Can you keep plants in the bathroom?

ferns and golden pothos around a bath

Bathrooms can be cold, stark places, and what better (and cheaper) way to brighten up yours than with a plant? Or lots of plants, covering every surface which is a thing that keeps cropping up on Instagram. The only thing I can say about that is that Plantstagrammers move their plants around a lot. Don’t … Read more

Can house plants survive in the dark?

plants

Honestly? HONESTLY? No. I’m sure a ZZ plant would try super super hard to survive in, say, a bathroom with no lights. But it wouldn’t grow very quickly, if at all, and it would thrive. A lot of plants aren’t fussy: give them enough water, light, and something to grow their roots in, and they’ll … Read more

Can house plants cause damp?

I’ve had a bit of a dilemma this year. We live in an old, damp house, so at Christmas, I treated myself to a dehumidifier. Crazy, I know. And then I somehow acquired dozens of houseplants that would require humidity. Suddenly the humidity was a good thing, and the dehumidifier was the evil, life-sucking monster … Read more

How many house plants is too many?

cacti and succulents on a shelf

What I’ve noticed about keeping houseplants as a hobby is that it escalates fast. I went from having a few sad cacti to having dozens of different plants. And I learned a lot of new words, like ‘variegated’, and ‘sphagnum’, and ‘Sansevieria’. It’s been a wild ride. There aren’t many collections you can add to … Read more