It is National Indoor Plant Week! Every week is NIPW for me, but for the rest of the world, it is the 3rd week in September. I’ve been celebrating by being involved in giveaways and today, an unboxing. It is so fun to receive plants in the mail and this week plants arrived from Bloomscape.
What is Bloomscape, you ask? Bloomscape is a Detroit, Michigan based company (go Michigan!) that delivers amazing houseplants right to your front door! What more could you ask for? They are potted up in a beautiful container in a color you decide upon and they pack them so well, there usually isn’t even a piece of dirt spilled. My plants looked great, as you can see.
The collection of three plants I received today is called happy trails. These trailing plants included a variegated hoya, a philodendron velvet leaf, and a pilea baby tears. There is also a dark hearts and friendly ferns collection. This is a new line item for Bloomscape, as they have until now only delivered single plants. Now, if you would like more than one plant and smaller plants, they have the collections, perfect for the new plant parent.
Pilea Baby TearsThe first is a pilea baby tears, also known as artillery plant. I did a video unboxing them on Instagram and called it Pilea glauca but then read that it is Pilea libanensis, so what is that about? Of course, I looked it up and found this blog post from friend Larry Hodgson and I feel better. It seems that no one can make up their mind which is the right name.
Anyway, it is an adorable plant and easy to grow. Each plant from Bloomscape comes with a care card as you can see above and a tag for the plant. I love that the plant care cards are beautiful artwork that could actually be framed if you so desired. All the care tips are on the back. What a great idea!
Philodendron Velvet Leaf
The next plant is a philodendron (Philodendron micans) and hasn’t always been an easy plant to find. It is quite different than the ubiquitous heart leaf philodendron that we usually see, as it is a darker color with a velvet look to the leaf. It isn’t fuzzy exactly, but does not have the smooth surface of the heart leaf. I love this plant! It would prefer medium light, but it could grow well in a low light situation. Water it thoroughly, then allow the top couple of inches to dry out.
The third plant is the variegated hoya, one of my favorite plants. Hoyas have become extremely popular houseplants these days and this one is exceptionally nice because it is variegated. Many people seem to have a hard time getting them to bloom. Mine hangs in my south window and is in quite a small pot for the size of the plant, as it enjoys being snug in its pot. Given plenty of light, yours should bloom as well. It is a succulent so it can take a bit of drying out if you forget to water it. Water thoroughly (by that I mean until water runs out the drainage hole) and then allow it to almost totally dry out before watering again. If it does flower for you, do not cut the spent flower spike off as it will bloom there again. Here is a blog post I wrote about another hoya, because once you have one, believe me, you will want them all. It is a great group of plants!
Thank you Bloomscape for sending me a box of plants and I hope you all enjoyed learning about these plants. If you are on Instagram you can go over there and watch my video of unboxing the plants. P.S. I received no compensation from Bloomscape other than the three plants. All opinions are mine. They were healthy, well-developed plants in terra cotta pots and I can say I recommend buying plants from them. AND they have a 30-day guarantee, so if something goes wrong, you are covered. So Happy National Indoor Plant Week and I hope you are celebrating your houseplants this week and every week of the year.
Have you ordered Bloomscape plants? Tell me about your experience in the comments.