In the months leading up to my recent move, my plant care regimen – regretfully – dissipated almost entirely. We were working really hard to save up cash and trying to get rid of as much as, and pack as little as, we possibly could. During that time, a lot of my plants admittedly suffered from neglect. Driving down South with only our clothes, pots and pans, and a mattress, I wound up giving most of my plants to a friend that I knew would revive and take care of them.
My previous collection was huge. All obsession, experimentation and passion. I was trying it all – buying any plants that intrigued me, keeping a Wishlist, challenging myself with different varieties, and attempting all different ways to propagate. I used artificial lighting to make it all work in my tiny, dark apartment, and successfully battled a variety of pests. I even took to taking cuttings from restaurants and other public spaces if I saw a plant I’d coveted – an activity that been given the name “proplifting”. It was all trial, error, and eventually success.
As soon as we arrived in our new home, despite having no furniture, we quickly got to work re-curating my collection. Though, this time I really relished the opportunity to choose more thoughtfully and simply reap the benefits of everything I’d learned. Starting totally fresh has been an exciting surprise.
I replaced some plants from my previous collection and picked some new ones that I genuinely admired and knew I could care for. More energy has been put towards making sure my current collection is well cared for with an emphasis on a less labored approach. I’ve also chosen plants this time around based more on how they’ll look and where they’ll go in my home. A compliment to my new lifestyle. It feels very mature!
I’m really excited to show case what I have growing at the moment. I’ve included the common and Latin names of each plant and a small blurb of information or a personal anecdote that feels relevant. Its funny how much you can find yourself wanting to say when you start to type. In many of the pictures you’ll see some new growth too!
I hope you enjoy my little plant tour!
House Plant Tour
Green Velvet Alocasia
Alocasia Micholitziana Frydek
If you’ve never seen this plant in person before, I’m sure you can still tell it is a show stopper. The deep green leaves contrasted with the pale veins are quite striking. The way the broad leaves fall over the thin stems, and even the new unfurling buds are all so pleasing to the eye. This a small version of this plant, not very mature yet, but my sister has a large one that is spectacular. One of the most exciting things about Frydek’s are their velvety leaf textures. They really do have an almost peach-like texture which gives them an even richer visual quality.
Calatheas come in so many interesting shapes, patters, and color varieties. They have waxy leaves that give off a bright sheen and that are additionally characterized by a beautiful deep red underside that scientists are still in debate over the evolutionary function of.
This guy in particular has pale pink streaks mixed into the brighter green stokes on each of the leaves. Calatheas are part of the Prayer Plant family which you can read more about below!
Snake plants are another type of plant that come in so many varieties. They are extremely easy to care for and their foliage has such a personality, no matter which type you choose. Anothe common name for them is Mother In Laws Tongue.
I’ve had this plant for years – it really has survived it all. I made the pot for it in a pottery class that I took shortly after graduating college. I’ve never liked the pot it but can’t seem to get myself to get rid of it either.
Ferns have never liked me but this guys is absolutely thriving. Its gotten so much bigger in that last few weeks and you can see more new, delicate growth shooting out at the top. It must be the humid South Carolina climate that is the real key to my success here…
Ferns are truly a category of their own and I hope to have more of a collection of them one day. I love this one in particular for the feathery fronds that make it very feel so light and dynamic – a nice alternative to all of the leaves around the house. When the sun or a breeze catches it, its such a delight to see.
These leaves are just so fun and oversized. I really don’t have much else to say. I feel like its look alike, the Pilea, really found the path to Instagram stardom with its round leaves but I’m shocked the Plybotrya has not become just as popular. I love this little plant.
Chinese Money Plant
Behold the famous Pilea! My partner surprised me with this guy after I decided to give my plants away for the move. He’s the first of my new collection
When Pilea begin to mature, they shoot out tiny versions of themselves up through the soil of the pot, like small pilea babies. When the babies are hardy enough, you can dig them out and replant them to grow into mature plants and keep repeating the cylce. Endless Pilea!
This is my dream plant. I adore the muted green, matte quality of the leaves and the contrast of the bright stems and veins. It is so satisfying to the eye.
I had wanted it in tree form but couldn’t find one anywhere online. I found this little guy in a plant shop in town and my goal is to grow and prune it into a tree. If you haven’t seen them in more mature form, I highly recommend googling it. They are just lovely.
I’ve combined two plants in this pot. One is a cutting from my great-grandmothers Pothos that still lives and spills over the living room floor in my parents house. The other is one of my first plants of the same variety. I decided to plant them together one day and they are happily entwined now.
Silver Satin Pothos
This is one of my best growing plants. I bought it on a whim when the vines were about three feet long. I’d say they are close to about 10 feet long now and are still growing happily, sending out new pale green leaves.
I actually think my success is in part due to the Wallygro pot that its in that, although not as aesthetically pleasing as I personally would like, provides great aeration and even watering. Both plants that I have in these pots started really thriving soon after being planted in them.
This little guy is an offshoot from my larger Asparagus Fern pictured above. I didn’t know if he would make it, but he’s growing strong! I love the geometric and color contrast of this minimal white pot.
Prayer Plants are some of my favorite plants. Not only have I had a lot of success growing them, but they come in a variety of beautiful patterns and colors. They also send out delicate little flowers when they are growing happily. I’ve had that success once before and a lot of success with propagation too!
They are called prayer plants because the leaves actually fold upwards and come together like praying hands in the evening and full back down during the day. They actually move quite a lot if you keep an eye on them.
Chinese Money Plant
This little guy was a baby that came from a Pilea I owned prior to my move. He survived living in my office in Manhattan and moving down south.
Ficus elastica “burgundy”
My mom had a Rubber Tree growing up that, once I got into plants, I really admired. The one pictured here is a few plants in the same pot, which gives it this great bush-like quality. Eventually I hope to separate them into individual pots and prune them into tall, more tree like, stalks.
There’s something so beautiful about a tall, winding, rubber tree. There a few varieties of these plants, all with very thick, waxy leaves, but this one is admired for its deep burgundy leaf color.
Yes, olives! I’ve always admired these plants for their elegant branches and the muted green color of their leaves. When I saw one for sale, I had to have it. In a few years, hopefully this guy will fruit. Thus far, its done really well, as I was told they do well indoors. New, bright green shoots are visible on the ends of each branch.
The first False Aralia I owned I absolutely loved, but it died tragically of neglect just before my move. This guy is newer to my collection so I have yet to find it a pot to live in.
These plants are refreshing to see amongst a sea of large green foliage with their delicate leaves. The first time I saw one it was about 10 feet tall. I aspire to grow mine into a beautiful tree.
Bird of Paradise
This plant MUST live a full and happy life – there is no other choice because I spent an arm and a leg on it. Standing at 8 feet tall, we’d justified filling the just-moved void with this giant, overpriced, hunk of foliage that we adore. My partner is more or less indifferent to plants, but had said that he wanted one big one as a real statement piece for the new house we’re in. This sparked a passion for the hunt in me again that, needless to say, far surpassed his… but even though I had something ab bit smaller in mind, he was set on this big boy.
We have put two grow-lights on this plant since we have it indoors in a spot that doesn’t get a ton of sun. So far its been happy, putting up new shoots. The one sticking straight up through the middle is the latest, and I’ve seen some new stalks coming in near the base.
Another thing we love about it is all the interesting shadows it cast on the ceiling.