I’ve decided that buying, owning and caring for indoor plants are an indicator of being an adult. Forget buying a house, marriage, kids…it’s the plants. I’m convinced.
We love having plants in the house, but neither Jeremiah or I can boast about having green thumbs. We do some gardening in the front yard, but living in the South with 9+ months of true growing season makes it pretty easy to grow tomatoes, peppers and various greens. Heck, we still have peppers growing in January!
Indoor plants are intimidating, so we tend to buy very hardy green plants and succulents. My favorite plant is this pretty Lipstick Plant. It’s not currently budding, but when it does, it has these magnificent red buds on the ends of the long tendrils that look exactly like tubes of lipstick. It’s kind of amazing. Lipstick plants like to be root bound, don’t need a ton of water and can handle various types of light. They don’t like direct sunlight, but are fine in rooms with full sun, as long as they’re not being zapped by it.
I feel like Snake Plants are kind of trendy, but maybe it’s just because it’s basically indestructible. This guy looks a little worse for wear these days, because my girls think they need to pet it and by pet, I mean bend, pull and break its poor little snake leaves. If you’re looking for a green plant that will survive anything, this is the one to buy. So far, he has survived 19-month old twins and that’s a pretty solid test.
We just recently pulled the last of our Herbs inside and put them in this fun DIY tiered hanging planter. Almost all herbs are pretty easy to grow as long as you keep them watered and pull off dry, dead leaves or sprigs. Don’t be intimidated by these, rather malnourished looking plants. We use a lot of herbs in our house, so they never get very plump.
Speaking of hanging planters, here’s another new addition we placed in a simple terra cotta pot with a DIY’d macrame hanging planter. This Spider Plant is lovely and needs very little attention. I love terra cotta pots because they’re simple, minimalist and affordable. Also, I’m currently obsessed with hanging planters. Basically I want all my plants to hang from the ceiling, leaving my house dripping with exotic green tentacles…
This is my husbands favorite and another indestructible plant, as is the case with almost any Cactus. My husband likes this cactus – a type of Striata – because it looks like it lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth. He’s a nerd. I don’t think I could kill it if I tried. It used to live in our bedroom, which is too hot no matter what season it is. Now it’s in the master bathroom. Sometimes I empty half-full glasses of water (remnants from our bedside tables) in it, but otherwise he fends for himself.
Succulents are awesome, but they can be a little tricky. They do need water and sun, but they are very forgiving and easy to propogate. Be mindful of overwatering, as they’re more likely to get root rot than they are to dry out. These guys were part of my wedding bouquet and I basically just plopped them in some soil. They go through highs and lows – we just recently turned the heat on in our house and I think they’re struggling to adjust, but they’re pretty resilient.