my little urban jungle

If you follow my Instagram then you already know.  I’m hooked on plants lately.  I’ve even created my little urban jungle in my black bedroom.  I’m really loving the green it really emphasizes the black on black I got going in the bedroom.

little urban jungle

It all started on or about 6/4 that’s when that first picture of one lonely planter was taken.  In about a month’s time and for less then $80 dollars.  I’ve created the cutest little urban jungle in my bedroom.

6/4 got some garage sale plants  6/7  found a little trash to treasure table I thought would be a great plant stand and it is 😉  6/9 Kmart sucked me in and I found some awesome succulents  6/14 on a quick little run to Lowe’s I found some awesome plants in 1/2 off section cha ching this past weekend 7/8 I hit up IKEA cause more then a few Instagram’ers said there plant selection was good they didn’t lie

Some of the plants that make up my little urban jungle are.

One of my Ikea as is plants is
Chinese evergreens, or Aglaonema, are probably the most common and long-lasting indoor plants. These plants are a native to Southeast Asia and can be found in many varieties. The variegated ones are mostly preferred as ornamental plants. They have rather large pointed leaves with heavy marbling in white or cream, over a green base. The plant also produces small red berries. These plants are often kept indoors as they are known to purify the surrounding air.

Beaucarnea recurvata another IKEA addition I bought at full price for its beauty here’s a little of what I’ve learned about it.

Water: Allow soil to dry out a bit between watering. In winter, water only enough to prevent the soil from drying out completely. Avoid getting the trunk wet because it is prone to rot; water the potting mix instead. Remember to always use room-temperature water when watering your plants.

Soil: A fast-draining medium such as cactus potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed monthly in spring and summer with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted by half.

Propagation: Can be sown from seeds. In spring, you can remove the offsets that grow from the base of the plant and pot them in their own containers.

 

 

Water

Bromeliads are adapted to withstand drought, but are much less tolerant of being over-watered which can cause root rot. It is important that your bromeliad is planted in a medium that allows for fast drainage.  Each time you water the potting medium, thoroughly soak it so that the water runs from the drainage holes. This will remove any salt build up in the potting media. Don’t water the bromeliad again until at least the top two inches of potting media are dry. Any more often than this and the plant will be sitting in too much water and could succumb to root rot.

Central Tank

-The central tank

Many bromeliads also have a tank. This is the part of the plant where the leaves meet together and form what looks like a cup. Bromeliads also take in water through their central tank. Fill the tank with water, preferably rainwater, and be sure to flush it regularly to prevent water stagnation. If you have an epiphytic bromeliad, meaning your plant is growing on a rock, tree bark, or somehow mounted instead of potted in medium, watering is a bit different. You can simply keep the plant moist by misting it regularly.

Note: It is important to never use a metal container to water a bromeliad. Bromeliads are very sensitive to metal and the results could be devastating to your plant.

Humidity

Just like bromeliads that are grown outdoors, indoor bromeliads also prefer 60% humidity. This level of humidity can be very difficult to maintain especially in a home that is being heated by a furnace in the winter season. There are several options for increasing humidity levels.

  • Run a humidifier near your plant.
  • Create a humidity tray. Simply take a shallow plant saucer, or tray, and fill it with small pebbles or decorative stones. Fill the tray with water to just below the stones’ surface. Then set your potted bromeliads on or near the tray. The water will add moisture to the air and increase humidity in that area. If you set the container on top to the tray, it is important to make sure it is not setting in the water. This will keep the bromeliad’s roots too wet and can result in root rot.
  • Place a few more plants in the vicinity. Transpiration, the process in which a plant converts water into a vapor and releases it into the atmosphere, will help raise the humidity of the immediate area.
  • Use a spray bottle to mist the plant regularly. This requires a bit more diligence but is fairly simple.

 


I’ve added two Boston ferns to my home.  One in the living room which I do love to share on my instagram  and the other you only see sporadically as its in my bathroom.

 

 

Boston ferns or Nephrolepis exaltata are the most common type of ferns. Native to the tropics, these graceful ferns are fast becoming favorites for elegant indoor décor. The fronds are usually light green with a feathery look. They are fast growers and can grow to a height of about 5 feet. Boston ferns are also known for their various air purifying benefits. In fact, they are the best plants to remove formaldehyde from indoors. The plant also releases water vapor in the air and restores moisture.

Lucky bamboo or Dracaena sanderiana is native to the African rainforests. Although the name suggests ‘bamboo’, they are not related to the bamboo at all, but are related to the lily family. This plant grows vertically and has slender stems with light green leaves. According to Feng Shui, this plant is said to bring luck to the people around it.

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4 Responses

  1. Carolann says:

    Love it Anj! I think they are all so beautiful! What a great job you did creating your green Haven!!

  2. Sue says:

    The disco ball adds a fun whimsy look with your plants and my of my you are skyrocketing your green thumb and I admire what you created. I like the one with the red center!

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