The Houseplant Masterclass

How to Make a Plant Love You.

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  • 8 hours of on-demand videos
  • 300 full color charts and images
  • Comprehensive care spreadsheet for 300 common houseplants
  • Access a private Facebook community
  • Full lifetime access and self-paced learning on any device
  • Certificate of completion
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Your Outcome

You'll learn how to cultivate and maintain houseplants, while observing what plants have to teach us.

The Houseplant Masterclass is the first comprehensive online audiovisual course on houseplant cultivation, care and maintenance—disseminated over a month.

How many of us have brought a plant home and then said, “Ummmm, what do I do now?” (Yeah, we’ve ALL done it). Good news: The Houseplant Masterclass will teach you not only how to intuit what a plant needs but also show you how to do some cool houseplant hacks once you start your houseplant journey. ‘Cuz we’d like to see you and your plant grow together.

🌿 Comprehensive, well-researched information:

The information that you’ll find in this course is based on a wide range of experiences and resources. Firstly, I pulled from my own personal experience of growing around 550 plant species and over 200 varieties in my home for the past 10 years as well as my 15+ years of work as an environmental scientist, entomologist, and environmental communicator.

I am not alone in my contributions to this course, however; many other professionals—many whom are leading specialists in their field—have contributed to the robust information you’ll see in the Houseplant Masterclass. Over the past years, I have interviewed and conversed with nearly 50 experts, including botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists, plant taxonomists, botanical curators, horticulture professors, growers, botanical garden employees, plant sellers, and more. Though scientific literature as far as indoor gardening goes is sparse, you’ll still find throughout the course copious information that was cited from a selection of peer-reviewed science journals, articles, and books. Overall I believe you’ll find the Houseplant Masterclass to be well researched, well cited, and one of the most comprehensive (and engaging) courses on plant care for the home!

🌿 What's in the course:


  • Peruse five sections, 100+ sub-sections on houseplant growing, care and cultivation disseminated over the course of a month
  • Listen, watch and learn from over 8 hours of audio+visual recordings
  • View 300 full-color images and charts
  • Access a comprehensive care spreadsheet to 300+ common houseplants
  • Learn over 100 botanical terms and 350+ botanical Latin names
  • Get product and book recommendations
  • Join the private Facebook community
  • Bonus materials and more!

What’s also great about having a digital Masterclass—aside for the obvious fact that anyone, anywhere with internet access can get the information—is that it’s a resources that can also be updated and added onto, making this more like a living resource that will evolve, grow and improve over time. As a future participant of the Houseplant Masterclass, I look forward to your feedback!

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Course Introduction

  • Welcome (1:34)
  • A Note Before We Begin

I. Introductory Section

  • 1. A Quick History of Plants
  • 2. A Brief Guide to How Plants Work
  • 3. The Origins of "The Houseplant"

II. The Houseplant Master Mindset

  • 1. It's Okay to Fail, as Long as You Observe
  • 2. How to Develop Observational Skills
  • 3. Learning How to Read Plants: An Exercise in Observation

III. The Ten Commandments of Plant Care

  • Introduction (2:55)

III-A. Thou Shalt Give Plants Light

  • 1. Thou Shalt Give Plants Light
  • a.) Plants get crafty about their sun needs
  • — Alternative color varieties, variegation and chimeras
  • — Green plants (0:12)
  • — Leaves as your guide (3:13)
  • — Natural light considerations (1:32)
  • b.) Too much of a good thing
  • — Light intensity considerations
  • — Other light considerations— Light wavelengths matter (0:52)
  • — Measuring light in your home or space
  • — Are these grow lights any good?
  • c.) Assessing Light at Home (📹video)

III-B. Remember to Water Thy Plants

  • 2. Remember to Water Thy Plants
  • a.) Drought-tolerant plants need water too
  • b.) Water’s physiological purpose
  • c.) Plants both “breathe” and “sweat” (1:37)
  • d.) A plant’s water-saving strategies
  • e.) General rules of thumb when watering
  • — General watering tips
  • f.) Top down watering or bottom up?
  • g.) Best time of day to water plants
  • — General watering guidelines
  • h.) Watering frequency ( 📹video)
  • i.) How to water plants (📹video)
  • j. Tips for People Who Overwater (📹video)
  • k.) Water plants with me ( 📹video) (36:33)

