Bringing real plants inside the home brings an entirely different aura that fake plants just cannot touch. It’s not even close—a fake plant simply can’t compete. They can literally be like a breath of fresh air. I’m a big believer that the most beautiful things in existence can be found within nature. Plants add an element of simplistic beauty to the home. Along with bringing natural aesthetics inside, they also add a ton of personality to their surrounding environment. Besides having an array of plant choices to pick from, you’ll also find a vast selection of different ways to display them: go for a bohemian macramé plant hanger, the basic terracotta pot (which I’m currently loving), jars and glass dishes, ornate or colorful planters, or place inside of baskets. Create varying levels of height with your selections or let it stand alone. Whatever you go with, let your unique style and sense of decor show. The only rule is: you have to show it some love to keep it happy and alive.
I used to be totally intimidated by the prospect of caring for a real live plant because I didn’t grow up caring for them, and I had zero knowledge in that department. But it’s situations like these that we can thank the internet for. Nearly any interest that your mind can conjure up can most likely be learned with relative ease with just the help of a google search. Not to say that my green thumb spontaneously developed the moment that I researched aloe. Nope, it still took some time and practice (and a few dead plants) to gain some experience, but now, I can’t resist the outdoor and gardening sections at stores. I’m still not an expert (okay, and I admit, I’m still killing a few plants here and there), but I have managed to keep quite a few alive inside my home. Here are some of my favorites:
My very first surviving plant. I kept it outside for a while and it did just fine, but eventually decided to bring it indoors when we were having a particular rainy season. I figured the plant didn’t care much for all of the water that it was getting so, I brought it inside. Two years later, it has lived there ever since. I stuck mine inside of a terracotta planter filled with succulent soil. As with most other plants, aloe likes to receive sun. Aloe needs a very small amount of water, and I water mine weekly.
Along with the Majesty Palm, I consider the dieffenbachia to be the quintessential house plant (but easier to care for in my opinion). I got mine over two years ago, and it is still thriving. Place the plant in potting soil and water regularly. I used to water daily, until I later noticed that the dish beneath was retaining water for a long amount of time. Now I water mine as needed when the soil is dry. For me, this is generally every 2-3 days, and it is doing just fine with that schedule. Do take caution when removing leaves. I didn’t realize that this plant contained a small amount of toxicity when I was cutting leaves off recently. I was not wearing gloves or sleeves and the juice from inside the leaves made contact with my skin. My hands and arms were so itchy for the remainder of the day.
Seems to only be growing prettier with time. Care is almost identical to caring for the dieffenbachia. Place inside of a pot and place on the edge of a surface or hang, and watch the leaves begin to beautifully drape as the plant grows.
- Lemon Philodendron
I think that this is my very favorite plant to look at inside of my home. The leaves are a vivid light and bright green. Also, simple to care for, this philodendron requires simple regular watering as needed. This is an absolutely beautiful hanging plant—so go grab yourself a cute little macramé hanger (or make one yourself 😉).
This is my most favorite thing to grow. I can’t get enough fresh basil in my meals. There is just something so satisfying about being able to step outside to pick home grown herbs to cook with. Basil is a very easy beginners’ plant, and it doesn’t mind growing indoors. If you are new to the plant world, maybe keep a small pot containing regular potting soil and basil. I always go for the plants that have already started to grow instead of seed. That’s just my preference; therefore, I really can’t offer any advice on starting from seed. Water every 1-2 days (when soil is dry to touch). I do prefer to grow my basil outside, though, because I like growing large amounts.
- Zz Plant
Get this plant! It is incredibly hardy and so easy to care for, not to mention, such a pretty, clean and simplistic plant. The Zz doesn’t require watering quite as frequently as other plants. Another bonus is that it can still do well without a big amount of light. I keep my Zz in my bedroom, next to my bed, and it makes for a great accent—in a very understated way.
- Majesty Palm
Here it is—the most clichéd house plant to exist. This is what comes to mind when you think of indoor plants, right? Its elaborate leaves add character to any room. This plant needs some space as its leaves stretch out like wings. The majesty palm can be a little finicky, but it is certainly not impossible to get it to cooperate. Sometimes I like to place mine outside for a while to liven it up. It took a little care and placement experimenting to find the place that my palm is most happy.
- Lemon fern
Small, with just enough going on, these plants make great additions nearly anywhere. I love using my lemon ferns as part of my table centerpiece décor. I will say, though, that I have had mixed results with them as far as their life spans are concerned. I basically murdered my first two ferns by drowning them. I studying up on them, and went back and bought two more. They have done much better than the originals. One of the two seems to be thriving, but the other seems a little sad. If you have any experience with the lemon fern and have better results, please let me know!
I love the look of ivy hanging from a basket. It doesn’t require a high dose of sun and looks great in a corner somewhere, or sitting on a shelf. Just be sure that that plant gets proper drainage.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig Lastly—there is the great fiddle leaf fig! I think this is currently the trendy plant to have. Glancing at its striking tall features, it is obvious to see why it’s so popular. It adds a lot of appeal to any area that it rests in. Now, I have heard that they are more difficult to care for, but as my strange, backwards plant luck would have it—my fig is doing just fine. I did have to read up on it when I noticed early on that all of the leaves were turning brown and started falling off. Fortunately, with a few adjustments, I managed to salvage the plant, and I am so happy that I did.
These are basic guidelines to help you get started with your plants. If you are looking for more in-depth care instructions to maximize your plants growing potential, there are numerous resources online that I love turning to when I want to learn more. One simple tip on caring for your plants: keep your water routine scheduled into your day. Water them all at once, skipping days for those plants that do not need watered as frequently. I’ve just made my watering a part of my dinner routine. I either run around watering everything once I’ve started dinner and have a few minutes to spare, or I water after dinner as part of the cleanup routine. This way, the chore remains simple and requires little thought. Keep in mind that to maintain healthy plants, you will occasionally need to put a little more effort in—such as removing browning leaves, fertilizing, and repotting. These things do not need to be done often (I don’t do it as often as I am supposed to, but they do just fine), so don’t let the thought stop you from adding these beauties to your home. I think they are totally worth the work that you will put into them.
I will end by suggesting that you try the one plant that I purposely left off of my list: the succulent. They say that succulents are the easiest plants to care for. Anyone can care for them. Well, I have no idea what sort of deficiency that I have because I’ve had multiple succulents and have managed to kill each one of them. Maybe you have had or would have better luck with them than me. I need to figure out what I am doing wrong because I really want to line my dining room table with them. Maybe I’ll try again soon and see how it goes. All I can say is: I’m so glad that keeping my children alive is easier than keeping a succulent alive.
Which plants are you loving right now?
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