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Urban Jungle Journal

Posts tagged: Plant Care

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!

Tillandsia Xerographica

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...

Here's What I've Learned: Series Recap

If you’ve killed every green thing under your roof, you can try again and I promise, promise that you can succeed. If you’ve got an urban jungle already, you can keep leveling up. No matter who you are or what you like, your home and your desk and your world can...

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...

Spring Refresh

The first in Des Moines-ian and budding plant aficionado Emily's summer series on starting your own urban jungle! This week we're talking about a spring refresh for your houseplants. We’ll cover cleaning, pruning, repotting, fertilizing and staging.

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....

Winter Houseplant Care

It’s that time of year that the sun seems particularly shy and we find ourselves layering up with mittens and scarfs. While we can certainly step up the self-care with hot cocoa, Netflix, and winter treats, how do we take care of our green leafy friends at this time of year.


The jungle-covered mountains of Southeastern Brazil don’t exactly conjure images of Christmas time. So what does the rainforest have to do with the Holiday season? Everyone’s favourite winter-blooming succulent, nicknamed the "Christmas Cactus," calls these jungles home.

Stress Free Succulent Care

Succulents are currently the darlings of contemporary houseplant trends. These beautiful little plants are treasured, but how do you care for your new little succulent? This is our comprehensive care guide, to help you become an awesome succulent owner.