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#5 Urban Jungle Bloggers: The Plant Gang

By Barbara-
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Meet  a few members of my plant gang. It is time for another UJB post and this month is about showing a group of your favourite plants. Since I own over 70 plants, I couldn’t bring them all together to take a photo but a few of my favorites came out to play.

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The face planter was a DIY I made 2 years ago. The kit came with a face mold,  concrete and a concrete tint to give it that terra-cotta look. Unfortunately the manufacturers, Magnetic Poetry, have discontinued the product. The cactus-looking plant to the right of the face planter is actually not a cactus at all but a member of the grape family. I got it not too long ago thinking it was a cactus because it was being sold among other succulents. Did I learn something new! Its is called Cissus quadrangularis, aka Veldt Grape or Devil’s backbone. If you look closely it has grape-looking leaves growing at the joints. Since I haven’t had it for long, I can’t say much about its likes and dislikes but it is apparently very easy to care for which is great. As if its intriguing look was not enough to make you want to have it, it also has medicinal properties such as promoting the healing of fractures and muscle tissue as well as increasing muscle mass which has made it very popular among body builders! Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

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Urban Jungle Bloggers is an on-line community of plant-loving bloggers created by Igor of Happy Interior Blog and Judith of Joelix.com. The idea behind this project is to get some green into our homes and blogs! Every month Igor and Judith invite bloggers to share ideas regarding a particular green theme or topic. Visit the Urban Jungle Bloggers blog to learn how you can participate.

Barbara

Hi, I’m Barbara and I’m a little obsessed with house plants. I share my house plant adventures in the hopes of inspiring you to continue to enjoy the greens in your home. And if you have no plants (yet!) I hope this blog inspires you to add some green to your home. So go on! Try it! I think you might quite like it. And who knows? You may end up being … obsessed too.

18 Comments

  1. Green Obsessions » Blog Archive » Urban Jungle Bloggers| Make Your Plant Pop

    […] Since it has succulent stems, I treat it like a succulent and water it sparingly. As I mentioned previously, this plant is very popular with body builders as it can increase muscle mass. There are also […]

    25 . Jun . 2015
  2. Tiff @Curate & Display

    Haha! Just uploaded a massive profile pic! Feel free to delete 🙂 Any tips for the fiddle leaf? I’m scared they’re too temperamental.

    27 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Profile pic deleted:) I don’t know how my page does that but you are the second person it’s happened to. Regarding the fiddle leaf fig, they are actually not temperamental at all in my opinion. They love bright indirect sun so if you can give them that they are happy. My apartment isn’t sunny at all and it’s still thriving so give it a try. They will be a nice addition to your humongous rubber plant and monstera!

      27 . May . 2015
      • Tiff @Curate & Display

        I think my concern is that they drop leaves don’t they? I’d just worry that they wouldn’t come back (a good reason why I don’t keep orchids!)

        28 . May . 2015
        • Barbara

          The fiddle leaf fig only loses its leaves if something is wrong just like most plants. That is old bottom leaves dying, too much watering or kept below its preferred temperatures. For the most part, they just keep growing new leaves from spring to fall. The bottom leaves that fall off in my experience don’t grow back but you get more leaves at the top :). I don’t find they are temperamental as long as you find them a good spot and leave them alone. If you have a bright spot in the house Then you should totally get one. You won’t regret it. I feel a blogpost about fiddle leaf figs coming on soon.

          28 . May . 2015
  3. Local Ecologist

    Over 70 plants! I was thinking I should pare down so I could give more attention to my gang but I think I might add a few more…!

    25 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thats the spirit! 🙂

      25 . May . 2015
  4. Abby

    That’s a real gang. I already saw a lot of gangs on some blogs: some simple, some delicate.. Yours is rich and it has personality. I like it!

    23 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thanks Abby!

      23 . May . 2015
  5. Adorablest

    Cute and quirky! Love your choice of textures of both plants and pots and that blue head is especially cool!

    23 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      that blue planter definitely stands out. The store I got it from had so many other cool planters I hope one day to go back and get 😉

      23 . May . 2015
  6. Judith

    You made such a nice selection, Barbara! Lovely to read that you actually learn new things about your plants too. The grape Veldt is super nice, and so are the others 🙂 Thank you for sharing them with us Urban Jungle Bloggers!

    21 . May . 2015
  7. Maria

    Wow, beautiful pots 🙂 I love your gang…

    21 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thanks Maria.

      21 . May . 2015
  8. Igor

    Great plant gang, Barbara! I love how you added various shapes, colours and textures to make it really stand out!!

    21 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thank you! It was challenging deciding who would be included in the shot. I think I still have a few plants that are grumpy they didn’t make the photo shoot but I think they’ll forgive me with a little watering 🙂

      21 . May . 2015
  9. Leah

    Oh, great #plantgang you have there!
    It seems to me that all people have a animal with succulents at home, except me.
    I need to change that! 🙂
    The faces pots are awesome, by the way.
    dearest greetings, Leah

    21 . May . 2015
    • Barbara

      Thank you Leah. You can check my DIY Dino planter post to get you started.

      21 . May . 2015

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