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      IvyMay Today — Features

      Grow at Your Own Pace: Mental Health & Houseplants by Ivy Moran

      Grow at Your Own Pace: Mental Health & Houseplants by Ivy Moran

      Ahhh.. the houseplant journey. 

      -The ‘Tour De France’ of who can grow the prettiest, most jungle-like leaves and compliment them with a boho aesthetic. 

      -The “sorry I haven’t watered you for 3 weeks-- I’m really really in a rush and don’t wanna hit traffic!” 

      -The rearranging of plants ‘cause some need more love this week.

      -The “it hasn't grown ANY since I bought the damn thing-- I’m doing something wrong..” 

      No, sis. You’re doing everything right. 

      Misting Hoya Plants

      There are so many parallels between plant care and self-care. This plant journey is reflective of your journey. Have you checked in with yourself lately? Have you kept hydrated? Have you valued your time of rest just as much as your time of growth? 


      You see, the use of plants for indoor purposes is a widespread and long-lived phenomenon. Egyptians even embraced indoor plants within their interior design practices since the 3rd century BC. (Even they had faith in IvyMay). 


      This practice of keeping plants indoors can be attributed to aesthetical niceties, however, they offer us much much more! Several studies indicate that certain environmental influences, such as the presence of natural qualities (water and vegetation) within your indoor space can help improve your psychophysiological stress-reduction abilities. Yes, your IvyMay crystal bundle sets count. 

      Anthurium in a cloche with abundance crystals

      These are some of the positive effects plants have on emotional states:

      • Positive emotion
      • Increase attentiveness 
      • Restrict negative thoughts 
      • Reduce physiological arousal

      Clearly, the Egyptians got the hint. So take it from them, or take it from us-- your indoor environment is EVERYTHING. Make it something you’re inspired by. 


      So, hang your Hang ‘N Roots Propagation Station-- made with natural wood to ensure that outdoor pureness is felt within.

      Albo Monstera Cutting

      Grow at your own pace. Cherish the times of slow growth and watch as you unfurl. You’ll be surprised by how much you thrive. 


      And don’t forget that IvyMay and the plant community are right there with you-- along YOUR journey. Let’s keep in touch! Follow us on Instagram and TikTok

      Meet the Team: Spring 2021 College Interns by Cynthia Gerringer

      Spring 2021 interns Cynthia Gerringer, Ivy Moran, and Natalie Lahr inside the IvyMay greenhouse.

      Having spent our fair share of time in college, we know how important internships are when applying classroom learning into real-world application. We are so thrilled to be able to contribute to the education and career development for those interested in different aspects of our business. We are pleased to introduce our three latest interns! -Thaimae

       

      Ivy Moran, Social Media/Copywriting intern

      IvyMay intern Ivy Moran in van with plants

      Communications with a Specialization in Mental Health Major, May 2021

      • My favorite plant is the Ficus Audrey
      • My grandfather owned 100+ apple trees
      • I am great at car karaoke 

      Ivy will be helping out with creating light & fun ideas for both our Instagram & website, along with spreading mental health awareness & the positives of introducing plants into your home. Being a plant connoisseur herself, Ivy has managed to collect over 200 plants & even built her very own greenhouse cabinet. Graduating this term from San Diego State University, Ivy is sure to make her mark in the physical & digital world for plants & their owners!


      Cynthia Gerringer, Copywriting Intern 

      IvyMay intern Cynthia Gerringer in front of wall of succulents

      English Major, May 2021

      • My favorite plant is the String of Turtles
      • Going out to eat is my form of self-care 
      • I treat my plants like they are pets

      Cynthia will be creating some fun & informational blog posts, while helping out Ivy & Natalie as much as she can for content ideas on social media. Being a new plant mom, Cynthia is trying to grow her collection slowly & educating herself on the benefits of owning indoor plants, especially those for air quality. She is excited to learn how to utilize her green thumb to flourish her plants at home along with her time at IvyMay & Co. 


