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    As a trend-spotter and forecaster with 10 years of experience in the horticulture industry, I have presented on plant trends in both English and Spanish. My experience working with global breeders and the largest ornamental plant company in the world has given me an insight into industry trends. While, owning my own online plant shop allows me to validate the fast-moving demands of today's consumer. I also have a strong social following where I'm tapped into social trends and plantfluencers. Today, tropical plants trends move at the pace of fashion. I stay on top of trends, so you don't have to.

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  • Container Garden Ideas & Hacks

    Many of us want to get out and garden as the days warm up, but some of us have limited space. Container gardening, which is growing in a pot instead of growing in the ground, is the ideal solution for those of us who have a small patio or don't have a lot of outdoor or indoor space. Some gardeners want to enjoy the blooms and colors of spring without all the work. Purchasing a ready-made garden like the Better Together garden by Dummen Orange is an incredible hack to add pops of color to your space without all the mess. Redfin shares experts' container garden top tips and tricks Redfin, the home specialists, recently reached out to experts across the country for their best container gardening tips on how to plant perennials, native varieties, fruit trees, and more. When they reached out to me for tips on the ideal potting mix, I was happy to share what I've learned working in the horticulture industry over the years. You can read many of the tips and tricks here. Designer hack, you'll wish you knew sooner. If you decide to plant your own outdoor container garden, keep in mind the tip shared by Redfin experts; use similar plants to make plant care easier. All the garden experts use the same hack when it comes to design! They use the thriller, filler, and spiller design concepts. Thrillers are the focal point of your container garden. Tall, bold ornamental grasses or salvia are often used to add a vertical visual. Fillers are placed to fill the space around the thriller plants and the pot. Filler plants are usually bushy or mounding varieties like petunias. Spiller plants spill over the container and cascade down the pot as your plant continues to grow. Calibrachoa or trailing begonias are ideal for recreating this look. You don't always have to incorporate all three, but using at least two of these will result in a more polished look. Can I container garden inside with houseplants? You can easily create an indoor container garden; it's the style hack many interior designers use to spruce up a home during spring or summer. Exotic tropical houseplants make a striking statement in container gardens, and you only need one! Exotic plants are the easiest and most exclusive way to bring nature into our home and build that indoor jungle. Where is the best location? Near south or east-facing window is best. Most tropicals thrive in bright indoor lighting near south, southeast, or east-facing windows with 5-6 hours of bright light. You want to avoid north-facing unless you can supplement with bright artificial lighting. Near your home's entrance is another good location. Placing container plants near the entryway invites positive energy into your space. Plants make excellent home decor and have many benefits, such as air purification. How to make a statement? Be bold and make an impact with one large statement piece in the room. Creating a lush tropical space with Alocasia, Philodendron, or Monstera container gardens is easy. Alocasias, Philodendrons, and Monsteras (found here) can all grow large in size. Pair it with neutral containers so the room and foliage are the focal points. Don't be messy! One of the many benefits of indoor container gardening is the lack of clean-up required. Container gardening indoors is as easy as placing a nursery potted houseplant into a ceramic, stone, or terracotta pot. You can complete the look by top dressing with moss or rocks.

