Ready to detox your home with simple DIY tricks? Start living a toxin-free life with these easy-to-follow clean living tips!
Healthy living can be daunting at times. It signifies incorporating toxin-free elements in every aspect of your life. Nowadays, every product is full of toxic chemicals, from hand soap, shampoo to household cleaners, and detergents.
Incorporating chemical-free products in your daily life requires a great deal of learning, research, and perseverance. But the result is worth the time spent and effort made. Remember, multiple tiny steps result in a big revolution. Start now and set examples for others.
Find our 11 easy-to-follow healthy living tips and follow them to bring positive changes to your life. Switch to toxin-free living and start living a healthy lifestyle by following these simple hacks. Live your best, green lifestyle. #greenliving #healthyliving #cleanliving #toxinfreehome #nontoxichome
1. Add Plants Around Your Home
Develop a green thumb by adding plants in every vacant space of your home. NASA’s study on indoor plants entailed their outstanding ability to eliminate airborne toxins. Place NASA recommended air-purifying plants everywhere in your home and see the difference.
Plants are Mother Nature’s biggest gift to humanity. They remove toxic VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) found in paint, plastic off-gassing, furniture, carpets, rugs, and many more household elements. If you only fill your home with houseplants and do nothing else, it will be sufficient to remove the airborne toxins and keep indoor air clean.
Most of us are afraid of prolonged commitments. We often think, “What if I overwater all my plants and kill them” or “ What if my plant doesn’t grow despite all my efforts.” It’s okay to be apprehensive initially but never let it deter you from your goal.
I recommend you to start small and with the ones easy to maintain and care for. Choose hardy houseplants like peace lily, Spider plant, Bamboo palm, Snake Plant, Pothos, etc. These plants need minimal care and can tolerate diverse conditions. You love them, and they will love you back with their colorful leaves and lush foliage. Slowly you will stop complaining and start embracing newfound love for green living.
NASA recommends keeping at least 14 to 16 plants at home. That’s the ideal number to get indoor air purified naturally. I recommend you keep as many plants as you can and see the magic of “Green Living.”
2. Ditch Artificial Air Fresheners and Candles
Don’t fall prey to the unbelievably sweet aroma. The commercial air fresheners only mask the odor by camouflaging the toxic chemicals in them. The sweet aroma may give you momentary sensory pleasure, but the side effects are harmful to your health.
As the fragrance is short-lasting, you need to keep using it. Read on to know a better alternative and ditch chemical-laden perfumes, candles, and wall plugins. Their enchanting fragrance is often a blend of toxic chemicals that you would otherwise completely avoid using.
The better alternative is to diffuse natural essential oil blends. I recommend using a branded cool mist diffuser with an organic essential oil blend of your choice. Some essential oils like rosemary and tea tree eliminate stale odors and help purify indoor air.
3. Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
DIY your household cleaning supplies instead of using store-bought ones. Making your home cleaners is way cheaper and simple. Trust me, you will learn a lot in the process, and it will turn out to be super exciting. You can customize your cleaning products with your favorite essential oil blends.
You simply need to get distilled vinegar, lemon, baking soda, a couple of glass spray bottles, and your favorite essential oil blends. Always use glass bottles instead of plastic as essential oils may get spoiled faster in plastic bottles. Glass bottles are ideal for increasing shelf-life of essential oil blends, unlike plastic ones that can leach into natural cleaning supplies reduce the positive effect.
Introduce yourself and your family to all-natural and DIY household cleaning solutions to use everywhere in your home.
The entire process takes minimal effort from your side. You can easily use inexpensive ingredients and save a decent amount of money. Depending on your cleaning frequency, you may have to replenish the bottles with fresh cleaning supplies in a month or two. It’s worth making an effort considering the highly positive outcome. Various scientific studies have proven time and again that toxic chemical-filled cleaning products lead to serious respiratory issues and lung damage.
4. Switch to Non-Toxic Laundry Products
Store-bought fabric softeners, dryer sheets, and detergents typically have lots of toxic chemicals. Just imagine you wash your clothes with these chemical-laden products every day. Your daily wear, towels, bedding, and all other fabrics are smeared in the toxic chemicals and daily touch your body. While washing clothes, these harmful chemicals slowly trickle into the water and cause irreversible damages to Mother Earth.
To avoid health hazards and pollution, I recommend you make laundry detergent with natural ingredients. Did you know that a splash of vinegar works as a natural and zero-chemical fabric softener? You can also buy organic and non-toxic ingredients to make your own detergent.
Try naturally procured wool balls instead of dryer sheets! They are amazing. Add a few balls in every load, and the drying time of your clothes will be significantly reduced. Make it aromatic with a few drops of essential oils, or you may choose to keep it scent-free. Wool balls are long-lasting and will help you save money on your laundry spend.
5. Change Your Air Filter and Get an Air Purifier
Have you recently replaced your air filter? Filter changing frequency will vary depending on your usage, the number of rooms, and family size. Typically you should change the air filter every 30-60 days as per the normal usage pattern.
If your home is typically located near a construction site, your air filter will burn out frequently. If your air filter gets clogged even after deep cleaning, it’s time to change it. You can track how long your air filter is taking to get dirty and accordingly plan its replacement.
You can also plan to buy an air purifier. Look for reliable brands on Amazon and other online shopping websites and choose a decent one for your home. Go for one that tracks humidity, air quality, and temperature in your room or home.
An air purifier will give you an overall idea about your indoor air quality and the possible changes to improve it. After making those changes, you can see if it has improved the air you breathe.
If your house has excess moisture, it can trigger mold infestation. If identifying mold is a challenge, the air purifier’s humidity tracker will help you gauge the build-up moisture level. A sudden rise in humidity level can Speed up the mildew and mold growth.
The build-up of these toxic elements causes respiratory issues. If your air purifier suggests that indoor humidity is high, you need to fix it with a dehumidifier. The ideal indoor humidity level should be between 40% to 50%.
6. Switch to Non-Toxic Cookware
Most of us have a preconceived notion that non-stick or Teflon cookware makes our dish highly delicious. Did you know that the outer coating of these cookwares can leach and blend into your food?
Even those with the “safe to use” or “free of XYZ elements” tag are really not what it claims. We all use cookware daily, so a damaged one needs to be immediately replaced before it poses any health risk. Go for a new one as per your budget instead of using scratched or damaged cookware.
The perfect non-toxic cookware choices are glass, ceramic, stainless steel, copper, and cast iron. Silicon is also considered safe until it’s exposed to high temperatures. Research has yet to prove that silicon remains unaffected under high heat. I use silicon-based utensils to store kitchen ingredients but avoid using them to cook or store piping hot food items.
Stainless steel is the most cost-effective and non-toxic cookware for your daily use. You can search for large varieties on Amazon and choose the one fitting your budget. You will get cookware at varied prices and qualities.
The non-toxic cookware is typically not non-stick. You need to add cooking spray or oil to prevent foods from sticking. These cookwares are ideal for cooking at medium heat as they produce excess heat with copper bottoms.
Wondering what’s so good about stainless steel? It’s low-cost, simple to clean, durable, and low maintenance. But, is it the best you can get? Stainless steel cookware usually comes with an aluminum middle layer as it is not a great heat conductor. The aluminum coating is surrounded by stainless steel and doesn’t let it leach as long your pan is in good condition.
I chose stainless steel cookwares for my kitchen as it was light on my pocket and could withstand my neglect, unlike cast iron. I knew had I bought cast iron cookware and didn’t care for them; they would eventually rust.
Apart from cookware, all other kitchen utensils I use are made of glass. I use mason jars, baking dishes, glass bowls, and storage containers. However, I prefer silicon molds for storing chocolates.
7. Ditch Plastics Around Your Home, Especially in Your Kitchen
Ditch plastic products to stay away from toxins. The simple reason being the plastic leaches into your food. It slowly sneaks into your water and food and decomposes over time. Plastic storage tubs we use to microwave food items can easily leach once exposed to heat.
All types of plastic products are filled with toxins and damaging to the environment. I would recommend switching to nature-friendly alternatives. Store your drinking water in a glass bottle and drink cappuccino in a reusable ceramic or bamboo coffee mug.
Use silicone, bamboo, or stainless plates in place of plastic for your family. Start cooking in eco-friendly bamboo pans and utensils. Metal ones can be easily scratched and damaged by mishandling.
I suggest slowly adapting to plastic-free life by using eco-friendly products. If you regularly heat the plastic utensils and reuse them, very soon, the toxic elements will leach into your favorite food.
Some plastic stuff you can’t avoid in your daily life – like most electronic gadgets. Wherever you can buy eco-friendly and safer alternatives to plastic, go for it. Think of possible options. For example, Can you replace your plastic basket with a wooden or woven one? Buy stainless steel trash can instead of a plastic one? Use a wooden picture frame and glass flower vase?
8. Check Your Cosmetics and Toiletries
The cosmetics, toiletries, body, and skincare products we use everyday induce large amounts of toxins inside our body. You will find different ways to reduce toxins from your body, like using environment-friendly toilet paper, activated charcoal toothpaste, goat-milk soap bars, bamboo toothbrushes, and many more.
From nail polish to hair care and body care, you can find many green beauty brands.
9. Install a Good Water Filter
Having an excellent water purifier is essential for your health. Water, if contaminated, can be life-threatening. If your daily life depends on tap water, you may be consuming tons of toxins and VOCs unknowingly.
VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds like lead, pesticide, or other heavy metal can be deadly if accidentally ingested. A RO+UV water purifier works best to eliminate these toxins and prevent chances of contamination.
The traditional pitcher filters may absorb chlorine and sediments, but they are not sufficient to trap lead and other VOCs. If AMCs or cleaning your filters in every quarter sounds like a tough ask, go for zero-waste options such as activated charcoal sticks.
Dip it inside the battle, and it will eliminate lead, mercury, chlorine, and other hazardous toxins and add vital nutrients like Magnesium. One charcoal stick can last for many months and can be easily reused in your terrace or backyard garden as a deodorizer.
You can alternatively go for store-bought multifunctional water purifiers. Some of these filters purify even 99.99% VOCs, heavy metals, bacteria, and many more water-borne pollutants.
They can be costly but consider this as a one-time investment for the betterment of your health—replaceable filters in this purifier last way longer than other traditional filters. I would say it does a much better job than other filters while purifying the water.
You can also go for heavy-duty water purifiers. They have 50% to 75% more water processing capability than household ones and are ideal for your large family.
10. Use a HEPA Vacuum Cleaner
Your carpet attracts dust mites, molds, dirt, and other airborne toxins. While cleaning it manually or with a vacuum can release microscopic particles in the indoor air. These particles get suspended in the air for a long time and easily sneak into your respiratory system.
To get clean indoor air, you should use a vacuum with built-in HEPA filters. HEPA arrests the allergens and dust particles from rugs and carpets and releases clean and filtered air.
11. Avoid Pesticides and Use Natural Alternatives
Pesticides contain VOCs and are carcinogenic for humans and pets alike. You should cover your mouth and nose while spraying in the backyard or terrace garden and not allow other family members to come out.
Spraying pesticides on indoor plants are trickier. All family members should cover their mouths, including the person spreading the pesticide. The windows should be left open for better air circulation and allowing the VOCs to dissipate.
There are other ways to prevent pest infestation inside your home. For beginners, you should ensure that the little holes are tightly sealed, and plumbing leaks are repaired to avoid the tiny creatures from sneaking inside.
Store your food in an air-tight container and refrigerate them whenever necessary. Never leave the food open for long as it may trigger pest infestation. Thoroughly sweep the kitchen floor, clean the cooktop, kitchen counter, and utensils after cooking. Dispose of uneaten food and unused stuff in a closed-lid trash can to prevent stale air from roaming around the house.
While composting outside, choose a place a little far away from home and not invite unwanted pests as your guests.
What I am recommending here are practical and easy-to-follow steps. But, if it sounds like too much commitment, you can use natural pest repellents as well. The concoction of some potent essential oils and herbs & spices are highly effective in eliminating these bugs.
You can blend geranium, cinnamon, and peppermint oils in a glass spray bottle. Regularly spray it around your doors, windows, and dark corners to keep the pests at bay. These powerful natural solutions counter most bugs, including spider mites. Apply the solution at least once a week to get the desired outcome.
Sprinkling cinnamon and cayenne powder occasionally can rid you of millipedes, spiders, and ants in your home. Apply this around your home, kitchen, bathroom, corners, windows, doors, attics, and terrace to get the desired result.
Pothos in Water – The Easiest Houseplant to Grow if You have a Brown Thumb
Growing any houseplant in water is challenging unless you know the right techniques. However, as a beginner, you can start your learning process with Pothos. This plant is an epiphytic aroid and can grow seamlessly in water, unlike other houseplants. Read on to learn the tips and tricks of growing vivacious pothos in your home.
Though porous potting mix is ideal for growing Pothos, at times, it can get messy. Wondering how? Forgetting to water your pothos for a few days in scorchy summer can be fatal for your plant. The easiest solution to counter this is growing your Pothos in a water-filled jar or vase.
It’s not even fussy about the water quality; normal tap water will work just fine. Water growing your Pothos doesn’t involve expensive containers, pumps, or fertilizers. You can cut an inch below the healthy node with aerial roots and propagate it in water. Pretty soon, it will exceed your expectations with healthy roots and vividly colored leaves.
