Houseplants are sweeping the interior design world. Every pin I have in my “humble abode” board involves rooms covered in plants. I have never been one with a very good green thumb. In fact, I tend to avoid buying indoor plants because I always killed them. Until now. I have had to do my research but I’ve finally found plants that I’ve managed to take care of. I am now turning into the person who visits nurseries and plant sections for fun (seriously, try it). So if you’re anything like I used to be, consider starting with these plants!
Snake plants are one of my all-time favorites. Not only are they visually pleasing but you can forget about them and they won’t die on you. In fact, if you water them too much, they will swell up with water and die. They can survive low light conditions and even without frequent watering, they continue to look fresh and lively. It is recommended to let the soil dry out a bit between watering. And the best part is that they come in many different colors and sizes, whether you’re looking for a large one or a smaller yellow-tipped one. To top it off, they have an air purifying mechanism, leaving your air pure. It’s a win/win situation, really.
Much like the snake plant, spider plants don’t require much water. I water mine about once a week. The coolest part about these is they look good everywhere, desks, dressers, kitchen counters, or even hanging like the ones in the picture. The only thing that I have run into with these is browning of the tips. If you’re watering with water from the sink, it probably contains fluoride, causing this browning. If this happens, don’t be too worried. It doesn’t actually harm the plant. Try watering with distilled water or rainwater to help flush out the salt.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
(via Balcony Garden Web)
Ugh okay, fiddle leaf fig trees are quickly becoming my obsession but it took me awhile to understand these guys. They can be a little tricky. Good news is, they dress up a room immediately. They can get huge if taken care of properly, so if you’re looking to spruce up a corner of a room, this is the plant for you. They enjoy bright consistent light (I have mine right next to a glass door) and warmer temperatures. They are used to a warm humid climate so try not to stick them next to the AC. As for watering, only water when the soil is dry to touch. If the tree is not getting enough water, the leaves at the top will brown and begin to drop and if it’s getting too much, the oldest leaves at the bottom will brown and drop. Because these trees have such large leaves, they tend to get dirty. If you find that it is getting dusty, just wipe it down with some water. If you’re finding little pests are attracted to your tree, wipe the leaves down with a solution of 1/2 teaspoon laundry detergent and a gallon of water.
There’s something extremely romantic about these heart-shaped leaves that I have fallen in love with. One of my favorite aspects of these plants is the fact that they can come smaller for desks or shelves or you find ones that grow beautiful long vines like the one pictured. Much like the snake plant, it has an air purifying mechanism, making your rooms air much cleaner. And the best part is that it can handle both drought and watering. To make sure it lives it’s fullest life, keep it away from direct light and keep the watering moderate (once a week or so).
(via The Spruce)
I recently just discovered these guys and decided to pull the trigger, get one, and see what happens. And I have to say, so far, so good! My rubber plant is sitting next to a window where it gets a reasonable amount of light. I also water it once a week and he seems to be thriving. From what I’ve researched, during the summer, which is considered the growing season, rubber plants need to be kept moist with the leaves clean. During the fall and winter, you can cut back watering to once or twice a month. Easy enough, right?
Being an Arizona native, I’m extremely familiar with cacti and seeing them everywhere I go. Despite this, I think they make for amazing decor in little nooks and crannies. The best part about them is how easy they are. Because they are so used to their desert climate, they can last extended periods of time without water so if you’re one to forget, this is for you.
These are just some of my few favorites and I’m always looking for more. I’m always on the hunt for more plants. What’re some of your favorites?0