How to get rid of Fungas Gnats

How to get rid of Fungas Gnats

By Alana Langan

Fungus gnats are small flies that you sometimes find flying around your houseplants. They infest potting mix, laying larvae in the soil. Though initially not hugely damaging to a healthy plant, the larvae can eat the roots of your plant if the infestation grows - plus they can be very annoying to us humans!

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Have you fallen in love (again)?!

Have you fallen in love (again)?!

By Jacqui Vidal

The most important (and dangerous!) time in your new plant's life is often when they first come home. A new environment, one that may not meet the ideal conditions they have grown up in, is your plant's biggest challenge. 

To guide you through the first few months, here's some tips that will give your plant a fighting start. 

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Top 5 tips for healthy,
 happy plants this Autumn.

Top 5 tips for healthy,
 happy plants this Autumn.

By Alana Langan

With a change of season, so too comes a change in your plant care routine. Now Autumn is here, indoor plants begin to slow down their growth, nestling in for the restful dormant period ahead whilst we experience darker, shorter days and cooler temperatures. Here we break down our top care tips into five simple steps to help your plants thrive during this period.




1. Decrease watering
Water will evaporate more slowly from soil than in the warmer months so adjust your watering schedule as needed. This doesn’t mean plants need less water day-to-day, just that your usual watering schedule will be less frequent. As a general guide, wait until the top 3cm of soil is dry before watering again. (Of course, all plants have different needs so research what your individual plant requires). 



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2. Go easy on the fertiliser
An organic fertiliser is great to replenish a plant’s nutrients, but this is best done during Spring/Summer when the plant is in its growth phase. When a plant is dormant, especially in winter, fertiliser can easily burn the roots. If you want to be cautious during Autumn, try diluting the fertiliser solution and see how your plant responds.



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3. Give them a little TLC
Autumn is a great time to stop and take stock of your plant gang and see how they’re travelling. Give them a little TLC; trim and prune where needed and remove any unsightly dry, yellowing or brown leaves plus any wayward growths or leggy vines that may have appeared over summer. Wipe down the leaves gently (both sides) using a damp, wet cloth and check for pests and treat where necessary.



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4. Light and temperature 
As the days get darker and cooler, the light and temperature in your home can change. Plants don’t like dramatic changes in temperature so move them away from drafty windows and doors. Also, consider moving plants so they can catch some extra rays of sun or have a brighter outlook. Heaters and fireplaces can also wreak havoc on plants, drying out their leaves and browning the edges. To overcome this, increase humidity by misting your plants every few days.



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5. Don't repot!
If you’ve missed the opportunity to repot your plant during Spring, its best to be patient and leave the job until next Spring – the ideal time to do so. Re-potting can be a big change for plants and it’s a task best carried out during the growth period (Spring/Summer) when the plant can confidently grow into its new home. *As an alternative, place your potted plant into a larger pot (called a cache' pot) and then repot when Spring comes!*



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Ivy Muse X Cisco & the Sun... the making of.

Ivy Muse X Cisco & the Sun... the making of.

By Alana Langan

Collaboration

Drawn to flecks of character, stories and quality in truly unique, one-off and handmade pieces, we love to collaborate with talented makers and artisans.


We fell in love with Cisco & the Sun wares as soon as we first laid eyes on them (back in 2020!) Recognised for working with ceramicists who craft entirely by hand using ancient and considered techniques, we knew Cisco & the Sun was the prefect choice to create a custom Ivy Muse planter.

Shared values

With a shared commitment to sustainable production and practices, timeless design and minimalist aesthetic, our pairing with Cisco & the Sun was a natural extension of our collaborative efforts.

Our custom planter is produced in small batches in Cambodia by local artisans who apply a methodology of ceramic making that ensures every piece retains its own unique handmade sensibility.


Considered design

With hand-crafted charm apparent in every piece, there's an intangible element to our Ivy Muse X Cisco & the Sun planters which can't be seen, but can be felt; a comfort beyond the senses that permeates from hand to soul.

Available in three sizes and four colour ways, all planters have been designed with a drip tray base, ensuring functionality for your plants both big and small.



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Styling with Hoya with Ivy Muse Co-Founder Alana Langan

Styling with Hoya with Ivy Muse Co-Founder Alana Langan

By Jacqui Vidal

The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Alana shows you how to care for hoya plants - and three ways to style with them. 

With their sculptural organic form and wide variety, hoya are a great addition to up your plant game at home and they're so easy to care for.

We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown and we're excited to now be able to have our doors open (hurrah!) - we love bringing the IVY MUSE experience to all supporters, especially our interstate and overseas that can't visit us in-store.