III-C. Honor a Plant's Need for Air and Ventillation

  • 3. Honor a Plant’s Need for Air and Ventilation (1:39)

III-D. Remember a Humid Home is a Plant Happy Home

  • 4. Remember a Humid Home is a Plant Happy Home
  • a.) Shower your plants—with love and humidity
  • b.) Dry heat is a plant’s enemy

III-E. Thou Shalt Keep the Best Temperature for Plants

  • 5. Thou Shalt Keep the Best Temperature for Plants (0:15)
  • a.) Seeds need warmth more than light (0:28)

III-F. Thou Shalt Provide the Best Growing Medium for Plants

  • 6. Thou Shalt Provide the Best Growing Medium for Plants
  • a.) What’s in a soil mix?
  • b.) What makes a good soil mix
  • c.) Picking the right mix
  • d.) How to read the ingredients on a bag of soil mix (4:05)
  • e.) Changing your plant’s soil
  • — Soil mix ingredient list
  • f. Hydroponics in the home

III-G. Thou Shalt Go Forth and Fertilize Plants so They Prosper

  • 7. Thou Shalt Go Forth and Fertilize Plants so They Prosper
  • a.) Food vs. fertilizer
  • b.) Fertilizer No Nos
  • c.) A plant’s essential nutrients
  • d.) Deficiency symptoms in plants
  • e.) Inorganic vs. Organic Fertilizers (4:28)
  • f.) Fertilizing your plants
  • — Fertilizer ingredients

III-H. Thou Shalt Pot Plants Appropriately

  • 8. Thou Shalt Pot Plants Appropriately
  • a.) Terra-cotta vs. plastic planters
  • b.) Potting your plant
  • c.) Honey, my plant’s outgrown its pot!
  • d.) What to do with old soil
  • e.) Get planters, have fun!

III-I. Remember to Prune, Groom, Pinch, Thin, Turn and Propagate

  • 9. Remember to Prune, Groom, Pinch, Thin, Turn and Propagate

III-J. Thou Shalt Give Plants Their Dormancy

  • 10. Thou Shalt Give Plants Their Dormancy
  • — Keeping the Ten Commandments in Mind (0:53)

IV. Living with Plants

  • Introduction (0:40)
  • 1. The Most Important Question You Can Ask (1:45)

IV-A. Moving Your Plants

  • 2. Moving Your Plants

IV-B. Accilmatizing Your Plants

  • 3. Acclimatizing Your Plants
  • a.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Dieffenbachia
  • b.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Scindapsus
  • c.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Adenium

IV-C. Cleaning Your Plants

  • 4. Cleaning Your Plants

IV-D. Grooming, Pinching and Pruning Your Plants

  • 5. Grooming, Pinching and Pruning Your Plants (1:34)

IV-E. Propagating Your Plants

  • 6. Propagating Your Plants
  • a.) Basic foundations of propagation
  • b.) Water vs. soil roots
  • c.) Factors that help plants root
  • d.) Tools for propagation
  • e.) Rooting hormone (0:42)

IV-F. Principal Propagating Techniques

  • f.) Principal propagation techniques
  • — Cuttings (3:36)
  • — Division
  • — Offsets
  • — Runners, rhizomes, and stolons
  • — Air layering
  • — Seeds

IV-G. Watering Hacks for the Home

  • 7. Watering Hacks for the Home

IV-H. Going on Vacation

  • 8. Going on Vacation

IV-I. Pets and Plants

  • 9. Pets and Plants

IV-J. Pest Management

  • 10. Pest Management
  • a.) Sucking pests suck!
  • — Scale (Coccidae and Diaspididae families)
  • — Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae families)
  • — Aphids (Aphidoidea superfamily, Aphididae family)
  • — Common whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) (0:12)
  • — Spider mites (Tetranychus sp.)
  • — Fungus gnats (Bradysia sp.)
  • — Thrips (Order: Thysanoptera)
  • — Pests in summary (+ 📹video)

