Houseplants are the perfect way to add color, energy, and texture to your living environment. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you keep your plants happy and indoor jungle thriving!
Take it from me, keeping plants alive can sometimes be a struggle. I for one love having plants in my room (I have eight total!) but I understand that not everyone has a green thumb. So I made a list of seven plants that are super easy to keep alive and thriving. Enjoy!
The peace lily is my all time favorite houseplant, and was the very first plant I ever owned! I’ve had the one in my room for almost two years now and it’s still going strong. This plant is relatively low maintenance yet looks classy and elegant with it’s wide green leaves and white petals. Peace lilies thrive in medium sunlight and only need to be watered when the soil feels dry. If the petals are droopy be sure to water it, and if the leaves turn yellow then you’re overwatering.
Tall cactus plants are all the rage right now! Luckily these plants are practically impossible to kill. They need plenty of sunlight and minimal water. I keep mine right in front of my bedroom window so it gets direct sunlight, and it give it a little water maybe twice a month.
(The cuts on my cactus are from when I bought it. I’m not sure if I should let it be or trim it a little, so if anyone has any advice I’d love to hear it!)
Pothos plants are a bit trickier to keep alive than the last two, but if done right they can add a unique look to your home. The trick to keeping golden pothos plants alive is location location location! Direct sunlight isn’t ideal and will leave you with a droopy and yellow plant. Put your pothos in a shady corner that gets plenty of indirect light and the leaves will perk right up! The strands of leaves will continue to grow so be sure to trim occasionally until they are at the desired length.
Succulents are perfect for people who don’t have the time to take care of a plant, or who are forgetful about watering. These plants come in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes and are virtually impossible to kill! Make sure they get plenty of sunlight and a decent amount of water every now and again. Unlike the cactus, when you eventually water a succulent you want to soak the topsoil a little bit.
Green ivy also comes in many forms and does excellent inside a home or apartment. Be sure to water frequently so the soil is always a little damp, and place it where it gets a medium amount of light. Like the pothos plant, your green ivy might need to be trimmed every now and then so it stays at a desired size.
Aloe vera is helpful and beautiful! This guy needs minimal water and a lot of light, so place it close to a window. Plus if you get a bad sunburn you can cut one of the leaves and use the slimy liquid to heal your skin!
I just recently purchased a geranium from Tallahassee Nurseries, so I still have a lot to learn about how to properly care for the plant. Geraniums are typically outdoor plants, but I was told that they can also thrive in an indoor environment. The trick is lighting; these guys need at least six to eight hours of sunlight! Mine is hanging above my dresser and right across from my window, so it should be soaking up the sun for most of the day. When it comes to water, you want to make sure the soil is moist. The staff at Tallahassee Nurseries told me to remember how heavy the plant feels when it is soaked through with water, so all I have to do to check up on it is lift it up a little to feel how heavy it is!
Tips for Happy Houseplants
Now that you know which plant (or plants!) is best for your room, here are some tips that’ll help keep your green buddy alive.
- Plants need sunlight, but they also need darkness! If your plant is sad and droopy despite getting the correct amount of water and sunlight, then it probably needs some rest. Make sure you’re closing your blinds and curtains at night so your plants aren’t getting overwhelmed.
- Most plants that need perpetually damp soil will do great in your bathroom! Pothos and green ivy for example will do fine in a humid environment, and will need less watering if kept in your bathroom.
- Trimming your plants is so important! Do your houseplants a favor by occasionally pulling up dead leaves and cutting excess growth.
I hope you now feel comfortable starting your own indoor jungle! Send me pictures of your plants, and comment below if you have any other tips that I forgot to mention.
What are your favorite house plants? Let me know in the comments, or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. All photos in this post were taken by me.