Trending plants and how to keep them happy

Indoor plants not only make your home feel tranquil with their vibrant green foliage, they’re also great at cleaning and purifying the air by filtering out harmful contaminants. When shopping for an indoor plant, it can be overwhelming finding the right one for your home.

With the volume of plants that pass through Aloe Flora’s indoor plant studio in Maleny, Queensland, Lauren and Henry have a rather good gauge on what’s trending and the best indoor plants for your space. Whilst trends come and go with the seasons, this list of indoor beauties are very much a staple in your home for 2021.

Cacti

Aside from being drought-tolerant and virtually indestructible, the best things about cacti is you don’t need a green thumb to grow them.  Whether you keep your cacti inside or out, the general rule is to let the soil dry out completely between watering. Give your cacti a good soak allowing the water to run out the drain holes.  Ensure your cacti is kept in a pot that allows it to be very well drained, after all these are desert plants and don’t like to have their feet kept wet! Fertilise in the warmer months and place in a bright spot to allow for maximum growth.

Monstera Deliciosa (AKA Swiss Cheese Plant)

The monstera is found in tropical rainforests so with this in mind it’s important to get the watering right. To keep it simple, we advise our clients to put their finger into the topsoil to their first knuckle – if it feels dry then it’s time for a water.  If your monstera is kept in heating or air-conditioning mist the leaves one week or more to keep the humidity up. Monsteras like a bright spot but never direct sun, they are pretty aggressive growers so repot every two years so there’s plenty of room to move. Every three years it’s a good idea to trim your monstera up otherwise your plant baby may just take over. Keep your monstera nourished by fertilising every two weeks in spring and summer.

Ficus Lyrata (AKA Fiddle Leaf Fig)

The fiddle leaf fig is by the far the most questioned plant instore.  A little tricky to get right, when looking good they have beautiful large leathery green leaves, but when they’re not so happy they will drop these beauties in a heartbeat!  So, it’s important to get your fiddle leaf positioned correctly – lots of bright filtered light and keep rotating so your fig is encouraged to grow up straight. Dry out between waterings then give a big drench of water taking care to wash the leaves at the same time. Fiddle leaf figs love to be fed – give a good dose of a slow release fertiliser four times a year.

Epipremnum Aureum (AKA Devils Ivy or Pothos)

We love low maintenance over here so the devils ivy is a definite soulmate.  The Devils Ivy is an all-rounder, happy in bright or low light and can be grown in water or soil.  Keep an eye on the leaves as they tell you how the watering is going.  If the leaves look limp it’s time for a water, if they are yellowing or soggy then stop the water immediately.  Generally speaking, water once a week and keep nourished in the warmer months with fertiliser.

Spathiphyllum (AKA Peace Lily)

Recommended to everyone, no green thumbs required for this beautiful plant. Easy to care for, they are one of the best indoor plants to choose for low light in your home.  A favourite of ours as they are one of the best plants to purify the air indoors.  The Peace Lily is a little dramatic and will certainly let you know if she is in need of a water.  Not to fear, her droopy leaves will stand upright again after an overnight soak.  Keep the leaves clean to maximise the air purification process.  At home, our kids shower with their Peace Lily – I’m not sure if this is genius of just laziness either way, it works. To keep your Peace Lily flowering all year round, fertilise once a month.

Ficus Elastica (AKA Rubber Plant)

The Rubber plant is a gorgeous statement plant growing up to 2.5 meters indoors. With big shiny leaves in colours ranging from burgundy to variegated pink and white they will fill any negative space in your home. Super hardy with excellent air purification properties this is a forever favourite.  Like the Fiddle Leaf Fig, they like bright filtered light and a rotation to keep them going tall and straight. Dry out between waterings then completely saturate the soil.  Don’t forget to keep the leaves clean – they too love a shower.  A regular feed with fertiliser will keep your rubber plant happy and healthy.