You can easily find glass vases or containers in your neighborhood thrift store at a dirt-cheap rate. Buy them and grow different colored pothos in water. Our comprehensive guide will give you first-hand information on how to grow your Pothos in water, along with useful care tips. We will also tell you how to counter the common problems to keep your plant healthy.
Pothos in Water – Pothos plant profile
Epipremnum Aureum is the scientific name of Pothos. Hobbyists and plant enthusiasts fondly call it Devil’s Ivy or Golden Pothos. It’s a NASA recommended houseplant for eliminating CO2 and other airborne pollutants from your home and making indoor air toxin-free. It also releases ample amounts of Oxygen in the indoor air and makes it breathable.
Pothos is a hardy tropical evergreen and can tolerate varied climatic conditions except for the frigid ones. Pothos are considered highly invasive owing to their blazing fast growth rate, so you have to pinch and prune at times to limit its overgrowth. Below are the key elements to fill your home with shiny Pothos.
USDA Hardiness Zone – 10 – 12
Temperature – 21° to 32°C or 70° to 90°F
Sunlight- Moderate to bright light but no direct sunlight
Fertilizer – A few drops of regular houseplant fertilizer every 4-6 weeks
Pothos in Water – Easy DIY Project
What You’ll Need
A glass container, bottle, or vase
Clean, filtered, or rainwater
Liquid all-purpose houseplant fertilizer
Instructions to Grow Pothos in Water
1. Select a glass jar, vase, or bottle.
You can easily get sturdy glass vases or bottles in nearby thrift stores. Clear ones with good visibility are ideal for tracking the root growth. Once your plant sprouts healthy new roots, settles down, and shows signs of vigorous growth in water, it’s time to shift it into a darker color vase. The dark color will block out direct light and slow down the algae growth, or else you will have to clean your vase from algae every week.
2. Fill the jar with clean water.
Tap water works fine only if it’s iron and sediment-free. I strongly recommend using iron-free or filtered water or rainwater to get the best result. If you use chlorinated water, let it sit in a container or bucket for 24 hours to allow the chlorine to evaporate, and sediments settle down at the bottom. Fill the jar with fresh water the next day, and your plant will be just fine.
3. Add fertilizer.
Liquid fertilizer works best in water-grown plants. Apply all-purpose liquid fertilizers to grow healthy pothos. Some of the good ones are Miracle-Gro or 10-10-10, which you can easily get in your local garden center. The built-in nutrients in liquid fertilizers are essential for the faster growth of your Pothos.
4. Add the plant.
Place your Pothos cutting in the vase in an upright position. Make sure the cutting end is dipped completely in the water. Wait 2-3 weeks to see the new root formation in the cutting. In another 2 weeks, the newly sprouted roots will grow long and turn healthy. In no time, your Pothos cutting will pop out new leaves.
5. Change the water every 2–3 weeks.
Regularly changing water is key for your Pothos growth. With time, water loses oxygen concentration, and you need to refill the water to add a fresh burst of oxygen. I recommend you change the water every 2 weeks to maintain the oxygen cycle.
6. Make sure roots are below the waterline.
You should expose at least 10% to 20% of your Pothos’ roots to the air. It’s beneficial for your plant’s health. However, the majority of your plant’s roots should be below water. Maintain appropriate water level in the container so that it can nourish the newly sprouted plant roots.
7. Add fertilizer every 4–6 weeks.
While fertilizing your Pothos, you should use ¼th of the manufacturer’s recommended strength. The ideal ratio should be 1 part fertilizer on 3 parts water. Add liquid fertilizer every 4-6 weeks to speed up your Pothos growth and keep it in the best shape.
8. Clean algae as often as needed.
Regular cleaning of algae will maintain proper oxygen levels in your Pothos water. You can clean algae in multiple ways, either by using chemicals or scrubbing with an old toothbrush.
I recommend the second method over the first simply because chemicals can be fatal for Devil’s Ivy. After rubbing with the toothbrush, you can rinse the glass vase thoroughly to clean residual algae. While cleaning the container, shift your Pothos in a vase or bucket full of freshwater.
12 Tips to Grow Pothos in Water Successfully
Pothos is a fast-growing plant and can creep and cling on almost every surface under the right condition. Here are some of the useful tips which will make your Pothos healthy and grow faster:
Bright and indirect sunlight is the lifeforce of your Pothos and can bring vivid coloration to your plant’s leaves.
Keep the room temperature warm. The ideal range should be between 70° to 90°F or 21° to 32°C. However, 80°F-90°F is recommended to fast forward its growth.
Change your Pothos water every 2-3 weeks along with a few fertilizer drops.
Place your Pothos in dark-colored containers to block the direct light from penetrating it. Lower light exposure will hinder the growth and spread of algae.
Cut at least an inch below the node and dip in the water. After a few weeks, new roots will sprout.
Place your Pothos near an east and north-facing window after covering it with a light-colored curtain.
Fertilize your Pothos every 4 to 6 weeks and change the water every 2-3 weeks to keep your plants in the best shape.
Neither leave your Pothos next to a room heater or A.C nor expose it to direct sunlight.
Regularly change your Pothos water and rinse the container to keep it clean and germ-free. Thorough cleaning will prevent the water from being foul and stagnant.
Clean the corners and sides of the glass container to remove the algae buildup
If your tap water is sediment-filled or treated with chlorine, leave it overnight to reduce its effects and then refill your jars.
Regular pinching and pruning the long edges of your Pothos will make the foliage look lush and bushy. Cut off the tips and propagate them in the water. Soon your Pothos cuttings will sprout new roots and fill your home with joy.
Growing Pothos in Water – Frequently Asked Questions
Should I grow my Pothos in water or soil for faster growth?
As a seasoned grower and hobbyist, I always prefer soil over water to grow any houseplant. However, Pothos can be an exception to this thumb rule. If you propagate Pothos in water and leave it there, your plant will eventually adjust to the new media and start growing there.
To achieve faster growth, you should plant it in a well-draining potting mix. Pothos thrive in soil with a pH level of 6.1-6.5, but they are not particular about varying pH levels.
Why is my Pothos not developing roots in the water?
Well, I often encounter this common question. If your Pothos cutting is longer than a foot, the chances are that it will take more time to root, and the leaves will wilt. While trimming your Pothos, ensure that the length is less than half afoot. The cutting should also have 2-3 aerial roots before propagation.
Why is my Pothos in water turning yellow?
One of the most common reasons for your Pothos in water turning yellow is the lack of oxygen in the water. Also, check for Pothos in water root rot. You need to immediately replace it with fresh water and pinch of the yellow and rotten leaves to counter this problem. A fresh burst of oxygen will instantly rejuvenate your Pothos.
Can my Pothos grow in soggy soil?
These tropical beauties are hardy but still need some basic care to drive faster growth. A healthy root system is the foundation of a thriving Pothos. Pothos don’t like to sit on soggy soil. Too much water can suffocate its roots and may not provide vital nutrients to your plant. You should keep the soil evenly moist but not wet.
Can I grow Pothos in the water?
Pothos can be kept, grown, and propagated in water throughout their life. However, the first time you plant it in water, it may take a couple of weeks to settle down. Initially, 2-3 leaves may fall off or turn yellow.
The best way to grow in water is to allow the Pothos cutting to adjust first. Once the cutting starts sprouting new roots, let it stay in the water forever instead of shifting it in the soil.
Can I propagate Pothos cuttings in soil?
You can propagate your Pothos in water or soil. But, once the plant settles down in a particular media, it’s not recommended to switch it to another growing medium. If you have planted your Pothos cutting in water and it looks well-settled, let it stay there. The same holds for soil propagation.
How can I successfully water-propagate my Pothos?
Cut an inch below the node with 3-4 healthy aerial roots. Dip the cuttings in the lukewarm water. Make sure the roots are fully submerged. Place the Pothos in front of the East Facing window after covering it with a light-colored curtain to filter the sunlight.
Never expose the plant to direct sunlight as it may burn the leaves. Your Pothos cuttings should sprout new roots in 2-3 weeks. The roots will be more than an inch long after 6-7 weeks, and your Pothos is ready to be transplanted in the potting mix.
How often should I mist my Pothos?
Pothos is a tropical plant, which requires occasional misting to be in the best shape. However, overmisting may trigger pest, aphid, and mealybugs attack. If you live in a dry climate, mist regularly to induce excess moisture in the plant cells. In the Spring and Summer, mist once or twice a week. Regular misting keeps your Pothos leaves shiny, healthy, and dust-free.
Is Pothos an air-purifying plant?
Your Pothos can tolerate and thrive in diverse conditions and grow up to 8 feet in height. It’s NASA recommended and one of the most potent air purifying plants. Pothos make the indoor air more breathable by eliminating airborne toxins.
Can I grow Pothos in low light?
Pothos can withstand varying light conditions. However, variegated ones like Manjula, Njoy, and Marble need more light. Variegated ones will turn green in low lights. Jade pothos are ideal for growing in low light settings. Position your plant at least 12-14 inches away from the windows so that it receives bright and not direct sunlight.
What is the average lifespan of my Pothos?
This plant is a tropical evergreen with an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years. You can easily multiply your Pothos by propagating the mother plant. However, occasionally spray your plants with organic insecticides like Neem oil to keep the fungi, insects, and bacteria at bay.
How can I make my Pothos grow faster in the water?
Expose your Pothos to bright and indirect sunlight to speed up its growth and get vivid leaf coloration. The ideal room temperature to grow your Pothos is 21° to 32°C or 70° to 90°F. I recommend maintaining 80°F-90°F to get a fast-growing Pothos.
Change your Pothos water every 2-3 weeks and add a few drops of liquid fertilizer to keep it healthy and hearty.
The Ultimate Guide to Silver Pothos Plant Care and Propagation (perfect for beginners!)
If you are a newbie houseplant enthusiast but afraid of the daily commitment of caring for your plants, this beautiful tropical evergreen is ideal for you. Its lovely heart-shaped leaves will surely entice you and make you fall in love with it. The best part is that Silver Pothos is an easy-to-care and powerful air-purifying plant.
Silver Pothos – Plant Profile and Houseplant Identification Guide
Common Name: Silver Pothos, Silver Vine, Devil’s Vine
Botanical Name: Scindapsus Pictus
Few different species are considered Pothos. Popular ones are Epipremnum and Scindapsus.
Scindapsus Pictus belongs to the same family as Epipremnum Aureum or Pothos.
You have to follow similar care tips for Silver Pothos as you do with other Pothos. These indoor plants can tolerate varying light conditions and grow even in the dark corners of your office or home. It has powerful resistance to adverse conditions and can even grow in harsh climates.
They look beautiful when trained to climb up the moss pole and trellises. You can also grow Silver Pothos in hanging containers and allow it to cascade over the edges of work desks, countertops, coffee tables. Its glistening silvery leaves will instantly jazz up the decor of your living room or cubicle.
Silver Pothos – Houseplant Easy Care Guide
Let’s explore the key elements required to grow Silver Pothos successfully.
Silver Pothos can tolerate low light conditions but thrive in bright indirect sunlight. The absence of adequate light will make your Pothos leggy, and your plant will produce smaller leaves.
Silver Pothos doesn’t like to sit on soggy soil. Check its soil thoroughly and water only if it feels completely dry. Check for wilting leaves as it’s the obvious sign that your plant is thirsty. As a practice, you should water more in Spring and Summer, as these two are the growing seasons. Water sparingly in Winter as your Pothos will grow slowly during this time.
Silver pothos will be fine in average household temperatures but remember that they are not cold-hardy. If the temperature falls below 55℉, your plant’s growth will be stunted. Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures can be life-threatening for this tropical perennial.
Pothos grows well in high humid conditions. If you live in a dry climate, regularly mist your Pothos to induce excess moisture. You can even try the pebble-tray method or occasionally place your Pothos under the shower. Mist 2-3 times a week to revitalize your plant and keep it healthy.
Regular fertilization in growing seasons will speed up your Pothos’ growth. You can either use organic or liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks in Spring and Summer. Use ½ of the manufacturer’s recommended ratio to fertilize your pothos. Any overdose may burn your Pothos roots.
I recommend using a balanced mix of organic fertilizer like vermicompost, bone meal, and need compost. If you want to apply liquid fertilizer throughout the year, use ¼ the strength of the manufacturer’s recommended dilution ratio. Alternatively, you can cover the topsoil of your plant with organic compost or worm castings.
Silver Pothos – Different Types of Satin Pothos (Scindapsus Pictus) Plants
You will find quite a few Scindapsus varieties in the market, with all of them having noticeable silver markings or splashes all over their leaves. These plants will have vivid coloration under bright and indirect light. Place them near the east-facing window after covering it with a light color curtain to give your plant filtered light.
The three most popular Silver Pothos are Scindapsus Pictus Exotica with heavy silver variegation that looks more like silver splashes all over its green leaf, Scindapsus Pictus ‘Argyraeus” with silver patches all over its leaf blade. The Argyraeus is commonly known as Satin Pothos due to its distinct color combination. The third one is Scindapsus Pictus ‘Silver Ann’ that has gorgeous silver colored leaves. All of them are strikingly beautiful for their vivid and enticing color contrast.