  • Alocasia Complete Care Guide

    The Alocasia genus encompasses some of the most spectacular and rare foliage within the Aroid family. Its mesmerizing corrugated leaves and mostly dark foliage with deep veneition are sculptural works of art. Some of our shop favorites are the Alocasia cuprea, Alocasia 'Dragon Scale', Alocasia 'Black Velvet,' and Alocasia 'Dragon's Breath.' You can shop for these here. However, Alocasia doesn't come without drama! So what's the drama? Alocasia can be prone to foliage discoloration, droopy foliage, and sometimes pest pressures. They can also go dormant in the winter, prompting people to throw them out thinking they are dead. This sounds overwhelming, but it's not if you follow my tips and tricks. I've learned over the last decade from killing plenty of Alocasias in my home and commercially, how to get them to thrive. If properly cared for, Alocasias can be very rewarding! Where do Alocasias originate from? Alocasias are known to grow covered under tree canopies where they aren't exposed to direct sunlight. They are endemic to tropical rainforests in Southeast Asia. There are over 100 known species. Some species are compact and enjoyed today as indoor plants, while others are large, regal, and widely used in landscapes across Florida and warmer regions. Where should I keep my Alocasia and how much light does it need? Alocasias should be placed in a medium to bright location but out of direct sun. Darker Alocasias like Alocasia cuprea need more shade since the leaves can burn or discolor if placed in direct sunlight. Make sure to keep them away from drafts and do not place them in front of an AC/heater vent. I keep my Alocasia 'Dragon's Breath' on our kitchen counter and my Alocasia cuprea in the bathroom where I have windows, and it gets lots of humidity. Some people put them in domes, cloches, terrariums, near a humidifier, or place them on humidity trays (pebbles submerged in a few inches of water). This isn't necessary but can help your Alocasia thrive if it's drying out too much. How often should I water? Alocasias shouldn't be watered based on a schedule but their environment. An alocasia kept near a bright window in a hot room, or a lanai will need to be watered more often than one in a colder room. Water your Alocasia when the top layer of the potting medium has dried. Unlike other Aroids, they prefer to be a kept moist (she's a thirsty one!) However, do not overwater, as they can be prone to root rot. Alternatively, do not let it dry out completely, or it can stress the plant, which could lead to pest pressures and droopy leaves. Make sure to clean the leaves when you water; the front and back of the leaves! Yes, they are high-maintenance drama queens! If all of this stresses you out, try a self-watering pot and moisture meter for precision. Humidity is crucial for Alocasias. They need above average humidity (60%+). Alocasia leaves can wrinkle or dry, and they can be prone to spider mites if the air is too dry. Should I fertilize? Yes, Alocasias benefit from fertilization. You can fertilize throughout spring and summer and cut back in the fall as the days get shorter (unless you have greenhouse conditions.) I recommend new plant parents start with a slow-release fertilizer, and experienced enthusiasts can use a slow-release and houseplant fertilizer. Remember to follow the manufacturer's instructions and less is more! Do I need to repot? Most plants can go months or a year without repotting. However, many Alocasias are grown in a heavier mix and can be repotted after being acclimated at home. Many will come with a nursery mesh plug that can be removed during repotting. Make sure to loosen the soil and use an airy potting medium that allows the water to drain correctly. We have an excellent "soilless potting medium," or you can make your own using Coco Coir, Perlite, Orchid Bark, Horticultural Charcoal, and add Rice Hulls if you have them. Why are my Alocasia leaves droopy and damaged? Some Alocasia varieties ship better than others. Alocasia Dragon Scale ships well, for example. Alocasia Silver Dragon can suffer some shipping stress, resulting in droopy leaves upon delivery. Check the potting medium; if it's very dry, give it a deep soak in its nursery pot. Water all around the pot, not just in one area, and make sure to let all of the water drain out completely—place in a bright spot where it's not exposed to direct sun. If your plant's leaves begin to droop after being in your care for some time, move it closer to a light source and make sure that water is reaching the roots. Sometimes if the soil becomes too compact, it's not allowing the roots to receive water. You can use a chopstick to aerate the soil or repot. Make sure to check for pests, specifically spider mites. You can use your phone's magnifier because sometimes they can be invisible to the naked eye. Webbing around the plant's sinus is also a sign of mites. If you have spider mites, you will most likely have further leaf damage, not just droopy leaves. Why are my Alocasia leaves yellow? There are many reasons why your leaves are yellowing. One of the most common reasons is watering. It could be too little water, but chances are you are overwatering. Alocasia leaves also turn yellow if they're rootbound and possibly growing too big for their pot. Yellowing leaves in ring form could signal bigger issues like a fungal infection that can be treated with a fungicide. My Alocasia has dropped all of its leaves; is it dead? No, your Alocasia is not dead unless you have major root damage. Alocasias drop their leaves when stressed or not receiving optimal care. In the winter, your Alocasia may also drop all of its leaves, even indoors Both smaller plants shown lost all of their leaves and grew back two new baby leaves a few weeks ago as the days got warmer. New leaf growth will usually come from the stem of another leaf. Your Alocasia will grow back when exposed to light and warmth. If you are willing to have pots laying around with no leaves and just roots, you will be pleasantly surprised one day when a new baby leaf pops right out! Not all alocasias go dormant, if you're providing your plant enough light, humidity, and warmth it will continue to grow even if it's artificial (grow lights, humidifier, etc.) Check out the quick care guide below for more tips. Alocasia Quick Guide: Easy-Care Index: Moderate to difficult Plant Parent Index: Experienced enthusiasts, collectors Humidity Index: High; 60%+ (average 70%) Water: Water when the potting medium has dried. Do not keep wet, but do not let dry out completely Potting Medium: Airy soilless potting medium; coconut coir, bark, perlite Fertilize: Spring through summer. Slow-release and/or houseplant fertilizer per manufacturer's instructions Care Hack/Tools: Moisture meter, self-watering pot, humidifier