IV-K. Effective Biological Control

  • b.) Effective biological control (1:33)
  • c.) Harmless soil Arthropods & Isopods
  • d.) Best Practices to Prevent & Control Pests

IV-L. Growing Old with Your Plants

  • 11. Growing Old with Your Plants
  • — Mature plants don't happen overnight

IV-M. Sharing the Beauty of Plants

  • 12. Sharing the Beauty of Plants (3:15)
  • Conclusion & Recap

V. Appendices

  • Appendix A. Common Botanical Latin
  • Appendix B. PPFD, Foot Candles and Light Conversions
  • Appendix C. 300 Houseplants Care Guide (8:32)
  • Appendix D. Dormancy in Succulents

Resources

  • Book Recommendations
  • Botanical Glossary
  • Organizations of Interest

Storefront

  • My Product Recommendations

Extras

  • Survey, Testimonials, & Suggestions

Your Instructor

Summer Rayne Oakes

I'm an environmental scientist and entomologist by training ( Cornell University ) and have done quite a bit of work in the field, including reclaiming mine sites, restoring forest ecosystems, monitoring stream water quality with aquatic insects, and a host of other fun projects outdoors. Sometimes it's challenging to communicate how these efforts impact us, so in 2005 I moved to Brooklyn to explore how I could apply my environmental knowledge to industries that noticeably impact our everyday lives—from what we wear to what we eat to what we grow.

The Houseplant Masterclass was inspired by my lifetime love of growing plants—both indoors and outdoors. However, I noticed there was a gap for people who wanted to learn more about in-depth houseplant care online, so that's how this became a course online. I hope you enjoy it!

Frequently asked questions

How did the Houseplant Masterclass develop?

The Houseplant Masterclass was borne out of the desire to create a comprehensive audiovisual course on indoor gardening for houseplant enthusiasts looking to sharpen their skills and deepen their appreciation and understanding of plants. Though you can find online courses on everything from garden design to permaculture, there was nothing online that provided both a broad overview and deep dive into houseplant care. And though you can find an assortment of answers to specific houseplant questions online and in books, the information is often scattered across the web and various tomes, making it challenging as a learning experience. Additionally, I had ample requests from people outside my city to put my houseplant workshops online. All of these elements gave a good indication that there was a need for a Masterclass like this. In early 2018, I released both a Kickstarter and Indiegogo InDemand campaign, for which helped jumpstart the creation of the Masterclass you see today.

What kind of information will I find in this course?

The Course is divided into 5 sections: The Introduction, The Houseplant Master Mindset, The Ten Commandments of Plant Care, Living with Plants, and the Appendices. The Introduction sets up the course with both a broad and deep overview of how plants developed here on earth, the inner-workings of plants, and how houseplants came to be. Then we transition into the second section, which helps the Masterclass participant learn the skills of observation. This helps set the participant up to intuit caring for plants, as houseplant care is not all about memorization of botanical names and houseplant tips. The longest section is on The Ten Commandments of Plant Care, which dives deeply into aspects of lighting, watering, fertilizing and more. Then the penultimate section, Living with Plants, covers more specific considerations when you bring plants into the home, like how to handle insect pests to propagation. From there, the Appendices go deep into everything from botanical Latin to a Care & Fertilizer Spreadsheet for 300+ Houseplants. Lastly, you’ll find product and book recommendations throughout the Masterclass and in the Bonus sections.

How did you go about sourcing information for this course?

