Shoplog: Five new plants

Five new plants: cactus shopping

I don’t have a garden or a balcony, for which I compensate by filling my apartment with plants. Succulents are definitely my favourite type. They come in many different shapes and colors, and they’re easy to take care of. I water mine only once or twice a month and they’ve survived perfectly fine so far. Yesterday I went to Ikea to buy some storage boxes and decided to shop for plants as well while I was there. My plan was to buy one or two, but I ended up buying five instead.

Usually Ikea has a lot of choice, but I was a bit disappointed this time. Most of their succulents and cacti were extremely small and I had a hard time finding two that I liked. After a long search I ended up buying an aloe vera plant and a cactus.

Aloe Vera Plant

Cactus

I was happy with my two plants, but since Ikea didn’t give me much choice I decided to check out some other places as well. On my way back I stopped at Plantasjen and Floriss, two plant stores located in the centre of Oslo. Plantasjen has many different stores in Norway, but somehow I ended up picking the smallest one. Luckily they still had more choice than Ikea, but I wasn’t too impressed by the type plants they had. I did buy another aloe vera plant though, a completely different one than the one I bought at Ikea. It has a really interesting shape, and looks even better from above.

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe Vera Plant

After visiting Plantasjen I made one final stop at Floriss and found a specific type of succulent I had been looking for for a while now. I just had to buy it. The plant isn’t that big, but the shape and the colors are so cute! While waiting in line I noticed another succulent I couldn’t say no to. It’s a rather big and oddly shaped plant and feels extremely soft. The price was a bit high (100NOK), but it was totally worth it.

Cute succulent

Weird succulent

My new plants

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28 Comments

  1. these are beautiul and a few of natures very best, sometimes I wonder the mechanism for its nature to hold water in deep.. all wonderful to watch in gardens.

  2. I love plants and I also live in an apartment so gardening is not in my near future lol but little house plants are an awesome idea. I will see what my local stores have. The aloe vera plant looks great from above (you were right).

  3. These plants are just beautiful. I was the garden type of person, I have a few roses, tulips and similiar but you just proved to me that the house plants can be even more beautiful than I thought. And the best part, taking care of them is a lot easier.

  4. So beautiful! This post made me sad because I’m so bad with succulents and I finally have gotten one to last and thrive for about 3 years now. However, … … … I just killed it by overwatering it in this summer heat 🙁 whaaaa!! I will try again, though! Yours are gorgeous!! Nice picks!

  5. I am in love with the third one. I’ve been dying to find some succulents (and like them), but I’m too afraid of killing them 🙁 beautiful plants!

    1. Succulents and cacti are the easiest plants to keep, killing them is pretty hard. I just have them on the ledge in front of my window (so that they get enough sunlight and heat, especially during the Norwegian winters) and water them twice a month. The cacti get even less water, and they’re doing fine too. I once got the tip “to only water a cactus when it rains in Phoenix, Arizona”, which is what I’ve been doing. And funny enough, it works.