What Indoor Plant Should You Get According To Your Zodiac?

What Indoor Plant Should You Get According To Your Zodiac?

Are you looking to add a new houseplant to your collection? Why not try consulting the stars! Some believe that your zodiac sign can give you helpful insights into your personality and character, and that the position of the stars and planets at the time of your birth can even help predict your future. If you are planning to get a house plant to spruce up your home, how about one that will match your zodiac? Read on to find a plant thats well suited to your personality and one you can take good care of too!

 

Aries | Aloe Vera

Aries are known for their energetic and independent nature, so it needs a plant that is on the low maintenance side. The Aloe Vera plant is a bold succulent that can grow up to 3 feet high! It’ll draw attention right away in your home, but it’s also tough as nails and can tolerate some neglect. Grow Aloe Vera plants in bright light, and let the soil dry out a bit between waterings, so feel free to plop it down on a windowsill and forget about it for a while. Growing aloe vera houseplants is not only easy but can also provide you with a plant that can help treat minor burns and rashes. What's not to love? Shop here - from $24.95

 

Taurus | String of Hearts

A perfect pairing for Venus-ruled Taurus is the romantic String of Hearts. The planet Venus represents love and beauty, so a houseplant with heart-shape leaves is a good match for Taurus! With those amazing wispy strings that just grow & grow, and those gorgeous heart shaped leaves. String of Hearts are generally considered to be easy care plants, although to keep them happy there's a few things you need to know. To make them grow, you need light. Light light light. Bright indirect light that hits the top of soil as well as the leaves. Without decent light, they will not grow well. Whilst they will thrive in bright indirect light, be sure to not allow direct sunlight to hit the leaves as this may cause sun burn. Yes, plants can get sunburn too! Make sure that the soil drys between waterings and you'll be good to go. Shop here - from $22.95

 

Gemini | Ivy

English ivy is such a popular houseplant, you’ll have no trouble finding a twin with one just like yours. These plants look great in hanging baskets, perfect for this air sign that likes things breezy! Ivy can grow long and lush and bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Growing ivy indoors is easy as long as you know what makes an ivy plant happy. Ivies prefer to be kept slightly on the dry side, so let the soil dry out some (dry to the touch on top) before you water your ivy plant again. Ivy tends to grow best in bright light, but not direct sun. They can tolerate low to medium light, but growth is reduced. To maintain the beautiful green color leaves, make sure to keep you Ivy in a nice sunny spot! Shop here - from $19.95


Cancer | Peace Lily

The peace lily is the Cancer sign in the form of a plant. A water sign, Cancers are intuitive, caring, sensitive and dedicated. They can be known to have a meltdown or two, but if given a little attention they will be right back to normal! A Peace Lily is a natural air purifier and its beautiful white flowers will accentuate your home! Grow you Peace Lily in a bright spot out of direct sunlight. Water her regularly, and make sure to keep the soil moist but not wet. Follow these simple steps and you'll be sure to keep your Peace Lily's meltdowns to an absolute minimum! Shop here - from $24.95

 

Leo | Bromeliad 

In the realm of zodiacs, Leo is the royal sign. Leos are caring, warm, strong and have a fiery personality. The colourful and very Instagrammable bromeliad will fit very well in a Leo's home! This tropical plant flourishes in warm temperatures and doesn’t need much care. Leo's like being the centre of attraction and this plant’s bright flowers will definitely be a talk of your next house party!  Bromeliads are adapted to withstand drought, but are much less tolerant of being over-watered which can cause root rot. Bromeliads have a wide range of light tolerances. Some varieties prefer bright, indirect light while other thrive in almost constant shade. For the most part, bromeliads thrive in bright, sunny spaces. However, exposure to direct sunlight for an extended period of time can cause damage to the leaves. Shop here - from $34.95

 

Virgo | Calathea 

Attention to detail and care is what Virgo does best, which makes the Calathea (though sometimes slightly fussy) plant a good match! You should place your Calathea in a warm spot with medium to bright indirect light, but they can also tolerate low indirect light. Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out half way down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Because Calatheas are native to the South American jungles so they're used to hot humid environments. So to keep your plant the happiest it can be, be sure to mist her daily if possible, to keep her leaves looking bright and beautiful! Shop here - from $26.95

 

