I’m obsessed with houseplants and even more so in the winter. They seem to help me get through the winter blues. As someone who suffers from chronic pain, it’s not easy to get out during the cold months. I get really tired of looking at these same walls so I buy pretty plants online, more often than not. If you live in a really cold area, you have an option of buying a heat pack to ship the flowers with but I haven’t had to buy one this year. Most sellers package their plants super well all year long. Today I want to share a few of my favorite recent purchases. Budget $100. Spent: $99.58. Go me.
My first one is a Ginseng Grafted Fiscus Bonsai. I’ve never had any luck with bonsai trees and I’ve figured out why. I always buy the ones that go outdoors and keep them indoors. It wasn’t until this year when I started watching youtube videos that I realized what the problem was. I just assumed all bonsai trees were indoor plants. So when I decided I wanted to try growing one again, I searched for one that would be easy to care for, indoors. Everything I read pointed to a Ginseng Grafted Fiscus Bonsai as being a perfect choice. I bought the largest one available because I wanted an older tree that was well established. I thought that would help me keep it alive, lol. My bonsai tree is 6 years old. Old is gold. I decided to buy from a bonsai outlet and chose bonsaioutlet.com after reading some reviews. They always have promo’s going on but this tree wasn’t one of the promo’s when I bought it. This tree requires little maintenance. If I forget to water it, no big deal. If I over water it, no big deal. It didn’t come with moss on it so I’m experimenting with adding some on half of the tree. If it takes off, that’s great, if not, I’m going to add cute little ornaments to it with some pebbles. So far so good. Other than watering my tree, I wash the leaves with a paper towel and water once a week or once every two weeks. I keep it on a humidity tray and I spray water into it every other day or so. It’s thriving and I couldn’t be happier and more thrilled with my purchase. Including shipping, my purchase came to $73.94 and that did include the humidity tray.
I have HUGE cactus plants that are pretty old although not as old as me, lol. I actually buy them fully mature because I don’t have a lot of patience when it comes to cactuses. However, while on Etsy surfing their houseplants I came across a peanut cactus. I’ve never seen one like this since I do buy my cactus rather large. I thought it was so stinkin cute, I had to have one. The Etsy seller I purchased this from has a 4-inch pot or 5-inch pot of this cactus. I went with the 4-inch plant because it looked pretty full without having to spend the extra money. Does that make me sound cheap? Lol. When it comes to cactus, I’m learning as I go. When my plant arrived, I about cried. See why below. All of these little fellows took a dive off of it in an attempt to escape (they sensed a beginner…).
After my panic attack, lol, I contacted the seller and asked her if I could just stick them all back in the pot. She probably thought I was an idiot and I kind of felt like one, but I’ve never had a plant of this type before. She was super helpful and is the kind of seller I like to save to buy from again. Which I will. After realizing I could just stick these back in the dirt, I had a lightbulb moment which included a bunch of little pots I bought on Amazon, which were sitting empty at the moment (I use them to root succulents). So, yea, I planted each one to start a new plant and once they root, I’ll put them in bigger pots and I’m going to grow them until Christmas and do a “plant one on me” theme to give them as gifts. I think I got the best bang for my buck with this plant. I watched some youtube videos on caring for them and I feel pretty confident that I can grow them to a healthy size by Christmas. The last pot includes 3 tiny ones that I added to the same pot. Altogether, I have a dozen starter cactuses. Including shipping, my purchase came to $18.10. I haven’t bought a pot to transplant mama plant into yet.
The next plant, I bought on clearance at Home Depot. It was in the section of exotic angel plants which include a wide range of plants. I don’t know the name of this one (if you do, please let me know). It’s got curly swirly leaves and the color is just beautiful. Price including tax $3.24. I bought the flower pot for it at Ollie’s for $4.30 including tax.
Have you bought any houseplants this winter that you are madly in love with?
Be watching for my next houseplant haul, I bought so many this year that I’m really excited to share with you. Better yet, go ahead and sign up for my newsletter so you won’t miss a single post (sidebar).