      Natalie Lahr, Social Media Intern 

      IvyMay intern Natalie Lahr smiling in front of van with plants

      Business Marketing with a Specialization in Communication, May 2022

      • My favorite plant is the Mini Monstera 
      • I’ve been a blogger for almost 2 years
      • Coffee dates with my dog is my favorite past time 

      As a business marketing major with a knack for social media, it is no wonder why Natalie was chosen for an internship. Her ever-growing personal TikTok account allows her to understand social media trends, giving IvyMay an advantage in helping grow our online presence. Marketing is not the only thing Natalie brings to the table, she is also pursuing a minor in leadership.

      We look forward to watching our interns grow into their skill sets! Keep an eye our for new blog posts, TikTok videos, and Instagram posts by our new interns.

      5 ‘Hard to Kill Plants’ for Beginners by Ivy Moran

      5 ‘Hard to Kill Plants’ for Beginners by Ivy Moran

      Okay, look. We know it isn’t your intention to forget about your plants, to forget to water, to overwater, forgetting that weekly check-in. Truth of the matter is, there are plants in particular that can withstand being forgotten about more than others. These plants are tolerant of varying light conditions and can thrive in standard temperatures and humidity of your home. What great news-- let’s turn your brown thumb into a green one!

      Here are our 5 favorite ‘easier’ plants:

      Silver Star Snake Plant

      - Snake Plants (Sansevieria)

       Ever heard of the saying “water as often as you pay your rent?” Well, they were really referring to Snake Plants (AKA Sansevieria). The hardiest of plants, the Snake Plant is one that you can place on your top-shelf, forget about it because it's so out-of-reach, and pull it down to admire once a month. These plants can withstand lower light and can even be placed in rooms without windows, just give them artificial/fluorescent lighting!


      Siam Red Aurora Chinese Evergreen

      - Aglaonemas 

      Aglaonemas, otherwise known as Chinese Evergreens, will thrive in any home with medium-bright light, mild humidity and warmer temperatures. These hands-free plants really only ask one thing: with more variegation on the leaves, the more light you’ll need, and with the more light, the more water it will need--what a lovely hack! Water when soil is completely dry, then give the shower of a lifetime-- easy! 

      - Pothos

      No matter the Pothos you fall in love with, whether it’s our Marble Queen, Jade or Neon, these trailing plants can transform any space into a real-life jungle- it’s easy too! Similar to the Snake Plant, Pothos can endure a wide range of lighting situations, from indirect lighting to artificial light. Hold off on watering until the soil is dry and eventually you’ll have a 30-foot stunner! 


      - Scindapsus

      The best of the best trailing plants- Scindapsus! These hanging plants are relatives to the infamous Pothos, however these behave a bit differently- here’s how: Scindapsus are extremely outspoken, and will tell YOU when it’s watering day. Similar to most plants, their leaves will yellow when overwatered, brown when underwatered, and when their leaves will physically curl--  it’s watering time! Give them bright-medium light, grab your favorite beverage, and appreciate your hanging beauties.


      - String of Hearts

      Don’t let them string your heart along, string your own heart! String of Hearts are less tolerant of direct sunlight, regardless what their succulent-leaves might make you think. An easy tell if you have adequate lighting is if the hearts are forming further and further away from each other, you’ll need to increase lighting, if they are super close, you’re in good (heart) shape! Additionally, pinch the leaves to see if its watering time, softer leaves means it’s time for a drench! Look out for their blooms in the Springtime, they are magical! A MUST have plant! 

       

      - Honorable Mentions

      Nevertheless, there is a world full of plants, and we certainly don’t think this is an ‘all encompassing’ list. So, maybe you’re feeling ready for more? Here’s a few that didn’t make the cut but deserve to be mentioned:

      -Birkin

      -Cacti

      -Hoya

       5 Hard to Kill Plants for Beginners

      Being a new plant parent can be overwhelming, we understand! 

      Luckily, IvyMay & Co. has all the products to keep you jungle forever growing. Check out our Moisture Meter and other plant related accessories to ensure you’re a well-prepared plant parent! Also, follow our journey on TikTok and Instagram as we continue learning about all things plants!