Libra | Monstera

The need for balance and harmony is key for a Libra’s diplomatic nature. They are also known to like sophisticated things and activities in life and enjoy art and culture. So, monstera, a favourite of interior designers, is an obvious choice. The pretty leaves with symmetrical cuts will make the plant look like a piece of art in any corner of your home! Monsteras are super easy to care for and thrives in bright to medium indirect light. They're not suited for intense, direct sun but can be acclimated to withstand it. Water your Monstera every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water her more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Shop here - from $19.95

 

Scorpio | Snake Plant

Snake plants can almost survive on their own making them as independent as a Scorpio. The look and shape can be attractive to the Scorpio who likes things darker and with a bit of mystique! Snake plants are practically indestructible, and they have strong, upright leaves that finish with a point. Your Snake Plant only needs to be watered fortnightly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. During the winter months feel free to only water your snake plant once a month if the soil is still moist after 2 weeks. Snake plants prefer bright, indirect light and can even tolerate some direct sunlight. However, they also grow well (albeit more slowly) in shady corners and other low-light areas of the home. Shop here - from $19.95

 

Sagittarius | Maranta - Prayer Plant

Impulsive and fun-loving, this fire sign is always in search of the next adventure. They will always have an interesting comeback to a question. A Sagittarius can be a good parent to a maranta — a plant that keeps changing positions in its pot during the day. The name comes from the tendency of plants in this family to droop, or ‘pray’ at night. The colours and bold patterns on the leaves make it a perfect decoration piece in a house. The Maranta Plant thrives in medium to bright indirect light and is not suited for intense, direct sun. Water every 1–2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out half way down between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Shop here - from $21.95

 

Capricorn | Alocasia Polly

Capricorns are the ultimate worker bees; they're ambitious, organized, practical, goal-oriented, and they don't mind the hustle. The exotic Alocasia Polly can be excellent plants for the curious Cap. Alocasia Polly thrive in medium to bright, indirect sunlight. Be aware that they are not suited to low light or direct sunlight - which can scorch their leaves. Your Alocasia Polly will enjoy weekly watering sessions and frequent misting, keeping their soil moist but not wet. In winter, we recommend allowing the top 2’ of soil to dry out between waterings to prevent overwatering and root rot. Your Alocasia Polly will also appreciate being placed in a humid environment, which you can create by misting it frequently or placing it close to other plants! Shop here - from $24.95

 

Aquarius | Pothos

Easily mistaken as a water sign because of its name, Aquarius is actually an air sign. They are creative, eccentric and don’t like restrictions getting in the way of realising their dreams. These qualities make Pothos a great match for an Aquarius! Basic Pothos care is very easy. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright, indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. Pothos plants make a great addition to your bathroom or office because they can tolerate low light. While pothos likes a wide variety of light conditions, they do not do well in direct sunlight. Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light. Shop here - from $19.95

 

Pisces | Spider Plant

Pisces are compassionate, empathetic and selfless. They are the people who will listen to your problems and be there with all the support you need. So, a Pisces needs an indoor plant that is self-sufficient and doesn’t require much attention making a spider plant a perfect choice. The spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from very few problems! Provide your Spider Plant with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out between waterings. Shop here - from $19.95

 

November 10, 2021 — amy farebrother
Top 5 Health Benefits To Filling Your Home With Plants

Top 5 Health Benefits To Filling Your Home With Plants

Can growing houseplants really help turn our homes into better places to be? We might be biased, but we absolutely think so! Not only are plants absolutely beautiful to look at, numerous scientific studies have found that indoor plants offer 2 potential benefits for us: improved psychological well-being and improved physical health! Stay with me while I explain more...

1. Improving your mood

The soul loves the soothing and calming effects of nature. That is why you find many people like staring at the blue sky or listening to the softly blowing wind. Plants are nature, and just seeing the greenery around us makes the soul and the spirits feel alive. Just like the greenery outside, indoor plants have the same effects. In addition, visual beauty and cozy environments have a way of elevating happiness and mood. Styling up a home or office with indoor plants can liven up even the most boring of spaces. Their beauty creates a soothing and comfortable atmosphere that works wonders in lifting the spirits.

People who keep plants in their home feel happier and more relaxed. As a result of the positive energy they derive from the environment, the chances of suffering from stress-related depression are decreased as well. Overall, adding plants to your home or work environment makes you feel more relaxed, secure, and happy. Plants can help you achieve a more optimistic outlook on your life, bringing you both pleasing visual stimulation and helping you to increase your perceived happiness.

