I think the thing I get asked about most is plants, especially now that it’s warming up and people want to bring spring indoors. It’s understandable, since I now have quite the collection (I think I have 50?). I recently shared my visit to Ott’s and Friday is Earth Day, so it only makes sense to share a handful of plants that I think are the easiest to keep alive (unless you just straight up aren’t watering them)! Here’s the 6 plants that I think even someone with a black thumb could keep alive if they put the tiniest effort in:
1. Spider Plants
- They can survive in shaded areas, but will thrive in indirect sunlight.
- These plants will grow vines with more baby spider plants on the end. Clip them off, throw em in a cup of water, and within two weeks you’ll have roots to start new babies!
2. Golden Pothos
- This is a pretty fast growing plant. Let the vines go crazy or clip them and root more!
- They do well in indirect sunlight, but I have some sitting far away from the window and they’re fine.
- I like to put these in mason jars so the roots are visible. No worries about watering as often and they look really cool!
3. Snake Plants
- Seriously, you’d have to not water this plant for a month for it to die on you.
- Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” which is kinda rad.
- They can thrive in low light conditions, but really likes the sun! They’ll grow faster in a sunny window.
- This plant really will thrive in neglect more than in being overly cared for, but try to water it every other, or every third week.
- These guys need indirect light!
- Bamboo needs clean water, so make sure when you go through and water your plants once a week/every other week that you switch out the water that they’re hanging out in.
- These guys will be fine with indirect sunlight, but won’t hate you if they’re right up in the window.
- They actually change color depending on the amount of light they get! More sunlight will turn the tips of your jade plant’s leaves red, and the stalk will become more woody.
6. Parlour Palm
- Thrive in shaded areas, but would be good in indirect sunlight. This plant is great for sprucing up a desk or shelf space.
- Pretty slow growing, so they won’t need to be re-potted for a while.
- Pick ONE day a week to go through and water all your plants. Are you off Fridays? Then focus on just watering your plants on Fridays unless absolutely necessary.
- Research your plant. It really doesn’t hurt to just take a peek on Google into any extra facts and info on your plants! Treat em as an investment and take 5 extra minutes to google how much sun your plant really needs.
- Sometimes drooping leaves on your plant DOES NOT mean that your plant is thirsty. If you see the leaves drooping and an extra dose of water doesn’t help, chances are your plant is actually suffering from being root bound! That means the roots are so squished they’re not able to absorb any nutrients. If you think this is happening, put your plant into a bigger pot!
- Put your plant into a terracotta pot. It’ll help you keep from overwatering your plant by absorbing some of the water, and they’re good for drainage so you won’t rot your roots.
- Every few months, go through and fertilize your plants. They make their own food with water and sun (hello photosynthesis) but adding in some extra nutrients is good!
• Home Depot/Lowes (pothos/palms)
• Ikea (palms/bamboo/pots)
• Urban Jungle (good for succulents!)