Your favourite crazy plants lady is back! 🤪
Following on from my first plant collection post, this is part two on my ever-growing and never-ending plant family.
As we approach the cooler months, I’ve been worried about the well-being of my plants but so far, they’re thriving! I think my plants appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows let in as much light as possible even if there is less of it. As well as the fact that I am over-the-top with my various plant tools… they’re doing pretty well. My green thumb is getting greener 💚
In this edition of my posts about plants, I’ll be sharing my favourite prayer plant variants in particular. I didn’t think that I’d buy another Calathea after the daily struggle that I have with my first Calathea, but they are my favourite. I just love looking at how different but also very similar they all are. 😍
(That is also my excuse on getting more and more plants into my own personal jungle 😆)
I had been eyeing this beautiful Calathea orbifolia for a while, and once I realised that there was one left at my favourite plant store (The Plant Point), I just had to get it! I currently have her in a vase and stand which I also bought from the Plant Point. She’s continuously growing huge leaves, in fact, you can see one in this picture about to unravel.
I usually spray water on her every few days and water when the soil feels dry. Out of all the calatheas I own, this one has been (in my experience) so low maintence.
Every plant-lover I know has this prayer plant variety in their collection! The Marants leuconeura mazingly grow to 30 cm tall and broad with oval leaves that grow each up to 12 cm long. 😲
Also known as the “Pin Stripe Calathea“, the Calathea ornata is one of a kind! With beautiful pink stripes on its glossy leaves, it really differnates from other Calatheas. To add to its uniqueness, the underside of the leaf has a beautiful reddish purple color.
I like to keep this one and the Maranata leuconeura close to each other to mimick humidity in the rainforests that they orginate from.
The Umbrella Plant
Also known as Schefflera or Heptapleurum. My umbrella plant is the variegated leave variety, but you can also get them in the all green variety. I personally love the variegated leaves, I think it makes the plant more interesting to look at. This is another one of those air-cleaning plants!
She’s currently growing up the wall – I want to grow her as tall as possible. ✨
This might be an unpopular opinion but I don’t actually like cactuses much. I think it all comes back to the time I pressed my whole hand into my family’s huge cactus when I was younger. I have no idea why I did that. 😂 But since then I’ve not been a fan.
However, when I first saw this variety – fishbone cactus – I had to get it! I was so mesmorised by leaves… look at that. 😍 I honestly had one of those “OMG, mother nature did THAT.” moments.
What captured my attention the most with this Homalomena plant is the heart shaped leaves. As you might’ve gathered from my collection, I love plants that make me ponder on Mother Nature’s magical powers. This one is no exception!
In the wild, you can find her in Tropical Asia and America. Fun fact: there are loads of these plants around my hometown in the Philippines.
A bonus point: another low-maintence plant that loves growing more leaves!
To conclude this post, I’d like to share another tropical plant in my collection… the Peperomia Tetraphylla. Also known as the acorn peperomia or four-leaved peperomia. It is a small plant in the pepper family that grows in Australia, Asia, Africa, New Zealand, Lord Howe Island, and other islands in the Pacific Ocean.
I don’t know how long these plant blog posts will last, but it looks like they aren’t stopping soon! What do you reckon? My Plant – Part 35? 😆
My new plant hobby has been wonderful for me to take a step back (especially away from screens) and allowed me to bring a bit of nature into city living. It’s been wonderful to watch the my plant family thrive in our home and can’t wait to keep caring for them and new ones in the future. 🥳