The information in this course was sourced through a multitude of ways. Firstly, I pulled not only from my own personal experience of growing around 550 plant species and over 200 varieties in my home for the past 10 years, but also from my background and 15+ years of work as an environmental scientist, entomologist and environmental communicator. I am not alone in my contributions to this course, however; many other professionals—many whom are leading specialists in their field—have contributed to the robust information you’ll see in the Houseplant Masterclass. Over the past years, I have interviewed and conversed with nearly 50 experts, including botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists, plant taxonomists, horticulture professors, botanical curators, growers, botanical garden employees, plant sellers, and more. Though scientific literature as far as indoor gardening goes is sparse, you’ll still find throughout the course copious information that was cited from a selection of peer-reviewed science journals, articles, and books. Overall I believe you’ll find the Houseplant Masterclass to be well researched, well cited, and one of the most comprehensive (and engaging) courses on plant care for the home!

Will the Houseplant Masterclass ever become a book or guide?

That’s still to be determined! Though I think books can be restricted due to limitations of the printed page, I do believe books have their place, and I can see some of the information here in the Masterclass existing in book form. In the meantime, I’ll be coming out with the book, How to Make a Plant Love You (Optimism Press, July 2019), which will serve as a companion book to the Houseplant Masterclass.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you purchase the package. Sections of the Houseplant Masterclass will be disseminated daily over the course of a month, as it’s designed to help you learn a little every day without overwhelming you. Please note that once you start the program, there is no way to pause it and no way to speed it up, but you’ll be able to return to it whenever you’re able.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to the course for as long as the course remains up, which we imagine will be forever.

The course is audiovisual. Does that mean there isn't any text?

The entire course is written out in text, but there are also audio and visual components to the course. Almost everything that has been written out, with the exception of certain tables, charts and photos, has an audio component, so you can choose to listen and read along, or just listen, or just read. Additionally, certain sections of the Houseplant Masterclass have video components, particularly in places where someone would benefit from seeing a visual, like a propagation demonstration, for instance. In total sum, there is around 8 hours of audio and visual components to the Masterclass.

Can I get my money back if I don’t like the course?

You’ll get a good sense of what the course will be like within the first three days. If the Masterclass is not what you expected it to be, then you can ask for your money back within the first 72 hours (3 days) of purchase. Once your refund is initiated, your access to the course will be revoked.

Will I need to purchase special equipment for this course?

Not at all. The Houseplant Masterclass will teach you certain techniques and show different tools throughout the course, specifically ones that have worked well for me, but you are in no way obliged to purchase anything you see within the Masterclass. If you want to purchase any of the tools or products that you see in the course, I do provide links, some affiliate-based, as to where you can purchase the products, especially since everyone always asks, “Where did you get that?”

I don’t have a laptop or desktop. Can I do this course on my tablet or mobile phone?

Yes! The Houseplant Masterclass is optimized for all devices, including a tablet or a mobile phone, so you can do the course even while you’re in transit on a train, plane, or waiting at the airport or at the doctor’s office, for instance—provided that you have an internet connection.

I'm outside the United States, can I still do the Houseplant Masterclass?

Absolutely! The Houseplant Masterclass was particularly designed for people who are not able to attend my in-person workshops and who have a desire to learn more about their plants. The Houseplant Masterclass is done entirely online, so you can purchase the program online from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a valid credit card. The course, however, is only offered in the English language at this time.

I did the course and I’d like to provide feedback. How do I go about doing that?

At the end of the course, you’ll find a short survey that we encourage you to do so that we can get your thoughts on what you liked about the course and how you’d improve it.

I LOVED the course and am eager to share it. Do you have an Affiliate Program?

Absolutely! If you genuinely enjoyed the Houseplant Masterclass and are a blogger, Instagrammer, podcaster, YouTuber, or just an all around houseplant fanatic and want to share your experience of the Houseplant Masterclass, then we encourage it and believe you should be rewarded. If you’re keen on sharing the course and would like to join our Affiliate Program, there is information at the end of the course on how you can apply.

Where else can I learn from you?

If you haven't yet, check out "Plant One On Me", my weekly YouTube series; "365 Days of Plants" on IGTV and YouTube, where I highlight plant care daily, follow on Instagram @homesteadbrooklyn, read the blog at homesteadbrooklyn.com, and come to a workshop or event, which you can find online at homesteadbrooklyn.com as well.

