Hey guys! Things have been a little crazy with Middle Sister as of late. Several new clients, working out the details of the future E Design portion of my business, new home improvement plans here in my own home and……. A trip scheduled next month for St. Lucia!!!
I’ve been shopping for alllll the resort wear and researching, researching researching! I want this 10 year wedding anniversary/we are both 40 this year trip to be nothing short of ah-mazing!
While blogging continues to be the area of my business where I struggle most (TIME MANAGEMENT-UGH!) , I have lots of blog posts planned but sticking to schedule is just downright difficult. What? If you don’t know me well enough yet, stick around….. I keep it real. Honest. Open.
So on the topic of open and honest. Let’s be real. Fake plants just are not cool. Okay, not all are bad and a couple scattered or mixed in with the real deal is fine. But if you aren’t into artificial and are intimidated by the upkeep of real or feel you have a black thumb, then this is the post for you!
Houseplants have in the last year or so made a HUGE comeback! I for one couldn’t be happier about that. BUT not all plants are easily maintainable. Some, like the incredibly popular and beautiful (with a hefty price tag to boot) Fiddle Leaf Fig are downright difficult to keep healthy. I have not tried one yet. With a price tag like that, I’ve been entirely too chicken. I have a green thumb but I am VERY intimated by that darn fiddle leaf.
Moving along. I’ve killed quite a few plants and yet had incredibly good luck with so many that I’ve decided to share with my readers what I’ve learned and my top 6 picks for nearly impossible to kill, very trendy and practical houseplants.
1. I’ll start with my favorite. Airplants.
These guys are scattered throughout my home and add such visual interest to spaces. They are practically maintenance free, requiring no dirt, no watering (aside from the occasional spritz- and by occasional I mean rarely do they get any from me.
2. Next up is the popular Snake Plant . I have a few of these in smaller sizes and plan to get a larger one soon (like the one I’ve linked here for you. I can not express enough the degree of low level maintenance these guys possess. It’s crazy really. Here in my bedroom, one doesn’t even get any natural light and has lived healthily for months.
This one has been moved all around the house and has thrived in each location.
3. Thirdly, is the Money Tree . I’ve had mine for 2 years, he was a tiny little baby, and he has literally lived in every single room in this house at one point or another. The poor thing even lived in the basement during the Christmas season. He seems to like indirect light the best and so here in his current residence I make certain to draw the shades every afternoon when the sun begins to hit it so hard. He appreciates an 8 oz glass of water once a week. At one point, in his earlier days, he would get a good drink of water several times a week. I quickly noticed that he is not the thirsty type.
4. Do you guys know about the Spaghetti Strap Agave Plant? Oh my goodness, I had no idea about these dudes until I ran across them at one of my favorite specialty greenhouses. I personally love unique plants but have found that most are SO high maintenance. Not this handsome little thang though. You guys. I’ve had him for 6 months, have never taken him out of the tiny pot I purchased him in; just put that pot over in this one upon bringing him home and that is where has lived since. He gets the tiniest drink of water weekly. Such a healthy, happy low maintenance house plant. Oh, and how could I forget to mention? He too has thrived in nearly every type of environment in this house. In the Summer months he even lived on the front porch!! Currently he resides here, with very low light, the nearest window across the room.
Now, the only bad news is, I was unable to find a place online for you to purchase one of your own. 🙁 If your town has a unique greenhouse, I’d definitely check it out!
5. Alright, while ALL of the plants I’ve shared with you are EASY to maintain, unique and are great visual interests throughout my home, Succulents are quite possibly my favorite. Now, let me clarify right away. I have killed many a succulent in my day. Bringing them inside during colder months without providing them a slow torturous death is a tricky task to conquer. The secret? Terrariums or a cloche. Below is a piece I pulled from a larger “Hen and Chick” that I’d had on my deck. This wasn’t the first time I’ve tried this but every other time they were dead within a month or so. This time I decided to provide this little lady a humid environment and sunlight. And she. loves. it. LOVES it. She even decided to sprout a little baby!
Thumbs Up for Happy Succulents!!
6. Lastly, but most certainly not least, is the Yucca Cane Plant. Mine’s name is Spike. And let me tell you about how badly I’ve treated this poor guy. I am so ashamed to say that I bought him this past Summer but could not decide on a place to use him once I brought him home. And so poor Spike spent months in the dark basement. I even forgot to water him for weeks at a time. And he lived!!! So, if that doesn’t scream low maintenance houseplant then I don’t know how to find one more simple.
If you decide to try any of these in your home or just have questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from you!!
Until next time,
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