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Recycle Used Coffee Grounds By Using It As Fertilizer

Why used coffee grounds?

Without a doubt, you should start using used coffee grounds in your potting mix and indoor plants as it can be greatly beneficial to your indoor potted plants. Used grounds are high in nitrogen and nutrients which improves the fertility of the soil. Also, the smell of coffee is said to ward off and kill garden pests like slugs, caterpillars and even cats. The antimicrobial properties found inside used coffee grounds also benefits plants by preventing diseases in vegetables and other crops. Do not use freshly ground coffee beans or whole coffee beans as caffeine can affect your beloved plants in a disastrous way. It can suppress plant growth and cause your plant to die. Used grounds, however, have a much lower caffeine level and are much safer to incorporate.

Recycle used coffee ground as fertiliser for your plants.

How to incorporate?

To add coffee grounds to your soil, you can easily incorporate your coffee waste into your compost bin. You can add up to twenty percent used grounds into your compost’s total volume. Adding too much recycled grounds into your compost will compromise the ability for microbes to breakdown organic matter. Conversely, adding too little will limit the effect the grounds will have on your compost and further, your plants.

You can spread a thin layer of the coffee grounds onto the surface of the soil. Apply approximately half an inch to the top of the pot along with a layer of mulch or compost. Avoid adding a thick layer of coffee grounds. This will create a barrier that won’t allow air or water properly penetrate the soil.

Check our article on DIY potting mix to create your own potting mix to suit different plant types. Try incorporating recycled grounds to them as a natural and zero-waste fertilizer alternative.

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Air Plant Care: Lighting, Water and Fertilizer

Air plant care is often something that is forgotten. Though low maintenance, it is important to look after your air plants to ensure healthy growth.

What are air plants?

Air plant care, how to care for your air plant considering lighting, water and fertilizer.

Air plants are an excellent starter plant for novice plant enthusiasts because they don’t require soil. Although they don’t survive on air alone, air plants are a fun and decorative way to spice up any room. As members of the Tillandsia genus, air plants are found naturally in forests, deserts and mountains of America.

Air Plant Care

Here are things you should consider when caring for your air plants:

  1. Lighting conditions
  2. Water
  3. Fertilizer

Lighting Conditions

Air plants do best when they receive bright, indirect light. Direct sunlight over prolonged periods of time may cause your air plant to wither. Meanwhile, a lack of light will mean your plant won’t sufficiently photosynthesise.

For a room where natural lighting is not sufficient, full-spectrum fluorescent lights are a suitable alternative. Keep your plants within close proximity of the light ensuring it has exposure for a minimum of 12 hours a day.

Water

Both misting and soaking your air plant will ensure that it is receiving a sufficient amount of water without causing the leaves to rot. How often you mist and soak your plant will depend on the conditions of your plant’s location like the amount of light it receives and the temperature of your home. You can soak your plant for up to 10 minutes by submerging it in a container of water. Ensure that is able to fully dry within three hours to prevent any rot. You can also mist your plant frequently to ensure it is moist but not wet. Alternatively, you may also place your air plant near a humidifier. Water more frequently in Summer as opposed to Winter as your plant will be more likely to dry out during hotter weather.

Fertiliser

Following up with your air plant care, and ensuring that your air plant continues to grow, you can incorporate fertilisers designed for orchids or bromeliads into the water in which you soak your air plants up to twice a month. This will encourage growth, reproduction and even blossoming.

Where to buy air plants?

If you are looking for some quick and convenient air plants delivered straight to your door, check out succulents box for a range of unique and collector air plants.

You can also check out our other article on ‘Indoor Plants That You Could Not Possibly Kill’ for more ideas on low maintenance plants to add to your collection.

