Since becoming a plant enthusiast and aquiring quite a large collection (that will continue to grow larger), I now find excitment in the rarer or harder to get your hands on plants. I also tend to like the obscure and “different” looking plants. And here lately I’ve been drawn to odd shaped leaves, particularly round ones. While I have a few plants with round leaves now (and many more I still want to add) there is one that has stolen my heart and quickly became my favorite plant of them all; and that’s really hard to do. I do admit I have many favorites but this one takes the cake. So, without further ado let me introduce you to my collection of Pilea Peperomiodes.
Pilea peperomiodes are also known as the “pancake plant”, the “ufo plant”, and the “chinese money tree”. It took a lot for me to get my hands on these, they actually came all the way from Germany. Apparently, as the history goes, they are from China and became known as the “pass it on plant” because you only got it from a friend propagating their own. I do know that most nurseries have never even heard of this plant and it felt pretty cool being able to introduce people like that to a new plant. I made it my mission to find one, and ended up with three (actually 4, one more is on the way!). They are super easy plants, and look so freakin’ cool with their big round leaves. They grow EXTREMELY fast and they produce these little “babies” which you then can propagate and make new plants. I haven’t given it a go yet because I am very nervous at the very thought of attempting that and it turn out right. But, I do have lots and lots of . babies that could be detached if I wanted to do so. I’m trying to get the nerves up but the plan is to do so and then hopefully ship some out and continue the tradition of passing the plant on. And with it being such an easy plant to maintain, I think everyone should have one in their home. Pilea’s literally tell you when they need water, their leaves will start to droop. Some of my favorite plants are ones that actually show signs of needing water. I like to think they are communicating with me, I guess they actually are though, aren’t they? I water mine once or twice a week I would say. They like the sun, I rotate them through getting sun to moving them under my grow lights since the days are still pretty short. My littlest pilea went through quite a struggle. I suppose it had something to do with it being shipped in an alcohol box (since Germany cannot export alcohol). My guess is it got scanned one too many times? And while everywhere that poor plant went they had to check again to make sure it wasn’t liquor in the box it lived in the dark. So when it arrived it was completely destroyed. All of the leaves were dark brown, rotted, and slimy to the touch. The leaves and their stems just fell right off, it was so devastating to me. But I had faith in the root system of this plant, if nothing else. So, I planted the roots and the little tiny main stem (what was left of it) and I’ll be damned that plant is doing amazing. It has produced so many leaves it is just crazy to me. Nature never ceases to amaze. So yea, pilea peperomiodes are the bees knees and if you are an indoor garden person, you need one of these in your house pronto. Also, if anyone has any questions about this plant I would be more than happy to answer them!
Monstera Deliciosa AKA Swiss Cheese Plant
This plant has quickly become the “it” plant. No more fiddle leaf fig, everyone wants to get their hands on a swiss cheese. There is no wonder why either, this plant is beautiful. Of course, I am partial to the tropical plants known for their foliage rather than flowers. I currently own three of these beauties, two mature and one baby. When I got the “baby” monstera she only had 3 leaves. Now she has well over 20 and they keep on coming. It seems like there is a new leaf rolling itself out everyday. The mature plants are quite enormous and take up a good portion of my bedroom. Being swallowed by the plants around you is heaven so I don’t mind. Recently one of them was acting really strange. It was creating little yellow leaves and all of the mature leaves were wilting. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what was wrong. I always do my research when I bring a plant home (in order to match the conditions of its environment) so I knew I was doing everything right. Well it turns out, not everything you read and hear is always right. Since starting this plant journey, that will never ever end, the one thing I have learned it to just do what you feel is right. Just because my monstera likes to be treated a certain way doesn’t mean the one you have wants the same treatment. Everyones house has it’s own environment with different circumstances and you care accordingly. Anyway, back to what wail ailing my sweet baby, I carefully took her out of the pot and realized that she was so root bound she wasn’t getting any water. I let her soak in a pan full of water for about an hour and the next day she was back to normal, even putting out a new leaf. Given the right care they will flourish, very fast growers. I highly recommend getting one of these even for starters. The swiss cheese is by far one of the easiest plants I have ever taken care of. I love watching them grow. I have been counting leaves of this baby one ———-> for quite some time now and I can’t believe how big she has gotten, almost needs a new pot. I cut off a little piece of one of the big ones while trimming and put it in some water to get some roots going. I gave it about two weeks and today I decided it was time to pot it in some soil. Hopefully this goes well, I have never actually transplanted from water to soil. I’m going to go eat some french toast then I will come back and post a picture of the newly planted monstera!
A quick view of my Plant-happy Bedroom
Since I promised myself I would be blogging everyday and have clearly missed quite a few, I wanted to do a quick post of some pictures of my bedroom. I consider my bedroom to be a sanctuary, a haven, a place to get away from everything in the outside world. And ever since plants have been introduced to my life, I never ever want to leave my room. I spend 90% of my day here (and a good portion is dedicated to care of all these lovelies). If you haven’t introduced plants to your home I highly recommend doing so. It is a game changer for sure. Taking care of plants is meditation and gives you a purpose to get out of bed everyday even when you don’t want to. Not only do they take toxins out of the air but they are beautiful and create a relaxing atmosphere. The benefits of having plants indoors are endless. After I clean up for my guests arriving shortly I will be posting more about specific plants, how to care, which ones are easy, etc. So make sure to stay tuned for lots of good information that I wish someone had told me at the beginning of my plant journey.
PS. Once you start, you will never stop. It is for sure an addiction but hey, at least its a healthy one!
I have utilized some driftwood that I have been collecting and hung it from the ceiling to train some of my vines over it. Hopefully soon I will have a green canopy!
Letting some of my babies get some sun!
I installed some very simple shelves to that I could get more plants in the window area.
Hello world! My name is Dare and I absolutely love plants! This obsession happened about 9 months ago and has yet to subside. Although there have always been a few plants in my house (mainly the usual and boring pothos), lately my heart has been attracted to more rare and oddly shaped plants. Until a few days ago there haven’t been any problems to speak of. But recently I noticed mealy bugs on one of my succulents and ended up having to get rid of it. While there is a lot of knowledge out there on the internet, I find myself looking at dozens and dozens of websites to find all the information I need on one specific thing. So I have decided to start a blog on my journey as a plant extraordinaire. The ups and downs, the growth and the dying, the benefits and the joys. Everything you could possibly think of I will include on my plant journey. What works for me and what doesn’t, along with the basic plant information you would need to get started with a haven of your own. And if no one ever reads this, well then at least there will be something for me to look back on and remember.