My houseplant jungle just went through it’s first Spring season in our new apartment, and they’re looking better than ever!
First, let me just tell you about our last apartment. You might remember from this post in 2018 that I moved. The houseplants in that place were struggling from less than ideal lighting conditions (and pests, which I now know). Well, we moved, and the lighting conditions in the new place were even worse. We had a fairly large West-facing window in the living room, but all of the sunlight was blocked by trees (I loved the way this looked and felt, but my plants did not). It was practically darkness. I had to resort to installing four grow lights, and set up little IKEA lamps here and there… but it was still just the minimum. Because of the poor lighting, many of my plants were prone to “overwatering”. Even though it was a frustrating situation, I learned so much!
When it comes to lighting, here’s my advice: get a light meter! And try your best to replicate the type of lighting your plant would get in it’s natural environment. If you want to see what the bat cave (that’s pretty much what it was) setup looked like, you can get an idea by photos in these posts here (clip-on lamps, and two grow lights overhead) and here.
I was actually getting used to the idea that we would be living in the dark forever, and that’s just the way it would be. But we were presented a golden opportunity, and we took it without hesitation (we lived in the last place for less than a year, and are still in the same neighborhood).
Let me tell you, moving houseplants is work (especially if you have to go up and down flights of stairs). A push cart dolly, sturdy wine boxes, and cardboard drink holders (for the little plants) are the BEES KNEES. I don’t want to have to do that again for a looooong time.
Anyway, here are photos of my plants throughout the months of April and May. We receive bright sunlight from the East and the South, and I still get to use all those lamps I invested in. Many of these photos were taken as part of the #SpringIntoPlants photo challenge on Instagram hosted by @basilandbloom_ @pnwonderplants and @coffeepawsandplants.
And if you haven’t seen my Houseplant Tour Spring 2019 video, you can view that right here!
I’m always updating my personal Instagram posts and Story with houseplant projects, progress, and tips.
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