Satin Pothos vs. Philodendron Silver
Plant growers and enthusiasts often confuse between the Philodendron Silver plant and Satin Pothos. Both of them are training aroids and have heart-shaped leaves with silver variegation. Even seasoned growers sometimes wrongfully mix up between these two and interchangeably use the common names.
Do keep in mind that Satin Pothos are neither Epipremnum (common Pothos) nor Philodendron. Initially, Satin Pothos was categorized under the Epipremnum genus and confused with the common Pothos. Later on, scientists have cleared the air by classifying Satin Pothos under the Scindapsus genus.
Is Silver Pothos Toxic?
Silver Pothos are toxic to dogs, cats, and domestic pets like other aroids. ASPCA or The American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals revealed that Scindapsus Pictus or Satin Pothos has calcium oxalates. If accidentally ingested, the toxins can quickly course through your pet’s immune system and trigger several symptoms like nausea, oral swelling, breathing difficulty, chewing, and swallowing problems. If you notice unusual discomfort in your pet, immediately consult your vet.
Silver Pothos – Pruning Tips
Silver Pothos doesn’t require regular pruning. However, if you want to give your plant a bushier look, occasionally snip off the stems’ end. You can also pinch the trailing stem to stop your plant from looking leggy and becoming unusually long. The common reason for trimming Silver Pothos is to propagate the plant.
Spring is the ideal time to prune your Silver Pothos and speed up its growth. While pruning, you can check for any damaged stems and dead leaves. Use a sharp garden scissor or pruning shear to get a clean cut of the branch.
If you want to propagate your silver pothos, carefully snip off at-least 4 inches of a healthy stem. Make sure that the stem has 2-3 healthy leaves along 3-4 aerial roots. Stems with aerial roots will turn into a healthy plant faster than a rootless stem.
Use a clean knife or pruning shear to slice through the stem just an inch below the node. Your Pothos will sprout new shoots right below the cutting point and turn into fuller and bushier. You should pinch back the stems to give your plant a more compact look.
Water propagation works best for Silver Pothos as long the cutting has healthy aerial roots. Pinch the stem an inch below the node and dip the cutting in the water-filled container.
New root formation will take around 2-3 weeks. Let the newly formed roots settle down and become at least 1” or 2.5 cm long. Once your propagated cutting looks healthy, transfer it to a bigger container with a well-draining potting mix.
You can choose to grow Silver Pothos in water but only for a few months. Eventually, you need to shift it to a porous potting mix.
Silver Pothos – How to Repot Satin Pothos
Spring is the perfect season to repot your Pothos with fresh potting mix and organic fertilizer. Your Pothos will thrive in a fertile and porous potting mix. Shift your Scindapsus to a bigger pot and give its roots more room to grow faster. A fresh burst of fertilizer and potting mix will keep your plant in the best shape.
Silver Pothos – Frequently Asked Questions
Why is my Silver Pothos sprouting curly leaves?
Curly leaves are a sign of soil-level water deficiency. The new leaves of your Pothos will start curling to retain adequate moisture. Slowly the curly leaves will wilt, become limp, and eventually fall off. Your Pothos will sprout brightly colored and healthy leaves if its potting mix has adequate moisture. Regular misting is key to keep your plant in the best shape.
How frequently should I water my Silver Pothos?
You should ideally water your Pothos every week in summer and 1.5 weeks in winter. However, let the soil dry out between watering. Damp soil can make your plants’ roots vulnerable and prone to rotting. Water frequency may vary due to light exposure. If your plant is placed in a brightly lit spot, its water requirement will be more.
Do pothos like to be misted?
Pothos can reach a humongous height of around 70-80 feet in the wild. These vining beauties can climb up to 6-7 feet indoors if trained to climb up a trellis or moss pole. Regular misting on your Pothos leaves, its stems, and the moss pole will help your Pothos grow aerial roots faster with the increased moisture level. The increased humidity will make the foliage lush and beautiful.
Why is my Pothos looking droopy?
Your Pothos prefers to grow in moist soil. If you forget to mist your plants for a few days, its soil may become dry entirely. Dry soil may cause limp, droopy, and browning leaves. If there is no trace of moisture in the soil, thoroughly soak your Pothos soil to bring back the lost moisture level.
Do I rarely get Silver or Satin Pothos?
Scindapsus Picture is commonly available in most garden centers and online nurseries. It’s an easy-going tropical epiphyte with beautiful silver splashes all over its leaves and a simple care process similar to normal Pothos or Epipremnum Aureum.
How can my Pothos climb effortlessly?
Well, your Pothos need a bit of training to climb up a surface. You should ideally use a moss pole or trellis so that the aerial roots can cling to it. If you want it to climb on a ceiling or wall, a string, command hooks or metal picture hangers will work well.
Why are my Silver Pothos leaves turning yellow?
Too much water retention in the root-level will cause distressed and yellowing leaves. Overwatering is the primary reason for soggy soil and damaged root systems. Water your Pothos only when its topsoil (25% to 30%) is completely dry. Enhanced dampness in the soil can stress your Pothos and make its leaves yellow and lifeless.
Can silver pothos grow in water?
Though you can grow Silver Pothos in water, I recommend using a porous potting mix to drive your plant’s optimum growth. Keeping your Pothos in water will slow down its growth, make its leaves yellow, and eventually fall off. Once your propagated cuttings look healthy, transplant them into bigger pots with a well-draining potting mix to speed up its growth.
Want to show off your gorgeous houseplants to the world?
We all love our cactuses and succulents, don’t we! They are super-easy to care for, hard to kill, and demand minimal space in your home.
Show off these little bundles of joy on Instagram with the most eye-catching and unique cactus puns, cactus love quotes, funny cactus quotes, cactus sayings, and more!
Plant them in cute and decorative pots to brighten up your working or living space. If you were into artificial plants until now due to no care requirement, I am sure you would love the cute cacti for the same reason.
Just grab a quote from this huge list of witty cactus puns and quotes with the word cactus. Post the images of your gorgeous cacti with witty and soulful captions. Check out some of the beautiful quotes and I am sure you would love to tag them on your cacti image.
72 Witty Cactus Quotes for Instagram
“He’d always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite.” ― Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man
“How’d you manage to get tangled up with a cactus?” J.T. crouched beside her and started extricating her from the prickly plant.
“What a surprise. That boy doesn’t have the sense God gave a cactus.” ― Kathleen Peacock, Hemlock
“During your struggle society is not a bunch of flowers, it is a bunch of cactus.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
“It was the act of a gentleman, and Damian was as gentle as a cactus.” ― Aishabella Sheikh, Converting The Bad Boy
“Anger was simple, self-sustaining as a cactus. You couldn’t look too closely at it, lest the spines get you in the eye.” ― Rebecca Scherm, Unbecoming
“Be sharp like a cactus, people are afraid to touch and not a sort of rubbish.” ― Sophieya
“Every cactus blooms, some with little rooms, some give flowers that grow, others so small it won’t show! ― Ana Claudia Antunes, Pierrot & Columbine
Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don’t have to sit on it. — Joyce Meyer
Be a cactus in a world full of delicate flowers. A cactus is just an aggressive cucumber. I’m ready to stop being cactI and ready to start being cactUS.
If you were a cactus, I’d endure all the pain just to hug you!
Gardening requires lots of water – most of it in the form of perspiration. ~ Lou Erickson
Go and climb a cactus! So many seeds — so little time. Old Gardeners never die, they just go to seed. Life is like a cactus, prickly but very beautiful. If you get struck by a cactus, consider it a cactus kiss. Because we all know Love hurts. ~ Jessica Anna Jones
You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy succulents! And that is pretty much the same thing.
Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus.
Loving someone who doesn’t love you back is like hugging a cactus. The tighter you hold on, the more it’s going to hurt.
The world is full of cactus, but we don’t have to sit on it
~ Will Foley
Take the rose—most people think it very beautiful: I don’t care for It at all. I prefer the cactus, for the simple reason that it has a more interesting personality. It has wonderfully adapted itself to its surroundings! It is the best illustration of the theory of evolution in plant life. — Charles Proteus Steinmetz
“People trample over flowers, yet only to embrace a cactus”. James Joyce
“Don’t jack off a cactus, and you’ll only hurt your hand and the cactus’ feelings” ~ Tre Cool
“Reach for the stars, even if you have to stand on a cactus.” ~ Unknown
“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds, we tried to pin her to a corkboard like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through, and away she flew.” ~ Jerry Spinelli
“Loving someone who doesn’t love you back is like hugging a cactus. The tighter you hold on, the more it’s going to hurt.” ~ Unknown
“Focusing on the negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult” ~ TobyMac
“I bought a cactus. A week later it died. And I got depressed, because I thought, Damn. I am less nurturing than a desert.” ~ Demetri Martin
“I’m an observer of life. I like to watch people, and I like to watch cactus. I like to talk to mountains and communicate with my friends in the other spheres and dimensions.” ~ Frederick Lenz
“The Big Cactus… because if you come too close, you’re gonna get stuck.” ~ Shaquille O’Neal
“Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to create, to be astonished at nothing, to cherish the oddities, to let nothing go down the drain, to make something, to make a great flower out of life, even if it’s a cactus.” ~ Enid Bagnold
“I’m like the trunk of a cactus… I take in a dose of culture and time with friends, then I retreat and go live on it for a while until I get thirsty again.” ~ Nancy Horan
“A whale is as unique as a cactus. But don’t ask a whale to survive Death Valley. We all have special gifts. Where we use them and how determines whether we actually complete something.” ~ Max De Pree
“What is the difference between a cactus and a conservative caucus? On a cactus, the pricks are on the outside.” ~ John Diefenbaker
“I remember very clearly someone saying, ‘Don’t shake hands with the cactus,’ and I thought, ‘Well, why not? What could possibly go wrong?’ Shaking hands is a friendly gesture.” ~ Benedict Cumberbatch
“The secret of improved plant breeding, apart from scientific knowledge, is love. While I was conducting experiments to make spineless cacti, I often talked to the plants. . . . “You have nothing to fear,” I would tell them. “You don’t need your defensive thorns. I will protect you.” Gradually the useful plant of the desert emerged in a thornless variety.” ~ Luther Burbank
“A creative person has to create. It doesn’t really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on.” ~ Katherine Dunham
“Thanks a heap, coyote ugly. This cactus-gram stings worse than your abandonment.” ~ Diablo Cody
“I’m erased. I’m gone. I’m nothing. And then the world is free to flow into me like water into an empty bowl…. And… I see. I hear. But not with eyes and ears. I’m not outside my world anymore, and I’m not really inside it either. The thing is, there’s no difference between me and the universe. The boundary is gone. I am it and it is me. I am a stone, a cactus thorn. I am rain. I like that most of all, being rain.” ~ Jerry Spinelli
“I want my body to help fertilize the growth of a cactus or cliff rose or sagebrush or tree.” ~ Edward Abbey
“In the first place you can’t see anything from a car; you’ve got to get out of the goddamned contraption and walk, better yet crawl, on hands and knees, over the sandstone and through the thornbush and cactus. When traces of blood begin to mark your trail you’ll begin to see something, maybe. Probably not.” ~ Edward Abbey
“Rearing three children is like growing a cactus, a gardenia, and a tubful of impatiens. Each needs varying amounts of water, sunlight and pruning. Were I to be absolutely fair, I would have to treat each child as if he or she were absolutely identical to the other siblings, and there would be no profit for anyone in that.” ~ Phyllis Grissim-Theroux
“My dad is like a cactus – introverted and tough. I’m a people person, like my mom, but I got my competitiveness from my dad. He came to this country from Belarus with nothing and built a real business. He’s my hero for giving me that need to run a business and for having enormous confidence in me.” ~ Gary Vaynerchuk
“Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat.” ~ Richard Hammond
“You told us to leave you in the desert, because you planned to start a new life as cactus,” Catarina said, her voice flat. “Then you conjured up tiny needles and threw them at us. With pinpoint accuracy.” ~ Cassandra Clare
“What are the plants doing? What are plants all about? They serve human beings by being decorative, but what is it from its own point of view? It’s using up air; it’s using up energy. It’s really not doing anything except being ornamental. And yet here’s this whole vegetable world, cactus plants, trees, roses, tulips, and edible vegetables, like cabbages, celery, lettuce – they’re all doing this dance.” ~ Alan Watts
“Many of the Huichols and North American protests claim that when one eats peyote, one is “tasting oneself: if the user is pure, this cactus is “sweet.” Barbara Myerhoff, accompanying the Huichols during their 1965 and 1966 hunts, recorded that they urge new participants to “Chew it well. It is sweet, like tortillas.” ~ Peter Stafford
“It is only the story…that saves our progeny from blundering like blind beggars into the spikes of the cactus fence. The story is our escort; without it,we are blind. Does the blind man own his escort?No, neither do we the story; rather,it is the story that owns us.” ~ Chinua Achebe
“I had forgotten that talking to you is like trying to pet a cactus.” Saiman said dryly. “Thank you for reminding me.” “Always happy to oblige.” ~ Ilona Andrews
“In the Middle Ages, people took potions for their ailments. In the 19th century, they took snake oil. Citizens of today’s shiny, technological age are too modern for that. They take antioxidants and extract of cactus instead.” ~ Charles Krauthammer
“I’m always very interested in breeding. Raising cacti is breeding. My lotus plant collection is breeding. The insects are breeding.” ~ Takashi Murakami
“Anyone can win a slam-dunk contest. The real Superman is dead. He was assassinated by Pat Riley. I’m the Big Cactus now and ready to roll again.” ~ Shaquille O’Neal
“I consider it the highest compliment when my employees go out and start their own companies in competition with me. I always send them a plant to wish them well. Of course, it’s a cactus.” ~ Unknown
“There was a product on late night TV that you could attach to your garden hose – “You can water your hard-to-reach plants with this.” Who would make their plants hard to reach? That seems so very mean. I know you need water, but I’m going to make you hard to reach. “Think like a cactus!”” ~ Mitch Hedberg
“Adolescence is like cactus.” ~ Anais Nin
“Hope is not a resting place but a starting point – a cactus, not a cushion” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
I have learned the difference between a cactus and a caucus. On a cactus, the pricks are on the outside. Mo Udall
A cactus doesn’t live in the desert because it likes the desert; it lives there because the desert hasn’t killed it yet. Hope Jahren
In Mexico, when we want to speak deep secrets, we drink pulque together. It is a drink made from the cactus plant, and when you take the bottle from your mouth, it leaves a string behind, between the mouth and the bottle, like a spider’s web. It shows that the truth sticks inside. Alejandro Jodorowsky
Too much detail can bog down any story. Enough with the history of gunpowder, the geology of Hawaii, the processes of whaling, and cactus and tumbleweed. Edward M. Lerner
A creative person has to create. It doesn’t really matter what you create. If such a dancer wanted to go out and build the cactus gardens where he could, in Mexico, let him do that, but something that is creative has to go on. Katherine Dunham
“Pretty fly for a cacti.”