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DIY Potting Mix Recipes For Different Plant Types

DIY potting mix recipes consist of a combination of ‘ingredients’ that provide the substrate required for your plant while adding nutrients and moisture that allow for plant growth. Comparatively, the all-purpose potting mix doesn’t always work best because it isn’t necessarily suited to the type of plant you are trying to grow. Of course, it is important to use different types of potting mix for the various types of plants you own as they require different levels of humidity, nutrition and water retention. Additionally, buying your own potting mix ingredients in bulk saves money and ensures that you always have a potting mix on hand for the type of plants you are housing.

Why use potting mix?

Potting mix compared to traditional garden soil is airy and light which allows the roots to grow easily and enable them to breathe. Potting mixes are more long-lasting than soil as they are less compacted and break down at a slower rate. The blend of ingredients in a potting mix also ensures that water is retained for a longer amount of time within the pot and contains some nutrients to sustain the plant without having to use liquid fertilizer as frequently.

What ingredients do I need to start my DIY potting mix recipes?

Different blends of potting mixes contain generally the same types of ‘ingredients’ at different ratios. The most popular types of potting mix ingredients include:

Sphagnum Peat Moss

Sphagnum peat moss is often used as the base ingredient of potting mix recipes as it requires a longer amount of time to breakdown while ensuring that the mix is well-draining and aerated. It is also a cheap ingredient and retains moisture to ensure the plant has time to absorb water through its roots.

Coir Fibre

Coir fibre holds more nutrients than sphagnum peat moss and takes an even longer amount of time to break down but comes at a higher cost. You can often find coir fibre sold in compacted locks that need water added to them in order to expand and be useable as part of your potting mix. Coir fibre is more environmentally responsible than sphagnum peat moss as it is long-lasting and a renewable resource as it is made as a by-product of the coconut processing industry.

Perlite

Perlite is used for its porous properties which improve drainage while not adding weight to the mix. Additionally, it has a larger surface area which benefits indoor plants that require a high humidity level.

Vermiculite

Vermiculite, like perlite, improves the porosity of the potting mix but also adds calcium and magnesium to the mix. It occurs as a natural volcanic mineral. It also retains moisture and nutrients which feeds the plants and maximizes growth.

Sand

Coarse sand is also used to increase the drainage of the potting mix but also adds weight. Succulent potting mixes therefore often have a high ratio of coarse sand in its recipe.

Limestone

Limestone is used to neutralize the pH of the soil. Adding limestone to potting mix increases the structure of the soil and encourages nutrient absorption into both the soil and the plant.

Fertilizers

Fertilizers are added to the potting mix to increase the nutrient intake of the plant in order for it to grow. They can consist of minerals, animal by-products, manure, and plant materials. Worm casting or vermicast are often used as a fertilizer as it holds and supplies nutrients while retaining water.

Mulch/Wood Chips

Wood chips and mulch can be used to allow air and water to travel through the mix. Wood chips also repel pests, control weeds while breaking down at a slower rate.

Compost

Compost can be used to increase water retention and nutrients in the mix.

What equipment do you need?

To start your potting mix project, collect the following items:

  1. Measuring container
  2. Mixing tub/bucket
  3. Watering can
  4. Shovel/fork/trowel
  5. Sieve
  6. Water container
  7. Your ingredients

Additionally, we have compiled a list of 5 different types of DIY potting mix recipes you may need for your home and garden.

  1. Indoors Plants
  2. Succulents and Cacti
  3. Tropical Plants
  4. Growing Seeds
  5. Trees and Shrubs

DIY Potting Mix Recipe For Indoor Plants

  • 2 kilograms of sphagnum peat moss or coir fiber
  • 1.5 kilograms of perlite
  • 250 grams of coarse sand
  • 10 grams of limestone
  • 10 grams of fertilizer

DIY Potting Mix Recipe For Succulents and Cacti

  • 3 kilograms of sphagnum peat moss or coir fiber
  • 2 kilograms of coarse sand
  • 1 kilogram of perlite
  • 1 kilogram of vermiculite
  • 10 grams of limestone

