Home Plant Guide

Room by Room

Article by Jennifer Edwards

Photography by Jessi Edison

Originally published in Boerne Lifestyle

Do you consider yourself to have a green thumb? Or is it challenging for you to keep plants
alive? I was once gifted a towel that proclaimed, “Houseplants come here to die”. Thankfully, I was recently able to speak with Amanda Blisset, owner of Blume Haus, a local floral and plant shop in Fair Oaks Ranch. She has a beautiful shop full of wonderful gift-giving items and is known for creating exquisite, floral gifts including succulent and plant gardens.

One of the first things I learned was how important it is to avoid impulsive plant purchases. It is advantageous to evaluate the places in your home you would enjoy seeing more decorative color and then determine what type of plant would be best suited to each location.

Houseplants generally thrive better with indirect sun so being near a window is ideal. Some
plant varieties that do well in these areas include Pothos Ivy, which comes in two varieties, solid
or variegated, Dracaena and Majesty Palms. One exception to this rule is a beautiful, flowering
plant called Kalanchoe, that flourishes when receiving more light, therefore, works best in a
south-facing window.

Another factor to consider is the level of humidity in different areas of your home. The kitchen
and bathrooms are the most humid areas of your home so Orchids, Ferns and Philodendrons are
varieties that love these areas. One interesting plant that loves both humidity and a lot of light is
called a Snake Plant, also known as “Mother-in-Law Tongues”. Then you have Succulents that need the lowest levels of humidity and very little water or maintenance, making them a great option for many areas in your home.

One last tip I got was to keep plants thriving in my Texas Hill Country home is to not give them soft water. Plants need the minerals found in our local hard water!

Plants need the minerals found in our local hard water! Do not use soft water.

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