“Be a cactus in a world of delicate flowers.”
“Bloom where you are planted.”
“A cactus is just a really aggressive cucumber.”
“I’m totally stuck on you.”
“Hey, you’re lookin’ really sharp.”
“You’re as cute as my new cactus.”
“All good things are wild and free.” — Henry David Thoreau
“Dear, cactus. I promise I’ll never desert you.”
“Be your own kind of beautiful.”
“Best friends always stick together.”
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” — Audrey Hepburn
Show off Your Beautiful Plants on Instagram with Cute Cactus Quotes and Captions
If you want to add instant colors to your home decor, cacti are the plants to consider. Rush to your neighborhood garden store, pick up all the prickly beauties you can, and spruce up your living space.
Your living room shelves or kitchen windowsill may not have enough room to fit in all these lovely plants. You may have to pick another room to fit the rest but is there any harm in it?
Just think, every corner of your rooms will have beautiful splashes of color and be Instagram worthy. Show off your amazing cacti collections on Instagram with your favorite cactus captions and quotes.
Aloe is commonly known as Aloe Vera and is usually grown in tropical climates. It can withstand varied light exposure and long dry patches.
Traditionally Aloe has been used in Ayurveda and Alternative medicine in Asian countries.
Aloe is widely acclaimed for its potent curative properties. You can use Aloe gels to soothe minor cuts, burns, treat skin itchiness, and irritation.
Regular intake of Aloe juice is great for your gut health. A cute-looking Aloe can instantly elevate the persona of your coffee table.
Jade Plant is an African native best known for its thick reddish stem and small fleshy leaves.
It’s a common houseplant across the world. Jade is a Feng-shui approved plant. It attracts positive energy and is popularly known as Money Tree.
Jade leaves can be green or variegated (splashes of green and light yellow). Jade can easily withstand dry spells. Never overwater your Jade as it can be fatal. Water only when it is absolutely necessary, or the potting media feels arid.
For vivid coloration and faster growth, fertilize your plant once a month in Spring and Summer. Your Jade should have white or pink flowers with proper light, heat, and fertilization. A Jade plant will look surreal on your coffee table.
Air Plants or Tillandsias maintains a steady flow of clean air inside your home. These amazing plants can grow in zero soil, preferably on a rocky or wooden surface, or you can hang them on the wall.
Light watering ideal for your plant’s health. You should regularly mist your air plant to maintain its moisture level.
Air plants draw vital nutrients from airborne particulates and keep the air clean in the process. If you are looking for a small indoor plant, an air plant is perfect to grow indoors.
They thrive under bright and indirect sunlight, or fluorescent grow light inside your home. Air plants are slow-growing epiphytes and need a surface to cling on.
String of Pearls
String of Pearls is a beautiful succulent with pearl-like leaves. This plant is a Southwest African native and thrives in bright light. Keep your pearl on an elevated platform to make the branches cascade downwards.
Your coffee table or work desk will perk up by this brilliantly cascading plant.
Make sure to expose your String of Pearls to the right climatic condition for faster growth. 2-3 hours of direct sun and maintaining a long gap between watering is the key to get a healthy plant.
String of Pearls may have tiny white blooms in the spring if infrequently watered in the winter. String of Pearl is toxic to pets, and small kids, so keep them away.
Sedum Makinoi (also known as Stonecrop)
Sedum Makinoi is a drought-tolerant succulent that can thrive in low or no maintenance. It’s fleshy, semi-glossy leaves and dense foliage can spruce up even the most inhospitable terrains.
The leaves form a rosette and look super-cool on your coffee table. Succulent enthusiasts and hobbyists lovingly call it Stonecrop as only stone needs lesser care than this plant.
Stonecrop loves to soak in full sun for at least 4-5 hours and requires little watering. It also needs a porous potting mix with excellent drainage to be in its best shape. This lovely coffee table plant will surely enhance the X-factor of your coffee table decor.
Maidenhair is a small-leafed fern that prefers dappled sunlight so place your plant near an east-facing window. Direct mid-morning or afternoon sun may burn its leaves. East facing window is the best spot to place your Maidenhair.
This plant has been used in Ayurveda and other traditional medicinal streams for millennia and treating acute respiratory issues. Maidenhair is also known as five-finger ferns for its finger-like leaf pattern.
These plants need more moisture than other tropical houseplants. Use a well-draining potting mix and good drainage for your Maidenhair fern.
Never repot your finger fern frequently and use a smaller container to grow indoors. Maidenhair can be your perfect coffee table companion owing to its unusually fuzzy look.
Spider plants are commonly found in Africa and some parts of Asia. It’s an easy-to-grow plant that will look great on your coffee table.
As the plant matures, small spiderttes will pop out, and the entire plant will look like a beautiful cobweb.
Spider plants help you breathe fresh air by eliminating toxins from the indoor air. Even if your pet nibbles on your spider plant, it will have no side-effect. ASPCA, known as American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has suggested that Spider Plants are non-toxic to pets.
Blushing Bromeliad is mesmerizingly beautiful simply because of its color contrast. The plant’s center becomes red before flowering and looks as if it’s blushing.
If your coffee table is positioned near the south or west-facing windows, Blushing Bromeliad is “the plant to keep”. This amazing beauty will instantly make you smile with its vivid coloration.
Sansevieria Trifasciata or Snake plant is one of the hardiest houseplants to consider for your coffee table.
Plant enthusiasts and hobbyists lovingly call it Mother in Law’s tongue owing to its forky and upright leaves.
Snake plants can tolerate varying light conditions but thrive in bright and indirect light. The unique leaves of your snake plant will brighten up the look of your coffee table. You can also opt for a dwarf snake plant variety for your small tabletop.
Cape Primrose can be the show stopper by instantly cheering up your dull-looking coffee table. It’s closely related to the African Violet family and stands out amongst other plants with its velvety leaves and beautiful blooms.
Cape Primrose will add to the grandeur of your coffee table. You simply need to provide morning sunlight and bright indirect light throughout the day for its faster growth.
Your Primrose will flower for many months if you keep the soil moist and place your plant near a brightly lit window.
The fuzzy leaves and feathery foliage of your Asparagus fern will look perfect on your coffee table. It will thrive in excess humidity, indirect or dappled sunlight, and a well-draining potting mix.
Asparagus fern doesn’t like to sit in soggy soil. Water only when you spot wilting leaves as overwatering may be fatal for your plant.
If you want to add a green thumb to your coffee table, Boston fern is the one to consider. It’s a perfect candidate for growing indoors and thrive with regular misting and watering.
Plant your Boston fern in a decorative ceramic pot and sprinkle colorful pebbles on the topsoil to make it look more beautiful.
Boston fern thrives in excess humidity, well-draining potting mix, and indirect sunlight. Just imagine sipping your favorite hot drink and enjoying the sight of your green and beautiful Boston fern.
Grape hyacinth can instantly light up your mood with clustery blue or purple bead-like flowers. Grape hyacinth doesn’t grow well in extreme weather. Too much heat or cold can be fatal for the plant.
Position your coffee table in a place that receives partial sunlight. Moderately water your plant with occasional misting to keep your Hyacinth in the best shape.
Like Primrose or other flowering perennials, African Violet is ideal for growing indoors under bright and indirect light. It is considered to be the prom queen of coffee table plants.
African Violets are found in different colors ranging from Violet, pink, white, and lavender. You can use small contrasting pots to plant African Violets to make your coffee table look resplendent when they bloom.
African violets are picky when it comes to watering. Remember only to water the base and not the foliage. African Violets with dark green foliage need brighter light than the light green ones.
Had it been a popular or critic’s choice award for plants, Lucky Bamboo would have definitely got one. It’s a true show-off on your coffee table. It brings good luck and fortune as per Feng Shui by eliminating negative energy.
Lucky bamboo looks its best in ceramic and glass bowl and thrive with little or no maintenance. Create the first layer of pebbles in the pot, set your bamboo in an upright position, and then add another layer to cover its roots. Finally, add water up to the starting point of roots.
Position your coffee table near the east-facing window and let your lucky bamboo get sufficient morning sunlight. Add filtered or rainwater, and remember to change it every 10 to 15 days to keep your plant healthy and hearty.
Indoor Bonsai and coffee tables are the perfect match. You don’t need a matchmaker, LOL! Converting a large plant into bonsai is difficult and requires patience, perseverance, knowledge, and experience. Some popular ones for your coffee tables are Ficus, Buxus, and Jade.
While growing bonsai on the coffee table, you should give them adequate light exposure. Giving them adequate morning sunlight and indirect light throughout the day is key for its growth. Use well-draining potting mix and water when the soil is dry.
Polka Dot Plant
Polka Dot is one of the sweetest looking plants in the houseplant family. The beautiful red, lavender, pink, and white dots on its leaves makes them stand out in the crowd.
You can group different colored polka dots to enhance beauty. Give your plant lots of indirect sunlight and moist soil to thrive. Keep misting your Polka dots in the dry month for added moisture.
Pothos is one of the most stunning and durable houseplant varieties. They belong to the Araceae family. Pothos can tolerate low light conditions and even grow in the dark corners of your living room.
Its cascading look will make your coffee table look elegant. However, for vivid colorations, it’s best to place your Pothos in bright and filtered sunlight.
You should use a well-draining potting mix comprising coco peat to plant your Pothos. It’s a NASA recommended air purifying houseplant but toxic to pets, so keep them away.
Maranta Leuconeura or Prayer Plant is one of the most beautiful indoor plants you should consider for your coffee table. Its leaves are like a fine work of art with prominent red veins on its light or dark green leaf blade.
Prayer plant follows a day-night cycle and closes its leaves once dusk sets in. Maranta is a tropical perennial and thrives in good moisture level and indirect light. However, these plants are a bit picky with watering. Water only when at least 50% of the soil is dry.
No plant can beat Phalaenopsis Orchid in beauty, grace, and color. Orchid growers lovingly call this plant Moth Orchid. It has butterfly or moth shaped blooms in shades of white, purple, and a mix of both.
The plant can bloom all year long with proper care, and each flower can last for months. Mist your Phalaenopsis regularly if you live in a dry climate to induce excess moisture in your plant.
You can place your plant on a water-filled pebble tray so the roots can draw moisture. The Pebble tray method protects the roots from rotting or fungus infestation. Just imagine 3-4 moth orchids are adorning your coffee table; it will look splendid.
Philodendron Birkin is one of my favorites. The gorgeous creamy white stripes on a dark green base make the leaves look exquisite. Birkin is a perfect plant to place on the coffee table.
It’s striking variegation, and dense foliage looks resplendent when the first rays of morning sunlight hit upon your plant.
Philodendron Birkin is an easy-to-care houseplant that thrives well in bright and indirect sunlight. Morning sunlight is ideal for the vivid coloration of your Birkin.
You need to regularly mist your Birkin to fulfill its need for excess moisture.
You should plant your Birkin in the potting mix consisting of coco peat and perlite. Water your plant only when the topsoil is dry. Never overwater as it can lead to root rot.
Experienced botanists and cultivars are creating beautiful variegated plant species through tissue culture, and all of them are crazily sold in the online and offline plant stores. Let me tell you, the fascination with multi-colored leaves is here to stay.
Even if we don’t dive deep, one thing is undeniable: variegated indoor plants are crazily trending and evolving with every passing day.
Variegated Houseplants – Why they are the perfect addition to your Home!
Variegated indoor plants add an extra layer of interest to an indoor plant display and brighten your home. Variegated plants are the ones whose normally-green leaves are patterned with white, yellow, or even pink or red colors.
