Better Dorms and Gardens

PHILODRENDON BRASIL –  My beloved Philodendron Brasil, affectionately named Basil had to go for emergency surgery over the summer, and my once majestic plant is now starting from scratch. I went on holiday, gave my plants a nice big drink before I left, and ended up drowning poor Basil. 

Credit: Emily Minney

HEART LEAF PHILODENDRON – My heart leaf philodendron, Helios, also suffered the same fate as Basil, but after another bout of emergency surgery, he is starting to thrive again. 

MARBLE QUEEN – Now this a plant I have been after since I first started collecting them, the Marble Queen, who I have named Athena. I, like many others, associate Marble with ancient greece, and Athena instantly popped into my head. With these plants, you have to make sure the leaves don’t turn too white, otherwise I can’t photosythnethise and they die. 

BIRKIN – Meet Berkley, who is a man-made variegation and is a bitch to keep around because if I don’t recreate the conditions it was made under (intense heat and light), it will revert from a small, compact plant with green leaves and pretty white stripes, into a plant with big red leaves, so she’s a stressful one. 

MONSTERA – As a graduation present, my parents bought me yet another one of my favourite plants, a Monstera. And they (they being super qualified social media mental health gurus) suggest naming a plant after yourself to improve your mental health. So, meet Emily. She’s everything I ever wanted in a Monstera, and thankfully I haven’t killed her yet. 

CALATHEA SANDERIANA – This beauty (and lowkey Drama Queen) was a chance find. I went to woolworths to do my groceries, and she caught my eye. Side note: I do not recommend buying your plants from Woolies. Poor thing was dying before I even bought her. But, I saw her and knew she had to be mine. I named her Aphrodite, because she’s tall, delicate, beautiful, but also commanding. She’s a prayer plant, which means when the sun goes down, she hides her beautiful pink stripes, to show off her purple under leaf.