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      IvyMay Today — Plant Tips

      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

      How to Prevent Fungus Gnats in Your Plants by Cynthia Gerringer

      How to Prevent Fungus Gnats in Your Plants by Cynthia Gerringer

      So, you’ve started to grow your collection of houseplants. You love these plants, you do everything you can for these plants and yet, pesky home invaders appear. What is worse than coming home from a long day only to see that your home is under attack. Fungus Gnats. Annoying pests, right? Well I’ve got the best remedies on how to remove them from your home while putting up a Do Not Disturb sign so that they can leave your plants alone.

      Here are three tips to prevent fungus gnats:

    • Moisture Levels 
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      Classy Casita Moisture Meter

      For basics, the first thing you should check when you begin to notice these flying criminals is your soil. Are you overwatering your plants? Is there not enough drainage in your pot? As simple as that may sound, without the proper drainage and watering schedule, fungus gnats will immediately appear due to their love of all things wet. A solution to this is by switching to the butt chug method when watering. That’s right, I said butt chug… for your plants! An easy watering method where instead of pouring water on top of the soil, you place your plant in a nursery pot with holes on a small dish with some water and let nature do its thing. Your plants will let you know when they are done drinking when the dish is almost empty or the top layer of the soil is moist.

      Bottom Water Houseplant Method

       

      If you’re still having trouble check out our blog: 3 Ways to Tell Your Plants Need Water for more detail on keeping your plants healthy and properly watered.  

    • Decorate with a Purpose 
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      Rock Your World Ghost Droppings in a Pilea Pot

      Have you ever noticed how most plants on display in stores and restaurants have decorative pebbles sitting on top of the soil? This isn’t just for aesthetic reasons, even though a pop of color amongst green foliage is always a plus. It is a preventative step to make sure your plants are protected from fungus gnats spawning from deep within the soil. By placing a layer of pebbles or stones, you are making your plants inhabitable causing the gnats to find new homes hopefully far away from yours. We offer multiple pebbles such as: Ghost Droppings, Jadey Luck and our personal favorite Cohen’s Pawbbles to keep those pesky gnats away while being stylish. 

       

    • Soiled It
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      Mindful Mix at West Elm

      Ever heard of, you are what you eat? The same goes for your plants as well. The type of soil you use for them will determine how healthy they will be. Choosing the right soil with all of the best ingredients may be hard but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For proper water levels to avoid gnats we recommend soils topped with Diatomaceous Earth. A few sprinkles of that on your plants and you can kiss those gnats goodbye! Diatomaceous Earth is used in order to soak up as much water as possible to act as a barrier so that no unwanted visitors will appear even if your soil is still wet from watering. We recommend soils with Diatomaceous Earth included to save you the shopping trip such as our Peace of Mind Organic Potting Soil Mix and our Mindful Mix .


      For more tips and tricks to keep your plants thriving, follow us on our accounts (TikTok and Instagram), where we constantly keep you up-to-date with the newest plant advice! 

      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!