2. Lowering stress and anxiety

There’s been ongoing research that suggests that indoor plants not only purify the air, but have calming effects on your stress levels and blood pressure. Researchers found that people at work who kept a small plant on their desk had lower levels of anxiety and stress at the end of four-weeks than colleagues without a plant. Explanations range from the calming effect of the colour green, to the emotional satisfaction you get from successfully caring for plants and the relaxing effects of some floral scents. 

In another study, participants were given two different tasks: repotting a houseplant or completing a short computer-based task. After each task, researchers measured the factors associated with stress, including heart rate and blood pressure. They found that the indoor gardening task lowered the stress response in participants. The computer task, on the other hand, caused a spike in heart rate and blood pressure, even though the study participants were young men well-accustomed to computerised work. We know what we'd rather be doing! It's also been found that houseplants can suppress your sympathetic nervous system, which essentially means they can lower your blood pressure and help you to feel calmer.

3. Improving your focus

Have you ever had those days where you spend a little too much time staring at a blinking cursor or had days where words were trapped on the tip of your tongue? What you may have needed was some plant therapy. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity by up to 15 percent! In a small study, researchers put students in a classroom with either a fake plant, a real one, a photograph of a plant, or no plant at all. Brain scans of the participants showed that the students who studied with real, live plants in the classroom were more attentive and better able to concentrate than students in the other groups. Sorry, plastic plants won’t help you pass your exams!

Other studies even show that plants can boost a host of other cognitive skills such as creative thinking, spatial processing and more. These effects likely come from a plant’s stimulating colors, energising aromas and oxygenating abilities. Striking the right balance between oxygen and carbon dioxide is key to optimal brain function. Since many of us spend several hours indoors, we’re exposed to higher amounts of carbon dioxide (CO2). Higher levels of CO2 make it harder to concentrate, think clearly, and make decisions. The oxygen generated by indoor plants, however, helps balance the levels of carbon dioxide in our bodies. It’s the reason why time spent outdoors and “getting a breath of fresh air” clears our minds.

4. Help us live longer

Blue Zones are regions around the world where people commonly live past 100 years of age. These unique, and oftentimes remote, communities have many things in common, but one common thread is their connectedness to nature and practice of gardening. Most of us will never experience living in a blue zone, but we can potentially add years to our lives if we surround ourselves with plants. After all, people who garden have a lower risk of chronic illnesses and some doctors have started prescribing walks through nature to as a supplement to medicine. Plants for the win yet again.

Researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital conducted an eight year, nationwide study on the link between living near vegetation and women’s mortality rates. Using data collected from over 100,000 women, the researchers found that for the women living in the greenest surroundings, the mortality rate was 12 percent lower than that of the women living in less green areas. In other words, being surrounded by trees and plants can help women live longer!

5. Improves the air quality

According to NASA, indoor plants can remove up to 87% of toxins in the surrounding air and water, in just 24 hours of entering a home! Some plants emit water vapour. The water vapour can help prevent the mucous membranes of the nose and throat from drying out and leaving a person more susceptible to viruses, bacteria, and allergens. Some plants have been found to absorb toxins from the air such as benzene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde! So what does this actually mean? 

Air pollution contributes to thousands of early deaths per year, and significantly increases our risk for many health problems such as asthma, bronchitis, heart and lung disease. Therefore, anything that we can do to cleanse the air in our homes, however small, is surely worthwhile. NASA researched techniques to clean the air in space stations and prevent the astronauts from getting sick. Its results found that certain indoor plants can provide a natural way of purifying air and removing toxic agents such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene. NASA researchers suggest that efficient air cleaning in your home (or any indoor space) can be achieved by placing at least one plant per 100 square feet. Check out our Air Purifying plants here!

November 09, 2021 — amy farebrother
10 Best House Plants For Beginners That Look Amazing

10 Best House Plants For Beginners That Look Amazing

Plant care might generally be simple, but it's not always easy. If you're a first-time plant owner or are just beginning your plant journey, set yourself up for success by choosing house plants that are more resilient and easier to care for from the get-go! Whether you are a complete plant novice or a seasoned gardener, you will undoubtedly enjoy a plant that looks beautiful without demanding too much of your time and attention. Plants bring people so much happiness and joy, while also improving the air quality of your home!
We want everyone to be able to appreciate them! The following 20 plants are ideal for beginner plant parents and will also teach you a thing or two about plant care along the way.

