Do you kill everything you try to grow inside and outside? The only way to get better at things is practice right? (at least that’s what I do).
Over the past 13 months I have been practicing my gardening skills, and doing a ton of research on growing plants inside and outside. A past client and now friend of mine, gave me great advice. She told me, “You will never figure it all out, but that’s what’s so much fun about gardening. It’s an experimental, but satisfying challenge.”
I never thought I would enjoy gardening because when I was a child, I hated helping my mom pick weeds out of the flower beds. Now, I actually find it extremely therapeutic of all things. For some time now, I decided my husband and I needed to incorporate some live greenery into our home decor. Keyword: LIVE. There are many benefits of having indoor plants. For example: they purify the air, assist immunity (which I need), boost workplace performance, improve your I.Q., speed up healing, etc.
Whether you have a green thumb or not, I have a couple of tips and tricks to help you out. Checklist for Indoor plants:
- Must be $30-$50 and under, when the probability of death is high, there’s no use in spending hundreds of dollars (if you do not have a green thumb).
- Must be low maintenance (most indoor plants are).
- Must be pretty and fit well with your home décor.
Here are a few of our indoor plants that we’ve used in our home, and a few new ones we are trying out. Keep in mind I am not an expert, and you may want to chat with an expert at your local garden center when you purchase one of these plants.
Sansevieria (aka Snake Plant)
Why we Like it:We have three snake plants in our home because they’re incredibly easy to keep alive and don’t take up too much space. They also add some much-needed height and life to any space. Plus, you can buy snake plants in all sizes for any space.
How to Care for it:This plant is almost indestructible. It prefers bright, indirect light that doesn’t need to be watered too often. I have had mine for almost three years now, and they have survived two moves. If you don’t have much light in your home, this is the plant for you. Tip-when you start to see it pull away from the clump, place it in a new pot so it can grow, spread its roots and thrive.
Ficus Lyrata (aka Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree)
Why we Like it:I am sure you have all seen plenty of fiddle-leaf fig trees all over the blogosphere, and we have too. If you are new to the indoor plant thing, I would recommend going with a faux fiddle leaf fig tree because the real thing can run you close to $200, OR start small and go with a bush instead of a large tree. It would be a baby step into the fiddle-leaf fig family. The bushes are around $20. I love the glossy leaves on our tree and the instant warmth it adds to every room.
How to Care for it:These trees, or smaller bush, are harder than others and we are still learning. Keeping the tree in a bright room has worked very well for us. If you notice its leaves turning brown, it may be in too much direct light. Ours is placed in front of a 10’x15’ window in the living room, and does not get direct sunlight. When it comes to watering, be careful. Don’t overwater or let it sit in a puddle. This plant can almost go all winter without water. Instead, make sure the soil is moist, but well-drained.
Here are a few smaller indoor plants we have that have been great in our home:
- Golden Pothos:This attractive, durable and easy-to-grow vine plant loves bright, indirect sunlight and can withstand high temperatures. They’re also said to be among the best indoor plants for air pollution.
- Prayer Plant:You also need to keep an eye on your Prayer plant as it doesn’t cope in direct sunlight and benefits from an all-purpose fertilizer feed every month. This minimal upkeep is worth it for those striking leaves.
- Philodendron:This plant with large glossy leaves is super easy to take care of. When the leaves begin to turn yellow, this is a sign that your plant is getting too much sunlight. Also, test the soil before watering as the top 2-5cms should be dry before watering again.
- Peace Lily:Our Peace Lily has been going strong for 2 years now, and still has new growth all the time. The best thing about this plant is it shows you when it needs water. All the arms will flop down, and once you give it water, its back to being A-ok! Don’t worry if it looks like it has truly died with every single leaf turning brown, this plant has a way of rising from the ashes. Just remove all of the dead leaves, and water well once a week- there’s a good chance you’ll see new leaves coming up in just a couple of weeks.This is another plant that if your home doesn’t get much light, this is your plant.