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Spotted on Instagram: Guest Blogger

We’ve avoided houseplants in the past (NYC apartments are crammed enough as is), but The Sill is changing the way that we buy and display greenery. The start-up specializes in appropriately city-size (read: small) succulents and plants. In honor of our recently launched Birchbox Home: From the Garden collection, we asked Eliza, the company’s founder, and Erin, the social media manager, to bring their plant know-how to our blog. 

We can’t get enough of all the gorgeous greenery we see on café window sills or in our favorite catelogs, so we decided to go on a little treasure hunt to show off some of our favorite houseplant shots. We found these ones on Instagram featuring organic filters and unique planters:

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(Photo: @ejbrus)

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(Photo: @kittensincardigans)

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(Photo: @sheisaship)

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(Photo: @nanayof2)

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(Photo: @msevens)

Brown thumb? Don’t fret. The plants above are super easy to care for! Follow our simple plant care tips and tricks below, and you’ll be Instagraming beauty shots of your babies in no time. And if you’re itching for more #plantporn, be sure to follow The Sill on Instagram

Sunlight

Most plants prefer bright light, however, many – especially those commonly used as houseplants – can tolerate low to medium light. But always be sure to read up on your plants particular needs because plants, like people, have their own temperaments.

Watering

While it’s easy to follow a schedule for watering, the best thing to do is to water your plant only when necessary. Overwatering is by far the easiest way to kill a plant! In the beginning, check your plant every 3-4 days and to get to know its needs.

If you’re still a bit uncertain about your plant’s watering schedule, here are a few pointers on recognizing when to quench its thirst.

  • Look at it: Soil is darker when wet.
  • Feel it: Soil that is damp will stick to your finger.
  • Lift it: A plant is noticeably heavier when watered versus dry.

A tell-tale sign your plant is past due for a watering? Wilting leaves or soil pulling away from the sides of the planter.

How to water:

  • Gently lift your plant’s foliage and flood the potting mix with water until a trickle appears from the drainage hole at the bottom
  • Let the plant soak up the water for 30 minutes and then empty any remaining water from the saucer
  • For plants that prefer more humid conditions (such as Ferns, Ivy, or a typically tropical plant), it’s fun and easy to buy a small spray bottle to mist them with every few days. During the dry months of winter, group your plants together to help create a humid microclimate. 

Temperature

Plants, just like us, are most comfortable between 65 and 75 degrees. Try to avoid placing your plant near vents, radiators, and exterior doors, which might create hot or cold spots and drafts. During the summer, it’s best to draw a sheer curtain during high noon to block direct sun from scorching your plants leaves, or consider moving your plant at least a foot from the window.

Fertilizer

If you’re a novice, stay away from fertilizer because you could very easily kill it. It is entirely possible to have a healthy plant without additives. Plants are nourished and energized by sunlight, and receive minerals from the air, water, and their soil. 

Our creative team loves cute greenery as well. Check out their favorite inspirational foliage here

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