It’s no secret… Plants are so hot right now! Probably one of the trendiest forms of home decor these days. I personally love filling my home with plants for several reasons. I enjoy learning a new skill, and learning to care for plants definitely requires some knowledge and discipline. There’s also just something special about having things in your home that bring life — literally! They add brightness, warmth, and coziness to any corner, shelf, table, etc!
We’re sharing some info and guidance on caring for some of our favorite indoor plants! Whether you’re a plant professional or a beginner trying to improve that infamous “black thumb”, we’ve got a few tips to hopefully up your plant lady game. Some general rules of house plant care are:
- Keep all plants in a container with a drainage hole. You can actually keep plants in the plastic container they come in, then place that container in a decorative planter so you can take it out easily to water it. Most plant nurseries sell the plastic containers in a variety of sizes, so you can buy a bigger one as your plant grows.
- Water each plant, slowly, till it begins dripping from the drainage hole.
- Refresh the soil and fertilize according to the directions it comes with. Typically every six months.
Snake Plants are great if you’re just getting started with caring for plants. They’re fairly inexpensive and easy to find. They basically thrive on neglect. Okay…maybe don’t totally neglect yours, but also don’t fuss over it! It’s best to place them in indirect light, but they can tolerate a variety of light conditions. I have mine in a low-light corner of my living room and it’s been thriving for months! Snake plants don’t need to be watered often—once a month is typically okay.
This plant requires a bit more care and attention, but they’re so pretty! They’re fairly easy to find. I always see them at my local Home Depot. And if you can find a variegated one, you’re especially lucky! Rubber plants need bright, indirect light, and the soil needs to be kept moist. Water once a week, and it also helps to spray it and wipe down the leaves from time to time. Browning leaves are a sign of over-watering, and drooping leaves are usually a sign that the soil needs to be changed out! Rubber plants don’t like to be moved around a lot, so be gentle as you’re transporting, repotting, or wiping down leaves.
Fiddle leaf figs can be tricky, but when you know what signs to look for, they’re actually pretty simple to care for! They’re pricey, but once in a blue moon you can find them on sale at Lowe’s or Home Depot. But be warned—they sell out FAST! People go nuts over them. Fiddles usually need some TLC when you bring them home. Gently wipe down the leaves with a damp towel and then remove any dried-up, browning ones. If the roots are showing up through the top of the soil, it’s time to repot in a bigger container with fresh soil. Fiddle leaf figs love sunlight, so it’s best to keep them in bright light. Little brownish-red spots on the leaves are a sign of over-watering. Water once every couple weeks depending on how big it is, and let the soil dry fairly well in between waterings!
Pothos + Vining Philodendrons
These are great plants for beginners! A bonus is that they’re very inexpensive and you can find them just about anywhere. They’re really low maintenance, and there are several different types! They drape as they grow and thrive in low light, making them the perfect plants for bathrooms, shelves, and cozy corners in your home! My personal favorites are the golden pothos and silver philodendron! Water no more than once a week. Bi-weekly is usually okay, and watch for yellowing leaves as a sign of over-watering.
This tropical plant is so pretty! It’s moderately priced but a little harder to find. You’ll likely find them at smaller plant nurseries. They can definitely tolerate low light but they really thrive in bright, indirect light. They’re also drought-tolerant, so it’s safe to water bi-weekly or even monthly depending on the size and how much sun it gets. As a monstera plant grows, the stems can get pretty wild. It’s best to place the plant where it’s elevated so the foliage doesn’t touch the floor. You can place it in a planter on top of a table, or a standing planter with legs.
Hopefully this gives you a little more insight into caring for plants, and maybe you even learned about a plant you’ve never heard of. We want to see how you style your home with plants! Post a photo and be sure to tag @chalkfulloflove!