Monday, August 19, 2019

Growing Trees Indoors

As a crazy plant lady, I have loved growing trees indoors for a few years now. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you for those who are looking to grow their plant collection and try their hand at a few larger friends.

Arabica Coffee Plant 

PlantingTree just recently gifted me two small trees for my house and I was so excited to receive them! One of them is the Arabica coffee plant and I'm so happy to have one of these in my collection! It came packaged very well and it is such a beautiful, vivacious plant! I can't wait to start harvesting coffee beans off of it!

To care for this plant it is recommended that you place it in bright indirect light for best results. Near an east facing window is an ideal spot. Select a good organic potting mix and make sure that the pot and the soil are allowed to drain well. Choose a container only a couple inches wider than the pot your coffee plant comes in. If your home is dry, misting the leaves once a day is a good idea. Coffee plants prefer humidity. Keep the soil moist and watering over the leaves is great for this plant. Be sure the soil isn't staying soaking wet and doesn't completely dry out either. Watering your coffee plant about twice per week is best in most homes. In a pot, fertilize 3-4 times per year. Pick the coffee fruit when they are bright red over the whole cherry.

Meyer Lemon Tree

PlantingTree also gifted me a Meyer Lemon Tree. I had one of these awhile back and it was so much fun! Unfortunately, I kind of let it go but I am determined to try my hand at this fun little tree again! 

Grow your Meyer lemon tree in full sun and well-drained soil. When planting in the ground, water deeply 2 times per week until it is established. After the first few months, water when the soil begins to dry. Meyer lemons do not like wet roots so be sure the soil has dried down to about 2 inches whether in the ground or in containers. Citrus plants like humid environments so misting the leaves daily in dry environments is ideal. Fertilize your potted citrus when planting, the end of winter, early summer and again in fall. Prune anytime to maintain shape and size.

Fiddle Leaf Fig 

This has been one of my absolute favorite plants! I ordered mine online when it was only about a foot tall and it has grown to about 7 feet tall! It makes any space that more lovely and the leaves are so beautiful! 

To care for this beauty, give it bright consistent light, preferably by a sunny window. Turn the plant every few months once it begins to lean toward the light. Make sure that your window is properly sealed. Figs are used to the still, warm conditions of the rainforest. Cold drafts from windows, doors and air-conditioning units may cause its leaves to dry out and drop.

Plan on re-potting about once a year because once roots become crowded they will start growing through the container’s drainage hole, causing circulation problems and even root rot. Water only when soil is dry to the touch. Then water thoroughly (until the water drains into the saucer) and allow to dry out again. If plants don’t get enough water, new leaves will turn brown and drop; on the other hand, if they are overwatered, the oldest leaves (toward the base of the plant) will turn brown and fall off.

Rubber Plant 

I have come to love this low maintenance houseplant. It's more of a simple and understated plant. I love it's dark leaves and glossy texture and definitely think it needs more love in home decor.

Rubber plants like bright light and a lot of it, but not direct sunlight. A sunny spot shielded by a sheer curtain is often perfect for rubber plants. You can tell if your rubber plant needs more light if it becomes leggy, its leaves lose their luster, and lower leaves fall off.

Rubber plants’ water needs vary according to season: In the growing season (summer), the plant should be kept moist. This includes wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or even misting them. During the dormant season, your plant may only need water once or twice a month. Watch for droopy leaves, which indicate a need for more water. Leaves that turn yellow and brown and drop signal over-watering.

Olive Tree

I'm a huge fan of this delicate beauty. I love the simplicity and elegance it brings to a space.

Choose a spot in your home that gets at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. Avoid letting the leaves touch window glass, which can intensify the sunlight and burn them. Repot your plant in a large container with drainage holes. Fill it half-full with a good potting mix that drains easily or a sandy mix, such as a cactus potting soil.

Water thoroughly to settle the soil; when you can stick your finger about an inch deep into the pot and the soil feels dry, it's time to water again. Olive trees grow slowly, especially in fall and winter, so avoid overwatering. Olive trees are native to the Mediterranean, so they can tolerate dry air. Most won’t need any additional humidity in your home.

This post was sponsored by PlantingTree by all of the opinions are my own. I only partner with brands I genuinely love. Thank you for supporting the shops that help Thistle Harvest grow. 

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