1. Make sure you have enough space for your new collections.
Plant collections are all different sizes and shapes
Consider the plant's size, shape, and growth rate
Look at your current space to see how many plants can your space hold? Is there free room for one more plant? Is there full sun in that spot? Is there enough shade, air?
Be realistic about how much you are willing or able to care for new plants
This could be a plant in a pot on your balcony, an outdoor garden, or even inside with access to natural light. But plant collections can also be too large for a small or balcony garden, so make sure you have enough space before getting started!
In other words: Just because you have some extra space doesn't mean it should all go towards plant collections! Make sure that you don't overcrowd yourself with things you can barely take care of. If this sounds like something that might happen to you, then collect specimens instead of whole groups. For example, collecting different ferns together rather than grouping them into "green plant" or "flower plant."
Plant collections can be too large for a small space or balcony garden, so make sure you have enough space before getting started!
Plant trees together in a large pot instead of separately (helps them grow).
2. Choose pots or containers that match your decor or style.
Terracotta pots can be used to make plant collections on the porch or patio.
Plant in containers to reduce the need for lots of soil and pots
If you have plant collections that need more space, consider using larger containers like log boxes and tubs for plants.
Metal plant stands are especially useful in urban areas because they allow plants to grow without tangling up with other things.
I also recommend checking out these posts if you want some inspiration for your own plant collections!
3. Select plants that are native to your region.
Plant collections have an aesthetic appeal to them that is different from the regular plant growing experience. They allow you to see all the various types of plant life together at once and can be arranged so that their natural beauty shines through.
For example, Living collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden focus on plants worldwide that grow well in the Chicago area and are adapted to the local climate and soils. The Garden's permanent plant collections cover 385 acres and currently hold more than 2.6 million living plants. This collection includes plants needed to support reoccurring exhibits or educational programming, plants routinely used for display accent, and horticultural propagation stock plants.
Native plant collections can be trendy.
Consider the plant's size, shape, and growth rate.
If you live in an area with many native plants, then this might not apply to you! But if certain plant types grow better near your home than others, consider planting them all together.
If you plant a plant not native to your area, it will be vulnerable to bugs and diseases. With native plants, you have more assurance that they will be better suited to the plant conditions in your particular area and won't require as much maintenance.
This will help reduce some work by keeping these plants close together where they need less water and care.
In other words: Plants from different regions require different climates. If it is too cold for one type of plant in your region, try growing something else instead until things warm up again!
When selecting plants for your plant collection, consider what is known as low maintenance or easy-care plants because they require less time spent watering them and doing other work on them like weeding or trimming their leaves.
Put plants in pots or baskets. Create plant labels for each plant with the name, region where it is from, and a description of what the plant looks like to distinguish between them. Place these around your home, so they are easy to find when you need one of those plants!
Collect leaves from trees that have been damaged by storms or pest invasions and use them as mulch on other plants.
4. Give them a wide potting mix with plenty of organic material and water it regularly.
Plant collections are a great idea for people with little to no green space, like those in the city.
To plant collections thrive, plant life needs to have a potting mix prepared organically without pesticides or fertilizers. Include plenty of organic material and water regularly, so plant collections don't die out over time.
As plant life is sensitive to these chemicals, plant collections need to have a potting mix prepared organically without pesticides or fertilizers.
Feed regularly: while feeding may seem like an unnecessary step for those who have already established plant life before adding more to their garden, this is actually one of the most important things you can do because, without food, plants cannot thrive and grow properly.
Use an organic fertilizer such as manure tea, compost tea, etc.: these methods will feed plant life and help fertilize and repair the soil.
Use a fertilizer made for specific plant types: if you water your plant collection with high nitrogen or acidic mix, it will be an extra boost of nutrition, which helps those plants grow faster.
Add wide mulch around plant base: this also feeds plant life by adding nutrients back into the soil when rainwater runs over them.
Water regularly: this may seem obvious, but if you don't water your garden frequently enough, roots will dry out, which causes stress and plant death.
Water deeply: make sure to water your plant collection well so that the roots are wet and not just moist on top of dry soil. But also, make sure not to overwater your garden because too much water can cause damage, including root rot, fungus growth on leaves, and even death of some plant species due to drowning.
Place a layer of mulch or wood chips around the plant base, which will help keep moisture in and prevent weeds from growing up through it.
Check the ground every day before watering to ensure plant health.
Take care of your plant collections as though they were a garden.