We've been loving hearing all your feedback too, keep it coming. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know.

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The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Alana shows you how to style at home with hoya plants; one of our favourites to work with! With their sculptural organic form and wide variety, hoya are a great addition to up your plant game at home and they're so easy to care for. We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown and we're excited to now be able to have our doors open (hurrah!) - we love bringing the IVY MUSE experience to all supporters, especially our interstate and overseas that can't visit us in-store. Good news is they're here to stay! We've been loving hearing all your feedback too, keep it coming. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Happy Sunday x

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How to care for air plants - and style with them!

How to care for air plants - and style with them!

By Jacqui Vidal

The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Jacqui shows you how to care for air plants - and three ways to style with them.

With their interesting form and range of sizes, air plants (tillandsia) are great to add dimension and texture to your plant gang at home and they're so easy to care for - once you know how!

We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown; we miss your smiling faces in-store so much but are so grateful we can connect with you all this way and bring the IVY MUSE experience to you. We've been loving hearing all your feedback too, keep it coming! If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know.

Happy Sunday x

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The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Jacqui Vidal shows you how to care for air plants - and three ways to style with them! With their interesting form and range of sizes, air plants (tillandsia) are great to add dimension and texture to your plant gang at home - and they're so easy to care for, once you know how! We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown; we miss your smiling faces in-store so much but are so grateful we can connect with you all this way. Our goal for this series is to bring the IVY MUSE experience to you; we have so many new customers Australia-wide (and around the world, hi!) and we wanted you to get the most out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares. We've been loving hearing all your feedback too, keep it coming. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Happy Sunday x

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How to stake houseplants with mini plant stakes

How to stake houseplants with mini plant stakes

By Jacqui Vidal

The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Alana shows you our new range of 'Mini Brass Plant Stakes'! Learn what size pots and which type of plants they suit best - and see how to style hoya, rhipsalis and cissus ellen danica. 

We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown; we miss your smiling faces in-store but are so grateful we can connect with you all this way. We love bringing the IVY MUSE experience to you - so you get the most out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares.

Thanks for all your feedback too, keep it coming. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Enjoy - and Melbournians, hang in there, we're on the home straight!! x

 

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The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder @alanalangan takes you through our new range of Mini Brass Plant Stakes! Learn what size pots they suit best, which type of plants they work well with - and see how to style hoya, rhipsalis and cissus ellen danica. Also helpful if you can't decide whether you need our regular 'Loop' plant stake or this 'mini' size. We've loved bringing these videos to you during lockdown; we miss your smiling faces in-store so much but are so grateful we can connect with you all this way. Our goal for this series is to bring the IVY MUSE experience to you; we have so many new customers Australia-wide (and around the world, hi!) and we wanted you to get the most out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares. We've been loving hearing all your feedback too, keep it coming! If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Enjoy - and Melbournians, hang in there, fingers crossed we're on the home straight!! x

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Child & Pet friendly plant stands

Child & Pet friendly plant stands

By Jacqui Vidal

The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Jacqui Vidal shares the best IVY MUSE plant stands if you have young children and pets at home. We know many of our customers have both (like we do)!

Jacqui also touches upon a great resource to establish which plants are safe for pets.

Our goal for this series is to bring the IVY MUSE experience to you; with Melbourne still in lockdown (we're almost done, hang in there!!) and so many of our customers dotted Australia-wide, no doubt a lot at home too - we wanted to help you get the most out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares.

We've been loving hearing all your feedback. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Enjoy x

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The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' series, here co-founder Jacqui Vidal shares some of the best suited IVY MUSE plant stands if you have young children and pets at home. We know many of our customers have both (like we do)! Jacqui also touches upon a great resource to establish which plants are safe for pets. Our goal for this series is to bring the IVY MUSE experience to you; with Melbourne still in lockdown (we're almost done, hang in there!!) and so many of our customers dotted Australia-wide, no doubt a lot at home too - we wanted to help you get the most out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares. We've been loving hearing all your feedback. If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Enjoy x . . . . #ivymuse #plantstands #children #pets

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Plant Style at Home | Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care

Plant Style at Home | Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care

By Jacqui Vidal

The latest instalment in our 'Plant Style At Home' video series, here co-founder Jacqui Vidal shares her top tips to keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig looking luscious and thriving this season!

Our goal for this series is to bring the IVY MUSE experience to you; with Melbourne still in lockdown and so many of our customers dotted Australia-wide, no doubt a lot at home too - we wanted to show you how to get more out of your IVY MUSE botanical wares.

We've been loving hearing all your feedback, keep it coming! If there's any questions/topics you'd like us to answer (product, styling or care related) let us know. Enjoy x

 

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