Beginners Guide To House Plants
Let me just start by saying that I am NOT a plant expert by any means.
In fact I was known to have a black thumb.
I bought a few plants about 3 1/2 years ago with the intent that they were going to die because I mean, I’ve never really kept a plant alive before and I didn’t really have high hopes. I was so proud that I went a whole year with these plants still thriving that I bought a another one to add to the bunch. I’m guessing Ethan saw the potential in me that 2 years ago he bought me a bunch of plants for Mothers Day. I am proud to say that all of those plants are still kicking.
I decided a few months ago to step my game up with a few more plants that actually needed a little bit more love and attention then some of my other “easier” plants and again these ones are still thriving. I thought I would share which ones are super easy and plant owner friendly.
I want to start this post off with one thing. I water all of my plants once a week, (Water Wednesdays so I don’t forget) especially now that the colder weather is coming you do not want to over water your plants. Almost all of my pots have drainage holes at the bottom so I soak the soil because any access water comes out the bottom. If your pot DOES NOT have a drainage hole that is completely fine, you will not be able to soak the soil because any of the access water just sits at the bottom of the plant and can turn into root rot. Root rot will eventually kill the plant. If your pot doesn’t have a drainage hole just make sure you pour enough water to wet the soil but not soak it!
Mother-In-Laws Tongue – Sansevieria trifasciata
This Snake Plant is on the top of the list of easy plants. It’s been known to be indestructible. Make sure to let the soil dry in-between each watering and especially during winter since it’s colder outside. These plants can be placed in indirect sunlight. These are one of my favorites because it adds height to an area and especially if you place it on a stand of some sort. They come in all different sizes from small to large.
Pothos (Devils Ivy) – Epipremnum aureum
This Pothos was my very first plant I purchased. I went to Home Depot and saw a house plant section and thought why the hell not waste $10. To my surprise this has been one of my most neglected plants and is still thriving. I would always forget to water this baby and it would start to get a little droopy and that was my cue that it’s been waaaay too long since I last watered it. If you are going to start with a plant, this would be a great one! The require indirect light or direct light if you have a spot for it. Once a week watering.
ZZ Plant-Zanzibar Gem
This is also black thumb friendly! This plant is very low maintenance and very pretty! ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light. These plants are similar to cactus. They thrive much better with less watering rather than over watering the plant. You want to water these only when the soil dries out. You could go months without watering this plant and it will still survive. This plant is ideal for the forgetful plant owner.
I love this plant! I think it’s so pretty and I love the big leaves! This is one of my recent purchases that I can’t get enough of. The research I learned about this plant was that it a little more high maintenance then other house plants. It requires direct sunlight, this plant will need to be near or directly in a window. I’ve had it for about 3ish weeks now and I haven’t had any problems. I water once a week but I do a good soaking. After a few hours I take the plant out of the basket and dump the water from the tray so it doesn’t sit in the water.
This Philodendron is a similar plant to the pothos. I have two of these and I love the viney and drapey look that it has. These also are similar because they don’t require a lot of watering. You can definitely get away with letting these go with little water.
Peace Lily –Spathiphyllum
The Peace Lily has been an easy plant to take care of. Very low maintenance doesn’t required direct sunlight and does well with my once a week watering. Mine hasn’t sprouted any lilies yet but I’m looking forward to when it does. The Peace Lily is known to be poisonous so it needs to be kept out of reach of small children and pets. The peace lily plant contains calcium oxalate—a substance that may cause stomach and respiratory irritation if ingested in large amounts. I have mine up in a little nook that can only be reached by adults.
For obvious reason the Aloe Vera plant is a must in every house! You can literally cut the leaves off of the plant and rub on sunburns! How awesome is that! These aren’t known to be the must purifying but the fat that the leaves can be used for healing I think that makes up for it. I actually have two of these. Ethan got this one for me about 2 years and we’ve kept it outside. It’s grown triple the size in the last 2 years. I also have a little one in our house. I keep it in the dining room and haven’t had any problems.
So I’ve had quite a few people reach out to me about succulents. Asking which kinds are the best to get and how to keep them alive. There is no wrong succulent to get and I’ve read that you should “mist” the plant. If this works for you that’s great but just like other plants succulents have roots that need water. Misting them does not quench the roots. Just like my other plants I do one good watering a week. I soak the soil so that water comes out of the bottom of the drain hole. Please read my disclaimer about watering if you haven’t yet.
Because we live in the desert this is one of my favorite plants to own. It’s only fitting to own cactus when you live in Arizona. These are just like the ZZ Plant. It requires little to no water. It’s best to forget about them then water too much! The cool part is that they come in all shapes and sizes. We own 3 different types of cacti.