Easy Houseplants To Take Care Of Including Houseplants That Require Low Light
Remember when I had a pillow addiction?? Well, I still do but I also have a plant addiction now. I have turned into the crazy plant lady. And just last year I was telling you that I can’t be trusted to have any plants in our house. I have been known to kill a fake plant before. Well, look at me now!
It all started when my Mother in Law gave me my first plant and I didn’t kill it. Surprisingly to everyone that knows me, it is still living. Once I realized I could actually keep a plant alive, I started slowly adding more plants into our home. But I’m being smart about it. I will only bring home a plant that is easy to maintain (aka..won’t mind when I forget to water it).
That is my number one advice to all black thumb owners….bring home the plants that won’t die! And once you feel comfortable with them then you can start adding in ones that require a little bit more love and before you know it you will have a maidenhair fern And if you can keep that alive you get all the crazy plant lady awards!
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Tips for keeping your plants alive
(These are a few of my tips that I do with my plants. By no means are these tips set in stone or even correct but I haven’t killed any of my plants…yet)
- When you bring home your plant I almost always just keep it in the nursery pot it came in. I have never repotted any of my plants. If you do feel the urge to repot your plants read up on when the best time to do that is. Most will say to repot during spring or fall and to let your plant get used to it’s surroundings first. I also have yet to have fertilized any of my plants. Maybe I will one day….
- Most plants do not like to have their roots sitting in water. I water all of my plants in the sink (another reason to keep them in their nursery pots). I let the soil drain completely before putting them back in their planters
- Don’t eat any of your plants. I have no idea which plants of mine are poisonous. Maybe I should pay attention but we don’t really eat our houseplants….and surprisingly neither does our dog. I treat every plant as off limits and if the dog looks interested in a plant (which she hasn’t yet) then I would keep a careful eye out.
- I normally buy my plants at Home Depot or Lowe’s. They normally have a great selection. Amazon also has a great selection. I know purchasing plants online could be a little bit odd but I haven’t had a problem. The Sill is a good website that also has good quality plants.
- Most plants do not like to be moved around alot. Once you find a good home for them try to keep them there. There are few plants that can care less though.
Easy Indoor Plants You Can’t Kill
(Well, I haven’t yet anyways…)
The first plant I started with was the pothos plant (pictured above). My mother in law gave it to me years ago and we both assumed I would kill it before we saw each other next. But guess what, she is still alive and I even managed to propagate her and now she has a few other kids in my house because of it.
This pothos plant on my bookshelf used to be a little stem I took from the plant my Mother in Law gave me.
When I water: I usually water my plants once a week, sometimes every two weeks depending on how dry the soil is. These plants can go a long time with no water and believe me I have tested them (and I’m not recommending this). Each of my kids have a pothos plant in their room and each kid forgets they have a pothos plant in their room. I have rescued their pothos plants so many times. The leaves start to look limb and tired but a quick drink of water and they are back to their happy self.
Where I put mine: Everywhere or anywhere. My kids prefer to live in a dungeon and never open their blinds and these plants are still living. I also have one in my office near a window and he is loving that too.
The best plant for any beginner. This plant wants to be neglected. I’ve moved my ZZ plant around my house multiple times and usually always forget to water it. It’s still kicking it. I love the color and waxy leaves of this plant. If I kill this plant, I have problems.
When I water: Like I said, it’s been a while. I think I have gone a month before watering this plant. Whoops
Where I put mine: Anywhere. This guy can live in a closet I think and is fine if you move him around alot. He is currently in my family room but I just put him there last week.
Another plant that doesn’t mind being neglected and perfect for beginners. I also recently learned that having a snake plant in your bedroom helps improve your sleep. They emit oxygen at night, improving the air around you so that you sleep better. There are many different varieties of snake plants. I have two in my house and each look slightly different.
When I water: You will soon notice a trend here…I water this plant when I remember to. However, this plant should not be over watered. The less the better.
Where I put mine: I have one in my daughter’s room and one in our hall since I like the look of it here. This is also one of those plants that can be put in a dark corner without a fight.
Kangaroo Fern Plant:
This plant is newer to my house. I’ll be completely honest and tell you that I almost did not bring this plant home because of it’s roots (or whatever the heck these things that look like tarantula legs are called)
Seriously, WHAT THE WHAT?? Are those not the scariest things you have ever seen???? I have nightmares of this thing coming to life in the middle of the night and attacking me. But I love the leaves of this plant. It’s unique and something you do not see every day. I was actually surprised to see this plant at Lowe’s
When to water: You actually have to sort of remember to water this plant. I have only had it for a month or so and I try to water it once a week or when the soil begins to feel dry. I water this plant in my sink and make sure it drains before I put it back in the basket.
