The Happy Houseplant: Snake Plants

aloha friends and happy MONDAY !! its a new week and we are going to be dicuss one of my all time favorite plants. the snake plant. also known as the “mother-in-laws tongue”. aka the cutest plant ever.

My Sansevieria snake plant with yellow tipped edged was the first official houseplant I purchased back in the fall and I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. his name is Bolivia but you can call him Olive for short. LOL

They are almost the easiest houseplant. ever. I remember getting and knowing literally nothing about snake planets except a) they like NEVER need to be watered b) they can tolerate low light c) someone i follow on Instagram got one and it was SO CUTE

they are such a classy, and sleek plant that automatically adds a little bit of boho to your room.

My sister Amanda also got a little rocket snake plant and another type of sansevieria snake plant that is just green with lighter green zig zags. My Mom got one like this too and they are both so cute

ANYWAYS

lets talk about caring for your new pet err plant

|| Snake plants are known for tolerating low light or no light at all. ACTUALLY. Snake Plants really enjoy light and new shoots will come up.

|| They enjoy a good watering every 6-8 weeks but they are an excellent at putting up with little to no watering.

|| Snake Plant propagation is one of the easiest types of propagation. You can either divide a small section off the mother plant or if a leaf happens to fall off, you can just cut the leaf into 2 inch sections and pop it into a well draining soil.

A FEW MORE FACTS….

|| Its an air purifier. SO good for your air, especially in the winter.

|| it fights allergies. this is a great one for me because in the spring I get reeeally bad hay fever.

IF LEAVINGS ARE YELLOWING && SOFT && LIMP…….

|| may have been overwatered and it is recommend you put near light source and to take precaution, plant your snake plant in a well draining soil.

IF THE LEAVES ARE CURLING OR BROWN TIPPED….

|| it could have cold damage ( as in winter) or improper watering or possibly a pest infection such as mealy bugs or spider mites which should be treated immediately.

I hope you enjoyed learning about snake plants and you are able to care fro your snake plant better or you were encouraged to get one yourself!! ;)))

The Happy Houseplant || Why Are My Plants Dying?

aloha everyone!

it is sundayyyy the last sunday of February and now I am drinking coffee and eagerly anticipating bedtime 🙂

last Saturday, as in the saturday before yesterday’s Saturday, we smoked some burger and ahhh they were srsly the bestttttt hamburgers ever. and so I just made some fresh buns to repeat the gloriousness of them :-))

anyways enough ramblinggggg

today we are going to discussing why your plant is dying. or has died. or might die.

LOL

yes I know it looks like I have bloooooming plants everywhere but reallyyy, i too have had my share of dead plants. and it took me awhile to buy another plant after mine died.

It is ALWAYS a good idea to research your plant. Many plants have different care than the normal sun && water.

eg: I had an African violet and it died. for two reasons. a) the pot did not have drainage which is crucial and b) when I watered it, I watered it on top of the leaves and if you know anything about African violets, they do not like to get water on their leaves.

So google your plant and read some care instructions.

buuuuuut anyways. here are some possible reasons your plant is suffering, dead, or might die. take precautions.

|| OVERWATERING

wow wow wow. Overwatering is so common and actually much worse than underaatering because it can lead to root rot which is so hard to get rid of. we’ll take about this after.

How do I know i’m overwatering?

The leaves of your plant will turn brown at the tips, which is most common or it could turn light yellow. Your plant will also look quite wilty.

Or if you have succulents, the leaves with turn soft and look quite watery.

and you plant has stopped growing.

Can I fix it?

yes, you can (most of the time)

here’s a few possible ways:

-Add in fresh, well draing soil like a cactus mix.

amandas plant collection 🙂

||ROOT ROT

this is a huuuge one. Root rot is a plant disease which occurs from overwatering and poor drainage. Unfortunately, it is hard to save the plant unless it is in the earliest stages.

How do I know my plant has root rot?