Variegated houseplants can brighten your home with their vivid and gorgeous color. Are you wondering how Variegata is different from the normal green plants?
If the leaves of your plant have shades of white, orange, yellow or pink with its base color green, then it is considered to be a member of the “Variegated Ivy League.”
Along with green leafy house plants, if you add rare variegated ones in your garden, it will instantly add colors and beauty to your garden.
What are Variegated Houseplants and how do they become variegated?
Variegations are usually the lack of chlorophyll in a plant’s leaf, which causes some parts of the plant to develop variegation. Experienced cultivars and hobbyists propagate these plants by stem cutting or grafting and carry the lineage of variegated patterning.
Occasionally your variegated plant leaf may turn into green. If you notice a green leaf or stem on your variegated plant, prune it so that it can’t take over the plant’s variegated genome and result in the loss of variegation.
When that happens, the green portions of a variegated leaf go through photosynthesis and create starch on the leaf cells to promote plant growth. Slowly the green cells take over the variegated cells and replace its core property.
If you grow your variegated plants in the dark corners of your home, they may eventually lose variegation and turn green. Lack of natural light fails to produce sufficient nutrients for plants to hold on to their variegation.
If you notice that your plant is slowly losing its variegation, shift it to a spot where it can get bright and indirect light. Many of us have a misconception that a plant can develop rich variegation under the direct sun, but that’s a myth. Overexposure to direct sunlight can discolor and burn the leaves of your variegated plants.
What are the different types of Variegations on Indoor Plants?
I will tell you a secret.
You know why all plant lovers are crazy about variegated indoor plants. One of the main reasons being every leaf of a variegated plant has different shades and color combinations.
Seasoned hobbyists like me eagerly wait for the next leaf of my variegated plant to sprout. Monstera Albo or Auera instantly comes into our mind whenever we think about the variegated plants.
Many of you are not aware that there are different types of plants with rich and colorful variegation.
Some of the popular ones are Philodendron Birkin, Aglaonema Stardust, Philodendron Giganteum Blizzard, Painted Lady, Scindapsus Pictus Exotica, etc. Let’s understand the types of variegation in details before knowing more about the plants.
Chimeral variegation is commonly seen in most of the variegated plants. It is caused by genetic mutation and the blending of two different chromosomes in a single plant.
Some plant tissues can produce chlorophyll, and others are not. The lack of chlorophyll in plant tissue results in yellow or white patches mixed with the solid green base color. This type of variegation is known as a chimera.
Variegated Monstera Deliciosa is an example of chimera variegation. English Ivies and Hollies exhibit the properties of chimeral variegation.
Pattern-Gene is popularly known as Natural or Pigmented variegation. Some variegated plants are not created out of genetic mutation but have naturally variegated patterns.
Some of our favorite plant species are naturally variegated, and unlike chimera, pattern-gene variegation is encoded in the DNA or genome structure of the plant. This type of variegation is automatically carried from one generation to the next. Sometimes experienced growers may want to tweak the natural variegation and create distinctly patterned hybrid varieties to accentuate vivid coloration.
One such plant is Eyelash begonia, which produces variegation at the leaf edges. Another naturally variegated plant is Maranta. All Marantas have multi-colored pigmentation all over the leaf blades.
Blister or Reflective Variegation
Another variegation commonly found in indoor plants is reflective or blister variegation. You will see tiny air pockets between the unpigmented upper and pigmented lower layers of these plants’ leaves.
When sunlight reflects on the air pockets, the leaves develop a silvery appearance on them. The aluminum plant or Pilea Cadierei exhibits the properties of reflective or blister variegation.
Some viruses may also cause leaf variegation; one of the common ones is Mosaic Virus. Don’t get scared; not all the viruses are harmful. This type of variegation is rare but desirable and can be easily reproduced.
You won’t find a virus triggered variegation in indoor plants, but some outdoor plant varieties such as some of the Hosta cultivars.
12 Gorgeous Variegated Houseplants for Your Home!
Want to know the most beautiful variegated houseplants you can choose from?
Let’s dive right in!
Common Name: Chinese Evergreen
Botanical Name: Aglaonema Commutatum
Red Aglaonemas are low maintenance, easy to grow plants that can thrive in just about any climate and under low, medium, and bright light conditions.
Aglaonemas are considered to be the sweetheart for all ornamental plant lovers. It’s loved across the world for its vivid and brilliant coloration. It can grow literally in any climate and carry on even with low maintenance.
But, let me tell you, sustaining and thriving has a huge difference. Any aglaonema with variegation or solid color other than green thrives in bright and indirect light. In low light conditions, your aglaonema may slowly lose its variegation.
Red Aglaonemas is one of the hardiest indoor plants which can survive neglect and infrequent watering. The base color of Red Aglaonema is green with different variegation of white, pink, golden, and red colors. Let’s see the core elements to grow a beautiful aglaonema.
Water only when the top 2 inches of soil is dry. To check the dryness of potting media, you need to insert your index finger. If you don’t feel the moisture, thoroughly water your plant until it trickles down the drainage holes.
Porous potting mix containing soilless media (Cocopeat), perlite, vermicompost, and pebbles.
Bright indirect sunlight is ideal for retaining its variegation. I would recommend you keep it near the east windowsill with a light curtain on the window.
Timely fertilization in the growing season is essential to speed up your aglaonema’s growth and get brilliant coloration.
I use organic or homemade fertilizers neem compost, bone meal, organic manure, tea bag extracts, powdered eggshells to feed my plant. It’s considered risk-free with minimal side effects if overfed, unlike chemical fertilizers.
Philodendron Painted Lady
Common Name: Philodendron Painted Lady
Philodendron in Greek means Love Tree. I am sure when you see Painted Lady, you will fall in love with her. The rich variegation of yellow, green, and subtle white will make it look as if some expert painter has shown magic with his paintbrush.
The plant appears strikingly beautiful for its variegated leaves and deep red petioles.
It’s a climbing philodendron variety that needs to be given the support of a moss pole or trellis. A mature, painted lady can be 3 to 5 feet tall with a width of 12-16 inches.
A study by the University of Florida revealed that Painted Lady is a lab-bred hybrid of P. Erubescens Burgundy and P. Erubescens Emerald Queen plant.
Let’s see which elements you need to grow this beautiful philodendron successfully:
Like all philodendrons, Painted Lady also loves its soil to have a decent moisture level. You may also allow your plant soil to dry between watering sessions. As a thumb rule, water only when the topsoil of your Painted Lady is dry.
To check the topsoil’s dryness, you need to insert up to the first knuckle of index finger and water only if you don’t find any trace of moisture. Never let your plant stand in the soggy soil to avoid root rot.
Always choose lightweight potting media for your painted lady. A media which retains the required amount of moisture and releases the excess through the drainage hole is ideal for your Painted Lady. I use a balanced mix of coco peat, perlite, charcoal, and a little bit of vermicompost.
Your painted lady, like any other variegated philodendron, needs a bit more light exposure than the normal ones. Placing your Painted Lady near the east-facing window makes sure it receives the bright and filtered light and not direct sun.
Direct sun may burn its leaves. You can even keep your plant under bright fluorescent grow light to meet its light requirement. Bright light exposure will make the variegation more prominent. Do not keep your painted lady in the darkest corner of the room as it will turn it into green and leggy.
I use all-purpose organic fertilizer for all my philodendrons. I recommend you mix bone meal, neem compost, organic manure, vegetable matter, and animal excreta to make your organic fertilizer.
Feed your painted lady twice a month in the growing season, i.e., Brasil’s Spring and Summer. Fertilize your plant sparingly in the winter as overfeeding can be fatal in the dormant season.
Earth Star leaves form a flat, multi-colored, and spider-like rosette with shades of pink, red, white, and green. This plant is a Brazilian rainforest native and a member of the Bromeliad family.
A mature Earth Start can grow up to 2 feet wide, but the height remains within 4-5 inches. Unlike most other tropical plants, Earth Star has low water requirements. Earth Star lives a short life and dies after the flowering season. You can multiply your plant by propagation. Let take a quick look at how can care for your Earth Star:
Water only when the soil is completely dry. Keeping your Cryptanthus’s soil soggy can kill the plant. As a thumb rule underwatering is better than overwatering.
Highly porous soil with a balanced mix of peat moss, orchid bark, perlite, and charcoal work well for Earth Star.
Earth Star thrives in bright and direct sunlight. Bright light increases the plant’s rich coloration.
Fertilize once a month in Spring. Refrain from fertilizing in Summer and Winter. Make sure not to over-fertilize and apply the slow-release liquid fertilizer only on the soil. The fertilizer should never touch the leaves as it may burn them.
Common Name: Birkin
Scientific Name: Philodendron Birkin
Philodendron Birkin is one of my most favorite plants simply because I adore the variegated philodendrons. The base color of mature Birkin leaves dark green and closely-knit white stripes all over it. The variegation may not be striking in the juvenile Birkin leaves but will increase with age and proper light.
Birkin is a self-heading philodendron that shoots multiple branches near the roots. You can propagate Birkin by dividing its branches.
Let’ see how you can grow a beautiful Birkin:
As a thumb rule, water your philodendron only the top 1.5-2 inches of the soil is dry. Never overwater your plant and let the soil remain soggy. Keep the soil moist for your Birkin’s roots to absorb all vital micronutrients.
I would recommend using soilless media to grow your Birkin. A balanced mix between coco peat or peat moss, vermicompost, vermiculite, or perlite, and charcoal should do well for your Birkin.
Any variegated plant needs more sunlight than green leafy ones. You should keep your Birkin in a well-lit spot where it gets bright indirect sunlight. If you are growing it indoors, place your plant near east or north-facing windows, which gets filtered sunlight.
Fertilization is essential to ramp up your Birkin’s growth but doing it at the right time is more important. I would recommend using organic fertilizers like bone meal, vermicomposts or neem composts, powdered eggshells, or any other form of homemade fertilizer.
You can also use liquid fertilizer but apply around 60% to 70% of the manufacturer’s recommended ratio to not end up over-fertilizing.
Common Name: Pothos or Money Plant
Botanical Name: Epipremnum Aureum
Pothos will amaze you with its unique colors and beautiful variegation. Its heart-shaped leaves have striking blends of green, cream, yellow, white, and gold. Some commonly available varieties are golden, marble queen, Njoy, neon, Pearls & Jade, Jessenia, and Manjula pothos.
Pothos is an easy-to-care and hardy houseplant suited for beginners and apartment dwellers. It can handle infrequent watering and thrive in different light conditions. The variegated ones like Marble, Manjula, and Njoy pothos require brighter light than the golden and Jessenia pothos.
Pothos look its best in a hanging pot or when supported on a trellis or moss stick. The hanging basket will have a cascading look with all its branches pointing downwards and forming lush foliage when you make your plant climb up on the moss stick. It will have an upright look with much bigger leaves than the hanging ones. Pothos are sturdy and easy to grow but still need care. Let’s see what you need to do to grow a beautiful pothos:
Water when the topsoil is dry. Poke up to the first knuckle of your index finger inside your Pothos soil to check its dryness; if it feels dry, water your Pothos thoroughly until the water drips through the pot’s drainage holes. Like other aroids and tropical plants, keep your Pothos soil moist and not soggy.
Pothos love to be planted in a well-draining potting mix. I would recommend you plant your Pothos in soilless media using a balanced ratio of coco peat or peat moss, vermicompost, bone meal, perlite or pumice or vermiculite, and charcoal.
Avoid direct sun for your Pothos. The variegated ones need bright indirect sunlight. You should place them near the east-facing windowsill for bright and filtered sunlight. The golden and neon Pothos should ideally be kept near the north-facing windowsill.
I am always in favor of using organic or DIY homemade fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, vermicompost, broken or powdered eggshells, tea bags, etc. It may be slower to work than chemical fertilizers but comes with minimal sides.
You can also apply slow-release liquid fertilizers but be careful about the dosage. Strictly follow the manufacturer-recommended ratio for dilution with water. Always use 50%-60% of fertilizer strength to prevent your roots from burning.
Common Name: Fittonia or Nerve Plant
Botanical Name: Fittonia Argyroneura
Nerve plants are widely known as Fittonia. Fittonias are loved for their strikingly beautiful color in shades of pink, white, and red. The distinct nerve-like pattern on its leaves is also known as the painted net leaf, and the plant is called the mosaic plant.
The nerve plant is a native to Peru and other parts of the South American Rainforest. Being a tropical perennial, it thrives in high humidity and looks beautiful in hanging baskets and terrariums. You can add excess moisture by regularly misting your plant. You can use different colored Fittonia as an excellent ground cover.
Fittonia produces small oval-shaped leaves and low-growing foliage, which can instantly elevate your garden’s overall look. Fittonia is an easy-to-grow plant but still needs proper care to get into the best shape. Let’s see how you can make your Fittonia flourish:
Like other tropical houseplants water only when the topsoil of your Nerve plant is dry. Topsoil refers to the top 2 inches of the soil. Insert up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger to check the moisture level.
If your finger comes out clean or with traces of dry soil, your Fittonia is thirsty. Water your plant thoroughly and let the residual water drip down the drainage holes.
