LEGO Announced a Succulents Collection That You’ll Never Have to Water

LEGO Announced a Succulents Collection That You’ll Never Have to Water

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Why get your mom a bouquet of flowers that will only last a few days when you can get her one that can last forever?

LEGO has announced two new additions — an orchid and a set of succulents — to its Botanicals Collection of artificial florals that you build instead of grow. The first one is a 608-piece, 15-inch-high orchid that features six large flowers and two smaller newly-opened buds, with the bloom potted inside a blue fluted vase.

“A challenge with this set was creating a cylindrical pot from LEGO elements that would be fun to build but also beautiful to look at,” said lead designer Michael Psiaki.

Fun fact: the orchid was inspired by a real one in the LEGO office. And while the artificial version might not be scented like the original, it sure just as elegant.

The second set features a 771-piece arrangement of nine succulent varieties, including a couple of cacti and what looks to be aloe. You can choose to group the plants together to form a mini garden on a shelf, or space them out to add pops of color around the house.

Best of all? No watering or sunlight needed. Your mom can enjoy the aesthetic of having “greenery” around, minus the stress that comes with keeping houseplants alive.

“Perfect as a thoughtful gift for a plant lover or for adding the finishing interior design touches, the new sets are designed to provide an immersive building experience for adults that lets creativity bloom,” the company said.

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I Finally Stopped Buying Fake Plants and Got Real Ones — Here’s What I Learned

I Finally Stopped Buying Fake Plants and Got Real Ones — Here’s What I Learned

The first time I bought a real plant was on a whim from the grocery store. All my favorite designers and home bloggers kept saying plants were a necessity if you wanted to add life and beauty to a space, and even though I had no clue what I was doing, I went home happy and excited. My plant died in a matter of weeks, and the shriveled up leaves turned my hopeful enthusiasm into guilt and disappointment. I vowed to never get another real plant from that point on, and convinced myself I just couldn’t keep plants alive. 

Luckily, I have some plant pros in my life who talked me off the ledge of never becoming a plant parent again. With a little bit of assistance and encouragement, I’m happy to say that my brown thumb has turned green. I’m the owner of seven houseplants that have been alive for three years now, and I’m still not a plant aficionado! Because the good news is, you don’t have to be. Here are some plant newbie tips I’ve learned along the way for anyone who’s ready to make the leap from faux plants to real ones.

It’s OK to ask for help.

The reason my grocery store plant died was because I didn’t know what kind of plant it was, or what it needed to thrive. If there’s anything I’ve learned since, it’s that plant people are the friendliest and want to help you! Asking simple questions like, “How much sun does this plant need?” or “How much and how often should I water it?” are key to keeping your plants happy and healthy. Plant subscriptions like Horti are also made for beginners who want to learn, and specialize in educating new plant owners. 

Know where you get the most sun in your home.

The two most basic things a plant needs are sun and water. It’s important to know where the sunny spots are in your home because more often than not, that’s where you’ll want your plants to live. If your plant likes lots of light, in front of a sunny window is a great spot, or if your plant prefers indirect light, putting it on top of a coffee table in a bright room should suffice. And don’t worry if you don’t have a lot of natural light in your home. Snake plants are hardy, do well with low light, and only need watering every two weeks or so.

Caring for plants is simple, once you have a routine and know what they need.

All plants are different, but once you’ve found the perfect spot and know how much and how often to water them, you’re golden! Pick a watering day and create a little ritual around taking care of your plants. I water mine first thing in the morning on Sundays and it’s something I look forward to that takes no more than five or 10 minutes.

Not all plants are beginner-friendly (and that’s OK!)

Once I learned that shopping for plants is about much more than just aesthetics, I was a little less hard on myself for my self-imposed brown thumb. Certain plants require more care than others, while other plants like ZZ plants, snake plants, philodendron, and succulents are great for beginners because they are low maintenance, robust, and resilient. Filling your home with beginner-friendly plants is a great way to add greenery to your space, without a lot of work.

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Check Out This TikToker’s Impressive DIY Faux Plant Wall on a Budget

Check Out This TikToker’s Impressive DIY Faux Plant Wall on a Budget

Combs, who posts on TikTok under aptly named handle @lexi.diy, is currently sharing her journey as she completes a full head-to-toe renovation on her Virginia home. 

Having racked up over 1.2 million followers, Combs posts helpful DIY and money-saving tips, and one that’s particularly eye catching is her impressive plant wall that brings greenery into the home in a unique way. 

“I wanted one of these but I did not want to pay $1,000, which was the price of the ones I was looking at online for this size,” Combs says in the video’s voiceover. “so I thought, I’m just going to make it myself.”

Combs explains that she purchased a canvas from the craft store and, with the help of her friend, hot glued moss strips down. 

“They did have an adhesive backing, but I figured the hot glue would keep it stuck on way better,” she continues. 

She then snipped the stem off several faux succulents and arranged them as desired before hot gluing them on to the canvas. Next, to add a little more dimension to the piece, she added some moss balls in various shades, really finishing off the canvas. 

Once finished, Combs decided to hang the large canvas over her couch, elevating the living room with a pop of color and incorporating a touch of nature. Combs told followers that she found most of the items at Michael’s and purchased some of the different succulents at Dollar Tree. 

The creative clip, that has over 117,000 views, received plenty of comments from impressed fans complimenting the artwork.

“It turned out so amazing!!!!” one user commented, while another, inspired to make their own, said: “Gosh darnit. Got to go. Heading to Michael’s.”

One concern, however, was the possibility of shedding, prompting several users to ask the same question: “Have you had any issues with shedding or little flakes falling off?”

“Only when I was hanging it up,” Combs replied, “but I’ll keep you updated!” 

Posting TikTok videos regularly, Combs offers plenty more ways to bring the outside in as part of her “Dollar Tree DIY” series. These sleek planters are the perfect partner for your plants, while these $5 vine garlands will instantly add character and charm to any room.