DIY Potting Mix Recipe For Tropical Plants

  • 6 kilograms of sphagnum peat moss or coir fiber
  • 6 kilograms of compost
  • 4.5 kilograms of perlite
  • 60 grams of fertilizer
  • 10 grams of lime

DIY Potting Mix Recipe For Growing Seeds

  • 2 kilograms of sphagnum peat moss or coir fiber
  • 2 kilograms of vermiculite
  • 1 kilogram of coarse sand
  • 10 grams of limestone

DIY Potting Mix For Recipe Trees and Shrubs

  • 3 kilograms of compost
  • 3000 grams of perlite
  • 3 kilograms of sphagnum peat moss or coir fiber
  • 2.5 kilograms of wood chips or mulch
  • 2.5 kilograms of coarse sand
  • 300 grams of fertilizer
  • 10 grams of limestone
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6 Poisonous Christmas Plants

As we excitedly fill our homes with trees, lights, decorations, flowers and gifts during the Christmas season, it’s worth bearing in mind that some Christmas/holiday plants and flowers are poisonous and may potentially cause issues for young children and pets. Here’s our (non-exhaustive) list of 6 poisonous Christmas plants to avoid or keep out of the reach of young children and pets.

1. Mistletoe

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Some species of mistletoe are more dangerous than others. However, as a precaution, treat any mistletoe brought into the house as potentially harmful to children and pets. 

The leaves and berries of European mistletoe are poisonous as they contain several chemicals (eg. alkaloid tyramine) that can cause severe gastrointestinal problems. Dogs may die from ingesting it. 

North american mistletoe contain phoratoxin which can cause nausea, vomiting, stomachaches, diarrhorea, blurred vision, slower heart rate and a lowered blood pressure.

2. Holly

Holly contains saponin glycosides, methylxanthines and cyanogens which can cause symptoms such as hypersalivation (drooling), loss of appetite and vomiting. Theobromine is also found in holly berries. (This chemical, which is in chocolate, is toxic to dogs.)

3. Poinsettia

Poinsettias were previously believed to be very toxic. However, research in recent years have shown that it is not particularly dangerous. You may feel ill or nauseous if you have eaten a few leaves. Also, rubbing the sap from the plant into your skin can give you an itchy rash. Beyond that, this plant is unlikely to cause a problem for either humans or pets. Having said that, it is still worthwhile ensuring that it is out of the reach of young children and pets.

4. Cyclamen

Cyclamens grow an underground stem or tuber called a rhizome. There is a concentration of chemicals in the tubers. These chemicals, known as triterpenoid saponins, are toxic. While the leaves and flowers also contain the toxin, they have them in much lower concentrations. Although it’s unlikely that a pet or child will get to the tuber, there is still the remote risk of the pot being knocked over or the soil being dug up by a pet.

Cyclamen poisoning may result in severe vomiting and diarrhorea, which is accompanied by significant fluid loss from the body. Furthermore, it may cause abnormal heart rhythm and seizures.

5. Amaryllis

Amaryllis contains a toxin known as lycorine, which is found mainly in the bulb of the plant. Eating bulb tissue (or a very large amount of leaf or flower tissue) can cause stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, diarrhorea, tremors and convulsions.

6. Yew

Yew contains chemicals called taxines that quickly cause an irregular heartbeat after being eaten. The alteration in the heart rate can be life-threatening. Yew poisoning can also cause a headache, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, breathing difficulties, trembling, convulsions, dilated pupils, and a coma.

Alternatives to Plants

If you were thinking, ‘What a damper! I was looking forward to having some of these in my house this Christmas!’, here are some alternatives:

  • Artificial plants & silk flower arrangements
  • Pop-up paper arrangements

Also, if you have not figured what to buy for your plant loving friend or family member, check out our selection of gift ideas!

This ends our blog post on poisonous Christmas plants. Let us know how you go with your child-safe and pet-safe Christmas celebrations by sending us your photos. We would be more than happy to feature them on Facebook or Instagram!

