March 21, 2020

H O U S E + + + P L A N T S

In: Interior Design, Lifestyle

While we are all firmly “planted” at home, we find ourselves cherishing the important things in life: friends, family, faith and our deep love of design and nature. Thinking back to Houston’s beautiful Azalea Trail just two short weeks ago, we could not have imagined the surreal experience we are all facing as we come to terms with the impact of a global pandemic. Our hope is that you and your family are well, and that our world will soon return to the very blessed daily routines we all enjoy.
For Lucas/Eilers, it’s business as usual, but with the necessary adjustments. Working remotely, rotating the numbers of those who have to be in the office at any given time and virtual presentations to our clients, are just a few ways in which we’re adapting to the present circumstances. We look forward to spending time together with you once the crisis has passed, when we know we will all be stronger and healthier because of this experience.

With social distancing on deck,  the creation of a living space that’s soothing and joyous has taken on a whole new meaning. And one of our favorite ways to weave warmth and life into any home is through the use of plants. Not only do houseplants infuse a welcome sense of animation, but they also increase your proximity to nature and boost well-being. We thought we would share our favorite low-maintenance houseplants suitable for everyone from the botanical beginner to the green thumb. 

Cacti & Succulents: Forget to water on a regular basis? With thick leaves capable of storing water to survive bright, dry conditions, these hardy plants are made for you!  As a rule of thumb, the thicker the leaves, the less water the plant needs. You want to keep the soil dry, so water succulents infrequently (once to twice per month) and cacti even less often.

Snake Plant: Ideal for beginners and busy families alike. A hardy specimen that’s perfect for year-round indoor decoration, it prefers a dry soil environment and can sustain a healthy dose of neglect. Water it just enough to moisten the soil around the plant itself, and be sure to let it dry out between each session. For optimal plant health and growth, place it in indirect light  and re-pot as it grows.

Golden Pothos: Not only are these difficult to kill (they are extremely resilient!), but they also purify your home’s air. A climbing green vine, they do best positioned near direct sunlight and prefer dry soil – remember to never over water! They’ll even communicate with you to make things easy: their leaves become limp when they’re in need water and perk up after a drink!

Indoor Palm Plants: An exotic addition to any interior with resistant leaves, the palm family offers an extraordinary variety to choose from! Palms grown indoors will produce the large fan or feathered leaves depending on species and will bring a tropical vibe to your home with minimal effort. Water weekly in winter and twice per week throughout the summer. Dust off the leaves occasionally if you want to play it like a pro, and enjoy!

English Ivy: A resilient and stubborn plant that’s air-purifying and tailored to indoor living. English Ivy has proven to be both a stylish companion and a hard-to-kill specimen. It thrives indoors even in difficult situations, such as low light, low moisture or cold. Due to its origins in Europe and Western Asia, these beautiful vines prefer cooler environments, so it would be wise to keep them away from heat sources.

Zeezee Plants: Zanzibar Gems need virtually no water at all, since they naturally grow in dry and shady regions of their native African habitat. Perfect for beginners, these require little to no attention. Water them once a month, keep their soil dry, and soak up those lush green hues!

The best part is that many of our nation’s garden centers and nurseries remain open. You can also order these beauties online from businesses like Bloomscape, or you can call your local nursery to place an order for curbside pick-up or a no-contact delivery.
Stay safe and let us know if there is anything we can do as a team to help you or your community. We’re all in this together, even when keeping apart!

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King

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