just some of my plant babies

June 27, 2013

my plant babiesmy plant babiesmy plant babiesmy plant babiesmy plant babiesmy plant babiesmy plant babiesI’m a big time indoor house plant person (actually, I love outdoor ones too!). I just love them! I like to call my indoor plants my plant babies.

The collection of plant babies pictured here is not even a quarter of what I have in my house. I have a lot! And I want to add even more. I saw one I wanted at a floral shop the other day, but I had to think about it, so I left it, but I’m definitely going to go back to get it soon (if it’s still there).

My fiddle leaf fig is one of my faves, but not the fave. Actually, I didn’t even take a picture of my favorite one. Though, I do love fiddle leaf figs so much that I have 3 of them in my house. Only one is a tree though, but I’m hoping with enough love and care, the other ones will get there one day.

Plants pictured from top to bottom…

Philodrenon: So easy! If you want to start with an easy one, do this one. You really can’t kill it!

Aroid Palm: This one is another easy one!

Succulents: Everyone says these are easy, but for some reason, there the ones I have the most trouble with.

Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata): If you get a big one, it can be costly (about $100 or more!), so you want to be sure you’re pretty good with houseplants before you make the investment. This one requires care and attention. Don’t overwater it because you’ll get brown edges. Don’t leave it in the sun, it can get sunburned (I brought it outside to water and allow it to drain, but I left it out a little too long). I do a good soak and then don’t water for about 2 weeks (sometimes 3).

Upright Philodrenon: I love the shape of the leaves. I like to cut off some long stems from time to time, put it in a bottle with water, and display it on my mantle.

Pink Caladium: I had it in a shady spot outside and it didn’t do too well. Once I brought her in, she did much better!

Boston Fern:ย This is the one I’m still learning about. I know it likes humidity, so I’m still learning how to cope with that, and make sure I’m able to give it the environment it wants. Anyone have any tips on the Boston Fern?

Oh and I use a moisture meter to help determine if my plants are thirsty or not. Ben got it for his plants outside, but I’ll take it to use for my plants inside. I think it’s a pretty handy tool to have!

16 comments on “just some of my plant babies”

  • Angela says:

    Beautiful plants! I’m a big house plant person myself. Love… Love… my babies!

  • Val says:

    I like the crayon drawing on the wall in the first picture. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can totally relate!

  • Danielle Bentley says:

    Lovely! ๐Ÿ™‚ x


  • nicole says:

    Why oh why can’t i keep plants alive?!!! On a random side note, my BFF who happens to be filipina just had a baby girl (baby is half white half filipina so imagine some serious cuteness!) and she named her Ruby! Couldn’t help but think of you since you are the only Ruby I “know”, well internet know ya know? Anyway just wanted to give you a shout out LOL

    • mycakies says:

      Ruby is definitely a good name! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s actually my grandma’s name! Ruby is my paternal grandmother and Ellen is my maternal grandmother, hence my name, Rubyellen!

  • Andria says:

    I like that aroid palm!

  • Cait says:

    I am just becoming a house plant lover! I can see how it could easily become an obsession! I love succulents. I got into it first because I wanted air filtering plants, but now I just want as many as I can for the looks too! I brought in a lot of ivy from outside, since it’s pretty and one of the best filtering plants, and it does so so…sometimes amazing and sometimes it dies. It does really well beside a window in the bathroom, which is great because that’s a helpful place for it. It even filters mold! So I wonder also if the humidity in a bathroom would be helpful for the fern.
    A friend who was moving recently gave me cuttings of a lot of her ‘babies’ and I am LOVING them! My favorite is mother in law’s tongue and aloe, but she also gave me ‘wandering jew’ and some others. Hooray! And I just managed to get a bunch of lemon seeds to sprout! I saw it on pinterest and didn’t know if it would work. They’re sitting in the sun now but I’ll bring them in when more pop up. I’ve always loved your plants!!

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  • Nora says:

    Love seeing all your house plants and think the moisture meter would be such a great tool to have since I am prone to over-watering. There seems to be many options for them, can I ask what brand/model you have please? Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mycakies says:

      We use the Reotemp Moisture Meter. It’s worked great for us so far! Ben uses for his outdoor plants and I use it for my indoor ones.

  • Rosalind says:

    The bathroom might give the humidity you for the Boston Fern?! Oh you’ve inspired me to get something for inside, I have been wanting something natural and saw a killer planter the other day ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Sushee says:

    Wow!! They are beautiful! The philodrenon (top pic) … Have you potted them in soil or are they sitting in water? I recently got some cuttings from a friend , for now I have them in water, but wondering what should I do once they grow a bit!!

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