Meet the Team: Spring 2021 College Interns by Cynthia Gerringer
Ivy Moran, Social Media/Copywriting intern
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
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
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
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:
- 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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
How to Use a Moisture Meter for Your Plants
5 Most Common Mistakes New Houseplant Parents Make
Want to learn how to keep your plants alive and well!? Here are a few mistakes new houseplant parents make and how you can avoid them. And don't you worry, we've all been there. Follow along for our favorite tips and tricks.