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You'll learn how to cultivate and maintain houseplants, while observing what plants have to teach us.
  • 8 hours of on-demand videos
  • 300 full color charts and images
  • Comprehensive care spreadsheet for 300 common houseplants
  • Access a private Facebook community
  • Full lifetime access and self-paced learning on any device
  • Certificate of completion
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The Houseplant Masterclass is the first comprehensive online audiovisual course on houseplant cultivation, care and maintenance—disseminated over a month.

How many of us have brought a plant home and then said, “Ummmm, what do I do now?” (Yeah, we’ve ALL done it). Good news: The Houseplant Masterclass will teach you not only how to intuit what a plant needs but also show you how to do some cool houseplant hacks once you start your houseplant journey. ‘Cuz we’d like to see you and your plant grow together.

🌿 Comprehensive, well-researched information:

The information that you’ll find in this course is based on a wide range of experiences and resources. Firstly, I pulled from my own personal experience of growing around 550 plant species and over 200 varieties in my home for the past 10 years as well as my 15+ years of work as an environmental scientist, entomologist, and environmental communicator.

I am not alone in my contributions to this course, however; many other professionals—many whom are leading specialists in their field—have contributed to the robust information you’ll see in the Houseplant Masterclass. Over the past years, I have interviewed and conversed with nearly 50 experts, including botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists, plant taxonomists, botanical curators, horticulture professors, growers, botanical garden employees, plant sellers, and more. Though scientific literature as far as indoor gardening goes is sparse, you’ll still find throughout the course copious information that was cited from a selection of peer-reviewed science journals, articles, and books. Overall I believe you’ll find the Houseplant Masterclass to be well researched, well cited, and one of the most comprehensive (and engaging) courses on plant care for the home!

🌿 What's in the course:


  • Peruse five sections, 100+ sub-sections on houseplant growing, care and cultivation disseminated over the course of a month
  • Listen, watch and learn from over 8 hours of audio+visual recordings
  • View 300 full-color images and charts
  • Access a comprehensive care spreadsheet to 300+ common houseplants
  • Learn over 100 botanical terms and 350+ botanical Latin names
  • Get product and book recommendations
  • Join the private Facebook community
  • Bonus materials and more!

What’s also great about having a digital Masterclass—aside for the obvious fact that anyone, anywhere with internet access can get the information—is that it’s a resources that can also be updated and added onto, making this more like a living resource that will evolve, grow and improve over time. As a future participant of the Houseplant Masterclass, I look forward to your feedback!

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Course Introduction

  • Welcome (1:34)
  • A Note Before We Begin

I. Introductory Section

  • 1. A Quick History of Plants
  • 2. A Brief Guide to How Plants Work
  • 3. The Origins of "The Houseplant"

II. The Houseplant Master Mindset

  • 1. It's Okay to Fail, as Long as You Observe
  • 2. How to Develop Observational Skills
  • 3. Learning How to Read Plants: An Exercise in Observation

III. The Ten Commandments of Plant Care

  • Introduction (2:55)

III-A. Thou Shalt Give Plants Light

  • 1. Thou Shalt Give Plants Light
  • a.) Plants get crafty about their sun needs
  • — Alternative color varieties, variegation and chimeras
  • — Green plants (0:12)
  • — Leaves as your guide (3:13)
  • — Natural light considerations (1:32)
  • b.) Too much of a good thing
  • — Light intensity considerations
  • — Other light considerations— Light wavelengths matter (0:52)
  • — Measuring light in your home or space
  • — Are these grow lights any good?
  • c.) Assessing Light at Home (📹video)

III-B. Remember to Water Thy Plants

  • 2. Remember to Water Thy Plants
  • a.) Drought-tolerant plants need water too
  • b.) Water’s physiological purpose
  • c.) Plants both “breathe” and “sweat” (1:37)
  • d.) A plant’s water-saving strategies
  • e.) General rules of thumb when watering
  • — General watering tips
  • f.) Top down watering or bottom up?
  • g.) Best time of day to water plants
  • — General watering guidelines
  • h.) Watering frequency ( 📹video)
  • i.) How to water plants (📹video)
  • j. Tips for People Who Overwater (📹video)
  • k.) Water plants with me ( 📹video) (36:33)

