If you follow me over on Instagram, then you know that I’ve recently become a plant mom 🙂 (or a houseplant mom I should say!!) – so I thought it would be fun to just talk about 5 things that I’ve learned about growing houseplants so far and what types of plants we have around our home!
Back in the summer of 2018 is when I got our first ‘plant’, which is a fiddle leaf fig plant and it’s actually still doing quite well (I’m kind of surprised!) It’s honestly been very easy to take care of & not a problem to keep growing. There are a few leaves that have a couple of brown spots, but I’ve read that it’s fairly typical in the winter months!
I’ve always wanted to have plants in our home & learn about taking care of them, so about a month ago I got a few more smaller houseplants! And so far…so good! I’m going to talk about 5 things I’ve learned since getting some houseplants, a few tips, and what kinds of plants we have!
5 THINGS I’VE LEARNED ABOUT HOUSEPLANTS
1.Not all plants need a lot of water. In fact, it’s quite common for a plant to only need watered once or twice a week! I literally had no idea…I discovered that I had probably been drowning all of the plants that I’ve had in the past! Poor babies. Definitely research your plants to figure out how much water they need!
2. Make sure you research what type of sunlight certain plants need. Your plants can actually get, what you could call, a plant sunburn! Again, really had no idea. Many houseplants need indirect sunlight and a good way to achieve this is by putting them near a sheer curtain!
3. Check on your plants every other day, if not every day. It’s important to see what’s going on with your plants & you definitely want to make sure they don’t get any type of insects, rots, etc. I’ve been checking the leaves on our plants religiously – there have been a few brown spots on a couple of the leaves & I think it’s just from the weather being a little cooler!
4. Some plants are WAY harder than other to take care of. There are definitely super simple plants to care for, but there really are some difficult ones. I have one plant that I’ll talk a little more about that has been a bit harder to take care of! I just can’t quite figure it out!
5. It takes time, research, & patience. If you want your plants to thrive, it honestly just takes time, research, and patience – that’s really all you can do!
TYPES OF PLANTS WE HAVE
- Fiddle Leaf Fig: Like I mentioned earlier, we have a fiddle leaf fig plant (you can actually buy one online here!!) and I love love love it! It’s pretty easy to take care of: it like to be by a bright window, but make sure the window is sealed tightly if there is a cold draft! Water it when the soil is dry to the touch & give it plant food throughout the growing season (March-August). To shine up/clean the leaves, I use coconut oil – I just rub the oil over each plant & it makes it look so shiny and pretty! It’s healthy to do this every month or so 🙂
- Maranta Leuconeura (Prayer Plant): This plant is so cute – it has spots on it and it folds up at night like it’s praying (hence the name!)! You can get the plant here 🙂 But…this is definitely the hardest plant to take care of. I’ve read that a lot of people have problems with the leaves getting brow tips and that’s what I’ve been experiencing. From what I’ve read, the care instructions include: it needs medium to low light conditions or indirect bright light. The soil should be moist, but not soggy & when the top 1 inch of dirt is dry = time to water! Careful what water you use, distilled water is best 🙂
- Diffenbachia (Dumb Cane Plant): I’m honestly not sure why it’s called this lol but it’s really pretty & easy to take care of! It’s definitely been easier than the Prayer Plant! Basically the plant just needs: indirect sunlight, regularly rotated, watered when top soil is dry to the touch (thoroughly water through!). That’s honestly it! This one has been pretttyyy easy – just remember that you don’t want to set it too close to a window (it’s leave will burn)
- Cherry Tomato Plant: Oh yeah, and I also started growing a little cherry tomato plant from a kit! It has actually been so fun & looks really cute right now – I planted it about 3 weeks ago and at 7 weeks I’ll move it to a new pot. It will be harvested (hopefully) at 16 weeks!
Below I added different *REAL* plants that you can actually purchase online! The stores that I found these plants at all have great reviews, so I definitely trust buying for these places 🙂
I’m so excited to have our plants GROWING! Yay! And getting to share my plant journey with you guys 🙂 hopefully everything keeps going well & I keep adding to our plant collection!! Below I’m adding some different plant pots for you to shop + some patio items! Also, you might like one of my older blog posts ‘Making Your Home Cozier Using Plants‘ that I wrote last year!