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Darryl Cheng

An engineer's approach to house plant care Thinking beyond tips and tricks - More HPJ:

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What is bright indirect light? Instead of trying to use your eyes to JUDGE brightness, use them to ask: what exactly am I look at when there is bright indirect light? - Answer: the open sky without a direct line of sight to the sun. - If you are looking at a patch of the sky and the entire disk of the sun is in view, then you are getting direct sun (obviously!) - If you are looking at a patch of the sky and the sun is elsewhere, then you are getting indirect light - just as in this photo. Ask these plants what they are looking at - they'll say "a patch of the sky" - This is what your "bright indirect light/low light" type of plants want during the day. When the sun shines directly on them, photosynthesis is working to the max but so is transpiration (evaporation from leaf pores). In the short term, this means water usage will be rapid and you will need to be vigilant in checking soil moisture because just a few hours of direct sun on an already wilted plant can kill it. In the long term, even if you're able to keep up with the watering, some leaves may appear faded/bleached. ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #leaflove #homestyle #foliagefriday #pothos

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Caption reading test: I have no idea what this plant is. It belongs to @davesairplantcorner so look in the comments to find his answer. Also, I think if you "like" his response, it will get pushed up to the top of the comments section. ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #succulentsofinstagram #succulentaddict #succulents #miniature #miniatureplants #socute #socool

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Behind the scenes of my shower ferns. Zero windows; only grow lights. Read the blog post on how to do it - link in profile ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #fern #maidenhairfern #growlights #ledgrowlights #ledgrown

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Ask every one of my plants if it can see as much of the sky as possible. Most would say yes. The ones in the table have it a bit less than optimal but they regularly spend a week up against the window right after I water them; models need downtime to recharge. - Where did I get this furniture? See my pinned story called "My Stuff" ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #torontoblogger #igerstoronto #igerscanada #instaplants #instaplant #keepitwild #wildinside #indoorgarden #indoorplants #homedecor #homestyle

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My Gryphon Begonia (from @valleyviewgardens) is doing well after a reset: 2️⃣ the main stem continues to grow after a hard pruning (cutting back to the stem with no leaves left - done last summer) ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #begonia #begoniamonday #gryphonbegonia #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #leaflove #nature #naturegram #leafstrokers #pausewithplants #plantlove #plantlife

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Here's part 2 of the whale fin time lapse. Pro tip: I only need one camera/tripod setup to make a multi-angle time lapse. I can move and re-frame the shot without missing any growth even if it takes me 10-15 minutes - that's like a split second when compressing days-worth of footage! ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #sansevieria #sansevieriasunday #sansevieriamasoniana #plantdaddy #containerplants #plantsarefriends #plantdaddy #indoorplant #timelapse #livingwithplants #plantaddict #plantobsession #houseplantclub #plantsathome #flauntyourleaves #plantsofig #instaplant #planttherapy #houseplants #indoorplants #oddlysatisfying #botanical #botany #plantnerd #plantpeople #plantlover

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1️⃣ Charming succulent garden... 2️⃣ ...inspires cake by @caked_to - I'm going to need one of these for my next big occasion! ~ ~ #succulents #customcakes #cake #flowers #cakesbae #tastethesix #cactus #succulentlove #succulentaddict #succulentsofinstagram #plants #succulove #succulentsofinstagram #succulentaddict

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Made a little fern garden in my shower. It has been thriving for a few months now so I can confidently recommend it as a fun DIY that will be satisfying for plant parents. Details on my blog (link in profile) ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #leaflove #fern #fernlove #ribbonfern #maidenhairfern #heartfern #torontoblogger

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Something for #teenytinytuesday - last week, when I visited @davesairplantcorner he showed me the wonderful world of Haworthias. Much like Totoro, I was quite fascinated by them! ~ ~ #houseplantjournal #houseplants #plants #urbanjunglebloggers #houseplantclub #plantdad #plantobsession #plantparenthood #greenthumb #foliage #leaflove #boyswithplants #haworthia #succulove #succulents

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