If you don’t live in the Northeast you may not know what I’m talking about but our winters are enough to drive you to the loony bin. It’s not just the color vortexes but the grey skies we are plagued with for months on end. I always tell my husband that I don’t care what that darn thermometer says as long as I have some sunshine. Another downfall we face in our house? Our air! In the winter be heat mostly with wood which is great but it rough on your sinuses and overall air quality. I started keeping plants inside to simply try and clean up our air…then I fell in love with the look. Now we always have plants all over our house.
A lot of times I’m asked where to start. Mostly by women who kill flowers just by looking at them. I have created you a list of 5 of my favorite plants that are also easy to care for. Some of these plants require hardly any water and some don’t even need sunshine, the perfect starting point for the self named black thumbs of the world.
We always have an aloe plant in our kitchen, mostly because I have a tendency to burn myself a lot. To me every home should have an aloe plant simply because of its medicinal uses alone. It’s also a succulent making it very easy to care for. When planting succulents you want to buy potting soil specifically for them or you can make your own with 2 parts soil 1 part sand. Another tip is to make sure you pot allows it to easily drain water. Terra-cotta are best because they are porous but as long it drains you will be okay.
A snake plant is my favorite because it needs no sun. This is a plant you’ll typically find all over the downstairs of my house because it’s a basement and doesn’t get much natural light! The only thing that will kill this plant is too much water, I learned the the hard way.
Jade is another succulent but one of my favorites. It’s actually the first plant I fell in love with. When I moved in with my husband he had this giant jade plant, sadly our one cat thought it was a litter box but I was able to salvage part of it and replant it.
This is the hardest one on the list but its still not hard. Fiddle figs are my little babies and my house is home to a few. You can get a bush or a tree, the trees can grow up to 6ft so they are perfect if you have high ceilings. I water mine once a week and give it plant food every other. If the leaves start to show brown spots it typically means its getting too much water. Other than that they babies love sunshine so I do shine their leaves once in awhile to make sure they are really able to absorb that light.
Are you sensing my love for succulents yet? There are so many! The Angelina is fun because it’s so different than your typical succulent. When I think of succulents I think of the big flat leaves but this one is so different! Like the rest of them though it likes a dry soil and not to be overwatered! Easy enough.
You have reached the end of this post…now go buy some plants!
I promise you if I can learn to keep them alive anyone can! You will love getting some green into your house. Happy planting!