days when you’re struggling to even take care of yourself?
Plants are very beneficial for your mental health. Studies show plants reduced stress, fear, anger, and sadness. Houseplants are a great way to disconnect and reconnect with not only nature, but your sympathetic and nurturing side.
A plant in your care and to watch it grow is very rewarding and positive.
Plus interacting with the planty community and creating new relationships with others is helpful for those who feel like they don’t have anyone.
So yes, plants indoor or outdoor are amazing for your mental health.
With that being said, we don’t want to make something so good for us be bad. That can happen. Know your limits and question yourself if you find yourself struggling.
Since becoming a plant parent, I’ve had some bad times. Times where I felt like getting up and brushing my hair, showering, or trying to complete simple task like dishes and laundry were exhausting. I’ve had times were I would work and come home and go to sleep and sleep the whole day on the weekends. Plants became last on my to-do list when this would happen.
Knowing this is something I’ve been through with plants, and will most likely go through again at some point and time, I can’t have “needy” plants. I need the ones that can thrive while being neglected and go the extra days without watering.
This is something I take into consideration when buying a new plant.
Something else I try to stay conscious about is making sure the amount of plants I have won’t overwhelm me.
I tend to get overwhelmed easily and it makes me feel “weighted”.
Between what kind of plants and how many plants can have an effect on me.
It’s okay to not have every variety of a syngonium plant because you can’t mentally handle it.
We still have adulting chores with our plant chores, plus if you have pets, kids, demanding jobs, other hobbies and interest, etc.
When you have these awesome plants you can’t tend to, it won’t only overwhelm you, but when you can’t provide the attention they need and they begin to die, then that’s going to make us feel even worse.
The overwhelming feelings and OCD also play hand in hand. Anything from dirt & messes I make repotting. I’m very minimalistic and clean so bringing in plants makes me feel “cluttered”, almost like a claustrophobic feeling. So I try to remind myself when buying a plant that I have room on my shelves which are my specific areas for my plants.
As easy as it is to get carried way, remember you can control this and what type of effect it has on you. Know your limits.
Know you’re not alone. If you can’t handle 20 plants, that’s okay.
If you can handle over 100, that’s okay. Some may say the more plants I have the more calm I feel and others may say the more plants I have, the more it stresses me out. It’s not a competition, it’s whatever helps you grow as a person.
Just do what best for you and know you’re in control. Do not make this positive planty life a stressful planty life.
I do want to end this on a happy note, because plants are positive and awesome!
I want to share some of my favorite planty quotes that will bring positive mental health vibes.
“Every plant has their own requirements to grow… So do people.”
“Don’t forget to drink water and get some sunlight. You’re basically a houseplant with more complicated emotions.”
“Love yourself as much as you love your plants.”
“Maybe you’ve outgrown your pot.”
“Find your light and grow towards it.”
Thanks for reading,