1. Monstera Split-Leaf

Starting off with a bang is the Monstera 'Split Leaf'! Monstera are species of stunning evergreen tropical vines and shrubs that are native to Central America. They are famous for their natural leaf-holes, which has led to the rise of their nickname, Swiss Cheese Plant! This house plant is a great addition to any novices home. The Monstera thrives in bright to medium indirect light and only needs watering every 1 to 2 weeks (make sure to allow the soil to dry out between waterings!). Shop here - from $19.95

 

 2. Maranta - Lemon Lime

Maranta plants are famous as prayer-plants for their ability to open and close their leaves. Most varieties open their leaves in the morning and close at night. And the beautiful leaves resemble praying hands hence the name prayer plant. Place your maranta in an area with bright, though indirect light (out of direct sunlight exposure), for the best results. Give it a water weekly, keeping the soil evenly moist, but not soaking wet! Shop here - from $24.95

 

3. Snake Plant

The snake plant could be described as the perfect house plant – it always looks fresh but is incredibly low maintenance. It needs hardly any care and can survive a long period of neglect. It isn’t fussy about its location and needs little watering. It’s a great plant for beginners as it’s virtually indestructible. The snake plant is a good air purifier too – NASA research has shown that snake plants can remove toxins, such as formaldehyde and benzene, from the air inside your home. Simply water your snake plant fortnightly, allowing its soil to completely dry out between waterings and you'll be good to go! Shop here - from $19.95

 

4. String of Hearts

With simply gorgeous heart-shaped, patterned leaves, the string of hearts plant has stolen our hearts here at Onjoy! Keep your string of hearts in bright light, with some direct sun (but not all day) for the best colour and plenty of leaves. If you notice large spaces between leaves, the chances are the plant is not getting enough light. The string of hearts is a semi-succulent plant, which means it is more tolerant of dry soil than wet soil and is prone to rotting in wet soil. You should water it sparingly, if in doubt. You can always add more water. Shop here - from $22.95

 

5. Ficus Elastica - Ruby Pink

If you’re looking for a houseplant that makes a bold statement, then look no further than a Ficus Elastica, also called Indian Rubber Tree. With their stunning colors and ease of care, these are perfect indoor plants for beginners who want to make a statement! To keep the colors at their best, place in a location that receives bright, indirect light. Placing it in a location with low light conditions will make the plant lose some of the color on its foliage. Water your Ficus Elastica when the top inch of soil becomes dry. Shop here - from $22.95

 

6. Anthurium - Red

The “flowers” of the Anthurium are some of the longest-lasting on earth, which means that dazzling color will last in your home for a very long time! The Anthurium symbolizes hospitality with its open heart-shaped flower and inspires happiness and abundance. Your Anthurium prefers bright indirect light. Direct sun may burn the leaves. The more light the plant receives, the more blooms your plant will produce. Anthuriums really only need to be watered once a week or so. Shop here - from $29.95

 

7. Philodendron - Brasil

The Philodendron Brasil offers a colorful twist on a classic houseplant and is surprisingly easy to care for. With heart-shaped leaves in different shades of green and yellow, this trailing plant earned its name thanks to the close resemblance to the Brazilian flag. While it can survive in low light conditions your Brasil will show its variegation best in medium to bright indirect light. Water about once a week and allow the topsoil to dry out between waterings. Shop here - from $21.95

 

8. Syngonium - White Butterfly

With arrow-shaped leaves and beautiful white foliage this plant is likened to a butterfly. We think it has a real calming vibe to it, probably because it is so easy to care for! As with all tropical plants, the more you replicate their natural habitat, the better results you'll get at home. Aim for a warm and humid setting, avoid windy spots and mist every so often. Dust or wipe off the leaves too, for a real content white butterfly. Water your Syngonium White Butterfly when the top 2 inches of soil feel dry to the touch. Shop here - from $19.95

 

9. Spider Plant Hawaiian

The spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems. A graceful plant that makes a statement anywhere—from a tabletop to a mantle. The Spider Plant is also known for its tremendous air purifying qualities, making it a healthy addition to your home as well. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy. Shop here - from $19.95

 

10. Stromanthe - Triostar

And last but by no means least, the Stromanthe Triostar! This house plant is one of those sensational, star-quality plants you fall in love with immediately. Its artistically splashed green-and-white foliage glows with pinkish hues that demand attention—and boy, does it. Adding a Stromanthe Triostar will definitely create a dreamy tropical vibe to your space. It grows best under indirect light, so it's best to place your plant in a warm, well-lit spot. Never put your Stromanthe Triostar under direct sunlight. Keep the soil slightly damp, but not soggy. Water your Stromanthe Triostar when the top inch of the soil is dry. Shop here - from $24.95

November 09, 2021 — amy farebrother