Everybody’s talking about the Insta-worthy indoor house plant – Epipremnum aureum. Also known as Devil’s Ivy or Pothos, it’s almost impossible to kill and it’ll keep on growing even in the dark!
If you’re stuck for ideas on how to display this botanic beauty, don’t stress: we’ve got a list.
Drop us a comment and tell us which style you liked the best.
1. In a Kokedama
via Succulent Sistas
2. Frame a Mirror
image: Natalie Jeffcott via ApartmentTherapy
3. Hydroponics – No soil gardening!
image: itsprettynice via Instagram
4. Fill gaps in your bookshelf
5. In a Macrame Hanging Planter
via The Anthology
6. Contrast it against a white wall
image: Lauren Bamford via MrKitly
7. Hang it off a log
8. Frame it around the edge of your window sill
image: Frida Ramstedt via Trendenser
9. Or just let it grow in front of the window
10. Above the shower (or on the shower rail)
via Luisa Brimble
11. Use a wall trellis
12. Through the staircase balustrade
image: Dave Michigan
13. In the middle of the staircase
(okay, almost the same as number 12 but this variation was just too cool)
14. Hang it like bunting
How do you get rid of mold growing on the surface of your houseplant soil?
I gotta admit, I’m one of those smothering plant parents that gives a little too much TLC (that is, I have a bad habit of over watering).
This morning I got up to do my usual weekly watering routine, only to find a layer of white mold on the soil of my calathea orbifolia!
Heart broken and distraught (well, for the first 6 seconds), I did some research and found the answer.
So what’s happening?
The white fluffy layer of mold that sits on top of the soil is saprophytic fungus. It’s harmless to both you and your plants, but it’s an indication that your plant needs help with moisture, sunlight and air circulation.
“Only a very small proportion of the thousands of species of fungi in the world can cause disease in plants or animals – these are the pathogenic fungi. The vast majority of fungi are saprophytic, feeding on dead organic material, and as such are harmless and often beneficial. Just occasionally, however, the growth of saprophytic fungi can be a nuisance to the gardener.” – The Royal Horticultural Society
Over watering is usually the culprit for mold on potting soil. When it’s too moist and struggles to dry out quickly enough, the mold will form. It can also appear if your plant isn’t positioned to get enough sunlight and air circulation.
At this point you’re probably asking yourself: is it too late? Am I the worst plant parent ever?
And the answer is, no of course not!
How do I fix it?
Simply grab a spoon and scrape the top of the soil off, and throw it straight into the trash.
Stick your finger an inch or two into the soil to see if it’s still damp. If it is, you might want to check for root rot. Treat rotted roots immediately and repot your plant.
If there’s no root rot but the soil is a bit damp, move your plant to an area where it can dry out – preferably outside in bright and indirect sunlight with air circulation.
And we don’t stop there:
When you bring back inside, there are a couple more things you can do to prevent mold from coming back.
I mixed some apple cider vinegar with water and lightly sprayed the top of the soil. The acetic acid content is what makes vinegar an effective mold killer, however too much can kill your plant.
3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 1 gallon of water is a good ratio.
Be sure to only spray the soil – don’t get any on the leaves!
You can also sprinkle ground cinnamon or baking soda on the top of the soil as a natural anti-fungal treatment.
How do you deal with mold? Leave a comment if you have a different method, or if you tried the solutions above and got some clear results!
We asked our Facebook community to share their home gardening tips, and we were stoked with the response! Whether you need some extra tips on growing vegetables or indoor plants, keep reading and we’re sure you’ll give these tips a green thumbs up.
We had loads of great contributions about the importance of garden soil, potting mix, and garden compost. These tips can be applied to anything! Indoor house plants, container gardening, propagation, you name it.
“Take the time to prepare the proper environment before new plants arrive. Good soil preparation is the single most important thing you can do for your flowers. Loosen soil to at least 6 inches, add organic matter (such as peat moss, compost, or manure), and mix well. Rake to level.” – Bernadette
“Use organic mulch around all your plants, veggies, shrubs, bushes & trees you just planted. It holds moisture while protecting the roots & base of plant ” – Diana
“Use organic live soil. The difference will blow your mind. Feed the soil instead of the plant.” – Melissa
“Use egg shells crushed as a fertilizer and do not over water anything – use drip system.” – Karen
“Put coffee grounds on your plants” – Judy
“Try to buy decent soil, water when the sun is about to go down if you have outside plants and water while the suns out it will burn up your plants” – Kayla
But wait, there’s more:
We definitely felt nourished reading these home garden ideas that’ll help you push your vegetable garden to the next level!
“Make sure you have adequate space for whatever you are growing, certain plants spread in different ways (watermelons and pumpkins for example)” – Darvonna
“Strawberry plants enjoy pine needles around them” – Heidi
“My favorite tip to tell people is instead of purchasing tomato plants, find some delicious tomatoes that you love and cut them in half and bury them in soil in small pots. You can grow your own tomato plants that way 🙂 Then all you have to do is transplant the plants into your own garden, you can keep doing this and dry the seeds also. Be it tomatoes, melons, or what ever you are growing.” – Melissa
“I plant my tomato plants half into the dirt so the stem is thicker when it grows and don’t need a cage for them” – Savannah
“Get your kids/grandkids involved in planting and have lots of fun!” – Debra
And we don’t stop there…
“Make sure you put it in the best spot possible. Where it gets enough sun but not too much and don’t forget to water I usually do that in the morning before the sun hits it” – Jenn
“Always deadhead your flowering plants, this gives more energy to the rest of the plant.” – Cindy
“Do not spray fungicide 3 on to plant leaves. I accidentally killed all my tomato plants” – Sommer
“Be careful of over watering to prevent root rot and replant and root bound plant for it to thrive better 🌺” – Amanda
“Always tickle the roots before planting …… They take hold much quicker” – Liz
Here’s a fun craft project to start off your week! 🎨🌵
Materials we used – all can be purchased from Amazon.com:
– Preserved moss – SuperMoss brand
– Paint – We used Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint – Linen White
– Small bottle charm
– Leather cord
– Eye hook
1. Paint / dip your hook and set aside to dry
2. Put a layer of pebbles at the bottom of the bottle followed by a layer of soil.
3. Gently tear off some moss and push it carefully into the bottle using the tweezers.
4. When your hook is dry screw it into the cork from the bottle, taking care to line up the center of the cork.
5. Thread the cord through and you’re done!
Who wants succulents you can stick on your fridge? Yes please! 🙌🌿✨
This weekend we crafted Cork Magnet Planters and want to share it with you.
Materials we used:
– Mini succulent
– Paint – We used Rust-Oleum Chalked Paint – Linen White
– Wine Corks
– Activated Charcoal
– Small magnet
– Masking tape
– Paint brush
– Pocket knife
1. Carefully hollow out the cork with the pocket knife
2. Apply the masking tape to guide where you want to paint
3. Paint any pattern on to the cork and leave to dry
4. Once dry, glue the magnet onto the cork
5. Fill the bottom of the cork with charcoal, then fill the rest with soil
6. Transplant the mini succulent into the cork – tweezers helped!
Then it’s ready to decorate your fridge! 🌵💚