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Studio Snaps

We recently had a local photographer Elliot Swanson from Ground to Kitchen come by the studio to take some snaps for us. Here are a few of my favourites including some lovely snaps in our studio garden.

It’s always lovely  to collaborate with local people and we look forward to shooting more with Elliot in the coming months.

We’re busy preparing for the Gift and Homewares trade show Life Instyle which we’ll be exhibiting at in early August. I can’t wait to share the new products we’ve been working on!

New State New Studio

Sow ‘n Sow is now officially a Brisbane based business!

Family and warm weather has lured me, my family and the business back home after 10 years abroad and interstate.

It was a difficult decision to make, especially leaving our amazing studio at The Mill in Castlemaine and our wonderful team there. But it felt like the right thing to do and the right time to do it.

We are now all set up and operating as normal from our new studio in Graceville in the South West of Brisbane. It is a temporary location while we figure out where in this amazing green part of the world we decide to put down more permanent roots.

After a busy Mother’s Day period we’ve now got our heads down, planning & working with Dany on our new designs. We will be exhibiting at Life Instyle in August so everything we’re doing at the moment is in preparation for the show and all the new goodies we will be launching there.

Oh and I’m excited to announce that in a few weeks we’ll have 2 beautiful new Gift of Seeds designs for weddings! They are customisable wedding seed favours with the seed type able to be chosen and the design able to be personalised. I can’t wait to see them once printed and to share them with the world. They’ve been a long time coming!

Below are some pics of my recent seed germination tests. The beauty of the weather here in Queensland is that the soil is warm year round so perfect for germinating seed. And finally, a shot of our new studio, all set up as if we never moved.

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Mini Rooftop Garden by Bengamin

Here’s a cool little rooftop garden created by Melbourne designer Ben Osborn-Macpherson. Ben always wanted a rooftop garden but only has a 1x3m balcony, so he made this mini version out of one of his stencils. It looks great doesn’t it! Mainly I think because the stencil is really good, so you have a great piece of artwork combined with some growing, a winning formula if you ask me! Ben, could we sell these in our webshop please? Lets talk! More of Ben’s stencils are featured below – I assume they’re all old Melbourne buildings Ben?

The Garden of St Erth

On a lovely, cool late summer’s day my parents, partner and I visited the historic Diggers Club Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria. These gardens had been on my to-do list for years and as a Diggers Club member I’d heard a lot about it. It was also St Erth’s Autumn Festival so we enjoyed a guided tour of the gardens and a free worm farming workshop after a very picturesque picnic in the gardens!

 

 

Children’s Gift Sets and Christmas Orders

Christmas is fast approaching and we’ve been flat-out with orders – it is wonderful to know that our Gifts of Seeds will be bringing joy to many households this Christmas.

We’ve also finally added our Children’s Garden Gift Sets to our online shop which make a gorgeous little set for budding young green thumbs. They include our ‘Sunflower’ Gift of Seeds because they have big, easy-to-handle seeds and they grow quickly to ensure the kids get excited about growing beautiful things. They also come with some great little tools that even I use in the garden – they are sturdy and colourful with wooden handles.

If you didn’t catch our latest e-newsletter you can still read it (click here) we have set up a little Christmas discount for all orders in our online shop, grab the coupon code from the newsletter and use it before December 16th! Don’t forget, all our products have free shipping too.

To ensure your goods reach you before Christmas day, we’ve put together a few dates below which can be used as a guide. The safest bet is to place your order before the 14th, however if you are shipping to an address in Victoria then you have a few extra days and our Garden Gift Sets are couriered so there are a few extra days for those too.

Delivery for Christmas day
December 14th – Regular Gift of Seeds orders
December 16th – Gift of Seeds shipping to Victoria and Children’s Gift Sets.
December  19th – Children’s Gift Sets shipping to Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart and Launceston.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries, [email protected] or call me on 0413 899 695.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Michelle

Children’s Garden Gift Set Small (Above)

Contents of the large Children’s Garden Gift Set (+ a terracotta pot!)

 

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