Celebrate Houseplant Appreciation Day with Vintage!

Yep… seems like there is a ‘holiday’ for every topic. And Houseplant Appreciation Day is one of them!

Houseplant Appreciation Day is celebrated on January 10th of each year. I think it’s a great excuse to give your plants some extra tender loving care, and that includes updating their planters with vintage.

Houseplants are not only good for your home environment, they also bring an almost zen-like feeling to an otherwise stressful day.

So… how do you celebrate National Houseplant Appreciation Day? Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ideas for Celebrating Houseplant Appreciation Day

  • Choose your favorite plant, and transplant it into a vintage planter. Not only does this give your plant a chance to “stretch it’s roots”, it also gives you a chance to update the look of the plant. See the ideas below for inspiration.
  • What?!?! You don’t have any houseplants?!?! Well, now is the time to get out there and buy them! I highly recommend you buy at least three different varieties to start you off. There are some good choices below.
  • Fill a vintage planter with a favorite houseplant, and give it to a friend. Nothing like sharing your green thumb with others!
  • Talk to your plants. I know, you might feel foolish doing this, but what if your plants really can “hear” you?

Vintage Planters and Perfect Plant Pairs

Jade – Pair a square vintage planter with Jade. Jade is sometimes called a “friendship plant” or “lucky plant”. It is a succulent that is drought tolerant, easy to grow (and maintain), and thrives in bright light. It’s a very easy plant to propagate – just stick a fallen “leaf” into soil and it will start to root. Jade is a very compact, sturdy plant and one that lives a long time.

Peperomia – Peperomia caperata would look very elegant in a vintage brass planter! Peperomia is a semi-succulent plant and is easy to care for. The plant has tall spike-type flowers and thick rubber-like leaves. The plant only gets about 12″ tall and thrives in low-light condition. The patterns on the leaves make it a great focal plant.

Sansevieria – Sansevieria is an extremely care-free plant! It’s also known as “mother-in-laws tongue” or “snake plant”. It tolerates drought very well. The upright sword-shape leaves are dramatic and call attention. It likes bright light, but can grow in practically any conditions. This plant looks right at home in small vintage upright planters.

Bamboo – Bamboo, also known as “lucky bamboo” is actually not really a true bamboo plant, it’s a Dracaena. This plant would look fabulous in a vintage rattan plant holder. This plant grows in very little light to bright light, and is very easy to care for. It can be grown in water or in soil. This plant adds a little Feng Shui boost to your home.

Air Plant – A large Tillandsia Xerographica air plant would look right at home displayed in a vintage soap dish. This curly green and pinkish tilly is easy to care for. Just spritz it with water once a month or so and it will last a long time. This plant produces a spectacular flower that can be 4 times the height of the plant – really quite a conversation piece, and perfect for a windowsill or bathroom vanity. 

Hoya – The Hoya plant is also known as a “wax plant”.  This plant could be potted in a plain terra cotta pot, decorated with a vintage necklace – bling for pots! The Hoya plant tolerates very dry conditions. When watered more often, this plant will flower with a variety of flower sizes. The plant can be grown easily in indirect light conditions. The interesting leaves add character to any home decor. 

Albuca Spiralis ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ – This is such a cool plant! The ‘Frizzle Sizzle’ plant has thick, tightly curled leaves on short stems that grow from a bulb. In the Spring, the plant produces fragrant yellow flowers that have 10 to 20 blooms per spike. The flowers have a slight vanilla fragrance. This plant grows in full sun. Tuck three bulbs in a vintage hardware drawer filled with soil and you have a most interesting display.


What are YOUR favorite house plants? Share in a comment below!

JayDee / ThirdShiftVintage.com

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  1. What a great post, JD. You paired the plants with the perfect vintage containers.

    Plus I learned something….I’ve never heard of the “Frizzle Sizzle” before but am now on the hunt for one. Thanks for the heads up.

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