While I like to think I have a green thumb, admittedly…I just killed my air plant this past weekend, so…I very well could be the worst thing that has ever happened to plants. Let’s pretend I’m not. Either way, I have really wanted one or all of these indoor plants for a while and I decided (with the passing of my air plant) that I needed a new challenge. Now, I just have to decide which one and where to put it…wanna help me? Okay good.
So, when it comes to any plant or flower, I kind-of factor in two major care requirements when deciding if it’s for me.
- Sunlight- Full-Sun (High Sunlight) or Shade (Low or No Sunlight) and…
- Water- How much time will it take me to water the thing and will it be easy for me to remember when to water it or to water it at all, let alone when it’s required.
Aside from these two things, I’m not really able to invest anything else into the care of my plants…I just don’t have the time, unless it’s yielding a fruit or vegetable in which case, I may pay closer attention.
Here are a few plants I’m really interested in right now…..
I love this Ficus Pandurata Plant. The large leaves look tropical and soft…reminds me of butter lettuce for some reason. It does require a lot of sunlight but low water, so I could put it on my front porch and it would probably manage quite well with minimal care.
Another plant that I’ve been seeing everywhere is the Sansevieria Zeylanica (or Snake Plant) and it’s such a cool-looking plant, so I see why. They don’t care much for direct sunlight and they require very little water…especially in winter months. Simple enough. Plus, it’s an air-filtering plant so it cleans the air around you from harmful chemicals and pollutants. Seems like a no-brainer, really.
I’m kind of obsessed with succulents, which have basically become a staple in both indoor and outdoor gardening, so I’m not surprised that the Aloe plant is one I’m attracted to. These guys like indirect sunlight but require a little more effort when it comes to watering…that’s to say, they need a deep watering but must be left to dry at least 1-2 inches deep in between watering.
The jade plant is another good one in this same category. A succulent that is very low maintenance and it’s glossy leaves look much softer than the aloe plant. It requires medium light and a steady watering, although it does like well-drained soil and doesn’t like to stay too wet (as do most succulents).
The Pothos is another good indoor plant. I think the Golden Pothos is a popular variety? I’m thinking it would probably look best as a hanging plant since it’s a growing vine-like plant (and it does grow pretty fast). They like indirect sunlight and evenly moist soil. So, not too high-maintenance but certainly more-so than others.
Last, but not least, the Rubber Plant. This one is a burgundy variety but, beautiful just the same. These are great plants but, they do require the most care, in my opinion….they need well-draining and well-aerated potting soil: 1 part peat, 1 part pine bark and 1 part coarse sand is a good mix. It also likes bright light and a lot of it, but not direct sunlight. Perhaps the most work comes with it’s water requirements. In the growing season, it needs to be kept moist. This includes wiping the leaves with a damp cloth or even misting them (seriously?). This was a bit of a turnoff, but like I said, I’m up for a challenge.
Home Depot and Lowes both have a pretty decent selection of indoor plants, plus they are just easier for me to get to than my local nursery. With that said local nurseries tend to have more of a selection if you’re looking for something specific. Another great place that you might not think to check is on Etsy…I know, it seems weird, but there are actually some really great sellers on there, specifically when it comes to succulents and air plants (too soon).