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9 Gardens for Small Spaces

Not all of us are fortunate to have huge gardens in which we could lose ourselves. Short of climbing to some mountain top retreat, here are 9 garden ideas that you can incorporate in your indoor spaces.

Balcony Gardens

If you live in an apartment and prefer to grow outdoor plants, then the balcony is the perfect space for it. By filling your balcony with plants, you can create your own peaceful oasis right there. Plants also provide a privacy shield and sound barrier in the midst of high-density living.

When growing plants in pots on a high-rise balcony, it is important to select plants wind tolerant. Strong winds can pull on an plant’s leaves and roots, causing damage and breakage. Some suggestions of wind tolerant plants are frangula, ivy, bamboo, golden sumac, gazanias and marigolds.

Bathroom Gardens

If you have a bathtub and enjoy a good soak in it every now and then, being surrounded by plants in the bathroom will help to add a zen-like feeling to your bathroom indulgence.

To ensure that plants thrive in your bathroom, be sure to select plants that prefer high humidity and can tolerate temperature fluctuations throughout the day. Some plants that suit a bathroom are asparagus fern, bamboo, begonias, bromeliads, dumb canes and orchids.

Kitchen Gardens

If you love picking off herbs to add to your cooking, having a tiny kitchen garden will be handy. Chives, basil, cilantro, sage, mint and thyme do well in tiny pots within the kitchen.

Otherwise, you could also consider placing potted plants on your kitchen bench, including flowering plants that will add a splash of colour, or trailing plants that will fill visual gaps.

Window Gardens

If you’re fortunate to have a wide window sill, then capitalise on it. Be sure to select the right plants for your windows. If it’s a window that gets a lot of sun exposure, then sun-loving plants will be great for that spot. If the window is in the shade most of the time, then a shade plant would be perfect.

Vertical Gardens

If space is at a premium in your home, then vertical gardens may be the answer. It could be as simple as growing a creeping plant up a mesh or an entire wall covered with creeping plants. You could also consider vertical garden systems.

Trailing Gardens

Besides vertical gardens, trailing gardens are another possibility for compact spaces. With this method, all you need to do is to place trailing plants at higher spots within your home, either by hanging them off the ceiling or placing them high up on a shelf. Pothos are great for this purpose.

Shelf Gardens

If you prefer to avoid potentially damaging your walls, then placing potted plants all over your home on shelves is another option. It is easy to re-arrange plants or pots to suit your changing decor, while keeping them close to you for both visual appeal and health benefits.

Planter Box Gardens

The use of planter boxes is another great way to visually ‘bulk up’ your plants, by gathering them all in one neat spot. If you’re able to attach wheels to the base of the planter boxes, you will also be able to move your planter boxes around your home quite easily to suit your changing decor or simply to rotate positions so that your plants can get sufficient natural light in order to thrive.

Crazy Plant Person Garden

Finally, this is one method of gardening that every plant enthusiast needs no introduction to. All you have to do is to cramp as many plants as you can in one spot to create an indoor jungle! Oh, to be lost in one of these spaces. What bliss!

This ends our blog post on various indoor gardening ideas. Let us know how you go with creating your indoor gardens by sending us your photos. We would be more than happy to feature them on Facebook or Instagram!

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How to Prevent Leggy Seedlings

If you’ve ever grown seedlings that were tall and skinny, you’d understand the disappointment. Leggy seeddlings tend to be floppy and weak. When they grow to full-sized plants, they are prone to diseases and look spindly or untidy. They are also almost guaranteed to produce less flowers.

Why do seedlings grow leggy?

Here are the common causes of leggy seedlings.

Lack of light: If you grow seedlings in a low light situation, it would be a natural reaction for them to stretch and grow towards light. Without sufficient light, they wouldn’t be able to produce important plant sugars. It is a natural survival technique to get closer to a light source as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, this results in tall, spindly seedlings that are likely to flop over in strong winds or rain.

Lack of water: A lack of moisture due to soil that is not wet frequently or allowed to dry out will result in skinny seedlings. Being unable to absorb water and nutrients from the soil results in a seedling not having what it needs to grow strong stems and leaves.

