Tulips 101

After a long grey winter one of my favorite things is to see cheery tulips in a vase at home or popping up in the garden. If you’re looking for a pop of color, definitely buy some bulbs and plant in late Fall (varies by region). Originally cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (now Turkey), they were imported to Holland in the 1600s where most tulip bulbs originate these days. There are over 3000 varieties, so you’ll be sure to find one that you love!

Plant them…

  • in Full or Partial sun
  • 4-6 inches apart or together for a clump effect
  • in late FALL

Looking for other great beginner bulbs to try? Foolproof Beginner Bulbs


Posted on February 3, 2020 at 9:06 pm
Kate Shields | Posted in Tips | Tagged , , , ,

Top 5 Beginner Houseplants


My plant population is out of control, I admit it. Whole heartedly. And you know what? I could have worse vices than some air cleaning, visually appealing living things that I can keep alive at home! If you’re new to house plants but not sure where to start, here are a few beginner houseplants that I recommend (and some helpful tips too that I had to learn the hard way!).


Golden Pothos aka Epipremnum aureum


To me, this is the fricking phoenix of plants, the king of beginner houseplants. I have never abused a plant as much as I have my pothos and this thing keeps on coming back for more. It was one of my first plants and I literally left it in a room at my home that I rarely went into, forgot about it, and even though it was crispy and kind of sad I was able to revive it. Plus, it trails which can be a nice feature if you want a hanging plant with some visual appeal. **TIP** Cut vines back 1/3rd if you want a fuller plant. Let it go if you want a trailing plant

Aloe Vera aka Aloe barbadensis

Aloe Vera.

This is the cat of the plant world. Attention? Don’t give it. Water? Rarely. Eye contact? Never. I have a love/hate relationship with aloe. Let the aloe do it’s thing in a sunny spot. **TIP** seriously, leave this plant alone. It’s happiest when you are not fussing over it.


This particular photo is of Sansevieria trifasciata


(snake plant is a common variation) . I have 3 variations of this plant right now and if you’re looking for visually interesting and low maintenance, this is a great option. Does well with low light and is not a high maintenance plant when it comes to water.  **TIP** I have no tips for this one, they’re easy!


A variety of succulents

Ok. I know they’re cool looking and very trendy right now but if you don’t have a LOT of sunlight (i.e. a south facing window and they’re right up in that window’s business) then don’t get them. If they don’t get enough sun (imagine these dudes in the desert, where the sun is blazing down on them all day long because there are no trees, that’s what they want) then they will get leggy – which means those beautiful rosettes they start out with will start to look like you stretched them out. You can buy plant lights, of course, but I feel like for a beginner houseplant there are probably better plants to spend your time on that these dudes.


A succulent, but not a high maintenance one. This was my first experience with succulents and I’m so happy I tried it out. This beginner houseplant is very easy to propagate (aka grow babies, get free new plants, give to friends, etc) and are pretty resilient.

Jade plant – Crassula argentea

Mine do well in my East facing window because there’s a decent amount of light. I’m sure it would be happier in a South window which gets the most light in a home. For now, they’re content and not stretching out like my other succulents. **TIP** VERY easy to get new plant babies from this one – remove one leaf from the stem, careful to not break the actual leaf, just pop it off, place leaf base down into the dirt. Leave it alone. Don’t water, just let it chill and grow it’s roots, bam, new plant growth in a couple weeks!


Things to remember

Time of year effects how much you water. Indoor plants go through the same changes outdoor plants do. This means they need less water in winter than they do in summer as your house is cooler and gets less sun. Do you research and know what your beginner houseplants need – most issues are from overwatering and not enough sun! Good luck, and enjoy your beginner houseplants!

Posted on January 27, 2019 at 7:21 pm
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