House Update: Building Things & Killing Plants

Main House Update: Building Things & Killing Plants

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  • #54239

    A Model Recommends



    My home account on Instagram is @casacrilly: Just a little update, it’s mostly about my houseplants and the fact I seem to …

    #54240

    Cheryl Adams

    Hi Ruth, plants are nice but I wouldn’t have cactus indoors. For me I don’t care for them or suculants at all. I like your Hoya and the pot it’s in. Bird of paradise grow outside here also. Maybe you could put these types of plants in your new room once it’s finished? It’s nice to see you via video, glad to see that you’re doing well.

    #54241

    thomas montella

    You have done well as you build your fortress lol and my spare bed room and as a master plant expert I should fit in quite well there

    #54242

    Stu cumins

    Look forward to house stuff for sure.

    #54243

    Zoe White

    Yes please to the renovations post! Love any kind of house updates.

    #54244

    Sophie H

    You need to rehang the plant in your dressing room. It looks like something from doctor who sat on the cabinet, ready to crawl away……

    #54245

    Gillian Pidler

    And yes please to the house reno! Your home is beautiful.

    #54246

    Gillian Pidler

    I'm not great with house plants, I have one that's alive, just, but I do love gardening, I can only do the light jobs now but my daughter insisted we have a greenhouse which I have to say is amazing & she loves planting veggies etc & it's something we can enjoy together, she's 19. I have some gorgeous Campanula to plant out this morning.

    #54247

    vwlove

    RE bird of paradise. Your soil is hydrophobic. It needs a really good soak to restore it. First Use a garden wetting agent. Or very mild dish soap. Ie a tiny drop in a whole bucket. So there’s barely foam on surface. Pour through soil slowly first. Then put under shower to really drench soil for a few minutes. You should then use seaweed or even liquid fertiliser tonic if you have it readily available to revive the potting mixes microflora and water holding.

    #54248

    Coleen McCormick

    Perhaps your birds of paradise needs a larger pot! Take a pic and bring to your local garden shop and ask the expert ☺️

    #54249

    Coleen McCormick

    Idk if you’re trying to be funny but found you to be quite fun almost had a chuckle lol

    #54250

    Jim Williams

    Ruth! Stop buying plants. I've been down this road. Stop now. Just deal with what you have.

    #54251

    olivia lovett

    The bird of paradise is fine, the flowers will die, just dead head them. It likes hot and dry, so don't over water. Bluebells like to be left to wither, they reabsorb nutrients and flower better next year. Peace lily find a really sunny window ledge and ignore mostly, water as it droops.

    #54252

    Amiee & Larry Brown

    Yasss! Renovations!

    #54253

    Elizabeth Hogg

    Mmmmm.! Your peace Lilly .. there quite hardy .. the flowers always die off .. they never re-flower ..they like a good misting .. as regards to your watering .. always let the soil dry out .. to about two inches .. down .. if you get what I mean .. ? Happy planting ..🌿

    #54254

    Wai San Chan

    Yes pls. A renovation video

    #54255

    betty

    I wonder if the birds of paradise needs more light, as the grow in hot climates outside so see a lot of sun. And with the peace lily cut any dead leaves and flowers off and they’ll re-grow, I water mine once a week and it’s not in direct sunlight (north face window) doing quite well. Good luck with the rest I have no clue about those. I enjoyed the video 😊

    #54256

    P Heart

    Some plants are harmful to cats,lillies mainly. I used to cut the stamens out of mine and found the flowers lasted longer. Its the lilly pollen that is the dodgy part. Peace lillies thrive on neglect! Not too much sun or water. That bird of paradise needs a big pot,sun and more water. The bobbly succulent,try putting the bobbles onto a pot of soil and they might grow.

    #54257

    ashley rickaby

    Would love a home updates video! Love anything home interiors related! Loved this video x

    #54258

    Daniela Pagani

    Hey Ruth – just wondering whether you know how dangerous lilies are for cats? Any exposure to the pollen, or leaves, even just a tiny dropping to the floor, is almost lethally toxic. Please be careful for Mr Bear!

    #54259

    Lydia Kilby

    I love wildflowers the most but you know, they d0 die at some point after being picked. Nothing looks dead that I can see. Your home and garden is beautiful. You’ve become very knowledgeable since becoming a plant mummy. Maybe they keep you calm while juggling your young busy life❤️.