Wrong temperature: This is usually in warmer months when high heat may inadvertently result in a growth spurt where the stems grow faster than the leaves. Sometimes it could also be due to thermostat being set too high in your home.

Seedlings growing too close together: This results in seedlings competing for light, water and nutrients, so they try to out-do one another by growing faster and taller.

How to Fix Leggy Seedlings

If you take action soon enough, it is possible to fix leggy seedlings. Otherwise, it may be easier to start all over again by planting new seeds in the right conditions. Here are some ways to fix leggy seedlings.

Increase access to light: This may be as simple as moving the seedlings to another location with more light. You could also move them outdoors (if weather conditions allow for it). Placing grow light or fluorescent light near the seedlings will also help.

Simulate wind: It is a natural reaction of plants to grow thicker stems to withstand the forces of wind. So one way is to place an oscillating fan nearby to create air movement. Another way is to brush your hand past the seedlings a few times a day to create movement. This will trick them into growing thicker stems.

Improve soil quality: Providing moist, nutrient-rich soil will allow your seedlings to absorb what they need in order to grow healthily. Plant food that includes potassium will enhance root growth and plant health. Ensure that you do not increase the level of nitrogen. Excess nitogen can cause a spike in development which exceeds a seedling’s ability to increase girth.

Space seedlings further apart: Giving seedlings more space from one another will also result in them having access to more light, moisture and nutrients.

Products for Optimal Seed Growing

There are a number of products on the market which will aid optimal seed growing. Here are our top picks and suggestions.

Recommended Products

Fertilome Seed & Cutting Starter Mix is an ideal starter formula for germinating seeds, as it is humate-rich for healthy root growth.
Ultra Efficient LED Grow Light (80 watt) has a wide-dispersion design which provides 90 degrees of useful light projection allowing for use very close to plants. Its passive thermal management dissipates heat away from plants reducing the need for fans.
LED Grow Light (7 watt) puts out a warm white light, covering not only the essential red/blue frequencies but also the various light frequencies in between which are essential for optimal plant health.
Window Shelf with suction cups which can be used to allow your plants to grow virtually anywhere, keeping your plants in a sunny and convenient area.

With these products and our tips on mistakes to avoid for successful seed growing, you’ll be able to save your leggy seedlings or prevent future occurrence of leggy seedlings. Happy gardening!

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Vertical Gardening in Small Spaces

If you have a small courtyard or live in an apartment with a small balcony, it is still possible to grow your own vegetables. The solution is vertical gardening.

Why consider vertical gardening?

Vertical gardening has become popular in recent years for a few reasons:

Space saving: Vertical gardens take up less space than traditional gardens, as you can maximise the space by allowing your plants/vegetables to grow upwards.

Protection from pests: When plants grow horizontally on the ground, they are more likely to be accessible to pests. However, when plants are growing upwards and off the ground, pests such as snails and slugs are noticeably reduced.

Protection from accidental damage: This is especially so if you have young children or dogs who may trample onto your vegetables which are grown on the ground. When vegetables are growing vertically upwards off the ground, there is no chance of a young child or pet trampling on them.

Protects your back: Yes! A vertical garden means you won’t have to bend down as much to weed or pick off leaves/fruits for cooking. However, you may need a step stool in order to reach the top of your vertical garden.

Improved harvest: When vegetables are grown at eye level, you are more likely to notice when to harvest your crop compared to when they are on the ground, especially with strawberries. Plants get better airflow when grow vertically, which reduces diseases and results in stronger plants.

Improves the environment: A vertical garden can act as a privacy screen or a green fence to block unsightly brick walls or balcony rails. Having a vertical garden in a small apartment also helps to improve the air quality.

How Garden Towers Work

What to Grow in Tower Garden

Here’s a salad tower growing plan serves as a useful guide for planting:

Vertical Garden Products

While it is possible for you to create a vertical garden using pipes, pots and other materials if you are handy with tools, you could also consider ready-made products for this very purpose.

