All Posts   Posted:   April 25, 2018 by Nicole Forbes - Dennis' 7 Dees Education Director & Brianna Kindell - Dennis' 7 Dees Marketing Coordinator

“Fashion model” plants – used in magazine & decorator photo shoots or showcased in high-end venues such as restaurants, hotels or spas. Plants contribute to style with color, texture, leaf shape & form and can complete a look or make a statement. Currently the most commonly featured indoor plant in style magazines is the Fiddle-leaf Fig or Ficus lyrata

Fiddle Leaf

Popularized over the last few years with cover shots on Architectural Digest magazine and other designer showcases – this fig has leaves shaped like the body of a fiddle or violin and is native to Australia and Southern Asia. The large, leathery green leaves provide a bold statement and add pizzazz to any room. They may be purchased as a small bushy plant or already grown into a small or large tree – their natural growth habit is to grow into a tree-form over time. Provide bright indirect light and turn plant often to keep growth balanced. Allow top 50% of soil to dry out before watering and use a quality potting soil that holds water but drains quickly. Best in a nearly root-bound, small pot situation. Feed monthly in spring and summer with a diluted houseplant fertilizer.

Monstera

Native to the jungles of Mexico, Panama and India, these plants have large shiny heart-shaped leaves that split from the leaf edge to the center vein as the plant matures. The large, patterned leaves create the perfect feel of a tropical jungle with minimal care – the plant grows rapidly and can often have leaves up to 3ft. Long and 2ft. Wide! Best grown in bright light (plant becomes leggy and leaves won't split in low light) but out of direct sun. Water thoroughly then let top 25% of soil to dry out between waterings – keep damp but never soggy. Feed twice a month from spring through summer with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer. Unlike most plants these 'monsters' prefer a large pot to promote rapid growth and huge leaves. If the plant has support or a surface to grow on it can even climb like a vine!

Airplants

These plants are actually epiphytes and grow differently than most other plants by attaching to a tree trunk or branch and taking all of its needs from atmospheric rainfall – they do not grow in soil at all! Air plants's needs are very simple and they are easy to care for with a regular watering schedule. They prefer bright indirect light and thrive in high humidity. Once each week they should be watered by soaking the entire plant in a container of water for up to 15 minutes then be allowed to drip dry upside-down to avoid rotting their base. Misting helps keep humidity levels high but often does not provide enough moisture to hydrate the plant completely. These cool creatures come in a wide range of sizes and textures and can live for many years in your home. Air plants are portable enough that they could join you on your daily commute and be your office plant or cube buddy and even come home with you for the weekends!

Succulents – echeveria

Cute-as-a-button, these succulents have round, fleshy leaves that grow in a low, rosette form and come in colors of blue-grey, green and burgundy. Often grown indoors as they are not winter hardy in our climate, they prefer bright light of a south or east/west exposure – green plant varieties do better in medium light conditions than those with more foliage color. Best planted into small containers with drainage holes, use a cactus planting mix and water when top 50% of soil is dry (wrinkled leaves indicate underwatering, plants may rot if overwatered). Succulents may grow tall and 'lean' towards light but can easily be pinched or trimmed for propagation or to maintain size.

Rubber leaf plant

These are starting to trend quicker than you can say print on pants. Seriously these leaves are on everything from fabric prints, phone cases, to fine art prints. Originally from Southeast Asia and India, these plants are known for their unique color variations. Some look as if the colors were painted onto their oval leaves with a brush! These plants can give your home a tropical - without trying too hard - feel. They are pretty low maintenance and it is recommended to start with a small/young one so it acclimates at a young age to being indoors. I’ve seen these plants in waiting rooms bunched up in a pot standing 3-4 feet and I’ve seen them at tropical resorts get 60 feet tall. Don’t fret if you don’t see new leaves growing when you bring them home during fall or winter, the grow best during the warmer months. These popular iconic plants are definitely one of the easier of the ficus family members to bring into your home.

Pothos

Ok, you want to get a plant but are nervous that you "can't grow something"? If this is you, I see a Pothos jungle in your future. This plant is durable and has a satisfyingly fast growth rate that says "I love you human" in plant language. Pointed leaves come in a range of patterns and colors in various shades of green; growth habit is vining or trailing but can also 'climb' if given support or just woven around the room with hooks or tacks. Pothos are not fussy about light needs but do best in medium to bright indirect light in regular potting soil and average-sized container. Fertilize every 2-4 weeks from spring through summer with a diluted houseplant fertilizer. For many people – this is your first houseplant ever... welcome to the jungle!

