Ever wondered what to do with that old pair of slipper-boots that’s too worn out to wear, but still looks ok at the top? Of course you’ve wondered that, we all have right?
If you’re a plant person like all of us are, then you know exactly what to do with it – upcycle it into a plant pot, of course!
Here is a version using a pair of old furry slipper boots from Kmart – #kmarthack ! Yes please! Simply cut the top off the boot, turn inside out, sew the bottom together, turn the right way again – and wahlah! A pot!
Super funky, yes? These ones look a little bit Cookie-Monster, but that’s ok with us, and with our dwarf sanseveria here.
African Violets are beautiful little plants – with one drawback – they don’t like to be watered from the top, nor be too soggy underneath. So how to fix the problem, but neatly?
One of the most common ways is to sit the plant’s container on top of a take-away container filled with water – with a thick thread going between the two to act as a ‘straw’ sucking water from the container below to the one above.
Here is another example of a way we have also used – sitting the plant’s container on top of fine pebbles, with the thread down amongst them. This way is a little bit more ‘gifty’ and neat, but provides the same function.
We have always had a soft spot for chain of hearts plants, they remind us nanna’s and heritage backyards and all things good.
We have them in store from time to time – do check with us if you are after some!
These funky almost-flat vases made for some unusual plant houses… Perfect for our fittonias.
If you’re a keen indoor-plant person, always keep an eye out for interesting containers, and why not give some a try – you never know what’s going to work until you try! Old aluminium tea-pots are a favourite of ours too – hanging from the ceiling with unexpectedly shaped hanging foliage.
Looking for something particular? Why not pop in and see what we have in store! We don’t have everything online all the time…
We have added some new succulents to the shop – these funky curly-leaf crassula. They are pretty easy to care for, just a little water once a week, but they are ok if they dry out a bit between times.
We are loving the pairing of their grey-toned foliage with the concrete planters.
Fittonias, also known as ‘nerve plants’ are lovely shade plants which are fantastic for terrariums and other indoor uses, also for planting in damp-ish shady areas outside. They love low to medium light. They will go well in a window if not in the hot hot sun (e.g. a window that receives just morning light). They also like high-humidity, which is likely why they thrive in the terrarium environment. Costa Farms and TheSpruce have some great info on them too.
What we most love about these little plants is the many different leaf colours. Fittonias can come with white veins, pink, red, and variations of all of those, and the colours have awesome names like ‘white angel’ and ‘red flame’.
In April last year, we had the privilege of going down to the Pollinate exhibition at Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney . In a large, light-filled enclosed greenhouse an abundant array of amazing plants was on show. The star of the entire presentation, in my view, was the trails of cascading sagey-grey-green dichondria – aka ‘dichondria silver falls’. The entire space was kept humid and moist from a light mist sprayed into the air almost continually up near the glass ceiling.
I only wish we could have brought the whole display back with us!
These hurricane vases are one of the most popular items on our website, and in-store. They are a nice size and presentation for gifting. Sometimes we plant out with succulents, and sometimes with lushly-foliaged indoor plants.
In the photo above you can see the progress of planting out some tillandsia cynea in the hurricane vases.
To order one, simply phone us, order online, or pop into the shop (but do check we have stock before you come in, just in case we’ve sold out! Although, there’s sure to be something else you’ll find…)
When choosing a plant or container, think about the style of the room where it will be.
Here at Little Plants, we particularly like the natural finishes – concrete, upcycled fabrics, jute, wood etc. And we love plants with contrasting shaped and textures.
A couple of years ago we started to experiment with small aquatic plants. The feedback has been great. The concept is really about making cute mini aquatic ‘terrariums’ (or really, mini aquariums – without the fish!).
We have used a variety of glassware, from vintage bottles to premium laboratory glassware. All seems to work well and be fairly low maintenance. The hardiest variety would have to be the hair-grass plants.
If you are planning to make one of these yourself, here are a few tips on what worked for us:
– make sure all bottles are very clean. (We washed ours with super-hot water and a little bleach before hand.)
– if you can get it, use aquarium-grade gravel, in a very small size. We have tried both ordinary gravel and aquarium gravel, very small and small, and the very small aquarium gravel was the best and easiest to work with.
– choose the best plants. Talk to the plant person about which are going to survive the best in the type of environment you will be creating. If your plant will be in a lot of light, or not much. If it will have a lot of room in your container, or not much (in which case you might need a slower-growing type of plant). All those types of things.
We love the look of concrete pots, but there are some things to keep in mind when planting in them. Here’s a brief run-down of some things we’ve noticed:
1. If you are planting directly into a concrete pot with a raw (unpainted) surface, it will require you to water your plant more often. The concrete will suck out the moisture in the soil, much like terracotta. For some plants, like some succulents and cacti, this can be a good thing, but for other plants, not so much.
