New plants have arrived!

We are super excited that more new plants arrived last week – we have been busy doing them up into all our usual fun containers and terrariums, but we still have more to do…

Remember that if you need living plants delivered on the Gold Coast, we are more than happy to help if we have what you need.

New arrivals include a lot of really good house/indoor plant varieties: aglaonemes, bird nest fern, crotons, fittonias, rabbit’s foot ferns, etc.

Why not come by and check out our studio in Parkwood!

We are also able to plant up your own containers if you have something in mind.

See you later lovely humans, we’ll be out the back with potting mix on our hands!

x

LittlePlants

Gold Coast gift delivery growing plants in pots

Same Day Delivery for Living Plants on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast gift delivery growing plants in pots

LittlePlants offers same day delivery (excluding Sundays) for all our living plant and gift items. We understand that sometimes sending a nice thought is a spontaneous thing – so go ahead, we’re here for you.
You can order online up until 2pm. After that time give us a call – we can often still fit your delivery in after that time. Our normal delivery area covers most of the Gold Coast – if you’re unsure just check with us first.

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Our delivery Areas

Can’t quite find what you’re looking for here? Maybe something a bit more floral? Try our sister site: adamsgardenflorist.com.au They also offer same day delivery across the Gold Coast, and can deliver your LittlePlants gift along with fresh flowers and many other gifty things.

 

Most popular areas for delivery are: Southport, Labrador, Parkwood, Arundel, Molendinar, Crestwood, Ashmore, Biggera Waters, Coombabah, Carrara, Main Beach, Paradise Waters, Benowa, Merrimac, Nerang – the list goes on.

And of course, we are always able to do same day delivery to the local Gold Coast Hospitals – Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private, Pindara, Robina, John Flynn, etc.

Recipients in ICU and Oncology wards in hospital are not generally allowed to receive plants. Call the hospital prior to ordering if you want to make sure.

 

 

How to Train you Ceropegia Gold Coast Plants

How to Train your Ceropegia

How to Train you Ceropegia Gold Coast Plants

If you’re anything like us, these ceropegias, or chain of hearts, plants are high on your all-time favourite list.

Not only easy to care for, and cute as buttons from your local craft store, they are also warmly nostalgic and Nanna-ish, for some reason. We like to think of them as heirloom plants – things found under old balconies and down the bottom of the garden.

But, you can take them and make them into other things too. Here we have constructed a simple wire heart, and simply curled any new growth around it.

The result is a ‘heart of hearts’!

Yes, we are plant tragics, we know…

Till next time fair folks.
x
The LP Team

tillandsia terrarium globe gold coast

Air Plants are Back!

tillandsia terrarium globe gold coast

Air-plants are back, and you know that makes us excited – We’ve been air-plant tragics since before the craze came and went…

Limited number, super cute…

Come get some, people!

succulent in hessian bag Gold Coast plants

Hanging Sedum ‘Burro’s Tail’ now in stock

succulent in hessian bag Gold Coast plants

We have lots of hanging sedum ‘burrito’ or  ‘burro’s tail’ now in stock.

Available from the online shop or pick up from our studio in Parkwood (part of Adam’s Garden Florist).

They are happy and easy-going little plants, low maintenance. We have them presented in cute hessian bags.

plant pouch from faux fur slipper

Upcycling Fuzzy Faux Fur into Plant Holders

plant pouch from faux fur slipper

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-violet plant Gold Coast

African Violet Plant – Gold Coast

African-violet plant Gold Coast

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.

 

chain-of-hearts plant Gold Coast

Chain of Hearts in Hanging Globe

chain-of-hearts plant Gold Coast

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!

Hoya flower plant Gold Coast

Hoya Plant – flowering!

Hoya flower plant Gold Coast

If you are anything like us you will appreciate the awesomeness of these super cute waxy starry flowers! Hoyas have a mind of their own, sometimes flowering sometimes not, but this one we had in store flowered at least 6 times in 6 months! How good is that!

Granted, we aren’t always so fortunate with our hoya flowering – but what did we do this time? Hmm. Let’s list the conditions and hope to reproduce them again –

Plant position – hung from the ceiling, about 3 metres from the window.
Light – morning light only, no direct sunlight
Water – watering once a week, just a little
Container – aluminium teapot

Hopefully, we’ll be able to do that again, as this plant has sold!

 

2d-terrarium gold coast gift plant delivery

Funky Vases and Plant Pots

2d-terrarium gold coast gift plant delivery

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…

 

succulent plant gift Gold Coast

New succulents – Crassula Undulata

succulent plant gift Gold Coast

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.

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moongate chinese garden

Plant Sightseeing – Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

moongate chinese garden

If you’re ever down in Sydney, like we happened to be a while back, we highly recommend the Chinese Garden of Friendship. The most impressive thing for us to see was the number of unique ‘spaces’ created in what is really a very small area. It makes the garden seem far bigger than it is, and creates surprising new little scenes at every turn.

It is certainly a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, which can be quite overwhelming.

Weekend Notes has a lot of positive things to say about it too.

succulents gold coast

New Succulents Arriving

succulents gold coast

Hopefully by the time this post is up we will have our new shipment of succulents ready to go and potted up for your planty pleasure!

Oh, and happy Easter – may the long weekend bring you much rest and happiness!

We will be closed Easter Friday and Easter Monday, with very short hours on Saturday 20th.

op shop pots fun plants gold coast

Op Shop Finds

op shop pots fun plants gold coast

Does anyone else love stumbling across unique vessels for their plant collection? You are not alone! We like to keep an eye out wherever we go for new and interesting plant containers that we can bring to you in our shop (and also for ourselves!).

Also, if you have a particular container waiting for a plant, and unsure what to get, feel free to bring it in and we may be able to plant it up for you. We often have spare plants ready for potting up and you are welcome to browse and select from what we have.

Gold Coast gift delivery growing plants in pots

What we love about – Fittonias

Gold Coast gift delivery growing plants in pots

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’.

 

botanic gardens sydney-pollinate exhibition

Flashback – one year ago – Pollinate, Sydney Botanic Gardens

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!

growing gift delivery parkwood gold coast behind the sences

Potting up new indoor plants in hurricane glassware

growing gift delivery parkwood gold coast behind the sences

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…)

little plants living gifts gold coast delivery

Experiment with plant forms and interesting containers

little plants living gifts gold coast delivery

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.

Have you been in lately to see what we have? Check out our shop section online – but there is always more in-store than we have on the web, do contact us if you’re after something specific.

aquatic plants in glass flasks and vintage bottles gold coast plants delivered

Planting aquatic plants in flasks and vintage bottles

aquatic plants in glass flasks and vintage bottles gold coast plants delivered

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.

Happy planting!

 

Some thoughts on Concrete Pots

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!

x

Little Plants Team