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Papersheep's Houseplant Growing Guide

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Gina Houseman is founder & designer at Papersheep, a company whose mission is to create gorgeous prints & patterns inspired by joy. She's been a constant inspiration to us gals at Flora and we even carry some of her botanical pouches and adorable greeting cards at our pop-ups! Based in Brooklyn & then New Jersey, she finds some of her own joy in her houseplants & was so kind to create this guide for us to share with our readers. Read more from Gina below and be sure to check out her website & Etsy shop!

As you all know, I'm city livin' without a yard. Therefore all my gardening passion/efforts are going into my potted plants. It's quite satisfying to cultivate them and watch them grow. They give back in cleaner air, happier environment, as well as a calming effect. I love my plants so much I name them and talk to them on their watering schedule. I think they like it, as it reminds me to tend to them, and in the past eight months these guys have really thrived!

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Mounting A Staghorn Fern

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Staghorn ferns are beautiful plants that have recently become more popular due to their unusual growing habits and the easier care varieties becoming more widely available. They're epiphytes which means they grow well on and obtain nutrients from other living things. In the wild you'll see them growing on moss or trees, so a great way to watch them thrive is to mount them on wood wrapped in moss. Eventually, they can become huge and their roots will grow into the wood and moss. It also makes for lovely decor in your home! Below we've outlined easy steps to follow to make your own.

What you'll need:

  • a staghorn fern
  • wood to mount on - we used cedar because it is rot-resistant and cut it to 7x10 inches
  • picture hanging hardware
  • small nails
  • pencil
  • jute twine
  • sheet moss

1. Mount the picture hanging hardware to the back of the wood.

2. Trace a circle on the front of the wood (we used the bottom of a 6in terra cotta pot) and slightly hammer in several nails an equal distance apart.

3. Moisten the roots of the staghorn fern and place it in the center of the circle of nails. Moisten a piece of the moss and wrap it around the roots & soil of the fern. Cut 4 to 5 feet of twine and tie one end to a nail. Continue to wrap the twine around the moss, tying around other nails along the way until the moss & fern feel secured to the piece of wood.

Now find a perfect spot to hang your mounted fern! To care for them, take them down once a week and soak them wood side down in water. 

We hope you feel encouraged to give this a try for your home - a bit of plant art or "vegan taxidermy" as we like to call it. Other epiphytes include bromeliads & orchids - other possibilities for wall mounting! We'll also have these beauties available at our upcoming pop-ups for $40.

 

Instructions credit: Fresh Exchange

Care Instructions

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We hope you look to our site as a source of knowledge for all your plant care needs! Check out our "care instructions" tab to find some tips for keeping the plants we offer healthy and happy. Feel free to reach out to us with any other plant care questions, too!

Companion Gardening

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It's beginning to feel a lot like spring in Nashville and it's getting us so excited about getting our gardens going! Gardening can be a lot of trial and error but we want to help make yours a little less error. Here are some notes on plants that grow well together and also some notes on the ones you should always keep separated. We'll list some spring favorites but if you're interested in some more details, The Old Farmer's Almanac is a great reference.

 
 

Tomatoes:

Dos: Asparagus, basil, beans, carrots, celery, dill, lettuce, melons, onions, parsley, peppers, radishes, spinach, & thyme.

Don'ts: Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, kale, & potatoes.

 
 

Carrots

Dos: Beans, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes, rosemary, sage, & tomatoes.

Don'ts: Anise, dill, & parsley.

 
 

cucumber

Dos: Beans, cabbage, cauliflower, corn, lettuce, peas, & radishes.

Don'ts: Aromatic herbs, melons, & potatoes

 
 

Peppers

Dos: Basil, coriander, onions, spinach, & tomatoes.

Don'ts: Beans & kohlrabi.