Urban Jungle Journal

How to Control Gnats in Your Houseplants

Andrea Metzler

How to Control Gnats in Your Houseplants

There’s nothing worse than stopping to water your beloved houseplant only to be met with a flurry of insects. Even if you’re the world’s most devoted plant parent, your leafy roommates can sometimes develop unwanted guests.  Of all the potential household pests your plants might attract, fungus gnats are some of the most common. These tiny bugs are attracted to the damp soil of your plants and can be a persistent problem when they lay eggs.  To help combat the stress and frustration of dealing with annoying gnats, we’ve put together a helpful guide so you can not only identify...

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Plant Feature: Bromeliads

Andrea Metzler

Plant Feature: Bromeliads

There’s no better season than summer to take your plant parenthood to the next level! After all, you deserve a houseplant that reflects all of the warmth of long summer days and the fiery sunsets that follow, a punchy plant that reminds you of summer vacation even after the leaves begin to fall.  Which is why it’s time to spotlight one of our favorite flashy houseplants: the bromeliad. With vibrant, lasting blooms bromeliads can add the perfect pop of tropical color to your home or office. Not only are bromeliads beautiful, but we think they're an under-recognized way to spruce...

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How to Choose the Best Pot for Your Plant

Andrea Metzler

How to Choose the Best Pot for Your Plant

Picking out a pot for your newly purchased houseplant can be just as fun as selecting the next plant to add to your home. At Art Terrarium we’re proud to have all sorts of potting options to fit you and your plant’s needs. From ceramics handmade by Midwestern potters to more economical terra cotta planters, there are lots of options to choose from in the shop.  But before you make your decision, there are other factors to consider outside of if a pot matches your taste or home’s decor.  In fact, the pot you choose can have a lasting effect...

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Meet Local Maker Michelle Geneser of ARRA

Andrea Metzler

Meet Local Maker Michelle Geneser of ARRA

One of the things we love most about our space is the ability to feature so many incredible artists and makers from around the Midwest. Some of our favorite creatives are even based right here in Des Moines. Michelle Geneser, owner of ARRA (formerly OVER+PRINT), is a talented local marker who creates candles and other fragrances inspired by some of our favorite natural elements. We are very excited to celebrate the launch of her new brand at Art Terrarium, as part of our After Hours event on Friday June 21st. We couldn’t wait until then to start celebrating ARRA so...

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What are Houseplants?

Andrea Metzler

What are Houseplants?

We know there are tons of benefits to having plants in your home. From their mood-boosting properties and ability to improve air quality to the vibrant pops of color they provide, plants are an essential part of your home. By now you’ve probably heard the term houseplant gets tossed around quite a bit. But what exactly is a houseplant? While it may seem logical that any plant you bring home could technically be a houseplant, that’s not always the case. So we’ve pulled together a quick crash course that includes important houseplant basics like their background, how to keep your...

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