Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a good Sunday! The last week has been busy and stressful, so I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired this morning. But I’d had the idea for this post a while ago, so I hope you enjoy reading. 🙂
As someone who has always loved plants, I took the longest time actually buying some for my home. And when I finally started buying indoor plants a couple of years ago, I didn’t read up on how to take care of them. As a result they didn’t last long, and I gave up for a while. For the last year or so, however, I’ve accumulated a small but *fingers crossed* thriving collection.
Plants don’t just bring the outdoors in. They add colour and life to a space, purify the air, and add to a general sense of wellbeing.
They give you something to take care of and nurture. It sounds silly, but I actually get so excited when I see one of my plants starting to sprout new leaves. Taking care of plants can be really rewarding, and I hope this post will inspire you to get some of your own! So let’s meet my plants, shall we? 🙂
Also known as the snake plant or mother in law’s tongue, this one is a great starter plant. It’s a cactus, and is as low maintenance as you can get. I got mine about a year ago. If you’re wondering about the tops of some of the leaves looking like they’re chewed off – that’s because they are. You can blame my cat Percy for that. He’s also the reason why I had to move my cactus (and most of my other plants) from a side table to the fireplace mantle so he can’t get at it. But that’s another story!
I love this cactus. It’s a tough little plant, and absolutely beautiful to look at. It’s hardy, and you can get away with watering it 2-3 times per month in the summer and less often in the winter months. When I first got it, I watered it weekly and it developed a white mould at base of the plant and on the soil. It quickly disappeared once I stopped though, and doesn’t appear to have harmed the plant.
Snake plants are incredibly popular right now when it comes to home decor. They’re also well known for their air purification properties, so make a very good plant to have in the bedroom since they release oxygen at night. You get many different variants, and they can grow pretty tall, so you’re sure to find one to suit your needs/taste. Just make sure that you place it in a relatively well-lit space.
P.S. If you’re interested in the planter pot, I got it at Sainsburys and it’s currently on offer for £10.50. Quite the bargain!
I got this little guy at my local garden centre a couple of months ago. It’s a succulent, and its needs are pretty similar to my snake plant. It is also very low-maintenance, and doesn’t have any special needs or lighting conditions to be aware of. Mine gets a lot of indirect daylight and that seems to suit it just fine. Overwatering is probably the biggest risk to it, so water it sparingly. It’s such a small plant and a very slow grower, so just bear that in mind when watering.
Haworthias don’t tend to grow taller than 3 to 5 inches, so if you’re looking for a tall succulent, this probably isn’t for you. But if you want an easy, cute little plant that pretty much takes care of itself, you can’t go wrong.
This is the oldest plant in my small plant collection, and I’m strangely proud of it. I bought it about a year and a half ago from Sainsbury’s, and it somehow managed to survive erratic watering and a hungry cat.
Ficus plants are really popular because of their glossy leaves and multiple stems. They almost look like miniature trees, and are relatively low-maintenance. I water my ficus about twice a week and mist the leaves multiple times during the week to make sure that it doesn’t get any spider mites or similar pests.
When I first got it, I was underwatering it and leaves kept drying and dropping off. But ever since I’ve been keeping the soil moist, I haven’t had the same problem. In fact, it seems to be thriving and you can see how many new little leaves there are in the picture. The white marks that you see on the leaves are due to the hard water in my area – it’s the residue that’s left behind when I water it.
I highly recommend getting a ficus. It is a fast grower during the spring and summer months. It has grown about 3-4 inches since April and at this rate I’m going to have to re-pot it soon! If you don’t want it to get too big, you can always prune it to restrict the growth.
I have ALWAYS wanted an ivy. They’re just so beautiful, and seem to belong wherever they’re placed – whether it’s on the edge of a fireplace (like mine) or on a bookshelf or running up the side of a building.
My English Ivy is a breeze to take care of. I water it every other day and mist the leaves at the same time. Ivies are very prone to spider mites, so you wouldn’t want to miss this step. They also grow incredibly fast. I’ve had to prune mine about once a month to make sure it doesn’t get too long and reach the floor. They’re fairly common as well, so you should be able to get one easily at your local garden centre.
Just bear in mind that they need to get lots of indirect light. If your ivy isn’t getting a lot of light, the markings and colour on the leaves will fade. Mine almost has an ombre-like effect, with the older leaves being a dark green and the younger ones being lighter and brighter.
If you’ve never owned a plant before but don’t want to get a cactus or succulent, get yourself an ivy. It adds a jungle-like quality to the space its in, and is perfect for any room in your house.
Orange flower cactus
Slightly embarrassed here, but I don’t know the exact name of this little cactus. I bought it at Next and I cannot confirm or deny that that little plant pot had something to do with the decision. I love the bright orange flower, and I keep it next to my key stand so it’s the first thing I see when I get home.
I’ve only had this for a month or so, and during this time I’ve watered it 2-3 times. It’s in a relatively shaded spot and doesn’t receive a whole lot of light but this doesn’t appear to be a problem so far. These little cactus pots are great if you want to liven up your desk at work.
In terms of general plant care and advice, I recommend doing a lot of research online. Every plant’s watering needs are different, and it’s so easy to over or underwater. In addition to this, make sure you get some plant food/fertiliser as well. I didn’t use this at first, but ever since I started, my plants are doing so much better. I use this one, and it does a great job of looking after the leaves and the soil at the same time. And finally – just observe your plants. I tend to mine every day – whether it’s watering them, getting rid of dead leaves, or just generally noticing new growth. It’s actually pretty fascinating. 🙂
I hope you found this post useful! Do you have any plant tips or recommendations for new plants I should buy? I’d love to know!