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Urban Jungle Journal

Posts tagged: Tropical plants

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...

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...

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...

Ask Me About My Plants: Andrea

Many of you have asked us what our homes look like and this felt like the perfect time to tell you a little more about ourselves, our plants, and the inspiration behind the shop. This week Andrea, co-owner of Art Terrarium, shares a look into her urban jungle and how her...

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.

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. 

Cat-Friendly Houseplants

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....

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.

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.