The Care Blog


Bromeliad Mount Care: How to Water and Care for Mounted Bromeliads

Bromeliad Mount Care: How to Water and Care for Mounted Bromeliads

Bromeliads are incredibly versatile houseplants, easy to care for, beautiful to look at and adaptable to a wide variety of indoor spaces. Many bromeliads grow epiphytically in nature, meaning that rather than growing exclusively in soil, they grow on the branches of other trees in the jungle canopy. As such, they're ideal for mounting.  Mounted bromeliads are cared for much...

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Plantlet Care: How To Pot Up and Care For Juvenile Houseplants

Plantlet Care: How To Pot Up and Care For Juvenile Houseplants

"Plantlets" are the name we give to our collection of juvenile specimen plants - fully rooted, baby houseplants that are wrapped in moss and ready for potting in a larger container. Proper houseplant up potting (also called repotting) is the first step to properly caring for our plantlets. How To Pot Up Your Plantlet Repotting or potting up your houseplant is quite...

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Terrarium Care: How To Care For A Terrarium with Succulents, Cacti and Tropical Plants

Terrarium Care: How To Care For A Terrarium with Succulents, Cacti and Tropical Plants

Terrariums, whether created with succulents, cacti or tropical plants, are like tiny universes. There is something fascinating and beautiful about a self-contained plant landscape within a glass vessel, and when properly assembled and cared for, these little ecosystems will thrive for years. Terrarium care might seem daunting, but there's no reason to be worried - with a few easy steps,...

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Mounted Tropical Plant Care: How to Grow Epiphytic Tropical Plants

Mounted Tropical Plant Care: How to Grow Epiphytic Tropical Plants

In the home, the most familiar way of keeping a plant is potted in a planter. But the possibilities for indoor plant arrangements are quite broad, especially when you introduce the idea of mounting plants. Suddenly, wall space becomes plant space! We mount a wide array of tropical plants to cork, using sphagnum moss and a touch of soil. The...

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How To Make A Kokedama: DIY 'String Garden' Tutorial

How To Make A Kokedama: DIY 'String Garden' Tutorial

Ever wondered how to make a kokedama? It's easy! Kokedama, sometimes called string gardens or Japanese moss balls, are a form of bonsai that dates back to the Edo era in Japan, circa 1600. Kokedama are just as beautiful to look at as they are fun to make, and thrive indoors - perfect for a corner nook in a small...

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Scented Geranium Care: How to Grow Pelargonium Kokedama

Scented Geranium Care: How to Grow Pelargonium Kokedama

Kokedama is a traditional Japanese bonsai form in which the roots of plants are bound with spaghnum moss into living 'string gardens.' While tropical plants, ferns and jungle cacti adapt well to kokedama, a surprising range of plants can be made into these living moss balls. Scented Geraniums, also known as pelargonium, make a wonderful indoor-outdoor kokedama that will continue...

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Kokedama Care: How to Care for Kokedama String Gardens

Kokedama Care: How to Care for Kokedama String Gardens

Kokedama is a Japanese word that, simply translated, means “moss ball”. Sometimes called the “Poor Man’s Bonsai” or “string gardens,” the of art of binding plants into green, mossy orbs dates back centuries to the Edo era in Japan (around 1600 AD). Making kokedama is a fun process that involves stripping soil from the plant's roots, and using a special-clayrich...

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Mounted Jungle Cactus Care: How to Grow Rhipsalis, Hatiora and Other Epiphytes

Mounted Jungle Cactus Care: How to Grow Rhipsalis, Hatiora and Other Epiphytes

The idea of a “jungle cactus” sounds like a contradiction at first. Jungles are hot, humid, lush and green, and cacti grow in the arid, sun-scorched desert. Jungle cactus? How’s that supposed to work? Like most things in the plant world, it’s not so black and white, and there are various genera of cacti that thrive in the shady moist canopy...

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Epiphytic Wall Plaque Care: How to Grow Mounted Hoya and Dischidia

An epiphytic plant grows on another plant, and yet is not parasitic. There are loads of epiphytes and they come in all shapes, sizes and colors; ferns, bromeliads, orchids, tillandsias. And still other plants can grow epiphytically when specially propagated and given a specific growing environment. This is where our epiphytic wall plaques come in. Like tiny swatches of flora...

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Marimo Moss Ball Care: How to Grow and Care For Marimo Moss

Marimo Moss Ball Care: How to Grow and Care For Marimo Moss

Marimo Moss Balls are one of our very favorite plant discoveries of the last few years. Marimo are equal parts bizarre and beautiful, and Marimo moss ball care is very easy. Marimo, a Japanese word which literally translates to “seaweed ball” are not moss at all - they’re actually a rare form of spherical algae. There’s no central stone or...

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Staghorn Fern Care: How To Water, Grow and Care for Mounted Staghorn Ferns

Staghorn Fern Care: How To Water, Grow and Care for Mounted Staghorn Ferns

It’s a fact: staghorn ferns are stunning. Mounted on a board, wrapped in vintage burlap, and hung a wall, these plants are truly works of living art. There are dozens of species of staghorn ferns, and until recently, they were quite rare. Now though--thanks to species native to Australia, Platycerium bifurcatum, that is relatively easy to care for and propagate--they’re...

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Air Plant Care: How To Care For Air Plants, Aeriums and Tillandsia Mounts

Air Plant Care: How To Care For Air Plants, Aeriums and Tillandsia Mounts

The name “air plant” is actually a bit misleading. Members of the Tillandsia genus are so called not because they can thrive on air alone, but because they require no soil at all to grow. In fact, assuming that Tillandsia only need air to survive is one of the most common mistakes we see in air plant care. In their...

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Introducing the Care Blog

When people walk into our retail shop, they often go slack-jawed when they see our living art pieces. "What IS that?" we hear time and time again. While many admire our work, many hesitate to bring living art piece into their home for fear that care will be too complicated, and that as a result their new piece may soon...

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