Are you a Green Witch or a Plant Killer? Or maybe you just look for some easy to take care of plants for the beginners? Let me give you a couple of ideas for your future green babies and some care tips, that might be useful for the first timers!
The first, and most important thing is always watering your plants. How do I know when the plant needs more or less water? You can google the regular watering routine for the specific plant you have, but sometimes your babe will need more or less water than that. Stick your finger in the soil- for almost all plants, the rule is that if the first inch of soil is dry- it's time to water it. If you see discolored or dry looking leaves, it needs watering. Also, remember that it’s better to underwater your green children, than over-water them. They will get better faster from water deprivation!
Next: if you don’t know much about fertilization skip this step altogether! Most houseplants don’t need it in the first place, unless they really struggle to grow. Also- plants are like most people in relationships! They NEED stability to thrive! That means- don't move your plants from one place to another, don’t change their water schedule!
Smaller plants are growing faster than the big ones. The bigger plant will need to wait for its roots to catch up with the top part before growing more... Don’t get discouraged, give them time. Do you have a plant that doesn’t need much sun light, but needs humidity? Place it in your bathroom! Always try to replicate your plants natural habitat! Make sure your pots have drainage holes! Dust off your plants, but be gentle with it. It’s like washing your face to clean out the pores- especially plants with green leaves- they might collect so much dust that they won’t get enough sunlight to survive! And always check for pests and fungus on your plant in the store before buying it, I’ll write about the symptoms of most popular infections on plants soon. Alright, I think you’re ready now. Let’s pick you out a new baby!
1) Golden Pothos Vine- this little munchkin is going to grow literally in a glass of water. Probably most common houseplant! Pothos likes bright, indirect light it can thrive in areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight or have only fluorescent lighting. They are high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air of chemicals such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene. Pothos are usually pest free, but they can get infested with mealy bugs! Pothos like to have their soil dry out completely between watering. If left continually in damp soil, the roots will rot.
2) Mother-in-Law's Tongue, also known as snake plant (I wonder why they gave it this name) They are perfect for you if you like to forget about watering. Actually, the less water the better. NASA research has even shown that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. The most important thing to remember is that they can easily rot, so a free draining soil needs to be used. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between watering.
3) Spider plants- another tough to kill one. Some sun, some water and it will grow beautifully. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between watering. If you begin to notice spider plant leaves browning, there’s no need for worry. Browning of leaf tips is quite normal and will not harm the plant.
4) Dracaena- any kind will do. They all are very easy to take care of. You want to water it regularly around Summer, and almost forget about it in Winter. Filtered indoor light (such as through a sheer curtain in front of a sunny window) or a semi-shade spot is an ideal location. Never place a dracaena plant in direct sun, as the rays will scorch its foliage. Keep them hydrated by misting the leaves with water and keeping the soil lightly misted (never soggy) as well with good drainage. Always allow the top soil to dry out before watering. Do not over-water, as it may cause root rot.
5) Succulents and Cacti- I mean, common. They are super pretty, not very demanding- but I still know a couple of Cacti killers- usually too much water kills it quickly. All Cacti are Succulents but not all Succulents are Cacti! Succulents store water in their stems, roots, and leaves. Cacti are simply a family, or sub-category within the group of plants collectively known as succulents. To be considered a cactus, the plant must have areoles. Areoles are small, round, cushion-like mounds of flesh where spines, hair, leaves, flowers, and more grow from the cactus. The most common killer of cacti and succulents is over-watering, A moisture meter is the only sure way to gauge how dry or wet the soil is. If in doubt, don’t water!