Cleanse your air with these easy peasy house plants
Are you someone with a green thumb or someone who tends to kill every house plant or a succulent you get? Either way, this article is for you! I have been both the green thumb and have also killed my fair share of plants back in the day. I even have a grumpy tree that looks like it’s half-dead at all times.
House plants are my newish obsession and I know I am not alone in this. House plants seem to have been a big trend the past couple of years and I don’t think that is going anywhere. Plus, I don’t know about you but being in quarantine really made me want to buy more plants even though I don’t have the room.
Why should you consider adding more plants in your home?
- They can clean the air in your home of nasty toxins
- They can boost your mood
- They can make you feel more grounded indoors
- They can make great decor and statement pieces
House plants in my home:
- Fiddle Leaf
- Birds of Paradise
- A couple different varieties of palms
- Braided Benjamina – this is the one that doesn’t like me
- A few cacti
- Snake plant
- Rubber tree plants
- and some random one I have no idea what it is
If you are someone who doesn’t have a green thumb but wants to add some greenery I would recommend:
- Snake plants would be my #1 recommendation
- Cacti because they need little watering
- ZZ Plant
- and even some palm varieties if you want to try something that is a bit bigger. Ask your local plant store or garden centre for recommendations and don’t buy one from your grocery store on sale like I did….
How to care for your plants
- Apparently there are studies done that talking to your plants helps them grow so if you’re bored you can tell your plants about your day or sing to them
- Water depending on the recommended amount for each plant. You can also stick your finger into the soil about an inch and see if its still damp. My cacti and snake plant for example only get watered once per month
- Set reminders in your calendar for when you need to water certain plants
- Add fertilizer to your plants as needed and based on type of plant
- Some tropical plants like humidity so a humidifier may be needed
- Check the type of sunlight it likes i.e. direct, indirect or if its ok in low light like a snake plant. Usually finding enough sunlight is the issue for people but too much sunlight can burn the leaves of some plants
- Check to see if they are close to vents. Cold or hot air can damage leaves
- Wipe down leaves to avoid dust and pests
- Quarantine your new plants for a week or two before putting them beside existing plants in case they have some sort of pest
- Remove dead leaves – turnover is normal for some plants
- Rotate your plants that are near windows so they don’t grow in one direction
- Make sure water can drain from the bottom of your pots!
- Make sure you pot is big enough for your plant. For example, my fiddle leave started to develop holes in its upper leaves when it was time to replant it into a bigger pot
Check out my house plant tour on Youtube here