I use soilless media for all my tropical indoor plants, and Fittonia is no exception. Use a balanced mix of Peat moss, perlite, charcoal, and garden sand. Soilless media is at least 10X more porous than the regular garden soil or potting mix and will help your Fittonia roots to absorb the vital nutrients required for its growth.
Nerve plants thrive in bright and indirect light. If you are growing these beautiful plants indoors, make sure to place them near the East-facing windowsill. Correct light exposure will help your Fittonia to get vibrant color.
I use organic fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, vermicompost, and other homemade chemical-free ones. It works slowly but never overbears on your plant’s roots. You may apply liquid fertilizer but always use 60%-70% of manufacturer-recommended strength. Any overdose may burn your Fittonia roots.
Common Name: Rattlesnake Plant
Botanical Name: Calathea Lancifolia
Rattlesnake plant has got its name due to snake skin-like texture all over its leaves. The contrasting combination of black and green and the black scaly appearance on green gives it a rattlesnake-like look.
Calathea lancifolia is a Brazilian rainforest native and thrives in humidity. If you live in a colder climate, you can grow your plant indoors in front of a well-lit window or under grow light. The plant is popular amongst Calathea and other indoor plant hobbyists for its strikingly beautiful colors and texture.
Rattlesnake plant can easily grab your attention with its lush foliage, long leaves, and their distinct patterns. The plant can grow up to 30 inches in height and looks elegant after it becomes mature. Let’s see how you can grow a beautiful rattlesnake plant:
Calatheas are more sensitive than other tropical plants. You need to keep a proper balance between keeping the soil moist and soggy. As a thumb rule, never let your rattlesnake plant’s leaves wilt. If you spot droopy leaves and dry soil, immediately water your plant, and it will recover quickly.
I use and recommend using soilless media instead of regular potting. The planting media should have a combination of coco peat, perlite, vermicompost, and charcoal. Make sure the water drips out of the drainage holes without making the soil soggy.
All Calatheas are sensitive to sunlight. Figuring out the correct amount of sunlight may come with time and experience. As a thumb rule, never expose your rattlesnake plant to direct sun to avoid burning of its leaves. You can keep your plant in a place where it gets filtered morning sunlight and afternoon shade.
You can either use organic or liquid-soluble fertilizer for your Rattlesnake plant. I prefer using organic or DIY fertilizer like bone meal, crushed eggshells, neem compost, etc. If you use liquid fertilizer, dilute and apply them as per the manufacturer’s recommendation and never over-fertilize. Overfertilization may suffocate and burn your plant’s roots.
Common Name: Watermelon Peperomia
Botanical Name: Peperomia Argyreia
It’s one of my hot favorites. The combination of the light white pattern on the light and dark green heart-shaped leaves resemble the exterior of a watermelon. A mature watermelon peperomia looks exquisite and elevates the exterior of your home.
Watermelon Peperomia is highly sensitive to light exposure. Over or underexposure can be fatal for your plant. The coloration will be prominent under bright and indirect light but if you spot browning leaves, place it under shade.
It’s a small plant that remains compact and grows up to 10-12 inches max. It’s a South American native and thrives in humid conditions. I am reiterating that anything excess could be life-threatening for your watermelon peperomia, so make sure you keep a close watch.
In Spring and Summer, your Watermelon Peperomia can sport thin stalky flowers. Let’s see what do you need to grow a gorgeous watermelon peperomia:
Being a tropical plant, Watermelon Peperomia loves its soil to be moist (not soggy). Never leave the soil of your plant completely dry as it can cause wilting and yellowing leaves.
The best way to check the dryness is by dipping up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger. If your finger comes out clean, then it’s time to water your plant thoroughly.
Highly porous potting mix is ideal for growing Watermelon Peperomia. It doesn’t like to stand on damp soil. If the soil remains soggy for long, the roots may eventually rot. I always use soilless media like peat moss or coco peat as the primary potting mix of my indoor plants and add perlite, charcoal, and vermicompost as an add-on.
Bright indirect light is ideal for getting vivid coloration for your Watermelon Peperomia. I would recommend not to expose your Peperomia to direct sunlight as it can be fatal for your plant.
You can place your Peperomia 2-3 feet away from the east-facing window, 4-5 feet away from the south-facing window, or near the north-facing window.
Fertilize your Watermelon Peperomia once every 3-4 weeks in Spring and Summer and sparingly in the Winter as it is considered the hibernation season.
I use natural fertilizer like bone meal, neem compost, animal matter, vegetable matter, etc. You can also apply liquid-soluble chemical fertilizer but make sure to dilute as per the product label.
Common Name: The Flapjack or The Paddle Plant or The Dog Tongue or The Desert Cabbage
Botanical Name: Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora
The plant has oval pancake shape leaves colored in contrasting pink and smooth green. The beautifully variegated succulent can grow up to 12 to 30 inches in height and 18 inches wide. The leaves form a rounded basal rosette with striking red-colored borders in light green leaves.
Red edges look stunning when you place your Flapjack under direct sun. Flapjack takes around 3 to 4 years to mature and produce beautiful lemon-yellow flowers at maturity. The colorful foliage with gorgeous flowers is worth waiting for.
Flapjacks thrive in full sun or partial sun and can withstand underwatering.
Let’s see how you can get a thriving and beautiful Flapjack plant:
Knowing when and how to water your Flapjack is of prime importance. As a thumb rule, water only when the soil is dry and never overwater. If you add too much moisture to your Flapjack’s roots, it will eventually suffocate and start rotting.
Underwatering is better than overwatering for your Flapjack plant. Water sparingly as like all succulents Flapjack is a drought-tolerant plant.
Like every other succulent and cactus, plant your Flapjack in an extremely well-draining potting mix. The potting mix should comprise orchid bark, peat moss, perlite, charcoal, and sand. The potting mix should retain only that much water, which is essential for its roots, and the rest should drip out of the drainage hole.
I recommend you place your Flapjack under bright and direct sunlight if you want to get the rich red colored leaves. You can grow your Flapjack plant in a semi-shade area, but it may be prone to pest attack and lose its vivid coloration.
Though fertilization isn’t necessary to grow a flowering Flapjack, I use a light dosage (50% of the manufacturer recommended percentage) of succulent or cacti fertilizer from Spring through Summer (growing season).
Winter is considered the resting period for succulents, so never fertilize your Flapjack in the winter as its roots won’t be able to process it completely.
Common Name: Adam’s Needle or Adam’s Needle Yucca
Botanical Name: Yucca Filamentosa
Adam’s Needle is a striking variegated plant with thin, spiky green leaves with contrasting yellow and orange stripes.
Adam’s Needle or Yucca belongs to the Agave family and hails from the Southeastern United States. Native Americans use the roots to make shampoo and its fibers to weave clothes.
It has beautiful variegation with green sword-like leaves with pointed tips and contrasting stripes of orange and yellow. A mature Adam’s Needle plant produces a tall stalky flower with a bell-shaped flower that looks beautiful as a small umbrella. Adam’s Needle Yucca is popularly used as a landscaping plant in corporate houses and bungalows.
While growing Adam’s Needle, you need to choose a place that gets maximum sunlight. You should also keep a circumference free by 2 to 3 feet to accommodate its gargantuan width. Now, let’s understand the core elements to grow a majestic Adam’s Needle Yucca.
Water sparingly and only when the soil is completely dry with no trace of residual water. Adam’s Needle Yucca is a drought-tolerant plant that can withstand weeks of dry spell. Do not keep your Yucca on damp or soggy soil, as it will kill the plant in a few days.
Porous and Sandy soil is ideal for growing Adam’s Needle. While preparing its potting mix, you should use lots of garden sand, charcoal or pebbles, a small amount of coco peat, and perlite.
Keep your Adam’s Needle in direct sun for at least 5-6 hours to get rich coloration and keep it healthy. If you live in a cold or frigid climate, I would advise you to bring your Yucca indoors and keep it under grow lights until the winter is over. A cold draft can rot the roots of your Adam’s Needle plant.
Fertilizing your Adam’s Needle plant is not mandatory. You can sparingly use a light dosage of cacti or succulent fertilizer during Spring and Summer months.
Common Name: Houttuynia or Chameleon Plant
Botanical Name: Houttuynia Cordata
Houttuynia is an easy-to-grow plant with beautiful and tiny heart-shaped leaves. The leaves have rich variegation of light and dark green with an eclectic blend of yellow and red on its edges.
Due to the many colors on its leaves, Houttuynia is often referred to as Chameleon Plant. You can use Houttuynia as a beautiful ground cover but make sure it doesn’t become invasive.
The chameleon plant is a herbaceous perennial which dies back in the winter and produces inconspicuous flowers around June and July. Let’s see how you can make your Houttyynia thrive:
Houttuynia is a water-loving plant. It needs plenty of water to thrive. You can grow your Houttuynia in bogs, backyards, or ponds.
They don’t mind growing in damp soil where most plants will die. If you have a large front or backyard, you use Houttuynia as a beautiful ground cover or grow it in containers. You need to water your plant thoroughly for it to bloom.
A regular potting mix is fine to grow your Chameleon plant. Make sure that the soil doesn’t get dry too quickly. Use vermiculite and mulch in the soil mix to help in water retention if you live in a dry climate. Water your plant thoroughly in the morning and evening.
You can grow Houttuynia under direct sun or partial light. However, I recommend you to place it in full sun to achieve 100% variegation and rich coloration.
Fertilization of Houttuynia is optional and not essential. You can still add organic fertilizers like bone meal, compost, or manure directly to the soil in the growing season – Spring & Summer.
Common Name: Hosta or Plantain Lilly
Botanical Name: Hosta or Hosta Lancifolia
There are over 2500 varieties of Hosta cultivars present across the world. It originated in oriental countries and brought to Europe in the early 1700s, and since then, many new Hosta varieties have been found. Hosta leaves have many colors and shades, ranging from blue to soft creamy white to light chartreuse.
Hosta is known to be a low-sunlight or shade-loving plant. This fact is partially true as the sunlight requirement depends on the leaf colors and variegation.
Hosta is an easy-to-grow houseplant but still needs some basic care. Let’s see what those are:
Juvenile Hostas need a little more moist soil than the mature ones. The grown-up Hostas are not too fussy about the moisture level and can even tolerate long dry spells. Water your Hosta only when the soil is dry.
Hostas thrive in rich organic soil with slightly acidic pH. Once your plant is settled in a type of soil, it will keep spreading the roots underneath and horizontally. A mature Hosta doesn’t care about the soil quality and can grow almost in every potting medium. Hostas are prone to crown rot in the winter, so good drainage is essential so that water doesn’t sit on the soil.
Hosta has varied sunlight requirements. A lighter-colored or variegated Hosta has a higher sunlight requirement, and green color Hostas can be kept in a semi-shaded spot.
Fertilization: You can fertilize Hostas with all-purpose garden fertilizer in Spring, the primary growing season. You can fertilize in summer as well, but it’s not mandatory. While applying granular fertilizer, make sure not to apply them on the leaves.
Common Name: Philodendron Brasil
Botanical Name: Philodendron Hederaceum
Brasil is one of the easiest-to-grow and most beautiful Philodendron varieties ideal for beginners. The lime and cream color splashes on its dark green leaves make it look strikingly beautiful.
Brasil is a native to Central America and the Caribbean. This variegated philodendron can elevate the grandeur of your home with its Cream-colored splashes surrounded by lime-green swatches.
The best feature of Brasil is that every time the plant sprouts a new leaf it will have distinct and unique coloration.
You can make your Philodendron Brasil grow in a hanging basket and make it cascade downwards, or you can help it climb up supporting a trellis or moss-stick.
If it has climbing support, the leaves will grow bigger, and the plant may reach 10-15 feet in height. Though Brasil is an easy-to-care Philodendron, you still need to give basic care to make this plant thriving and beautiful. Let’s see how you can do it:
You need to water your Philodendron Brasil only when the topsoil is dry. You may wonder how to gauge the moisture level. Well, the best way to check is to insert up to the 2nd knuckle of your index finger.
If the soil has no trace of moisture, it means your Brasil is thirsty. Water your plant thoroughly until it drips out of the drainage holes. As a thumb rule, never let the soil of your Philodendron Brasil be too dry or soggy.
A well-draining potting mix is perfect for growing a thriving Brasil. Never use regular potting soil to plant your Brasil. Use a balanced mix of coco peat or peat moss, perlite or vermiculite, vermicompost, and charcoal to make it porous.
You need to give bright indirect sunlight to your Philodendron Brasil to maintain its rich variegation. I ensure to provide morning sunlight and afternoon shade to my Brasil and recommend the same for you.
You can keep your plant near an east-facing window or bright north-facing window.
Never expose your Brasil to the hot afternoon sun as it may burn your plant’s leaves. I also recommend not to place your plant near in the darkest corners of your room as light deficiency may make your plant lose its variegation and leggy.
I recommend you fertilize your plant every 2-3 weeks in the growing season – Spring and Summer. Fertilization is not mandatory in Winter as overfeeding may burn your plants’ roots.
I use a balanced mix of organic fertilizers like bone meal, neem compost, organic manure, powdered eggshells, and vegetable matters for my Brasil.
I recommend that you do the same, or you may use slow-release granular or chemical fertilizer. Use only 60% to 70% manufacturer-recommended strength while applying chemical-based fertilizers.