Where I put mine: I have mine in our kitchen. We get a good amount of sunlight in here. This plant prefers indirect light
(Rumor has it, this plant is not poisonous but I still wouldn’t recommend that you snack on it.)
Bird’s Nest Fern:
This plant is very similar to the Kangaroo Fern but doesn’t have roots that scare the bejesus out of me. I also like how unique this plant looks. I actually found this plant at Meijer (a local grocery store if you are not familiar).
When to water: Much like the Kangaroo plant, I water this guy once a week, in the sink and let the soil drain before I put it back.
Where I put mine: I have mine on our coffee table. This plant also prefers indirect sunlight and is tolerate to low light conditions. It has been doing well on our coffee table. This plant might do better where there is some humidity. If he starts looking sad, I might move him into our bathroom but so far so good.
Heart Shaped Philodendron:
I love this plant so much. It’s like the underdog among plants. You don’t know how amazing they are until you get one. I love the shape of the leaves, how they hang down as they grow and how full the plant can get. This would make a great hanging plant. I found this plant at Lowe’s in the hanging plant section but just removed the hanger. This plant is also great for beginners and reminds me of the pothos plant.
When to water: This guy can get watered once a week. Make sure the soil dries out between watering.
Where I put mine: Mine is on my mantel and I cannot wait for the leaves to grow and weep down my mantel. This plant does well with little light (ideally indirect light) and doesn’t need to be in a humid spot. If we have the fire on for a long amount of time, I will take the plant off so it doesn’t get fried.
This plant is a pretty easy plant to care for. It’s borderline a fake plant. However these little suckers are expensive for the little plant you get. I bought one and I love it but I think I paid less for my ZZ plant. There are many varieties of air plants. I feel like you can even just get a fake air plant and no one will know the difference. Just saying
When I water: You should soak your air plant once a week in water and lay it upside down to dry. Say what? Mine are lucky if I remember they live in this house. I try to soak mine once every two weeks or when I remember. I do try to spray it with water every once in a while, more often in the summer months. They like humidity, hence why you should spray them once a week.
Where I put mine: Mine is on my bookshelf and needs indirect sunlight.
(Honestly, go get a fake one at Hobby Lobby)
The jury is still out on this one. I purchased mine on Amazon in December and I think it struggled some in transit. But I have seen some large beautiful prayer plants at Lowe’s. These plant are unique because the leaves close at night. It’s considered an active plant. This plant is a little bit more needy than I am used to. If I can keep it alive, it could be one of my favorite plants.
When to water: Water once a week with warm water, in the sink and let the soil drain. Don’t over water this plant. This plant likes humidity and I try to mist it when I remember. You can also place a bowl of water next to the plant.
Where I put mine: My prayer plant is in my office on my bookshelf. My office is also my laundry room and this room can get humid thanks to my washer and dryer. This plant needs bright indirect sunlight. Do not put it in direct sunlight or the leaves will turn brown.
Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant
And last but not least, the infamous fiddle leaf fig plant. I challenged myself with this plant. I’ve heard conflicting reports about this plant. Some say it’s hard to kill, some say it’s hard to take care of. I had no idea what I was up against but I brought him home anyways. I found mine at Home Depot and so far he has lasted almost 9 months here….and is growing! I am not sure what I am doing right but I’m trying to keep up with whatever I am doing right.
I did (only twice and should do it again soon) wipe the leaves of my plant with diluted milk. I read that online somewhere that it helps the leaves absorb nutrients better. I also do dust this plant. Yes, I dust my plant. This plant is worth it though.
When to water: You do NOT want to overwater your fiddle leaf fig plant. Did you hear me, do NOT overwater him. I try to either give it a little bit of water daily. I usually empty the kids water from dinner in my plant as I’m cleaning up at night. If my kids were extra thirsty or drank milk for dinner and I haven’t watered my plant after a few days I will give it a little bit more water than usual and only if the soil feels extra dry.
Where I put mine: This plant likes to stay put. Once you find a perfect spot for your plant, keep him there. These plants like plenty of indirect sunlight.
The Fake Plant:
Yep, the fake plant. The best plant you will ever have. If real scares you, just go faux. There are so many great fake plants out there now. I love Hobby Lobby’s faux fiddle leaf fig tree that I have in my daughter’s room. It’s such a good fake at such a good price (it goes on sale every other week). Target has some good faux plants as well as IKEA. There is no reason to fear the faux.
Where I put mine: Anywhere…it’s fake.
When to water: Ha!
Once a week never
One of my favorite things about becoming the crazy plant lady is that I need to find pretty planters to put all of these plants in. I get planters all over the place. Most of which I found on Amazon. You can see some of my favorites in my Amazon store.
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