Our Top Picks:

Garden Tower® 2: 50-Plant Composting Container Garden suitable for organic patio vegetable gardening
Ultra Efficient LED Grow Light Kit (240 watt) optimized for indoor produce production with Garden Towers and other vertical or horizontal growing platforms.  

Happy gardening! Don’t forget to send us photos of how your vertical garden develops!

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Mint (Mentha) Care Guide

The mint plant (Mentha) is a hardy, perennial herb grown for its leaves, which have a variety of culinary uses, including mint sauce for roast lamb, herbal tea infusions, as garnishes and in salads such as tabouli.

There are several varieties eg. peppermint (Mentha piperita), spearmint (Mentha spicata), pineapple mint (Mentha suaveolens variegata), orange mint (Mentha piperita citrata) and apple mint (Mentha suaveolens).

The plant grows vigorously in sun or partial shade. It should be treated as a weed for that reason. It is recommended that you grow it in pots rather than in garden beds as it can quickly take over the garden bed.

Why Grow Mint?

Due to its strong scent, it attracts beneficial insects and repels pests, including fleas, mosquitoes and mice.

Besides having beautiful ornamental leaves, it provides a number of health and medicinal benefits. It helps to relax muscles, soothes indigestion, acts as a mild decongestant and freshens breath.

It also helps that it grows quickly both indoors and outdoors, so it’s easy to pick some every now and then without running out.

Common Problems

  1. Insects – It is usually quite vigorous and strong. Occasionally, it may be attacked by aphids, spider mites, mint root borers and cutworms.
  2. Fungal diseases – It can also be attacked by mint rust, verticillium wilt and anthracnose.

Common Mistake

There aren’t many things that can go wrong when growing mint as it requires minimal care. The one mistake to watch out for is planting mint into a garden bed. Mint is invasive as it sprouts runners. Mint will overtake a garden bed and smother other plants in no time if it is not controlled.

Care Requirements/Guide

Watering: Keep the soil moist by watering it roughly every 3 to 4 days.

Light: It can grow in full sun and partial shade. Roughly 6 hours of direct sunlight a day will keep them happy.

Temperature: Mint copes with winter when established although the leaves may die back a little. When the warmer months comes around, it’ll spring back to life again.

Soil: It prefers slight acidic to neutral soil which is rich.

Fertilizer: It is not necessary to feed it. However, if you would like to, you can give it an occasional dose of all-purpose, water soluble fertilizer at half strength. Over-fertilizing cause it to lose its flavor.

Pruning: Pruning is not necessary if you are harvesting it regularly. However, be sure to keep the runners in check and ensure that it does not choke other plants.

Propagation: It is easy to propagate from cuttings, or just uproot a plant after it has spread via runners. It is also easy to grow it from seeds.

Toxicity Warning

It is not toxic to humans. However, if used in essential oils, it is toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. If a lot is ingested, it can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

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How to Care for Air Plants

My first introduction to air plants took place some 15 years ago when someone passed me an air plant before flying overseas. In the midst of all the goodbyes, I barely had a chance to ask him how to care for air plants. I wrongly assumed that air plants simply live on air and nothing else! Needless to say, my air plant didn’t live long.

Since then, I have made an effort to learn a thing or two about how to care for air plants . Here’s what I now know, and it turned out to be really easy!

Air plants do not like soil

Air plants (or Tillandsias) absorb water and nutrients through their trichomes, which are the hair-like substance on their leaves. Trichomes bascially act as sponges which absorb water, just like roots. Never plant your air plants in soil as this will cause your air plant to rot and die.

Air plants love humidity

Since air plants absorb moisture from the air, kitchens and bathrooms are the best places to have them in your home. They also like good circulation around them. However, do not place them near heating or cooling vents.