Want to keep houseplants that produce the most oxygen? Here are the top 9 Plants you should invite into your home to make it healthier!
Keeping more houseplants at home will pump up the indoor oxygen level and ensure a constant supply of pure air for your loved ones.
It’s a scientifically proven fact that indoor plants not only improve the quality of the air your family breathes but seeing them every day can keep you miles away from stress and anxiety.
Let’s discover the 9 best houseplants that produce the most oxygen.
Top 9 Indoor Plants that Produce the Most Oxygen
The Weeping Fig
The Weeping Fig is also popularly known as the Ficus Plant. It is a common houseplant with a gorgeous foliage that helps it produce oxygen to purify the air.
NASA has recognized the Ficus to be extremely effective at cleaning xylene, airborne formaldehyde and toluene.
By keeping this plant in your house, you can improve the quality of the air you breathe indoors and stay healthy.
Common name: The Weeping Fig
Scientific Name: Ficus Benjamina
The dense and bushy foliage of a matured weeping fig is a sight to behold. It has got its name of Weeping Fig because of the droopy looks of its leaves.
It is an evergreen perennial which thrives in tropical and sub-tropical climates with excess humidity.
Weeping Fig has many incredible health benefits. NASA has recognized it as one of the most powerful air-purifying plants.
It can eliminate airborne VOCs like xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde from your indoor air. If you want to improve your indoor air quality and make it toxin-free, keeping Weeping Fig will speed up the process.
Now, let’s look at some key components of growing a healthy ficus:
Soil: Porous and well-draining soil
Light: Plenty of indirect sunlight. Best for a brightly lit windowsill.
Water: Try to keep the soil evenly moist. Thoroughly water your plant when the top 2-inches of soil feels completely dry.
Temperature: Prefers a hot and humid climate. If you live in a dry climate area, mist your fig every alternate day for better moisture retention.
Fertilization: Fertilize your weeping fig at the beginning of spring and summer.
Pothos is a gorgeous perennial climber with dense and lively foliage. It can thrive even with minimum care.
You can easily multiply your pothos by propagating aerial-rooted cuttings.
It acts as an excellent natural air-purifier by eliminating air-borne toxins like benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.
If you want your indoor air to have more oxygen, I advise you to add pothos in your houseplants collection.
Let’s see how you can get a thriving and beautiful pothos:
Soil: Pothos loves a well-draining organic potting mix. Your Pothos soil should have the right balance of coco peat, soil, perlite, and garden sand.
You can grow your Pothos cutting in a glass bowl full of water. Once it starts shooting healthy roots and new leaves, transfer the cutting to the soil.
Light: Pothos can be grown in any light condition. But to get thriving and smiling Pothos, you need to keep them under bright indirect light.
As a thumb rule, the typical green pothos will do well in low lights, but the variegated ones like Marble, Manjula, or N-joy pothos need exposure to bright light to get the optimum growth.
Water: You should keep your Pothos soil evenly moist but do not allow standing water. Examine the dryness of your pothos soil by pressing your thumb against it.
If it feels dry, that means your plant is thirsty. Water it thoroughly to quench its thirst.
Temperature: Pothos, being a tropical beauty, thrives in humidity. Regular misting with filtered water is essential to keep it healthy and boost its growth.
If you live in dry weather and plan to keep your pothos indoors, mist it regularly or place it in front of a humidifier for at least half an hour every alternate day.
Fertilization: Fertilize your pothos once in every three months. You can increase the fertilization frequency in the growing season – spring and summer.
Safety tip: Pothos are poisonous. Keep your kids and pets away from them.
Pro tip: Pothos is the easiest plant to propagate. You have cut an inch below the node with one or two leaves.
The node should have a decent amount of aerial roots. You can initially plant the cutting in water, and when the new leaves sprout, you can transfer it to the potting mix.
If you are a new indoor plant enthusiast, start your journey with spider plants.
It’s a beautiful houseplant with a spider-cobweb like dense foliage and tiny spiderettes sprouting out from the matured mother plants.
It looks stunning in a hanging planter with tiny spiderettes hanging all over the place. This plant is a true beauty with benefits.
One of the top Spider plant benefits is that it acts as a potent air-purifying agent by filtering benzene, carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde from the indoor air.
It makes the indoor air more breathable by pumping in more oxygen in the indoor air. Looking at your spider plants will brighten your day by keeping stress under control.
Let’s see how to get a vibrant and gorgeous spider plant:
Soil: Spider plants are best to be grown in soil-less media. You can make the potting mix using 60% peat moss, 20% garden sand, 5% vermiculite, and 5% perlite.
This special Spider plant potting mix will be fast-draining with no water logging issue.
Light: You should keep your spider plants in bright indirect sunlight.
A south or west-facing windowsill is best to grow your spiders. Remember, exposure to hot afternoon sun will fry your spider plants’ leaves and stunt its growth.
Water: Water your spider plants when the topsoil is dry. Over-watering can result in root rots.
Temperature: Spider plants love cooler temperatures between 13 to 18 F. Any drastic temperature fluctuation may hinder its growth.
Fertilization: Fertilize your spider plants once every 3 to 4 months with organic fertilizer to speed up its growth.
Pro tip: Propagating spider plants is easy. Simply separate the tiny spiderettes with roots from the mother plant and replant them in small pots. They will start sprouting new leaves in no time.
Common Name: Areca Palm
Botanical Name: Dypsis lutescens
Have you ever wondered – why areca palms are so popular for households and offices. Every second house I visit, I spot areca palm in at-least one of their rooms.
Two key factors drive its soaring popularity – it can absorb almost all toxic airborne particles and instantly jazz up your home decor.
Keeping areca palm indoors helps you get strong nerves and is one of the best plants that produce the most oxygen.
Let’s see how we can grow this least fussy houseplant successfully:
Soil: Like other houseplants, areca palm also needs a well-draining soil to reach its maximum potential. It should have a nice mix of organic potting soil, peat moss, garden sand, and perlite (though not mandatory).
Light: Areca palm can survive in low light and thrive in bright indirect light. If you want to enjoy its feathery green foliage, keep it under bright indirect sunlight.
Water: Keep your areca palm soil a little moist in spring and summer to fuel its growth. Winter is usually the period of slow-growth and dormancy. I recommend you keep intermittent dry spells between watering at this time.
Temperature: Area palm thrives in the temperature range of 15F to 25F. It can also survive in higher temperatures, but a sudden drop or fluctuation can result in browning leaves.
Fertilization: Apply a slow-release fertilizer at the outset of spring. Keep the fertilization frequency as 15 days.
Your areca palm will extract all necessary micronutrients from the fertilizer for the entire year.
Pro tip: Areca palm has a congested and strong root system. You need to re-pot your matured areca palm within a year or two.
Keeping your plant in the same pot can make it root bound, stall its growth, and eventually break the pot.
Common Name: Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue
Botanical Name : Dracaena trifasciata
The snake plant is fondly called as Mother-in-law’s tongue by the houseplant hobbyists. It looks beautiful for its tall and forky leaves, which look like a hooded snake.
It comes in wide ranges of colors and 70 varieties, and some of them are considered rare and exotic.
This oxygen producing houseplant has been recognized by NASA as a powerful and natural air-purifying agent that absorbs deadly airborne toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene, NoX, xylene, and formaldehyde.
Keeping it in your living room adds extra oxygen in the indoor air, reduces CO2, and instantly jazzes up your home decor.
Let’s explore all the essential elements you need to make your snake plant happy and thriving.
Soil: You should grow your snake plant in a well-drained and porous soil. I recommend potting it in a soilless media combining peat moss, sand, perlite, and cinder.
Light: The bright coloration of the snake plant will show up under bright and indirect light. Snake plants are highly tolerant of low lights but grow best with the bright sunlight. Remember to keep your snake plant away from direct sun as it may brown the edges and middle of its beautiful leaves.
Water: Water your snake plants when the soil is dry. The best way to gauge the dryness is to insert your index finger or toothpick inside and see if it comes out clean. If it does, that means your snake plant is thirsty. Winter is the hibernation period for most of the snake plant varieties. So I recommend keeping a prolonged (at least 3-4 days) dry spell between watering.
Temperature: Snake plants can survive in varying temperatures but do best in dry and less-humid conditions.
Fertilization: Not fussy about fertilization, but you can fertilize it once a year, preferably in the spring.
Pro tip: Snake plants are poisonous. Keep your children and pets away to avoid accidental ingesting.
Common Name: Tulsi or Holy Basil
Botanical Name: Ocimum tenuiflorum
Tulsi or holy basil is considered as sacred and spiritual foliage. It has been used by ancient sages of Vedic times for its excellent health benefits and medicinal properties.
Keeping Tulsi in the house is a spiritual practice as per Hinduism as it is believed to bring good luck and health. It’s known to create a positive aura around your home and protects it from evil spirits.
Tulsi is also known as the queen of herbs and offers plenty of health benefits. It’s one of the best oxygen generating plants which can release oxygen in your home for a whopping 20 hours a day.
It can easily absorb airborne toxins like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and sulfur dioxide from the indoor air. Let’s see how you can successfully grow a tulsi in your home:
Soil: You should plant Tulsi in a rich organic potting mix. The soil should be fast-draining and full of essential micronutrients. The ideal combination should be 50% soil, 20% peat moss, 20% vermicompost, and 10% of other organic fertilizers.
Light: If someone tells you Tulsi can thrive indoors, that’s not true. Tulsi plants need at least 6 to 7 hours of full sun. It’s growth rate largely depends on the amount of sunlight it receives.
Water: Remember to water your Tulsi or Holy Basil plant when the topsoil is dry. Water your plant thoroughly until the excess water passes through your pot’s drainage hole.
Temperature: Tulsi plants love hot and humid weather. Having originated from South-East Asia, this plant is conditioned to grow well in the tropical climate. If you want to grow Tulsi plants in cold and dry weather, keep them in front of an east-facing windowsill.
Fertilization: Your tulsi plants need regular fertilization, especially in summer. You may apply slow-release liquid 10-10-10 fertilizer.
But, I would recommend using organic plant boosters like bonemeal, vermicompost instead of chemical ones. You should fertilize your Tulsi plants at least once a month to speed up its growth.
Pro tip: You can easily propagate and multiply your Tulsi plant from cuttings or sowing its seeds.
The easiest way to propagate is to take a cutting with two leaves and plant it in the moist soil (if possible after dipping into with rooting hormone powder).
Keep it away from direct sunlight until it shoots the first set of 3-4 leaves. Once the plant looks healthy, slowly expose it to the direct sun.
Bamboo is a lush green perennial that originated and is widely cultivated in the Indian sub-continent and other tropical countries.
Growing bamboo is easy and can have a beneficial effect on your indoor airs.
Being a natural air purifying agent, it cleanses indoor air from toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and toluene.
Keeping bamboo is considered auspicious as per Vastu, Feng-shui, and many other astrological beliefs.
Bamboo develops lush green foliage under bright indirect sunlight. Excess or low light exposure can deter its growth and result in yellowing leaves.
This oxygen producing plant Bamboo releases lots of oxygen at night, so it’s perfectly suited to grow indoors.
Let’s discuss the key factors to get lush green bamboo:
Soil: Your bamboo plant thrives in fertile and porous soil. Think about its natural habitats – it grows in forests as well as wet marshlands. If you want to grow it in captivity, then go for a balanced mix of soil, compost, peat moss, and garden sand.
Light: Bamboo is widely grown and cultivated in the Indian subcontinent. It thrives in bright sunlight.
Too much direct sun can eventually make it lose its color and shine. If you want to grow bamboo plants indoors, then you can keep it near the south windowsill.
Water: Thoroughly water your bamboo whenever the topsoil feels dry. Keeping prolonged dry spells in the growing season of Spring and Summer will result in yellowing leaves.
Temperature: Bamboo plants love excess moisture and hot climate. If you live in cold and dry weather, keep your bamboo under grow light in Winters and mist its leaves every alternate day.
Fertilization: While planting or repotting your bamboo add organic fertilizer with your potting mix. During spring and summer, you can also use slow-release liquid fertilizer to pump up its growth.
Pro tip: Propagating your bamboo is easier than you think. You just have to separate the new rhizomes with roots and plant them in different pots. New shoots will start sprouting after 7 to 10 days.
Gerbera Daisy is the perfect combination of beauty and health benefits in one frame. It not only improves your home decor but purifies toxic indoor air as well.
NASA has mentioned Gerbera Daisy in their Clean Air Study as one of the most potent air purifying plants which remove airborne VOCs like benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
Gerbera Daisy generates a huge amount of oxygen at night by absorbing toxic CO2.
You cannot reverse the toxicity of outdoor air, but you can surely improve your indoor air quality. Adding such wonderful air-purifying green thumbs will increase oxygen percentage at home.
Let’s see how to grow this beautiful gerbera variety:
Soil: A well-draining and sandy soil are essential for Gerbera daisy. Plant your gerbera in a soilless mixture – a balanced mix of peat moss, sand, perlite, organic fertilizers, compost, and a little bit of soil.
Light: Gerbera daisy needs full sunlight, at least 6 to 7 hours a day. If you live in a hot and dry place, you may choose to avoid the direct afternoon sun. But, keeping your daisy in low-light space can make it leggy, and it may not bloom at all.