Its pretty easy to diagnose, and the conditions are quite similar to overwatering since overwatering often leads to root rot. The leaves will discolor and turn wilted and if you pull up your plants, the roots will probably be brown and mushy.

Can I save my plant??

It depends on how far the disease has spread through the plant. If its in the early stages you can pull up the plant, prune off the infected roots, discard the infected soil and replant it in fresh soil and hope for the best. and make sure your pot has drainage otherwise your plant is not likely to recover.

donkeys tail succulent I just recently added to my collection

|| POOR LIGHTING

again, it all depends onw hat type of plant you have but if its not a cactus or succulent, then it likely will need some amount of light.

How do I know if my plant needs more light?

It will become lighter in color, and if lighting condition is not improved then the plant leaves will start to turn yellow and fall off.

You will also notice there to be lack of growth on the plant, and it will grow quite slowly and the leaves may be thinner and smaller than usual.

How can I make sure my plant is getting adequate light?

First of all, find out your plant type and google it or you could also read some books about it, I higggggghhhhlyyyyy recommend “How to Houseplant” by Heather Rodino, it has some great informative on watering and lighting for a variety of plants. You can start by checking if you rplant is positioned in a sunny area that has bright sunlight for several hours of the day.

Caution..

Plants can easily be sunburned by too much sun and you will need to find a good balance so your plant stays healthy.

anywayyyyyys,

I hope you are enjoying the happy houseplant series and have a good weekkkkk 🙂

The Happy Houseplant: 5 Plants for Beginners

aloha friends!! today is Sundayyyy and it has been a longgg sunday. it consisted of my sisters car breaking down and the best part: I got a donkeys tail succulent and I am dyyyyingggg bc he is so cute. how’s your sunday going?

And today for the first post in this fresh new series “The Happy Houseplant”, we are going to be talking about becoming a houseplanter for the first time. Or maybe the second, if your first experience didn’t go so well. 😉

first of all.

I’m going to be post once every week, along with my regular rambly type posts. so be sure to subscribe to follow along the plant journeyyyy starting NOW

SNAKE PLANTS

Along with the simple long dark green leaves, often streaked with yellow and light shades of green, you also recieve the easiest plant ever. And it is so flexible to any environment. It also doesn’t need sun. yay. Literally impossible to kill. and you never have to water it. How much better can it get? oh yes, and its just the cutest plant.

(back, right: snake plant)

ALOE VERA

These are such fun plants, and are a necessity for any houseplanters collection. The soothing gel will also come in handy and keep you from spending money on the bottled stuff. Okay okay but in reality, we killed our aloe vera plant buuuuut it was our fault because I’m pretty sure a) it never saw the sun b) had root rot c) the leaves never got used

so it turned brown and died. whoops.

my parlor palm, named bella:)

CROTON PETRA

This is suuuch a fun and colorful tropical plant to brighten a bleak room! It is such a good plant for beginner houseplanters and is one that enjoys more constant care and regular waterings.

i just repotted beatrice last night and her roots were in a root ball, so ready for a new pot! 🙂

SPIDER PLANT

My mom actually has this one and the first day we had it, when our backs we turned, our cat Pippin went and had a real nice feast. And it looked pretty rough but its growing so that kinda shows how well it will do, even if abused. aha. The white and green leaves curl under, somewhat resembling long pieces of grass and it is a very unique plant!

i didn’t have a picture of the spider plant so be sure to google it 😛

HOYA PLANT

this is kinda like our family plant ahah. We have like all taken clippings from my moms plant who took a clipping from her moms etc. haha. it is such a happy plant! It doesn’t complain, and stays very content in all sorts of environment and I speak from experience. I neglected mine for like 2 years and he didn’t die. #plantgoalsssss

it also adds a boho kinda vibe to the space. the vine is just so cute.

ANDDDD that concludes the first post in the series! hope you enjoyed and be sure to check back later this week for my weekly ramble and next sunday for more about PLANTSSSS.

ANYWAYS:)))