Homes Magazine - Page 16 - Homegrown

Homes Magazine
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Homegrown
Plant care advice from the owner of Remington’s ultra-trendy shop

Flanked by shelves of reclaimed pottery, with all manner of plants clustered around windows and resting on tables, Liz Vayda’s Remington storefront brings the outdoors inside. She’s been helping others do the same since founding B. Willow in 2014, offering instruction on plant care and design.

She shared a few tips for houseplant parents.

What do you find appealing about houseplants?

It’s about creating these moments every single day, when you can interact with the natural world in ways that generate a sense of wonder, awe, curiosity and pride. Being able to care for something, so you can nurture it and see its growth.

Where in the home will plants thrive?

It all depends on light. Plants grow in different parts of the world and different corners of those parts.

No matter what type of light you have in the home, there is life you can bring into those spots.

What about air conditioning? Does that have an impact?

Filtering and keeping the air fresh, air conditioning is great for that. It pulls out dead, stale air, and that’s super important for plants.

Outdoors, there’s wind and constant air movement.

But you don’t want to shock your plant by having it right in front of the AC unit. You don’t want to blast your tropical plants with Arctic conditions.

Which plants are trendy right now?

Definitely the more interesting varieties that are less cultivated.

There’s one: the pilea peperomioides [known as the Chinese money