III-C. Honor a Plant's Need for Air and Ventillation

  • 3. Honor a Plant’s Need for Air and Ventilation (1:39)

III-D. Remember a Humid Home is a Plant Happy Home

  • 4. Remember a Humid Home is a Plant Happy Home
  • a.) Shower your plants—with love and humidity
  • b.) Dry heat is a plant’s enemy

III-E. Thou Shalt Keep the Best Temperature for Plants

  • 5. Thou Shalt Keep the Best Temperature for Plants (0:15)
  • a.) Seeds need warmth more than light (0:28)

III-F. Thou Shalt Provide the Best Growing Medium for Plants

  • 6. Thou Shalt Provide the Best Growing Medium for Plants
  • a.) What’s in a soil mix?
  • b.) What makes a good soil mix
  • c.) Picking the right mix
  • d.) How to read the ingredients on a bag of soil mix (4:05)
  • e.) Changing your plant’s soil
  • — Soil mix ingredient list
  • f. Hydroponics in the home

III-G. Thou Shalt Go Forth and Fertilize Plants so They Prosper

  • 7. Thou Shalt Go Forth and Fertilize Plants so They Prosper
  • a.) Food vs. fertilizer
  • b.) Fertilizer No Nos
  • c.) A plant’s essential nutrients
  • d.) Deficiency symptoms in plants
  • e.) Inorganic vs. Organic Fertilizers (4:28)
  • f.) Fertilizing your plants
  • — Fertilizer ingredients

III-H. Thou Shalt Pot Plants Appropriately

  • 8. Thou Shalt Pot Plants Appropriately
  • a.) Terra-cotta vs. plastic planters
  • b.) Potting your plant
  • c.) Honey, my plant’s outgrown its pot!
  • d.) What to do with old soil
  • e.) Get planters, have fun!

III-I. Remember to Prune, Groom, Pinch, Thin, Turn and Propagate

  • 9. Remember to Prune, Groom, Pinch, Thin, Turn and Propagate

III-J. Thou Shalt Give Plants Their Dormancy

  • 10. Thou Shalt Give Plants Their Dormancy
  • — Keeping the Ten Commandments in Mind (0:53)

IV. Living with Plants

  • Introduction (0:40)
  • 1. The Most Important Question You Can Ask (1:45)

IV-A. Moving Your Plants

  • 2. Moving Your Plants

IV-B. Accilmatizing Your Plants

  • 3. Acclimatizing Your Plants
  • a.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Dieffenbachia
  • b.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Scindapsus
  • c.) Acclimatizing your plants - Lessons from Adenium

IV-C. Cleaning Your Plants

  • 4. Cleaning Your Plants

IV-D. Grooming, Pinching and Pruning Your Plants

  • 5. Grooming, Pinching and Pruning Your Plants (1:34)

IV-E. Propagating Your Plants

  • 6. Propagating Your Plants
  • a.) Basic foundations of propagation
  • b.) Water vs. soil roots
  • c.) Factors that help plants root
  • d.) Tools for propagation
  • e.) Rooting hormone (0:42)

IV-F. Principal Propagating Techniques

  • f.) Principal propagation techniques
  • — Cuttings (3:36)
  • — Division
  • — Offsets
  • — Runners, rhizomes, and stolons
  • — Air layering
  • — Seeds

IV-G. Watering Hacks for the Home

  • 7. Watering Hacks for the Home

IV-H. Going on Vacation

  • 8. Going on Vacation

IV-I. Pets and Plants

  • 9. Pets and Plants

IV-J. Pest Management

  • 10. Pest Management
  • a.) Sucking pests suck!
  • — Scale (Coccidae and Diaspididae families)
  • — Mealybugs (Pseudococcidae families)
  • — Aphids (Aphidoidea superfamily, Aphididae family)
  • — Common whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum) (0:12)
  • — Spider mites (Tetranychus sp.)
  • — Fungus gnats (Bradysia sp.)
  • — Thrips (Order: Thysanoptera)
  • — Pests in summary (+ 📹video)

