Why I love plants

If you follow me on instagram or know me in real life you know I have what most people would call an obsession with plants. I wouldn’t call it obsession but just a deep unwavering love. It all started with a 4 inch Euphorbia my boyfriend gave to me. After that I couldn’t stop I wanted all sizes and varieties. Here are the top five reasons I love plants and why you should have them to:)

  1. Plants Are Good For You

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GOOGLE IT! There are so many articles on the benefits of houseplants from NBC news to Psychology Today to NASA. Research has proved that plants are good for your health. They are proven to help with stress levels, boosting your mood, and helping improve concentration. Making them the perfect addition to your home or workspace. See why I started to fall in love they have other benefits then just looking pretty.

2. I Grew Up Outdoors

Hello 2009 Kylie its been awhile. Growing up in Normandy, Tennessee was an interesting childhood. The only two things we lived next to were a cow farm and thick woods that lead to a lake. I learned very quickly how to make my own fun outside by hiking, swimming in the pond or creek, riding four wheelers, and fishing. That’s where it all began after that outside became the place where I clear my head, go to think, or just relax. Since I don’t have the same lush natural surrounds that I used to. I turned the homes I live into indoor jungles. It is a nostalgic feeling when I turn on a ceiling fan and here the leaves rustle. Plants make me feel like I am at home.

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3. They Make The Perfect Backdrop

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See image to the left. I mean do I really need to say more? Those big leafy greens (that you don’t have to eat) are a stunning addition to any photo. I love a little peek of green in all my photos. It brings a bit of warmth and life.

4. They Are A Perfect Gift

Like I said in my intro my first plant was a gift to me. It started out four inches tall and now as you can see in the photo to your left its pretty massive. Now every time I take care of this gorgeous euphorbia I think of the amazing person who gave it to me. I actually give plants often as gifts for my friends. It is a great living gift that adds life to their space and they can watch it grow over time.

5. They Are My Favorite Type of Home Decor

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This reason is all about the aesthetics. I love the look of plants in a home. They bring it such great color and create amazing shapes. Like my trailing pothos it elevates my hanging chair to appear more thought and cozy. I love the different looks and different pots you can place them in. You can create an amazing style and homey feel to any space.

My Five Favorite Plant Accessories

Yes accessories for plants you read that right. As my plant collection has grown I have had to find/purchase ways to make room for everything else in my home including me and my dog, Toby. So Stands, hangers, or some other objects you will se below have made a difference.

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  1. The Greenhouse 817 Plant Stands

    The Greenhouse 817 has an many different plant stands to choose from I was lucky enough to snatch these bad boys up. They elevate the plants and make it easy to style plants around and even underneath. They are made of metal so they are strong enough to hold some of my heavier pots.

    You can visit their shop and find your own stands that fit each of your pots! Check them out!

2. Urban Outfitters Triangle String Hanging Planter

Not going to lie when I ordered this online it got tangled and I had to hanging wrong for about a week. Then I saw a photo of it and figured it out. On to the good stuff I love this guy it is the perfect holder for someone who has the ability to hang directly from the ceiling (aka hopefully me sometime soon). It fits two of my The Greenhouse 817 plants giving them some room to dangle.

3. Urban Outfitters Metal Circle Hanging Planter

This beautiful rose gold plant hanger is perfect for holding up my heavier plant. My rope plant is not a light load and this hanger holds it pretty well. I cant hang it the way I want to just yet but I am excited to give this plant the extra height it needs to grow its crazy long arms.

5. My great grandfathers old briefcase

Probably the coolest thing I have given. I love family heirlooms especially ones with such character. I have given this briefcase new life by making it into a small plant stand. It helps elevate a few plants to give some height variation among my specimens. I have been worried about the interior structure of the case so to make sure its sturdy I filled it with old magazines giving it the support it needs.

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4. Urban Outfitters Caged Metal Hanging Air Plant Holder

As soon as The Greenhouse 817 got new tillandsia airplants in stock I knew i wanted to test my luck in one these amazing plants. I bought my plant then purchased the perfect hanger for it. I am obsessed with this cages hanger because not only does it match the rest, but after I am done watering I can flip my airplant upside down in this hanger and let it air dry with out risk to the plant or the holder itself.


My Favorite Plant

Not only is this specimen my first plant but it is also my favorite. Yep I pick favorites amongst all my plant babies.

Here he is Franklin or more commonly called a Dragon Bones Euphorbia.

There are thousands of varieties of Euphorbias and it has taken me forever to nail down what this once little guy is. Below you can see him and some other now dead succulents I first owned.

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Now this guy I got my junior year of high school as a gift from my amazing boyfriend, Mark, so about seven years ago. I graduated high school with this plant, moved to college, survived a car wreck, graduated college, and moved to Fort Worth. This plant has been along for the entire ride and some how survived.

It took him awhile to start growing but after that each summer he took off. I eventually had to start removing arms because he was becoming too top heavy. But the great thing about this plant is it is super easy to propagate. You simply use a sharp CLEAN knife remove the arm and let it stop bleeding. Yeah you heard that right it has to stop bleeding. Euphorbias are filled with a white liquid that burns the skin. You have to handle these babies with care to make sure you don’t get hurt. But once it is dry you can pop your arm in the dirt and it will start growing roots.

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