My indoor plant collection 

One of the things I miss about living in my own place is having my own garden to play with. It may sound strange but I love garden centres and used to enjoy planting new purchases in my garden, and decorating it with garden ornaments.

Since living back with my parents I have more of an indoor plant collection to take care of, but of course I also enjoy helping them out with their own garden – weeding, planting bulbs, picking plums off the tree and watering plants as we get into the Summer months. So needless to say my love for garden centres hasn’t changed much. 😉

My favourite time of year for gardening is definitely Spring where new blossoms start to open up and wildlife (such as bees) start to return. They seem to love our herb garden!

So as today is the Spring Equinox (A.K.A. the first day of Spring), I thought what better time to share my indoor plant collection with you.

My indoor plant collection

Money tree

One of our finance team at work brought four of these money trees in with a note “free to a good home”, so I picked with up. Sadly this was back in 2013 and it hasn’t brought me any extra money yet. 😅

What I love about my money tree is they’re reasonably easy to take of – water when the soil gets dry and ensure there is good drainage in the pot. Simple. 😊

Orchid

My orchid was a birthday present in 2015 and it’s still thriving, with the blooms coming out best around late August.

It’s a little more difficult to take care of than my money trees as orchids can develop root rot fairly easily, which will kill the plant.

To help ensure this doesn’t happen, it’s very important not to let your orchid sit in water! Proper drainage is a much, but a lot of the orchids sold in garden centres come in decorative pots, that actually offer no drainage so check this before buying! Or if you really love the style of the pot, you can drill a hole through the bottom. 🙂

I water my orchid every 4 to 5 days and let the soil dry out completely before watering again.

Cactus

This little guy was 45p in the Tesco plant sale in Summer 2017 and too much of a bargain for me to pass up. I love a good bargain especially when it comes to homeware.

They’re very easy to take care off, keeping the compost moist at all times but being careful not to overwater. During the Spring and Summer months I use cactus feed regulary and water less during the colder Winter months.

Herb planter

I bought a planter from Dobbies Garden centre and filled it with mint, parsely, thyme, chives and dill. Although the mint and chives seem to have taken over a little bit!

I water my herbs when the soil gets dry when it’s on my window sill but, when it’s outside, the rain does most of the work for me. 😅 Of course I’ll also use a watering can outside in the Summer months.

Do you enjoy gardening or have an indoor plant collection? Let me know in the comments. 😊

55 thoughts on “My indoor plant collection 

  1. Diane O'Connell says:

    Hi – thank you for sharing this great post. I love your Tesco bargain cactus! One of my favourite places to find plants to rescue is actually Wilkos. They really don’t seem to know how to look after them and often just need repotting and a hood watering to bring them back to life.

  2. Jordanne | Thelifeofaglasgowgirl says:

    I love indoor plants! They look so beautiful & really help complete a room. I love spring as well, all the flowers starting to bloom are lovely to look at. Your money tree & orchid look stunning! The colours on your orchid look really good. I wish I could take care of plants… somehow I always muck it up Haha

    Jordanne || thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • Kim says:

      Lol, I’ll admit, I used to be a plant killer, I naively thought all plants needed a lot of sunlight and water – nope! Especially when it comes to orchids. Thanks for your comment lovely. x

  3. Victoria Austin says:

    I absolutely love garden centre shopping and gardening too. I’d love to get an Orchid sometime! One of my favourite indoor plants here is the Mother-In-Law’s tongue plant.

  4. Chloe Chats says:

    Spring is my favourite time of the year too! Love that it gets lighter in the evenings, the plants blossoming, and the sunny but not so warm day! I love Orchids they’re my faves <3

    Chloe xx

  5. Alyssa says:

    I love Orchids but I always manage to kill them! I do grow herbs inside. Plants really lift your mood.
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACEAP.COM

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment Alyssa. 🙂 Orchids can be very hard to take care of and I’ll admit I actually killed my 1st one!

  6. Jenny in Neverland says:

    I would really like to buy and take care of plants. I think they really brighten up a room. But sadly I’ve not got that much spare space in my bedroom. We have a decent sized garden though so I might carve myself out a little area this Summer to play about with!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

    • Kim says:

      I hope you do get a little area in your garden Jenny. Not only is it fun to take care of plants, plant them etc, gardening has also been known to help mental health. 🙂

  7. Ruth says:

    I love that you have an indoor plant collection! Your orchid looks so pretty, too. I must admit, I miss having a garden from when I was living with my parents, but I’d probably do a terrible job of looking after my own plants…

    • Kim says:

      Thanks Ruth. 🙂 I used to be a plant killer until I did proper research. One of my old plants was a lilly and it didn’t survive because I didn’t know how to take care of it properly. 🙁

  8. Ashley Firth says:

    What a beautiful collection you have! I love Orchids, they’re my absolute favourite! I’d have a house full of plants if my husband would let me get away with it 🙂 xxx

  9. Jandra says:

    This is such a beautiful collection! I’m plant-obsessed, but I’m horrible at keeping them alive. I have a very large collection of realistic fake plants though! 🙂

  10. Chloe Osborn says:

    I love indoor plants! I only have my one cactus at the moment because my flat has no room but once I get a bigger place I want to invest in more! I particularly like the money tree.

