All plants — yes, including indoor plants — need a bit of sunlight in order to thrive. Unfortunately, not all spaces are blessed with bright windows — such was the case for this plant mom's home. "I don't have enough natural light coming into my living room," Blance Gonzales, a mom of two boys and the owner of plant shop The Unfurling Nest, shares with Real Living.
Her solution? "[During the quarantine], I decided to ditch [my] curtains so my plants can get all the light they need to thrive." And she didn't stop there!
With the help of her dad, Blance covered up her windows with hanging wooden shelves, where she displayed her light-loving plants. "The shelves were lovingly custom-made for me by my handyman dad."
She mostly filled the shelves with different types of philodendron, a decorative trailing plant that grows beautiful heart-shaped leaves.
With this kind of setup, though, Blance notes that the plants tend to be thirstier. "I noticed that my shelf plants need more watering now that they are placed beside the window. So, we repotted them and used a medium that is well draining (this is to prevent root rot) but can also hold moisture at the same time. Misting and using humidifiers [can] help keep the plants looking perky and happy, too!"