    #54260

    Veronique Steels

    I too am a plant killer. I had two Boxwood at my front door. They have completely died but since I am too lazy to remove and replace them I am now calling them potpourri.

    #54261

    Susan Fallon

    I have a plant addiction. You can definitely learn. I have also killed my fair share of plants, so try not to worry. Sometimes it’s not your fault. Sometimes it is lol. Wash pots when exchanging residents. This prevents pesky beasts like red spider mite, which comes in on every herb and plant, getting an immediate hold. You are going to need to arm up for this particular problem, as they kill quite a lot of plants. Look especially carefully for an insecticide that will knock these back. Regular misting helps, but not all plants will thank you for this. Particularly watch for red spider mite on your cacti… very bad. Large trays filled with gravel, perlite or clay balls can create humid zones for humidity loving plants, but my personal solution is stick them by any sink that is used at least once a day. There are some things I cannot manage but still buy. Tree ferns and bananas. Lost each one. Can’t get the humidity right. Guess I need the tray. Watering from the bottom can really help, with a tray/ dish underneath. Soak very over dried soil in a bucket till the bubbles stop coming up. Overly dry soil can lose it’s ability to hold water. An anti fungal spray could be a god send too. Most plants will survive in quite non text book conditions if they sense the love. Experiment. Some plants thrive better as communities. They interact with each other quite interestingly. Buy 2 climbers and watch them – one will attempt to avoid, one will attempt to climb the other. Then they will reach some compromise.

    #54262

    Katie Metcalfe

    yes please share the reno! I love your house Ruth!

    #54263

    Angela Blackburn

    Lovely plants. No mistinghumidity for your succulents but bright light for most. Peace Lily loves humidity and low light, Great for bathrooms and kills mold. For other houseplants overwatering tends to be more of a problem than under watering. The other thing to watch out for is making sure that soil is drained and that roots don’t sit in water because they will rot. I love plants so hope you don’t mind the unsolicited tips. Would love to see a house reno video!

    #54264

    Mónica Santos

    My aunt told me a trick to help the soil not to loose to much water, sometimes the pot is the cause because the hole in the bottom is often too big, so you place some pebbles on the bottom and then fill in with the soil. This helps retain the water and also creating humidity. Hope it helps you, loved your plants ♥️

    #54265

    Jennifer Admire

    I would LOVE to see your renovation updates!

    #54266

    Kathy Hegert

    I would love to follow along on your renovation.

    #54267

    skylilly1

    What a nice array of plants, pots, and vases. I like renovation videos, so a big yes here!

    #54268

    Holly Golightly

    About the last plant with the dry soil: you could put it in a good layer of water (a bucket or the bath tub for example), the roots can absorb the water, the soil will be more hydrated and will be able to absorb “normal” watering from above. Loved the video 💋

    #54269

    Laguna Girl

    Oh Ruth, just loved your kitchen tour video. I’m in the US and for some reason was fascinated by the Aga information. I fantasize about moving to the U.K. Would love to hear more about your house projects. I’m a long time subscriber and even remember the fab fern wallpaper from your modern London place. You’ve always had great taste.

    #54270

    Shabby Bex

    Yes please to house renovations. I’m currently renovating my own home so love having a nose at what others are doing

    #54271

    lena angela

    Please can you do a video about house plants.sending love to you and your family! 💚

    #54272

    Stacey Pleasants

    I'd loooooove to see all the things you do to the house 😱. My favourite thing about peace lillies is that you can take them out of the soil and into a big vase and then put a Betta fish in the water and they'll love symbiotically ❤️

    #54273

    a b

    Your bird of paradise is root bound. You need to transfer to a larger pot. That's why the soil doesn't hold water.

    #54274

    a b

    To create humidity, for your plants, place them in a tray filled with gravel rock. Then fill the rest with water.

    #54275

    Jenny Bolter

    i gave up and bought artificial (something I swore i'd never give houseroom to )they are so realistic now and the odd indestructible ivy in between enhances the deception 🙂

    #54276

    anna bell

    My houseplant care transformed since I bought a plant moisture meter, it’s less than £10 on Amazon and you just stick it into the soil and it tells you if the plant needs watering (every plant is different). Also fertilising. I totally neglected that for a while and my plants were suffering.
    For high moisture, you already have bird of paradise in the bathroom, but you can also try misting it.

    #54277

    Nancy Fielden

    For humidity just set a pot or water in with your plants.

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