IV-K. Effective Biological Control

  • b.) Effective biological control (1:33)
  • c.) Harmless soil Arthropods & Isopods
  • d.) Best Practices to Prevent & Control Pests

IV-L. Growing Old with Your Plants

  • 11. Growing Old with Your Plants
  • — Mature plants don't happen overnight

IV-M. Sharing the Beauty of Plants

  • 12. Sharing the Beauty of Plants (3:15)
  • Conclusion & Recap

V. Appendices

  • Appendix A. Common Botanical Latin
  • Appendix B. PPFD, Foot Candles and Light Conversions
  • Appendix C. 300 Houseplants Care Guide (8:32)
  • Appendix D. Dormancy in Succulents

Resources

  • Book Recommendations
  • Botanical Glossary
  • Organizations of Interest

Storefront

  • My Product Recommendations

Extras

  • Survey, Testimonials, & Suggestions

Your Instructor

Summer Rayne Oakes

I'm an environmental scientist and entomologist by training ( Cornell University ) and have done quite a bit of work in the field, including reclaiming mine sites, restoring forest ecosystems, monitoring stream water quality with aquatic insects, and a host of other fun projects outdoors. Sometimes it's challenging to communicate how these efforts impact us, so in 2005 I moved to Brooklyn to explore how I could apply my environmental knowledge to industries that noticeably impact our everyday lives—from what we wear to what we eat to what we grow.

The Houseplant Masterclass was inspired by my lifetime love of growing plants—both indoors and outdoors. However, I noticed there was a gap for people who wanted to learn more about in-depth houseplant care online, so that's how this became a course online. I hope you enjoy it!

Frequently asked questions

How did the Houseplant Masterclass develop?

The Houseplant Masterclass was borne out of the desire to create a comprehensive audiovisual course on indoor gardening for houseplant enthusiasts looking to sharpen their skills and deepen their appreciation and understanding of plants. Though you can find online courses on everything from garden design to permaculture, there was nothing online that provided both a broad overview and deep dive into houseplant care. And though you can find an assortment of answers to specific houseplant questions online and in books, the information is often scattered across the web and various tomes, making it challenging as a learning experience. Additionally, I had ample requests from people outside my city to put my houseplant workshops online. All of these elements gave a good indication that there was a need for a Masterclass like this. In early 2018, I released both a Kickstarter and Indiegogo InDemand campaign, for which helped jumpstart the creation of the Masterclass you see today.

What kind of information will I find in this course?

The Course is divided into 5 sections: The Introduction, The Houseplant Master Mindset, The Ten Commandments of Plant Care, Living with Plants, and the Appendices. The Introduction sets up the course with both a broad and deep overview of how plants developed here on earth, the inner-workings of plants, and how houseplants came to be. Then we transition into the second section, which helps the Masterclass participant learn the skills of observation. This helps set the participant up to intuit caring for plants, as houseplant care is not all about memorization of botanical names and houseplant tips. The longest section is on The Ten Commandments of Plant Care, which dives deeply into aspects of lighting, watering, fertilizing and more. Then the penultimate section, Living with Plants, covers more specific considerations when you bring plants into the home, like how to handle insect pests to propagation. From there, the Appendices go deep into everything from botanical Latin to a Care & Fertilizer Spreadsheet for 300+ Houseplants. Lastly, you’ll find product and book recommendations throughout the Masterclass and in the Bonus sections.

How did you go about sourcing information for this course?

