Get new listings emailed daily! SIGN UP LOGIN
Laffey Knows Long Island Living Home

Agent Promotion | 3 Posts
Agent Spotlight | 3 Posts
Awards | 3 Posts
Laffey Knows | 196 Posts
Market News | 2 Posts
Outside the Box | 23 Posts
Recognition | 2 Posts
Sell Your Home | 1 Posts

Subscribe and receive email notifications of new blog posts.

rss logo RSS Feed
Things to Do | Historic Homes | Transportation | Best Beaches | Laffey Real Estate | Long Island Real Estate | Suffolk County | Nassau County | Historic Landmarks | Montauk Lighthouse | Buy Luxury Home | Luxury Living | Luxury Lifestyle | Citi Field | New York Mets | Family Fun | Kensington | University Gardens | Great Neck Gardens | Great Neck NY | Forest Hills | Queens Real Estate | Queens homes for sale | Oheka Castle | Realtor | Real estate agent | Golf Courses | Local businesses | Local attractions | Restaurants | Area information | Community Events | Homeowner Tips | holidays | Open house | Home improvement tips | For sellers | Local wineries | Area photographers | For families | Fitness centers | New Year's resolutions | For Buyers | Mortgage | First-time Buyers | Buy a House | REALTORS® | Real Estate Agents | Agent Recognition | Agent Awards | Careers | Top Producer | Oyster Bay NY | Charitable Events | Curb Appeal | Home Seller Tips | Festivals | Real Trends 500 | T3 Sixty | Mega 1000 | vidbits | General news | Sell Your Home | Relocation | LeadingRE | Moving | Breast Cancer Awarness | Personal Health | Inherit a House | Senior Community | Downsizing | Luxury Portfolio | Leading RE | Follow The Orange | Social Media | Homebuying tips | Gated communities | Finance a home | Queens County | Landscaping | Online classes | For Owners | Home Tech | Virtual Tour | Gardening | Home Maintenance | Melville NY | Philip Laffey | Mark Laffey | Fernand Leger | Steve Schappacher | Shappacher White DPC | Donnamarie Chaimanis | Long Island Press | James Gavin | Pauline Conti | Virtual Home Showing | Virtual Open House | Huntington NY | Bakeries | Northport, NY | Port Washington, NY | Smithtown, NY | Levittown, NY | Rockville Centre, NY | Offers | Farmingdale, NY | Babylon, NY | Astoria, NY | Long Island City, NY | Albertson NY | Atlantic Beach NY | Bayville NY | Bellmore NY | Brookville NY | Carle Place NY | Centre Island NY | East Hills NY | East Williston NY | Glen Cove NY | Glen Head NY | Hempstead NY | Hewlett NY | Hicksville NY | Jericho NY | Lattingtown NY | Laurel Hollow NY | Locust Valley NY | Manhasset NY | Matinecock NY | Merrick NY | Mill Neck NY | Mineola NY | Muttontown NY | North Hills NY | Oceanside NY | Old Westbury NY | Plandome NY | Roslyn NY | Roslyn Estates NY | Roslyn Harbor NY | Roslyn Heights NY | Sands Point NY | Sea Cliff NY | Syosset NY | Uniondale NY | Upper Brookville NY | Westbury NY | Williston Park NY | Woodbury NY | Amityville NY | Asharoken NY | Centerport NY | Commack NY | Deer Park NY | Dix Hills NY | East Northport NY | Fort Salonga NY | Hauppauge NY | Huntington Bay NY | Huntington Station NY | Kings Park NY | Lloyd Harbor NY | Lloyd Neck NY | Nissequogue NY | South Huntington NY | Stony Brook NY | Wheatley Heights NY | Wyandanch NY | Bayside NY | Bellerose NY | Briarwood NY | College Point NY | Douglaston NY | Elmhurst NY | Floral Park NY | Flushing NY | Fresh Meadows NY | Glen Oaks NY | Jackson Heights NY | Jamaica NY | Jamaica Estates | Little Neck NY | Malba NY | Middle Village NY | Queens Village NY | Rego Park NY | Richmond Hill NY | Rockaway Beach NY | Springfield Gardens NY | Sunnyside NY | Whitestone NY | Central Islip NY | Cold Spring Harbor NY | Copiague NY | Saint James NY | Staging | Parades | Non-profits

Houseplant Help - Homeowners - Laffey Real Estate

Do you laugh when people tell you it's National Houseplant Appreciation Day because you're a notorious plant killer? If, like most of us, you enjoy the beauty houseplants bring to a home but have a brown thumb, have no fear. Our real estate agents have some nearly bullet-proof suggestions that will let you join the ranks of houseplant aficionados whose homes proudly display elegant living decor. Your first step will be assessing the light levels in the spaces where you want to place your plants. 

  •  Albuca Spiralis
    This unique sun lover will be an instant conversation piece when given a prominent position in a window. Its deep green tendrils spiral wildly, like curling ribbon on a package. A healthy plant will welcome spring with stalks of yellow-green flowers that give off a pleasant vanilla-like scent. But harvest the blossoms, or your plant will lose its signature curls. The leaves will also tell you whether your plant is over or underwatered. If they start turning yellow, slow down on the watering. If they droop and the tips turn brown, your plant is thirsty. Be sure to select a pot with good drainage.

  • Jade Plant
    For the perfect guardian of sliding glass doors and gracious bay windows, look no further than the Jade Plant. Resembling a lush indoor tree, your admiration is almost all of the attention it needs to be healthy. A jade plant can survive almost a month of you forgetting to water it. Its chubby leaves store plenty of water to keep it healthy for a long time, and if it does show any signs of thirst, it will perk up quickly when you finally remember it.

  • Peace Lily
    If your bad plant habit includes overwatering, it's hard to drown this beauty. Although its preference is bright, indirect light, it can also tolerate lower levels. Its one sensitivity is cold, so you want to ensure it's placed in a warm spot. An icy foyer would not be a great environment for it. Given a warm home with good light, it will bloom year-round, producing delicate white flowers reminiscent of little flags. In fact, that signal for surrender is why it's named for peace. If you forget to water it, the leaves will quickly wilt to remind you.

  • English Ivy
    If you've always been jealous of that plant your friend has displayed on a top shelf that trails bright green leaves almost to the floor, you might want to try your hand at English Ivy. It's a little bit particular, but not difficult. It requires medium to bright light and will be very unhappy in shadowy spaces. Ivy needs room to let down its dripping stems. It doesn't like too much water but does enjoy misting, which helps keep the dust from settling on its leaves.

  • Christmas Cactus
    A Christmas Cactus is a popular, low-maintenance option for a dramatic pot of color without a lot of work. While it may look like a desert dweller, it actually comes from the Brazilian rain forest. It likes humidity but needs good drainage to avoid root rot. This is a great option for those of us who tend to overwater. Misting helps mimic its humid origins. It enjoys the occasional trip outside for a bit of sun but is safest in the shade. You can share it with a friend by gifting a rooted cutting.

If you're looking forward to decorating your new home or staging your current house for sale, houseplants are attractive decor. Contact us for more assistance whether you're searching, selling, or both. 

Login to My Homefinder

Login to My Homefinder