A few months ago, we collaborated with guest poster Bobby Pathammavong on a Pinterest board featuring one of her obsessions, the great outdoors. This month, we’re teaming up with Bobby again on a new collaboration board themed after another one of her favorite things: houseplants!
So, Bobby, lets get to know more about the plants you keep at home with a little Q & A, shall we?:
How many plants do you currently have, and which are your favorite and why?
Currently I have a variety of 13 different houseplants. I’ve been known to have more, but since my thumb is still light green, some plants still struggle to survive. Caletheas (also known as prayer plants) are my favorite at the moment, with colorful, decorative leaves that fold together upwards each night – they are constantly changing shape. Like all plants, they are living and breathing, but Calatheas sway and move throughout the day, depending on the light and humidity. They just seem to truly come to life.
Where is your favorite place to acquire houseplants?
Locally, I love to visit Pistils Nursery. They have a unique rotating selection. I can’t step foot in their door without leaving with a new plant child to add to my collection. Visiting the shop is a treat, so if you’re ever in the neighborhood, it’s worth a stop to experience.
Artemisia is also a great little shop known for its creative terrariums. If you’re looking for a gift, or unique vessels housing a variety of plant life, Artemisia has you covered.
My mom and I love to head up to Molbak’s up in Washington. It’s a great nursery with a huge selection of large and small indoor plants. We always pick out a few from there, but we never agree on which houseplants are the best.
And lately, Ikea has also become a great source for new houseplants with a reasonable price tag.
Have you ever given a houseplant as a gift? If so, which variety would you recommend?
I’ve often gifted air plants. They don’t require much maintenance, and you can have fun with what type of vessel you gift them in.
Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping houseplants alive?
Do your research. Plants are unique just like people, and can have very specific care needs to keep them happy. So next time you acquire a new plant, be sure to keep up with its maintenance to keep it nice and healthy. I still make the mistake of putting my plants on the same watering schedule, and while some will thrive, others won’t be happy with me and will shrivel away. It’s a sad day for all.
Which houseplant variety has been the hardest for you to maintain?
I still struggle with succulents. I’m yet to be successful with propagating succulents or keeping them alive for more than a couple months, but I’m discovering that some succulent species are hardier than others and are definitely easier to maintain. Burro’s Tail or Donkey Tail, Hens and Chicks and Jade are all examples of a hardy succulent.
Thanks so much for sharing your plant friends with us, Bobby, and for all the helpful houseplant ideas! For loads of houseplant tips, tricks and inspiration, visit our Houseplant collaboration board with Bobby on Pinterest. Here are just a few of Bobby’s favorite pins from the board:
And for the full board, visit the link below: