With indoor plants becoming increasingly popular, I found myself stumbling upon blog posts after blog post describing impossible to kill indoor plants. Impossible to kill? Low maintenance plants? Sounds like the perfect way to liven up my all white apartment. Unlike others, I was not born with a green thumb and those "impossible to kill plants" can be killed. After some research, I learned that every plant needs its own TLC. With this insight, maybe, just maybe, we can decorate our places with lively greenery and skip out on Hobby Lobby's fake plant section.
// Plants to Purchase and What They Need /
Jade Plant // Crassula Ovata
Known as the lucky plant, the jade is a succulent that you do not have to be lucky to keep alive. To keep these growing, it's important to know that Jade plants should never be dried out completely. If you notice the end of the leaves turning brown, you will need to water it more frequently. These plants need medium light everyday and live best in kitchens or home offices.
Fiddle-leaf Fig// Ficus lyrata
The immensly popular Fiddle Fig is this years "IT" plant, (Never thought I would say that sentence). Scrolling through Instagram, you are bound to see a few of these popup. Despite the plants look, Fiddle Figs are not low maintenance, nor are they small. Even my plant expert friends have killed one or two of these. The trick is to not over water them. Watering once a week should be plenty. Put this plant by a bright window, however, if the leaves begin to grow towards the light, go ahead and rotate on a biweekly basis.
Snake Plant// Sansevieria trifasciata
As a self diagnosed plant killer, my goal was to find a perfect plant for beginners. Successfully, I found the snake plant. This plant comes in a variety of sizes, making it great for small or large spaces. Snake plants can tolerate low light, and are extremely forgiving. Water this plant every 2 to 3 weeks and move into the light every once in awhile. If you some how kill this plant, house plants might not be for you.
Aloe Vera //
A plant with real benefits. No, not radiation absorbing or anxiety relief magical benefits... I'm talking real benefits! Aloe Vera produces a sap that can help heal burns and small scrapes. To my frequently sunburnt friends, this is the plant for you! It's perfect for a kitchen windowsill, since you want to keep Aloe in direct sunlight. Most Aloe Vera's are not potted properly when purchased and will need to be repotted. With proper care, your plant can produce baby plants, which can be removed and repotted.
Succulents, the designers current favorite. The first tip I can offer is to stay away from the pretty orange, purple, and red varieties. These succulents are best grown outdoors. Contrary to popular belief, succulents DO need to be watered consistently. A rule of thumb is to water these whenever the soil is completely dried. Also, addicted to the sunlight, succulents are best kept by your sunniest window.
// Decorating /
Now that we have an idea of what plants to buy, we can move on to the fun part...decorating! It's important to know that plants need proper pottage or they will not survive. If you see a cute copper pot that does not have the holes in the bottom you should pass it up! Get something that will help your plants grow, instead! There are plenty of shops that sell plant décor without breaking the bank. Below are a few that I've recently fallen in love with. Have a browse and let me know what you think…