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 a 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 plant experts. You could say our thumbs are only a light shade of green—not up-to par with 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 (and counting!) potted plants in our studio. Yup, you heard it right, over 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.
Our goal was to round up a list of (practically) no-kill plants—in terms of both sunlight and upkeep. Here are 5 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 former studio neighbor, who happens to be a florist, helped us pick out these plants earlier during the spring time. And, boy, have these guys sprouted up over the past year. They 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 no matter where we put him in our studio. 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 several 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've got a couple of smaller ones but currently have our big ZZ plant near our register in a pretty low-light area.
Our Watering Schedule: Once every other week, or when the soil feels dry.
We brought the tropical vibes into our shop with this fella! Since it is a palm, they prefer more water and humidity so we placed our palm as far away from our AC units as possible!
Our Watering Schedule: Weekly.
We got this Monstera several months ago at the most unlikely place, IKEA! And he's truly thrived in our shop! He's literally doubled in size and has produced so many new leaves we can tell he's a happy camper! We rotate the planter every month or so since the leaves tend to "reach" and lean towards light.
Our Watering Schedule: Weekly.
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.