Ever since I bought my snake plant in Atlanta, I’ve been all about the plant mom life. So I’m sharing a little plant knowledge with you on 5 house plants that are easy to care for.
Hi, I’m the girl who buys one real plant and becomes obsessed, thinking she’s a plant mom. Okay, I’ve had about 7 real plants in my adult life and I’m down to 4 that are still living… so I would consider that a win, right? Well, my new snake plant, Nina is by far my favorite. I feel like I really invested in picking her out and purchasing her so I owe it to her to keep her alive and thriving.
Please note that growing up we had real plants everywhere, all over the house. How my mom kept them alive… and propagated some of them is beyond me.
When I bought Nina in Atlanta at The Victorian (highly recommend checking this place out, it’s at Ponce City Market) the lady who helped re-pot her for me mentioned that she can be watered every 2-3 weeks. Seriously? So I legit can’t kill her. Sold. I immediately went down the rabbit hole of looking into other great house plants that are particularly easy to care for… because I want to buy them all. I mean, I’ve already added a new succulent and a baby cactus to my plant family. Here’s my short list of plants that I’d stick with if you’re like me and venturing into the life of a Plant mom. And if real plants aren’t for you just yet, you can always read about my faux plant life… (that’s still thriving, of course).
The snake plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue or ribbon plant (Sansevieria), is a succulent with thick, waxy leaves. It loves being potbound and thrives on being ignored — the perfect plant for two-week vacationers. The Sansevieria is an ideal plant for indoor spaces because it is a superb air purifier. The plant purifies air by absorbing toxins through the leaves and producing pure oxygen. In fact, the Sansevieria is an ideal bedroom plant. (source)
How to care for a snake plant: Allow soil to dry out between watering and take extra special care not to over water in winter. Try to avoid getting leaves wet when you water. Place your snake plants in indirect light.
Cacti thrive in warm, sunny homes and are easy-to-grow starter plants for beginners. These are super low maintenance plants can thrive indoors with bright sun, little water, and proper drainage.
NOTE: The easiest way to kill a cactus is by over watering, poor drainage and using the wrong compost. Ordinary potting compost holds water well, which is a huge bonus for most plants but not for cacti, they need very good drainage. (source)
How to care for a cactus: Allow soil to dry out between watering. If your container has drainage holes, water thoroughly once a week. Place plant in a brightly lit south facing window indoors or an area with bright, indirect light outdoors.
Aloe vera is best known for its plump leaves that can provide a soothing gel for cuts and burns. Allow the plant’s soil to dry completely in between waterings; depending on the humidity of your home, that may mean watering as little as every two to three weeks.
How to care for aloe: Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. To discourage rot, allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings. Don’t let your plant sit in water. Water about every 3 weeks and even more sparingly during the winter.
The air plant’s true name is Tillandsia. The reason why they are nicknamed “Air Plants” is because they get the majority of their nutrients from the air around them. They should not be placed in soil, and they love bright, indirect sunlight, or artificial light, and require good air circulation. (source)
How to care for air plants: Every one to two weeks, soak your air plant in room temperature tap water for 5-10 minutes. After soaking gently shake excess water from your plant. Your plant should dry fully within 3 hours and is ready to go back in it’s spot.
Succulents in general are pretty easy to keep alive and they are some of the trendiest plants around. As houseplants, succulents thrive in just about any container, so look for the perfect pot to play off the plant’s fun colors or interesting textures. I just got this one!
How to care for succulents: Make sure your succulents get enough light. Rotate succulents frequently and only water the soil directly. Keep your succulents clean and don’t forget to choose a planter with drainage.
What’s your go-to house plant??