I'll admit it, I am a lover of all things greenery but boy do I sure know how to kill them!! I always have such envy over rooms that are filled with jungle life wonder and such lush plants! So naturally I find myself at the local nursery with at least 20 plants in my cart. Then there I am planting all of my new beauties in their pots and placing them carefully throughout my room. Well well well, three weeks later low and behold my plans are starting to wilt and brown. Sound familiar? It's tragic! Even the cactus that people say you can't kill is practically shriveled up.
-Yes this sadly depicts me and my wine a bit too accurately-
After my devastating discovery I knew that the answer was NOT to go with artificial plants. It just doesn't give the same look as real ones do! Right?! So I started doing some research and some lovely people had given advice on some of the easiest plants to take care of. This is why I am now sharing with you because it was so helpful!! (****Side note, they have come up with some AMAZING fake plants these days and we can totes source some for you if you are interested)!!
Coming from my industry of interior design it is highly important to know about plants because they are absolutely a must in the world of the decor these days. Each design that we create for our clients and ouselves are graced with at least three plants lol. Whether you're designing on a budget or money is no object plants are on the least expensive side yet give one of the boldest elements in a room.
So here we are, let's try to fake this together and see if we can keep our plants lush and vibrant as they should be!
Plant Tip - One of the most common plant killers is over watering! While we think we are helping them thrive we are actually drowning them! Before you decide to water stick your finger in the soil and make sure at least an inch is dry!
Pothos (I put this one first for a reason, I can’t kill this guy!!!) - These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. They will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. So basically you can't go wrong here! It's like a weed but this time we are all over it!!
Idea - This is the greatest plant for those hanging pots! This will grow and dangle down perfectly! Especially when they are in front of a window. Mine grew a foot within a month!!!
Fiddle Leaf Fig - This is my all time FAVE. I would use it in every design because it knows how to magnify a rooms beauty! These plants are often over looked as a hard plant to keep alive but really all it needs a the right amount of sunlight! If it gets too much it may start to fade so try shifting it away from the direct sunlight if you see this happen!
PLANT TIP - Keep the instructions that come with each plant you purchase! Just tape it under the pot for a little refresher on the best care for your pant!
Philodendron - Love love love the vibrance that this plant gives to a space! This plant comes in many form but can really withstand neglect! Here is one that has some split leaves giving more of a tropically vibe!
Spider Plant - This modern looking plant is definitely a great visual interest to any space! Pair it with a softer plant and you have a great combo! These plants do well with evenly moist soil and neutral lighting conditions. So keep it in a room with some natural light and water regularly for a happy guy!
PLANT TIP - Add rocks to the bottom of your pots for the best drainage! This will help the plants hold the right amount of water!
Dracaena - These plants are so unique and the perfect plant to spruce up your floor! Keep it dry and in more of a warm area you are gold!
And of course…. THE cactus.
Let's not forget about our lovely succulents and cactus! These truly are easy care because they don't need to be watered as much as your average plant! I think we all know this but just in case for those of you who are just starting this greenery journey!! Hope this blog helps and we will be posting soon some of our favorite plant combinations and how to get that effortless jungle look!
Em & Rora