Water your air plant

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In their natural habitat, air plants absorb moisture from rain, dew and decaying leaves around them. Since this is not available in a home environment, we need to take steps to ensure that our air plants have sufficient water.

If your air plant lives in a dry environment, it is a good idea to water it regularly. Although an air plant can live without water for some time, it will only be surviving, not thriving. Lightly misting your air plant every 2 to 3 days will do the trick.

Air plants prefer warmer temperatures

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Air plants are native in deserts, forests and mountain regions of Central and South America. As such, they prefer a temperature range of 50 to 90 degrees F (or 10 to 32 degrees C). Air plants do not like frost and prolonged exposure to low temperatures, which will result in leaf damage.

Air plant need nutrients

Air plants are able to absorb nutrients in their natural environment from decaying leaves. Since this source of nutrients is not readily available in a home environment, it will be a good idea to use a water-soluble fertilizer formulated specifically for air plants, and mist your plants with them once a month. 

Now that you know how easy it is to care for air plants, here’s an assorted pack of 8 air plants to get you started!

Or if you prefer surprises, you could consider the monthly air plant gift subscription box!

And finally, consider getting cholla wood on which to place your air plant.

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or even geometric hanging metal pots.

Useful Links:

Air Plants Care Guide
How to save underwatered and overwatered air plants
Watering air plant 101
How to multiply your air plant collection fast and free

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Clear Succulents: A Fascinating New Trendy Plant

Succulents are a must-have plant due to their low maintenance care and a vast array of shapes, colours and textures. Clear succulents are undoubtedly a great way to level up your plant collection.

Clear or see-through succulents are Haworthia succulents which are native to South Africa. They are classified as a rare succulent and grow in clusters with fleshy leaves which are translucent. They are an unusual succulent that comes in an unexpected lack of colour, making them a prized plant in many’s collections.

In addition, like the majority of succulents, Haworthias are low maintenance. The biggest killer of succulents is overwatering.

In short, there are a variety of haworthias which you can purchase from the links provided to get succulents delivered to your door!

1. Window Haworthia Succulent

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Firstly is the Window Haworthia.

Characteristics: Also known as the Cathedral Window Haworthia, this succulent is drought-tolerant and evergreen. It has rosettes up to 3 inches in diameter and 4 inches in height. The Window Haworthia has fleshy tender leaves with dark stripes and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or light pink flowers that grow on stems 8 inches in length.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

2. Haworthia Cooperi Succulent

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Secondly, and most notably, the Haworthia Cooperi.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cooperi has small rosette clumps of fleshy, light-green leaves.

Flowers: It flowers in spring and summer, producing white flowers.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

3. Haworthia Cuspidata Succulent

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Thirdly, the Cuspidata which is a more popular Haworthia.

Characteristics: The Haworthia Cuspidata is characterised by its star-like shaped rosettes that grow to 4 inches in diameter with dark green leaves and translucent tips.

Flowers: This succulent produces small white flowers on top of long, thin stems during spring.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

4. Haworthia Cymbiformis Var. Obtusa

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Characteristics: The Haworthia Cymbiformis Var Obtusa has denser rosettes that grow to 6 inches in diameter and form large round clumps. They have neon green leaves that are soft and translucent.

Flowers: This succulent produces white or pink flowers on long stems.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

5. Haworthia Batesiana Succulent

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Characteristics: Haworthia Batesiana has translucent, bright-green leaves with white spines that form dense clumps.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

6. Silver Haworthia Succulents

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Characteristics: The Silver Haworthia has pale foliage that is patterned with white and grey. It forms clumps and vary in appearance depending on light conditions.

Care: Ensure that your succulent has bright indirect light, sufficient pot and soil drainage and water sparingly when dry.

Additionally, we have a bunch more articles for you to explore on succulents and other plants. Here are a few of our favourites:
Interesting Types of Cacti
Miniature Succulents
Pink Succulents
Weird Looking Succulents
Rare Succulents

Finally, the best part? You can purchase any of the plants you love in these articles by clicking the links provided.