Water: It’s better to thoroughly water your gerbera daisy in the morning and let its soil get all the vitality from direct sun.
Before watering, you should check the topsoil for any added moisture. If it’s dry, water your plant thoroughly.
Fertilization: Gerbera daisy needs regular fertilization, at least twice a month in the growing and flowering seasons.
Apply micronutrient-rich liquid fertilizers like fish emulsion or seaweed to give your plant a steady growth.
Pro tip: Your daisy may be susceptible to fungal diseases and infested by caterpillars and leaf miners.
You need a powerful fungal spray or liquid fungicides to get rid of the fungus. Using an organic spray like neem oil and pyrethrum can keep your daisy bug free.
Which one of these beautiful and healthy oxygen producing houseplants do you have at home?
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Being a desert plant, cacti require little maintenance.
These beautiful plants can thrive and bloom in your bright, sunny windowsill or under grow light.
Another advantage of cacti is that you can keep many exotic varieties in a small place. They can surprise you with their tolerance level and never-say-die attitude.
What are the Different Kinds of Cactus?
Most of the cactuses are traditionally found in the dry and arid desert.
Their outer surface is mostly covered with fine hair, small thorns, or spines, and they can even grow well in balls, stones, obelisks, or paddles.
You can find another type of cactus species in tropical, subtropical, and temperate forests.
These plants are commonly referred to as forest cacti and scientifically known as Epiphyllum.
19 types of epiphytic cacti form the group of Epiphyllum. Some common ones are Epiphyllum Oxipetalum or Queen of the Night, Epiphyllum Anguliger or Ric-rac cactus, and Epiphyllum Hookeri or Hooker’s orchid.
These cacti are fondly called orchid cacti by the houseplant enthusiasts primarily due to their large, gorgeous, and orchid-like flowers.
Cactus Care – Indoor Growing Guide
Desert cacti are known for their rounded or oval shape and spiky thorns, but some have the prettiest blooms in the houseplant universe.
Growing and nurturing desert cacti is easy if you know some simple tricks. They are the hardiest houseplants with the highest tolerance to neglect.
While keeping cacti, you need to stick to three core principles – porous potting mix, infrequent watering (water only when the topsoil is completely dry), and bright sunlight for 5-6 hours.
You can get huge varieties of desert cacti these days in online stores and your nearby garden center.
You need to follow these 3 thumb rules in growing all of them.
Remember, patience is key if you want to become a cacti hobbyist. Most of these plants are slow-growers and will start flowering after the first 3 to 4 years of planting. Others may take even longer to bloom indoors.
If you live in tropics, growing forest cacti is the best option.
These plants are epiphytes. Most of them are climbing varieties and need to cling to large trees or thick moss sticks.
Some of the most famous epiphyllum cactus varieties are Fish Bone cacti, Queen of the night, and Christmas cacti. These plants look beautiful in the flowering season with colorful blooms of pink, yellow, white, purple, and red.
You can grow them in hanging planters, and a fully-grown epiphyllum will look gorgeous in them. Hot and humid climates are ideal for these tropical beauties.
Since they grow under the canopy of large trees, you should keep them in bright and indirect sunlight. Too much exposure to direct sunlight can fry their leaves.
It takes a little planning to make your cactus special to get colorful blooms from your lovely Christmas cactus.
You also need to keep your plant cool and maintain a steady temperature between 50 to 55 F.
If you have grown your plant outdoors or in the patio, try moving them indoors under grow light or near an east-facing window sill.
Let your cacti settle down in the new atmosphere for a month or two. After that, move your plant in a warmer place and resume the previous watering schedule.
If all goes well, buds will start sprouting. It’s important to shift your cacti outdoors in summer. They love to soak themselves in the bright morning sunlight.
How To Care For A Cactus
Cactus Sunlight Guide
Strong and direct sunlight is the most crucial element for a healthy and thriving desert cactus. Some varieties just love to get drenched in the direct afternoon summer sun.
Remember not to expose your desert cacti in direct sunlight immediately after buying them, especially if they are small.
Slow and gradual exposure to direct sunlight will help your cacti withstand it better and turn it into its favor.
Forest cacti love to soak in the bright morning sunlight, but direct afternoon sun may scorch their leaves. It’s important to move them outdoors during summer for faster and steadier growth.
Cactus Soil Care
A porous and fast-draining cacti potting mix is ideal for growing your desert cacti.
We would recommend planting your cacti on soilless media – with a balanced ratio of cocopeat, cinder, garden sand, and perlite.
Cacti are slow-growers and take a long time to outgrow their pots. Unlike other plant species, cacti will thrive and bloom better when a little under potted.
We would also recommend using soilless media for forest cacti. You should only use a higher percentage of cocopeat than desert cacti for better moisture retention.
Forest cacti are far bigger and need repotting at the start of the growing season.
Watering A Cactus
We often encounter a common question: How often to water a cactus?
Your desert cacti will smile at the outset of spring and summer. They actively grow and bloom at this time, and you need to water your cacti when the topsoil is dry.
Make sure to water your plants thoroughly until it pours through the drainage holes. Desert cacti will hibernate in winter, so water them sparingly around this time. When your cacti start shriveling, only then water the plant.
Over-watering in winter can harm your plant’s health and may result in the root or stem rot.
Always treat your forest cacti or epiphyllums as regular house plants during summer. Water them thoroughly when the topsoil is dry. Any excess moisture will help them thrive and bloom faster.
During the hibernation period, water only when your plant droops. Using this thumb rule for your desert and forest cacti will keep their roots healthy and set the stage for colorful summer months.
In winter, under-watering is always better than over-watering. Excess water may clog and suffocate your roots and makes it difficult for them to breathe.
Before watering, check the first 2-3 inches of your cacti mix either by poking a dry toothpick or your index finger. If it comes out dry, then your cacti are thirsty and need thorough watering.
Cactus Temperature and Humidity Guide
Your desert cacti will love to soak in scorching sunlight.
They prefer dry and hot temperatures ranging from 70 to 80 F in the active growth period. In the winter, they like to rest in the colder weather around 55 F.
Think of a desert – the cacti love its boiling hot morning, afternoon, and chilly nights. If you live in a place with frigid winters and snowy days like me, it’s vital to save your cacti from those harsh winter drafts.
Forest cacti are less fussy about temperature during their growing season. They can thrive in a wide range of temperatures between 55 to 70 F.
It’s essential to keep your forest cacti in a place with extra moisture and bright indirect sunlight.
During winters, your forest cacti will have slow growth rates, so keeping them around 50 F is vital for survival.
Fertilizing a Cactus
Using a liquid soluble cacti fertilizer boosts the growth of your desert cacti. Always fertilize your cacti only during its growing period – Spring & Summer.
I have experimented with different organic and chemical fertilizers on my cacti and analyzed the outcomes.
From my experience, I can tell you that specialized cacti fertilizer works 10x better than standard fertilizers.
However, forest cacti are considered as normal tropical plants.
Apply standard fertilizer (pro tip: go for organic instead of chemical ones) during the growing months.
Reduce the frequency and amount of fertilizer in the winter.
Keeping Pests Away from Your Cactus Plants
Pests are more common in forest cacti than desert cacti. You may find different types of pests like scales, fungus gnats, spider mites, and mealybugs if you observe.
I would recommend to wipe and wash the pests off your cacti with clean water and cotton swabs. Spider mites and fungus gnats are less common compared to the other two pests.
Mealybugs and spider mites suck out the juice of pulpy stems and leaves of cacti and succulents.
Here are a few simple pest control tips that you can try when required:
Follow the basic principles of SSW – Soil, Sunlight, and Watering method. Use a highly porous cacti mix, keep your desert cacti in direct sunlight and forest cacti in bright light and water only when the topsoil is dry.
When you bring home new plants, quarantine them at least for 7 to 10 days or until you are 100% sure that they are pest-free. After the plants don’t show any signs of weakness and shoot new growth, it’s time to integrate them into your plant family.
If you happen to spot mealy bugs or spider mites on your cacti, wash them with a strong jet spray of water. After you trace the pests, it’s essential to treat them right away to get back your healthy and hearty plant. Pro tip: Make an alcohol solution with water in a 1:3 ratio and rub the solution gently on the affected part and see the result. If the plant responds well to the treatment, apply the same solution to other infected cacti.
I recommend that you should apply organic pesticides like Neem oil or other potent ones like Pyrethrins or acephate or imidacloprid strictly in the manufacturer’s recommended ratio. These insecticides may be volatile organic compounds; any over-exposure may be fatal for your cacti.
I would love to know your experience of keeping these lovely cactuses to purify your home!
Let us know your experiences in the comment section below.
Planning to introduce plant-based recipes in your daily diet?
You should know some important things, such as plant-based protein recipes and ideas for your everyday meal.
Before deciding to start a new diet plan, there are many things you need to know.
When I started my plant-based diet journey, I researched, read, and experimented with different plant-based food combinations.
Many times I understood the health benefits, weighed every recipe on the deliciousness scale, before finally choosing our favorite ones.
We want to spread the joy of eating veggies because we are living on it for years and have seen how it can be transformational to your health.
Plant-based food has immense benefits, which will lead you to the path of becoming healthy and hearty.
Having more plants can be one of the most fulfilling, sumptuous, and nutritious ways to fall in love with your food.
You have to take one step ahead, embrace this new habit, and get started right away.
In this step-by-step guide, let’s review why plant-based diet can be a great way to start your journey to a healthier life and what you should know before you start.
What Is A Plant Based Diet?
First, let’s understand what do mean by a plant based diet?
In recent years the popularity of plant based food has grown exponentially. Many people are integrating these foods into their life after realizing their health benefits.
But, does it imply that plant-based food makes you leave all animal products, like a vegan diet? Do you have to eat animal-based food products in moderation? Let’s address all these key questions.
A comprehensive study by the Harvard Medical School researches cited that plant-based ingredients are derived essentially from plants. You neither have to be a vegan nor vegetarian nor forgo dairy or meat items.
Instead, you should choose more plant-sourced food to strike the right balance in your diet. Occasionally you may eat meat or other animal-sourced food and break the monotony of similar taste.
Introducing more plant-based ingredients and gradually reducing animal-based food and dairy items make you a “flexitarian” or “semi-vegetarian.”
I chose a 100% plant-based diet, and my partner decided to be pescatarian with over 70% weightage on plant-based food.
We experiment with different plant-based recipes and make it flavorful. When we have dinner outside or traveling, my partner occasionally eats fish and seafood items.
Our flexible eating habits and constant experimentation with delicious plant-based recipes made us stick to a healthy diet for over 10 years.
I share all the things i learnt in this blog!
If you are transitioning to a plant-based diet for any reason, you can do this too!
Let’s see how to do this the simple way.
What’s a WFPB or Whole Food Plant Based diet?
The whole food plant-based diet is commonly referred to as WFPB, which focuses on fresh and the least processed foods derived out of plants.
Whole foods are minimally processed whole grains and vegetables.
Ingredients like sugars, refined flours, and other processed foods are not counted as whole foods.
Including healthy whole foods in your daily diet will keep you away from exposure to harmful preservatives.
Vegan Vs. Plant Based
Sometimes plant-based diet is synonymously used for a vegan diet. But the core analogy of both these diets is different.
A vegan diet excludes all animal-based products, whereas plant-based foods include dairy products with a choice to add animal proteins occasionally.
In this write-up, we aim to explore and expose the flexibility of a plant-based diet and give you plenty of options.
Plants are the foundation of a plant-based diet as you are eating more or plants or plant-based foods.
In a Vegan diet, you are staying away form any kind of animal-based foods such as meat, seafood, beef, eggs and dairy products.
These days you will find lots of options to add plant-based protein to your meals to make healthy and delicious. Find here some of the best and protein-packed plant-based foods:
Legumes: Try to eat different types of lentils like red, brown, green, French and black, black-eyed peas, split peas and lots of beans (garbanzo or chickpeas, lima, black, pinto, navy, kidney, and white)
Grains: Whole grains have a wide range of health benefits. Include barley, quinoa, amaranth, millet, wild and brown rice, and bulgur wheat in your daily diet.
Seeds and Nuts: They are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, fibers, and healthy fats. Add lots of cashews, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and hazelnuts in your diet.
Soy: Soy based products are healthy packed with plant-based protein. You can make delicious dishes using tempeh and tofu and satiate your taste bud. It would be best if you stuck to anything between 2 to 4 servings every week to maintain the balance and variety in your diet.
Veggies: Some veggies are protein-rich, but the percentage is much lower than the foods mentioned above. If you prefer to eat all veggies, go for high-protein vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, corn, artichokes, and brussels sprouts.
It’s important to introduce more varieties to your diet.
When you are consuming lots of plant-based protein every day, it’s essential to bring in more varieties in the protein sources in your diet.
The idea is not to dump a can of black beans daily in your stomach but plan your meal smartly combining all the healthy ingredients.
A Harvard School of Public Health study suggested that we should nicely mix up all plant-based ingredients to avoid missing out on the protein components.
A study conducted by the Harvard TH Chan School of Nutrition revealed that soy is a nutrition-rich protein source that you can eat many times a week.
Soy is a better and healthier alternative to processed and other forms of red meat that you can eat to your heart’s content.