Being a “plantita” for some time now, Aubrey Miles has learned through experience how to provide for the various needs of her plants inside her home.
Miles enumerated the ways of how she particularly attends to her plants via an Instagram post on Friday, Oct. 2.
“Some plant people will ask me how do I keep my plants pretty and alive while inside my house. I have to be honest, I’m not super maarte (choosy) with my plants but I do know how to care for each particular plant,” she said.
“It’s really different for everyone. My space is good for a lot of ornamentals but it doesn’t work for all plants Lol,” she pointed out. With that, she tries to “collect the same or near species as much as possible” and when she does have a different kind, she puts them in the same area.
“For example, If I mist or use a [humidifier] I make sure the plants in that area like high humidity. Also there’s plants that don’t like getting wet so they need to be [separated]. That’s why it can be hard to put different species in same spot,” she explained. “Lastly, I use soilless, organic soil, orchids and succulent soil for my plants. I learned how to mix them and what amount to use.”
Miles also shared how she uses fertilizer, organic pesticide and organic leaf shine. Watering plants is a great concern for her as well, since she uses “filtered, rainwater or distilled water for specific [plants].”
“For example, a calathea likes distilled water. I don’t have a regular schedule for watering my plants. I look and use the finger method for watering. I also lift the pot, if it feels heavy then it’s not time yet,” she said.
She happens to be very particular on what pots to use too, her favorite being quality plastic ones, terracotta, rubber and ceramic pots. As for her anthurium warocqueanum, she shared that she has not repotted it.
“When I first got this, [it] only had [two] leaves. Now it has [five],” she said. “It looks fine, so for me if it ain’t broken don’t fix it. Another method for me.” JB