Anyone else feel like they are approaching the status of crazy plant lady? There's something about live greenery that just makes every space a bit better, don't you think?
Through quite a bit of trial and error, guidance from our friends who were seemingly born with green thumb, and a lot of patience... We finally feel like we have a better grasp on keeping the plant babies in the studio alive.
Before we dive into this post, let us be very clear that we are by no means a plant experts. You could say our thumbs are only a shade of green — not super green like seasoned gardeners or nursery owners. So if any of you reading this have any additional tips or advice, we'd love to hear from you in the comments below!
p.s. Don't forget to check out the free download for our printable Plant Care Guide at the bottom of this post.
We have a total of twenty five potted plants in our studio. Yup, you heard it right, twenty five! And we are pretty proud to boast that two of them have been with us since we opened back in 2015! A lot of the success of keeping our studio plants happy was learning to pick ones that were going to thrive inside our studio. Our studio gets incredible natural light through two big skylights; but as for direct sunlight, we only have two smaller windows on one side of our space.
For this reason, our goal was to round up a list of (practically) no-kill plants — in terms of both sunlight and upkeep. Here are 4 of our favorites that have proven very successful at The Paper + Craft Pantry:
- Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
We've got three of these guys in our studio sitting on a ledge overlooking our studio. Our sweet studio neighbor, who happens to be a florist, helped us pick these plants out earlier this spring. And, boy, have these guys sprouted up over the past few months. Their vines have grown a ton and we're constantly having to "train" the vines by weaving them around little nooks and crannies. It's hard to imagine that little ledge without these plants on them because they look like they belonged there from the get-go. They thrive naturally with low light, but love the skylights so their vines tend to grow towards the light source.
Our Watering Schedule: Once every other week.
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)
This guy thrives in low light, so he does really well in the corner by our register (which is pretty far away from the windows, and not quite exposed to all the natural light we have). On occasion we move him to the window in our office to get a smidge more light!
Our Watering Schedule: Whenever we remember (seriously!)
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
We have two of these in our studio and they seem to be loving just the right amount of natural light they get from being out in the open area, under the sky lights. We've seen some new growth and baby leaves, so they seem to be pretty happy. We like to keep our smaller ZZ up on a table to add some greenery to liven up our table displays.
Our Watering Schedule: Once every other week, or when the soil feels dry.
- Elephant Ear Plant (Colocasia)
This big ol' plant was one we had purchased for the outside of our studio but we quickly realized it was way too delicate to be out in this Texas heat! We started noticing brown burn spots on it's gorgeous leaves and relocated him inside by the window of our studio so he gets all the light he wants, without having to deal with the intense summer heat. Since moving him inside, he's had a ton of new growth and has even been flowering!
Our Watering Schedule: Weekly. You can tell when this guy gets "thirsty" because his giant leaves start drooping.
CARE + WATERING
One of the biggest learning curves we've had in the studio with keeping our plants happy was to figure out a watering schedule to keep them all hydrated.
We are most guilty of over-watering some of our plants that don't need that much water, and accidentally neglecting the ones that prefer more.
Want a way to keep track and schedule watering times for your plants? We designed this plant care guide so we, as a team, can track which plants need our attention.
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