Urban Jungle Journal
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Plants That Will Thrive In Your Bathroom
I’m Allie, and I’ll be learning and sharing about a variety of plant care topics over the next few months on the Urban Jungle Journal. A little about me: I’ve claimed Des Moines as home for over a decade. I love houseplants, dogs, books, dessert, coffee, and tea. I’m a...
Showing up with Plants
Hey it's Shylah, Art Terrarium Shopgirl, Art Curator, and now Plant Stylist! Plant Stylist is a title I made up to describe a role where I show up with plants for people, and put those plants in places. It involves creative solution finding, incorporating plants into environments, and transforming spaces!
Air plants (Tillandsia) are one of biggest trends for modern gardening, and for good reason. These plants are downright gorgeous and ultra low-maintenance. While they may not quite be able to live on air alone, these soilless plants are a statement wherever they go. Among the air plants, the Xerographica reigns...
Did I Kill My Plants: Daily and Emergency Care
This week, we’re talking about being a plant killer. Yes, I said it. In spite of a rocky plant-care track record, I was pretty sure that “This time would be different” and “I’m much more aware of what I’m doing.” Luckily, I was able to connect with Shylah and ask...
Bringing Your Plants Home: Placement and Styling
We’re back again, this time to talk about how to make your plants feel the most welcome when you bring them home. We’ll talk about some basics for placement and care, as well as how to create a few vignettes that keep your plants happy and healthy, and your shelves...
Getting Started: Plant Selection & Potting
Today, we’re talking about choosing the right plants for your space and lifestyle, and preparing to bring them home! If it were up to me, I’d wrangle up armfuls of Insta-worthy fiddle leaf figs and create a mini-forest in my living room. Unfortunately, this usually ends with a drooping, dried-up husk...
Air Cleaning Plants
Many of the materials in our everyday lives slowly add a cocktail of toxins into our air. Fortunately some of the most popular house plants are experts at removing toxins like formaldehyde, mold, benzene and others from your home.
While you might look at your house plant and think it seems harmless, many of our favorites can be toxic to cats! Knowing which plants are cat-friendly or not, is very important to make sure our house is healthy and happy - for all our friends that call it home.
Low Maintenance Houseplants
We love houseplants for their ability to bring home a little bit of green and a breath of fresh air every day of the year. If you’re looking for all the benefits of a houseplant (or a few!) but aren’t sure if you can keep one alive, here are some...
Aloe Vera: The Plant that Loves You Back
Whether you want to bring home your aloe to be a houseplant, superfood, or healing plant, it has all of the same care needs as a succulent. These adorable little guys call North Africa home, meaning the best care you can give them is to mimic their arid desert home....
Ferns: The Living Fossils
Ferns themselves are living fossils all the way from the Devonian period, and predate most of the plants we’re familiar with by more than a few million years. Once filling prehistoric forests, you can now have them as lush and leafy additions to your own Urban Jungle.