Welcome to the HousePlant Girl site!
I became interested in plants at a young age, watching my mom care for all the foliage and fauna she strategically placed throughout our house, each and every season. No matter the weather, cold and blustery with 20 inches of snow or hot and painstakingly humid, she always had thriving houseplants.
Fast forward 20 years and I became a Chinese medicine practitioner. What does this mean? Well, one of my primary roles is a herbalist. I spent years learning Chinese herbs for medicinal purposes; dissected which parts of the plant are therapeutic, how to prepare the plants for patients and how to identify them. Yet, I still had trouble growing my own house plants!
What’s the deal?
I knew I wanted to recreate the magic my mom achieved with her green thumb. The way a house looks with multiple plant varietals is magical not to mention how it makes you feel. I always feel my best around a lot of flowers, succulents or even weeds (if they are pretty, that is).
However, no one ever told me how difficult it is to actually keep a plant alive!
Once I got out on my own, my nickname became ” The Plant Killer”. I either overwatered or undernourished. Too much sun or not enough. And don’t get me started on moving! Once the exposure changed from south to east or north to west, my houseplants would freak out and perish.
I was not to be trusted, and no longer received freebies from my mom—they now all went to my brother, to a home that was guaranteed safe. Or safer than my house.
You don’t need a green thumb to become a green rock star.
I didn’t have the same green thumb as my mother, and after realizing that gene clearly skipped a generation, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
I researched and experimented to the point where I could actually say “I am a houseplant guru!”. It took some time and a lot of sweat and tears, but I finally have that green thumb I’ve always dreamt of.
This site was created as a way to teach others what I have learned in the past several years of self-exploration. Through my “studies”, I learned the varietals, how to care for each and now want to teach people like myself to create a thriving ecosystem of indoor plants. In addition, I’ve incorporated some of the medicinal plants I use in my herbal clinic, merging my loves of gardening and herbal medicine. Viola!
I want to help you find the most common, the most popular and the most useful plants around. You too will become a guru who will teach those around you how to care for these most beautiful things.
Why Should You Invest In HousePlants?
Why should you care about keeping plants in your home? Well, there are many reasons why you should purchase some plants today.
- They purify our air. Extensive research from NASA shows that plants purify the air (naturally!). They give off oxygen and help remove chemicals like formaldehyde. “Both plant leaves and roots are utilized in removing trace levels of toxic vapors from inside tightly sealed buildings. Low levels of chemicals such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde can be removed from indoor environments by plant leaves alone.”
- They can decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats and dry coughs. Studies at the Agricultural University in Norway document that using plants in indoor spaces can help decrease the incidence of dry skin, colds, sore throats, and dry coughs!
- They help you heal! A Kansas State University study found that viewing plants during recovery from surgery led to a significant improvement in physiologic responses like lower blood pressure, lower pain, lower anxiety and also lowered fatigue.
- They help you work. Several studies show that working in the presence of plants can help improve concentration, memory, and productivity.
Which plants are right for you?
It can be confusing to figure out which plants are right for you. Where do you even begin?
Houseplant girl wants to keep you up to date and informed, making it an EASY transition from novice to plant expert. This doesn’t have to be a long and tedious expose into the green kingdom. Here you’ll find easy tips, tables, and advice on how to pick and keep your plants alive.
There’s little things you’ll begin to learn while you look at the plants which are right for you. For example, the chart below shows you a few of the easiest plants to grow for beginners, and the amount of sunlight and water they’ll need to survive. But that’s just the beginning.
Stick with me and you’ll have thriving plants all year round; whether it be a cool 100-degree heat or a nice and toasty negative integer, you’ll be growing green whether you like it or not.
If you’re interested in herbalism, what herbs can do for your health and how Chinese medicine may help you, you can find me at www.polkpuncture.com
Looking forward to helping you with your journey.
House Plant Girl.