  11. Lauren Elena says:

    I’m terrible with plants and my apartment is dark. Maybe I should get a money tree! Someone recently told me to get a snake plant I think.
    I enjoyed learning about your different plants. The cactus looks like a furry, little pet. Cute!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you. 🙂 It kind of does look like a furry pet lol. I haven’t heard of a snake plant, I’ll have to have a look at one. My money tree has gone through 2 house moves and a flat move and is still thriving, so can do well in darker conditions.

  12. Nancy says:

    Even though you don’t have a garden anymore, at least you still get to take care of plants indoors. Pretty cool that you have a money tree! The orchid looks gorgeous. I love how the cactus looks so hairy. Thanks for sharing your indoor plant collection!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  13. Beka says:

    I used to have a beautiful ivy plant, but my mum ended up ruining it 😂 I love planting herbs though! My last batch ran its course, but I still have plenty seeds left over so I’m going to plant a new batch soon so I have some home grown herbs to see me through the summer ☺️

    • Kim says:

      Oh no! 🙁 I had the same happen with my lilly when I went away for a week. My bf at the time was supposed to look after my plants and killed it. I love using home grown herbs. Thanks for your comment. x

  14. Francesca says:

    I love plants and cacti are my favourites, but my cats are a nightmare with them. I may get some more this year for our house because we haven’t since we moved in. Maybe the cats will leave them alone this time! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    • Kim says:

      I can’t help wondering if your cats are knocking them off of things or trying to eat them lol. I hope you get some more. 🙂 Thanks for your comment. x

  15. Tiffany says:

    I admire your indoor plant collection!! Especially the beautiful orchid! Simply stunning!

    I have never had much of a green thumb myself but recently started planting flowers these past few years…and even herbs in a raised garden!

  16. Kim says:

    I don’t have a garden with my flat even though my landlord has acres of garden. So, I have very slowly been introducing more and more indoor plants and flowers. When I moved to the flat I had 4 orchids which I’d had for a couple of years but sadly they didn’t cope in the new, darker environment. I have now started to get more hard wearing succulents, cacti and evergreens which seem to thrive more in my dark flat. I have just bought a Jasmine though which was a bargain basement find in the garden centre and it seems to be thriving!

    • Kim says:

      Thanks for your comment Kim. 🙂 When I moved into my last flat a couple of my plants died in the dark environment, a fern and a lilly, they weren’t getting the sunlight they needed. Jasmine is a pretty plant.

  17. Sophie Wentworth says:

    I love orchids! They’re so pretty! My mum has one and I wish it flowered more/ for longer. I’m not green fingered at all, I’d manage to kill just about everything/ forget to water/ water too much…all the standard stuff. But I love looking at other people’s x

    Sophie

    • Kim says:

      Thank you. 🙂 I’m glad I’ve inspired you to pick up some indoor plants. Succulents are a great starting point.

  18. Lisa says:

    Oh wow, Kim, I take my gardening gloves off to you, I am HOPELESS at keeping indoor plants alive! Outside is no problem and I’m very lucky to have a largish garden to play with but my houseplant game is rubbish. Flora has lots of succulents and carnivorous plants which are all looking rather sorry for themselves so I’m going to get some feed and treat them this weekend. Thank you for the tip! Lisa x

    • Kim says:

      Aw, thanks Lisa. 😊 I do miss having a garden and I enjoy seeing your monthly gardening posts. I hope my tips help out Flora’s plants. 🙂 x

  19. Geraldine says:

    What a lovely collection of indoor plants!! We have a money tree in our house as well , I think it’s growing well! I would love a little herb planter in my future home 🙂 Orchids are so beautiful! I love that lavender / lilac color. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kim says:

      Thank you. 🙂 The money tree was the first plant I got that survived lol. I wasn’t brilliant at taking care of them before that.

  20. Lisa says:

    I think you’re magical that you can keep an orchid alive! I’ve never had good luck with finicky plants like that.
    It’s funny and ironic that your finance team brought in money plants!

    • Kim says:

      Haha, thank you! I admit it was touch and go for the orchid when I first got it but I did a lot of research when I noticed it starting to wilt. I managed to revive it and it’s been thriving ever since. I did find it funny when she brought it in. 😅

  21. Len says:

    Great collection! I love indoor plants but I’m really not good at taking care of them. Maybe I should just get some plants that don’t need to be watered all that often like cacti and succulents and start from there 🙂

    • Kim says:

      Thank you. I’d definitely recommend cacti and succulents as good starters or air plants as they’re all reasonably easy to look after.

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