“Fashion model” plants – used in magazine & decorator photo shoots or showcased in high-end venues such as restaurants, hotels or spas. Plants contribute to style with color, texture, leaf shape & form and can complete a look or make a statement. Currently the most commonly featured indoor plant in style magazines is the Fiddle-leaf Fig or Ficus lyrata

Fiddle Leaf

Popularized over the last few years with cover shots on Architectural Digest magazine and other designer showcases – this fig has leaves shaped like the body of a fiddle or violin and is native to Australia and Southern Asia. The large, leathery green leaves provide a bold statement and add pizzazz to any room. They may be purchased as a small bushy plant or already grown into a small or large tree – their natural growth habit is to grow into a tree-form over time. Provide bright indirect light and turn plant often to keep growth balanced. Allow top 50% of soil to dry out before watering and use a quality potting soil that holds water but drains quickly. Best in a nearly root-bound, small pot situation. Feed monthly in spring and summer with a diluted houseplant fertilizer.

Monstera

Native to the jungles of Mexico, Panama and India, these plants have large shiny heart-shaped leaves that split from the leaf edge to the center vein as the plant matures. The large, patterned leaves create the perfect feel of a tropical jungle with minimal care – the plant grows rapidly and can often have leaves up to 3ft. Long and 2ft. Wide! Best grown in bright light (plant becomes leggy and leaves won't split in low light) but out of direct sun. Water thoroughly then let top 25% of soil to dry out between waterings – keep damp but never soggy. Feed twice a month from spring through summer with a half-strength houseplant fertilizer. Unlike most plants these 'monsters' prefer a large pot to promote rapid growth and huge leaves. If the plant has support or a surface to grow on it can even climb like a vine!

Airplants

These plants are actually epiphytes and grow differently than most other plants by attaching to a tree trunk or branch and taking all of its needs from atmospheric rainfall – they do not grow in soil at all! Air plants's needs are very simple and they are easy to care for with a regular watering schedule. They prefer bright indirect light and thrive in high humidity. Once each week they should be watered by soaking the entire plant in a container of water for up to 15 minutes then be allowed to drip dry upside-down to avoid rotting their base. Misting helps keep humidity levels high but often does not provide enough moisture to hydrate the plant completely. These cool creatures come in a wide range of sizes and textures and can live for many years in your home. Air plants are portable enough that they could join you on your daily commute and be your office plant or cube buddy and even come home with you for the weekends!

Succulents – echeveria

Cute-as-a-button, these succulents have round, fleshy leaves that grow in a low, rosette form and come in colors of blue-grey, green and burgundy. Often grown indoors as they are not winter hardy in our climate, they prefer bright light of a south or east/west exposure – green plant varieties do better in medium light conditions than those with more foliage color. Best planted into small containers with drainage holes, use a cactus planting mix and water when top 50% of soil is dry (wrinkled leaves indicate underwatering, plants may rot if overwatered). Succulents may grow tall and 'lean' towards light but can easily be pinched or trimmed for propagation or to maintain size.

Rubber leaf plant

These are starting to trend quicker than you can say print on pants. Seriously these leaves are on everything from fabric prints, phone cases, to fine art prints. Originally from Southeast Asia and India, these plants are known for their unique color variations. Some look as if the colors were painted onto their oval leaves with a brush! These plants can give your home a tropical - without trying too hard - feel. They are pretty low maintenance and it is recommended to start with a small/young one so it acclimates at a young age to being indoors. I’ve seen these plants in waiting rooms bunched up in a pot standing 3-4 feet and I’ve seen them at tropical resorts get 60 feet tall. Don’t fret if you don’t see new leaves growing when you bring them home during fall or winter, the grow best during the warmer months. These popular iconic plants are definitely one of the easier of the ficus family members to bring into your home.

Pothos

Ok, you want to get a plant but are nervous that you "can't grow something"? If this is you, I see a Pothos jungle in your future. This plant is durable and has a satisfyingly fast growth rate that says "I love you human" in plant language. Pointed leaves come in a range of patterns and colors in various shades of green; growth habit is vining or trailing but can also 'climb' if given support or just woven around the room with hooks or tacks. Pothos are not fussy about light needs but do best in medium to bright indirect light in regular potting soil and average-sized container. Fertilize every 2-4 weeks from spring through summer with a diluted houseplant fertilizer. For many people – this is your first houseplant ever... welcome to the jungle!