5. Add fertilizer at the beginning of spring and again in late summer for healthy growth.
Fertilizer is a nutrient-rich soil additive that will help plants grow.
You need fertilizer when you start the garden and when it gets later into the season so that they can have more time to go through the entire growing process before winter comes along and freezes any progress made during this year's warmer months.
The fertilizer doesn't need to be heavy but should contain nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in the ratio of NPK (nitrogen:potassium: phosphorus) with an NPK level between 12-14%. If you can buy fertilizer by weight, it should say on the package how much of each ingredient they have per pound so you can calculate their ratio for your garden and see if it's what you're looking for. You may also want to find out which types work better at different seasons or climates.
The fertilizer we use in our plant collection is organic and vegan. It's made of a mix of natural materials like grass clippings, seaweed extracts, composted forest humus, and bone meal, all mixed to feed the soil naturally with no chemicals or artificial fertilizers needed. The long-term benefits are that you have plants that thrive better because they're getting what nature intended them to get!
Fertilize with fertilizer beginning of spring and again in late summer for healthy growth before winter arrives. This fertilizer, which is an enriched soil additive, is what will make your plants grow to their fullest potential. This year's warmer months will allow them to complete their growth process, even with the shorter season we experience during these times without fertilizer!
Anyone who has a garden at home should fertilize every few weeks throughout all seasons. But do remember never to overdo fertilizer.
You might want to fertilize more frequently than the home gardener or use different fertilizer types if it’s not all that sunny outdoors where they are located.
6. Keep the leaves clean by wiping them off with a damp cloth or spraying them gently with water
For indoor plants, wiping off leaves with a damp cloth or spraying them gently with water will prevent dust from accumulating. If you want to keep the dirt inside your collection clean, too, wiping down any soil-covered surfaces is key. Remember not to wash away the natural oils of succulents and cacti when cleaning their leaves.
You may also want to wipe off any dirt from around the base of the stem or on the surface of roots before wiping down surfaces like pots and saucers. This will enable you to maintain healthy growth while keeping things tidy at home!
The best way to do it is by using a damp cloth. This will help minimize any wiping or pulling of delicate plant hairs from their surface and keep dirt and dust away. To make sure that your plants are clean when they reach you, be very careful about what you touch with your hands or clothes while close to them. Remember: just because something doesn't look dirty does not mean that it isn't!
The plant's leaves are sensitive to water droplets, so it is important not to soak your plant or watering it too much with a hose. Instead, you can gently mist the leaves with a squirt bottle that has been filled with water and contains some glass cleaner to keep them clean without destroying their delicate structures.
Remember not to wash away the natural oils of succulents and cacti when cleaning their leaves!
7. Put stakes around each plant to keep their stems from breaking under heavy snowfall, wind, or rain.
Staking a plant means driving upright stakes into the ground and fastening plants to them using plant ties. The stakes provide strength and support, and they permit plants to continue pushing skyward when they'd otherwise be overcome by rain, high winds, or the weight of their fruit or flowers.
Put stakes around plants so they don't break when there's heavy precipitation, strong winds, or intense snowfalls that could cause them harm. You may also need to put sticks with flagging tape into the ground near where some of these plants are located, so it is easy for people passing by to see which types of species have been planted here. Put one stake every few feet of the plant.
8. Keep track of how many plants are in each pot so that they can be rotated around when necessary.
Keep an inventory of plants in each pot. This makes it easy to add plants and rotate them out when necessary without forgetting a certain plant variety or type.
You can also use different pots for plants that like more moisture than others, plants with flowers, flowering plants, etc.
The number of plants you have will depend on the size of your collection and how many varieties you want to grow. If space is limited, keep only one variety per pot and start new ones periodically, so they're not flourishing at once!
You will need to re-pot plants every year or two, depending on the type of plant you're growing. Repotting plants every year or two because plants grow too large for their pot over time.
9. Fill your living room with flowers to brighten up the area.
Plan your flowers around the room. Start by placing flowers on a coffee table to create an inviting area for guests, such as flowers that match the colors of the couch or pillows.
Plant flowers in containers and place them throughout any space in the house - this will help brighten up corners that may be dark from furniture placement.
There are also different types of flowers, such as roses, tulips, lilies, etc., which will all work differently depending on how you want your home to look when friends come over.
