Urban Jungle plants: why and how to take care of

After showing you the sexy urban jungle interior design Link to article, I would like to show you which urban jungle plants to choose, why and how to take care of…

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Now the most important part : choose your plants ! Here you find the most interesting statement plants for your urban jungle interior design, with approved care tips and perfect for your next plant selfie!

Split-leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) – THE urban jungle plant!

This is THE urban jungle blogger plant ! It is very easy to handle, and so impressive with its huge leafs that inspire designer all over the world for their prints!

This plant grows on the dark ground of the jungle, so it doesn’t need a lot of sun. It will grow better in the middle of your living room than in the direct sun in front of the window. Mine grows perfectly under my self-made plant illumination as the living room is completely dark when I’m not at home…

Care

Don’t flood this plant. Watering once every 2-3 weeks is just fine. Just take care that the earth doesn’t dry out completely… watering globes will be perfect!

This is a true athlete! The plant can grow up to 1m per year in good condition and it is a climbing plant. So you should think of this when finding her a space in your home and attach it very soon on some latter or wire.

Most important: NEVER cut the roots! This would be like a death sentence… If you don’t like the roots, put them in the earth or bundle it with some yarn to the plant… just please don’t cut it ☺

The rest of the plant can be cut very easily to get it in the right shape.

Be careful, they are toxic!

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Kentia palm tree (Howea forsteriana)

Once again, this plant is a big classics in our living rooms. Just like the monster, the kentia palm tree is no fan of direct sun and prefers a mid-shade place.

Care

This one needs a little bit more water; the earth should never be dry. Use watering globes to be sure that the plant always has enough water and water it in addition from time to time (every 2 weeks should be fine).

The kentia palm tree can get very old! You can keep it your entire life ☺ But as it grows quite slow, this roommate will not get too overwhelming too soon…

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Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)

Once again, no direct sun. The fiddle leaf fig is a very easy plant that can become huge! We have a 4m specimen in our office… A real jungle blogger statement plant with its 30cm leafs! Very impressive…

Care

This one is the easiest one… water once the earth is dry or use watering globes without any additional watering. Hydroculture is perfect as well!

This one doesn’t need that much light. No direct sun, but every other corner of your home will do just fine.

To be clear this one can get monstrously… 20m are no exception in the nature. At home they will take the space you let them. But they grow not that fast, so you’ll have time to cut them in the right shape.

With age, this one can get a little bit bare I the lower section. Don’t hesitate to cut or pinch some branches to get new leafs where desired.

Be careful, they are toxic!

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Calathea (Calathea orbifolia)

The calathea is another urban jungle blogger favorite, but I think that it’s less appropriated for plant newbies. They need a bright space, without direct sun.

Care

Watering should be regular, the earth should always be a little wet, but stagnant water must be avoided. Put the plant on stones inside the pot to avoid this one, or use 2 watering globes.

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Orchids (the phalaenopsis species)

I love orchids! But these tropical beauties are not that easy to handle… If you have no experience with orchids, buy “Phalaenopsis” for an easy start. Other species would maybe need elevated air humidity or a specific temperature drop at night/winter to bloom. It would be a pity to spend that much money to find yourself just with 4 green leaves after a couple of months…

Care

Correct watering is the most important thing about orchids and death cause no 1 in our homes. Orchids instantly drop their blossoms under stagnant moisture and the roots will rot in a couple of days. The thing is DON’T water too much! You better just give your green roommates a good bath.

Watering

Fill the pot with water and keep them immerges for about an hour. Afterwards, just let the water drain in your kitchen sink for about 10 minutes before getting them back in their (empty) pot. Done… Wait for the substrate to dry before bathing again. I do this every 2-3 weeks during winter and every 1-2 weeks during summer.

Next most frequently mistake: too much fertilizer. In the wildlife, orchids just grow with no soil on trees. They relay don’t like being put in compact soil and overwhelmed with nutrients. They only need a minimum of fertilizer. Tea and coffee is perfect! I prepare them a good old can of chamomile tea the day before, which I add to the bathing water, approx. 30% tea and 70% normal water.

Chamomile tea is THE secret tip of orchid pros! But any tea would do fine… Just make sure it has ambient temperature (not warm). If you really want to use a commercial fertilizer, use one that is for orchids and use twice of water than preconized on the label to dilute it. Don’t fertilize during winter, and once per month during summer is just fine. Except for the tea, this one can be given every 2 weeks during summer. Less is more trust me…

Repot

To repot: I repot my newbies as soon as they arrive. You will see that there is always some kind of moss or sponge in the middle of the roots. This is supposed to soak up the water when watered like any other indoor plant. The problem is that this is a source of stagnant moisture that may kill you orchid in long term, or at least prevent it from develop correctly. Each time I repot some orchids I have to cut the rotten roots that have been in contact with the sponge. Simply get it out carefully.

Afterwards check the roots. Are they green and full? Then it’s perfect.. if they are completely dried, brown/black, if they’re covered with dark spots are all spongy and even a little slimy, cut them off. Don’t be chary! An orchid can survive with only one good root, but not with plenty sick ones… so cut them off.

So now it’s time to put them back on track: I use simple pine rind in 25/40mm size as a substrate. They cost about 10 euros for 50L and they are normally used to cover the floor of your garden, but they are perfect! The big size of the pieces let the roots perfectly breathe and the shape gives sufficient footing for the plant. Don’t spend a lot of money on fancy marketing; pine rind in 25/40 mm is perfect for these tropical ladies.

Sun

Orchids like the sun, but only in the morning or the late afternoon for about an hour or two! They don’t like the direct sun all over the day. If you don’t have an east directed place left, just put in a bright place without sun, or under a mini 6500K LED lamp. This will do it just fine ☺

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Sweety oxalis (pilea peperomioides)

This is a very funny one ☺ And easy to take care of as well ! The leaves look like flying saucers. Even if it is very pretty, you might search a little before getting one, as it is not that common.

They need a bright space with sun, and after a little acclimatization they’re even fine in the sun the whole day.

Care

Water it once per week, the soil should never be dry. Watering globes are perfect put don’t use them as the only water source, add some water from time to time.

This plant might become a little bald with the age…. a good cut is like a rejuvenating cure!

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Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

I lover the spidies!! I’m a huge fan ☺ They are so tough and pretty, especially with the hanging offshoot!

They will be fine with any place you’ll put them in… as long as it isn’t in the direct midday sun where they might burn, you’ll recognize this at the leaves becoming white. Even the “darkest” office is okay.

Care

They don’t need a lot of water, even if they prefer to be watered regularly. But even if the soil dries out, they won’t give up and stand up tall! But please avoid stagnant moisture, watering globes are the only thing they need…

Spider plants are also one of the best indoor plants to renew your air, they have a high oxygen production!

Multiplying them is very easy. Just cut one of the hanging offshoots and put it in water for a couple of weeks, to let the root develop. Then you can plant them in a pot. But I’ve already planted them directly, they will just need a little more time to develop the root system.

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