Do house plants need pots with holes?

tradescantia and ZZ plant

If you’ve got any idea about houseplants at all, you’ll know that the number two killer of houseplants is overwatering. Plants don’t like having their roots sat in a pool of water. It doesn’t feel nice. It rots rot and can drown the plant. With all this being said, I think I can pretty confidently … 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

How do you stop overwatering plants?

aloe vera

As you, learned plant parent extraordinaire that you undoubtedly are, probably already know, overwatering is the no. 2 reason houseplants die. (The no. 1 reason is, I’m pretty sure, general neglect, but I’m certain the people that neglect their plants a) know why their plants are dying and b) aren’t reading this). So how do … Read more

Why are house plants so expensive?

boston and asparagus fern

As hobbies/lifestyles/collections go, houseplants can occupy whatever price bracket you wish. If you’re in this thing long term, buy yourself a spider plant, pothos, or other easy-to-propagate plant and off you go. But if plants are so easy to propagate, why are houseplants so expensive? In short, the more expensive the plant, the more difficult … Read more

Why do house plants attract flies?

photo of a sundew plant

Ah, fungus gnats, the bane of all houseplant owners, (and my boyfriend, who’s plagued by them, and is pretty uninterested in the plants). Why do they inevitably turn up and bug you whilst you’re trying to drink a casual glass of wine and watch Gardener’s World? Fungus gnats are attracted by rotting organic matter and … Read more