The information in this course was sourced through a multitude of ways. Firstly, I pulled not only from my own personal experience of growing around 550 plant species and over 200 varieties in my home for the past 10 years, but also from my background and 15+ years of work as an environmental scientist, entomologist and environmental communicator. I am not alone in my contributions to this course, however; many other professionals—many whom are leading specialists in their field—have contributed to the robust information you’ll see in the Houseplant Masterclass. Over the past years, I have interviewed and conversed with nearly 50 experts, including botanists, horticulturalists, ecologists, plant taxonomists, horticulture professors, botanical curators, growers, botanical garden employees, plant sellers, and more. Though scientific literature as far as indoor gardening goes is sparse, you’ll still find throughout the course copious information that was cited from a selection of peer-reviewed science journals, articles, and books. Overall I believe you’ll find the Houseplant Masterclass to be well researched, well cited, and one of the most comprehensive (and engaging) courses on plant care for the home!

Will the Houseplant Masterclass ever become a book or guide?

That’s still to be determined! Though I think books can be restricted due to limitations of the printed page, I do believe books have their place, and I can see some of the information here in the Masterclass existing in book form. In the meantime, I’ll be coming out with the book, How to Make a Plant Love You (Optimism Press, July 2019), which will serve as a companion book to the Houseplant Masterclass.

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you purchase the package. Sections of the Houseplant Masterclass will be disseminated daily over the course of a month, as it’s designed to help you learn a little every day without overwhelming you. Please note that once you start the program, there is no way to pause it and no way to speed it up, but you’ll be able to return to it whenever you’re able.

How long do I have access to the course?

You have access to the course for as long as the course remains up, which we imagine will be forever.

The course is audiovisual. Does that mean there isn't any text?

The entire course is written out in text, but there are also audio and visual components to the course. Almost everything that has been written out, with the exception of certain tables, charts and photos, has an audio component, so you can choose to listen and read along, or just listen, or just read. Additionally, certain sections of the Houseplant Masterclass have video components, particularly in places where someone would benefit from seeing a visual, like a propagation demonstration, for instance. In total sum, there is around 8 hours of audio and visual components to the Masterclass.

Can I get my money back if I don’t like the course?

You’ll get a good sense of what the course will be like within the first three days. If the Masterclass is not what you expected it to be, then you can ask for your money back within the first 72 hours (3 days) of purchase. Once your refund is initiated, your access to the course will be revoked.

Will I need to purchase special equipment for this course?

Not at all. The Houseplant Masterclass will teach you certain techniques and show different tools throughout the course, specifically ones that have worked well for me, but you are in no way obliged to purchase anything you see within the Masterclass. If you want to purchase any of the tools or products that you see in the course, I do provide links, some affiliate-based, as to where you can purchase the products, especially since everyone always asks, “Where did you get that?”

I don’t have a laptop or desktop. Can I do this course on my tablet or mobile phone?

Yes! The Houseplant Masterclass is optimized for all devices, including a tablet or a mobile phone, so you can do the course even while you’re in transit on a train, plane, or waiting at the airport or at the doctor’s office, for instance—provided that you have an internet connection.

I'm outside the United States, can I still do the Houseplant Masterclass?

Absolutely! The Houseplant Masterclass was particularly designed for people who are not able to attend my in-person workshops and who have a desire to learn more about their plants. The Houseplant Masterclass is done entirely online, so you can purchase the program online from anywhere in the world, as long as you have a valid credit card. The course, however, is only offered in the English language at this time.

I did the course and I’d like to provide feedback. How do I go about doing that?

At the end of the course, you’ll find a short survey that we encourage you to do so that we can get your thoughts on what you liked about the course and how you’d improve it.

I LOVED the course and am eager to share it. Do you have an Affiliate Program?

Absolutely! If you genuinely enjoyed the Houseplant Masterclass and are a blogger, Instagrammer, podcaster, YouTuber, or just an all around houseplant fanatic and want to share your experience of the Houseplant Masterclass, then we encourage it and believe you should be rewarded. If you’re keen on sharing the course and would like to join our Affiliate Program, there is information at the end of the course on how you can apply.

Where else can I learn from you?

If you haven't yet, check out "Plant One On Me", my weekly YouTube series; "365 Days of Plants" on IGTV and YouTube, where I highlight plant care daily, follow on Instagram @homesteadbrooklyn, read the blog at homesteadbrooklyn.com, and come to a workshop or event, which you can find online at homesteadbrooklyn.com as well.

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