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This Homeowner Has Over 200 Plants in Her Home

She enjoys plant hunting and sprucing up her space with different kinds of green wonders

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Photography: courtesy of the Homeowner

Caring for one plant can already be stressful, what more if you have hundreds of pots waiting for your love, care, and attention at home? For Marife, it’s a rewarding journey that brings a ton of positive vibes. In an exclusive e-interview with Real Living, the happy mom and plant parent shares that their family home features over 200 plants like cacti, succulents, Haworthias, Calatheas, Rubber treess, and philodendrons, to name a few. “One of my happy pills is the constant revamping of our space. I incorporate plants and I’m amazed how these greens can liven up and add character to a space. They’re also a source of positive vibes. Our humble abode became the stylish and homey space that I’ve always dreamed of,” Marife exclaims.


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In photo: Marife's front garden after she worked on the landscape with the help of her father.

It’s safe to say her knack for gardening runs in the blood. Her father and siblings love it as well and they spend time growing different plants. “My father and brother are fond of growing bonsai, while my sister is hooked on growing herbs and fruit-bearing trees. I think my passion for gardening started when I personally did the landscape of our garden with the help of my father. I handpicked the plants and purchased them myself,” Marife says.

How does she keep all 200 plants alive and flourishing? We’re guessing it’s no walk in the park. Check out Marife’s plant babies below and take note of her gardening tips:

When choosing plants to care for, do your research first. 


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Gusto ko ‘yung hindi common, ‘yung kakaiba,” Marife shares. Researching on different plants and how you can best care for each will give you an idea on the amount of effort it takes to keep it thriving. Read about the experience of your fellow plant parents and use their insights as guide.

The living area is a green corner completed with houseplants in chic planters. Displaying plants by the staircase instantly livens it up and makes use of the available space.


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We’re sure picking a favorite plant is difficult—especially if you have hundreds in your home. Marife considers the rubber tree, the Fiddle leaf fig, the Monstera, and her varieties of Pothos as her favorites. “I have three varieties of rubber fig tree, the variegated, burgundy, and the rare pink one. I also have four pots of Fiddle leaf fig inside our house. My favorite among Pothos is my Silver Satin Pothos.”


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In photo: Pothos in pretty white planters add charm to the staircase. 

Finding the right plants requires patience and a bit of traveling. Marife and her husband have been to Tagaytay, Cavite, Quezon City, Los Banos, and Quezon to do plant hunting.


In photo: A Fluffy Ruffle Fern takes the spotlight in a reading nook at the bottom of the staircase. The touch of green complements the white and yellow seating pieces.

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Finding the perfect location for a specific type of plant involves trial and error. Having a watering schedule and regularly checking the condition of your plants help, too. “My plants are placed all over the house—from the garage and living room, to the bathrooms and the balcony. To help me keep track of watering, I have a board with a schedule,” Marife shares.


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In photo: Succulents and other houseplants can be seen in this corner by the window. Marife loves mixing and matching her planters. She also does macrame pieces for an extra oomph.

Why settle for a plain sitting nook when you can have one that's relaxing and inviting?


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In photo: The striking leaves of Licuala Palm or Australian Fan Palm turn this sitting area into a resort-inspired escape.

Decorating with plants gives you a prettier space and tons of benefits. “You become more in touch with nature, plants purify the air, and they also help relieve stress. It makes me feel calm and relaxed. There are also plants that attract love, happiness, and good fortune.


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In photo: A Pachira plant, also known as Money Tree, has a spot under the staircase. Marife considers it as a luck booster.

Caring for plants allows you to practice your DIY skills. “From macramé to repurposing things found in the home, nagagawa ko ‘yung hilig ko,” the homeowner says. Some of the repurposed pieces we spotted include an old stairs from a bunk bed and a room divider used as shelves.


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In photo: A repurposed room divider holds knickknacks, decor pieces, and small potted plants.


In photo: Who knew that an old staircase from a bunkbed can work as a wall accent? A bit of color, DIY skills, and touches of green can do the trick!

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Marife advises fellow homeowners to continue bringing in plants as part of the home’s décor. “I believe that taking care of plants enhances our quality of life and it’s a great source of happiness.”


In photo: Pair a gallery wall with plants in matching containers for an instant captivating setup.

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From mugs and repurposed containers, to old pieces of furniture—Marife has taken her DIY and gardening skills to the next level just to improve every nook and cranny of her home.


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In photo: Wall-mounted shelves will look more Instagram-worthy with a few potted wonders. Mix and match, play with height, and you'll have a picture-perfect vignette.


In photo: Marife believes that plants add a calming vibe to a space. In the bedroom, a potted plant can be seen on top of her side table.

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In photo: The rubber tree is one of Marife's favorite plants in the home.

According to the happy plantita, having plants as décor can improve one’s well-being. “There are studies that prove plants can help improve concentration and productivity. Just a glimpse of greenery can help us feel more relaxed and calm,” she adds.

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In photo: Would you believe that this is a snapshot of the family's garage? Pots of Fiddle leaf fig and rubber tree brighten up the area.

Succulents are already cute and charming, but for this homeowner, there's no harm in adding extra details. Marife accessorized her rose cabbage succulent by adding pearls.

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Of course, she has air plants in some areas, too!


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When are you going start your own indoor garden?

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