Enhance your environment with easy to care for houseplants
–by Jennifer Ruple
PUBLICATION DATE: MAY 2017
48 S Saint Clair St
The popularity of houseplants waxes and wanes through the years, but this year they are a hot decorating trend in full bloom. Houseplants are so popular these days that the Pantone Color Institute deemed “Greenery” its color of the year for 2017. According to the institute, the color is “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”
Audrey Ackerman, owner of Floral Pursuit, located at 48 South St. Clair St. in downtown Toledo, has created a space that will make any plant lover swoon. Her shop is a full-service florist that carries a plethora of interesting houseplants. “My goal is to make this space a hands-on environment. I want people to feel free to bring in their pots and use the potting station or make their own floral arrangements,” said Ackerman.
To help you get growing, Ackerman’s shop carries all the latest trends in houseplants. “Trending right now are snake plants, peace lilies, pothos and schefflera, which all purify the air,” she explained. “Cactus, succulents and air plants are also highly requested because they are low-maintenance plants that don’t need to be watered as often and are more drought tolerant.”
For those who are new to houseplants, Ackerman offers the following tips:
- “The biggest mistake people make is overwatering. It’s much less risky to underwater than overwater,” she offered. “Wait until the soil is completely dry. You’ll know when it needs to be watered when the soil starts to come away from the sides of the pot.” Ackerman suggested to poke some holes into the plant’s soil, so the water doesn’t go straight through it, then give it a nice slow pour.
- “Plants need good drainage, and make sure they don’t sit in water. If they haven’t soaked up the water after about two hours, discard the water.”
- Now that the weather is warming up, you may want to transition some of your houseplants outdoors. “When moving plants outside, be mindful of how much sun the plants are getting. Plant them in containers that are easily portable, so you can move them inside during bad weather,” Ackerman suggested. “Remember, just moving a plant from where you purchased it to your home is shocking for the plant, so take baby steps when finding the right place for it.”
To help provide her customers with the know-how, Ackerman holds workshops on potting plants, basic care tips, and bridal showers. “Some people want direction from me, but I also like putting it into their hands so they can personalize as much as possible. I love seeing what people put together.”