Put plenty of hooks in different places and hang plants with string or wire, then start adding more flowers to create flowers vines all over the room. It's an easy way to brighten up any space, but you'll need some weighty flowers for this one: tulips are perfect because they stay fresh for longer than most blooms. Just make sure that when you want them removed, later on, each flower has its own hook, so it doesn't rip off other flowers' petals as it gets pulled down by gravity. For even better results, use two strings at once to have equal support on both sides of the plant (or try tying a string around the flowers' stems).
Fill vases with fresh flowers near windows so you can enjoy natural sunlight during breakfast at breakfast time. Flowers placed near windows will also brighten up darker spaces due to less light inside homes during the winter months.
10. Keep adding more plants to create a collection!
Do some research on the internet for more information about other plants
Add flowers, add succulents, and experiment with different plants.
Adding new plants that are not in your gardens but would be suitable in a garden
Adding trees and shrubs to create natural divisions within your plots
Adding vines, such as wisteria or ivy, creating random paths through the plantings
As your collection grows, you will need to add even more plants to make it full and balanced. The arrangement of these new additions must be carefully planned so as not to disrupt the aesthetic balance already achieved with existing arrangements."
Keep adding to it! You'll never know what you're going to love if you don't try them out.
11. Make your own DIY terrariums out of mason jars, glass containers, moss, stones, etc...
Terrariums are containers that typically have plants and pebbles inside, with the top closed to keep everything in place. They're often made of glass, so you can see what's inside without opening it up (source). You might want a DIY terrarium for decoration or as an easy way to grow houseplants without having them take over your living room floor space. It is possible to make a DIY terrarium from recycled materials like jars, mason jars, soda bottles, etc.
One of the best ways to create a planter out of practically anything around the home is using a simple wooden box (AmazonBasics Recycled Rectangular Garden Planter). Then, all one has to do is find some rocks, sand, or soil to fill the container. You can make a DIY plant stand from practically anything around your home, like a wooden box (Planter Rectangle Whitewashed Rectangular Decorative), an old tabletop and bookshelves as well as decorative items that you have lying in your storeroom.
Another DIY idea is building planters out of recycled materials such as jars, mason jars, soda bottles, etc. DIY terrariums are just one way to reuse those empty containers.
You'll need a few supplies for this DIY planter: jar with lid, floral foam block, and potting soil or pebbles. Fill up the jar about halfway full with water before adding the flowers; then add more dirt on top depending on how tall you want it. Finally, place the lid on tightly, and you're set.
DIY terrariums are a simple way to add greenery to your home while saving money (Bliss Gardens Terrarium Succulent Cactus).
A sheet of cork bark should also be used as the base layer to hold up the other layers of plants like ferns, mosses, and succulents that are typically mixed for maximum visual appeal. One large plant such as an elephant ear (also known as Amazon Lily) is often placed inside at the top middle section of a DIY terrarium because its leaves cover virtually all surfaces on which they grow, allowing these lush green plants to work their magic within even more confines than and other materials to create a natural living space for your plant. DIY terrariums are a great DIY project for people of all ages and skill levels.
Q: Why should we fertilize at different times throughout the seasons?
A: Plants need fertilizer when they start in early spring and late summer, so they have time for healthy growth before winter arrives. This year's warmer months will allow them to complete their growth process, even with the shorter season we experience during these times without fertilizer!
Q: What are the different types of plant container options?
A: flower pots come in various styles, but be mindful that some plant varieties might not work with certain pot shapes. For example, an upright plant like a palm tree needs enough space inside its pot to grow. If you want something more unusual than clay and plastic pots, consider terra cotta or metal ones. They're also heavier than other kids, so they won't fall over as easily when either watered too much or if there is wind outside your home's windows (they'll still need anchors, though). Flowerpots can range anywhere from $0.99 at discount stores up to tens of dollars for the fancier "designer" pots.
Q: What fertilizer is, and how it works in the garden
A: That good question. Fertilizers are soil additives that can help plants grow. They provide nutrients to your plant, which may be lacking if you’re not adding fertilizer or using compost.
Plant collections are a way to bring plants together and give them the space they need to grow. This is an affordable solution for anyone that may not have room in their home or property but doesn't want to get rid of these living creatures. With some work up front, it's possible to create a plant collection that will last you years with minimal upkeep after the initial construction is complete.
Plant Collections can be anything from potted plants on your porch to greenhouses or urns full of flowers! All it takes is time and dedication to making something beautiful happen in your life. I hope this blog post has inspired you to go out there and start making your own collection today!
I hope you have found these tips helpful for your next project!