2. If you have a raw-concrete pot and want to plant in it, consider painting or waxing the inside, to seal it against the soil, so it doesn’t steal the moisture. Or, find a plastic pot of the same size and sit that inside the concrete pot. This will also create the necessary barrier and stop the concrete from drying out your soil so quickly.
Hope that helps!
Happy planting, people!
Little Plants Team
The humble and ever-loved peace-lily, or spathiphyllum, gives you a lot of reasons to like it.
With varieties ranging from small leafed to large, this beautiful houseplant will give back much more in green-leafed-love than the little water it takes to keep it.
These living gifts will survive in light conditions from fairly low light, to bright windows, and they will tolerate some neglect
What we like most however, is that unlike some other plants which might do what we call ‘random spontaneous death’, these spathiphyllums will let you know if they’re really really thirsty, letting their leaves sag a little if they are dry, giving you ample time to notice and remedy the situation well before it is anywhere near to death. An early-warning alarm for plants – totally awesome.
Our stock varies a little, but we usually try to have them in store. Pick up available from Parkwood on the Gold Coast, or we can deliver for you to most local areas.
Yep, yes, aha – our cute little plants in pill-shaped glass are back in stock. Woohoo!
How do we get the plants in there? you ask.
Hold onto those fine tools after you’ve finished your sushi folks, because they are the best thing you’ll find for maneuvering little plants into these tricky places. Or, just let us do it, it’s all cool.
More different plants in store, remember you can always phone if you’ve got a question.
Our new shipment of fiddle-leaf figs is totally awesome – get one now!
They are 70cm+ and super lush like a rainforest understorey plant.
You can pick one out yourself, just pop in to our Parkwood shop. Or, we can deliver for you (on the Gold Coast, most areas), all done up ready for gifting.
Ever heard of peperomias? Now you have 🙂
Why are Peperomia plants awesome?
- because plants are awesome, generally (but we may be biased)
- solid, shapely leaves
- variety of leaf shapes and colour shades
- hardy (like so hardy!)
- great for indoors
- doesn’t need heaps of water
Do you need any more convincing?
Bulleen Art and Garden has some more great care tips here.
There are a few reasons we often put plants inside glassware, here are some:
Why Glass is Good for Little Plants:
- It looks great! (that’s the main reason 🙂
- Plants will use less water when protected like this
- Many plants do well with a little extra humidity – putting them inside glassware will help with this
- Provides some protection from drafts and air-con – if the position is windy or in an all-day air-con office, having smaller plants inside glass will help them to cope.
Things to look out for when planting in glass:
- be sure to have sufficient pebbles in the base for drainage
- don’t over-water
- if there is no lid – keep the opening away from the draft direction
- for a lidded container – take the lid off for a while if the humidity builds up too much
- In a sunny position the glass may amplify the sun and heat, so keep an eye it’s not too hot, and if so move it slightly further into shade
Happy planting people!
There’s some cool ideas on how to do your own with succulents and cacti here, and even realestate.com has a great tutorial about making your own terrarium – with great pictures showing layering the pebbles and charcoal etc. check it out.
Aglaonema is such a mouthful isn’t it! Nevertheless these plants are awesome.
Why are these little plants awesome?
- easy to care for
- interesting bold foliage – different from plant to plant
- you can overwater or underwater and they will usually be ok
- grows well in shade – good for indoors or office
- like all plants it will add to air purification
If you’d like to buy an aglaonema or other living plant gift – check out our online shop to see what available. We always have more in store than what’s listed online though, so do feel free to phone if you have a specific plant in mind. Or, you are always welcome to pop in – we are part of Adam’s Garden Florist at 3/280 Olsen Ave, Parkwood 4214.
And remember – we deliver to most areas on the Gold Coast. Gifting made easy, how good is that!
The bird nest fern, or ‘asplenium victoria’, features quite often in our living plant gifts. It is a great addition to any indoor space or office, or outside in a shaded position.
Why is it such a good plant?
I’m glad you asked – here’s why:
- striking foliage
- lush green
- air purifier
- non-toxic (safe for pets and children to be around)
- great for the bathroom (likes humidity) (check out this post about it on FlowerPower)
- doesn’t require heaps of water
When we have them in the shop we water once a week only, making sure they are not boggy. It is also important to make sure they are not sitting in a draft (such as constant air-con flow). Sometimes they may appreciate a spray with water to keep up the humidity if the air is dry.
Looking for something different? Why not send a plant? Plants are a great idea for Valentine’s Day too (even though we would say that, because we’re biased, just a little bit…)
We have all sorts of things to make your chosen gift specially loverly, just ask us.
We will be delivering Valentine’s Day all over the Gold Coast. Or you can choose something yourself by popping in to our Parkwood studio.