4 Best Plants For The Great IndoorsMelanie Blodgett
I think one or two of you can join me in saying we don’t have the greenest of thumbs. In fact, I have a history of murdering anything green within reach. For the longest time I thought it was a pipe dream to have indoor plants to liven up the house. Until I did a little research! Boy was I wrong. I was buying all the wrong plants! Taking a tree that only thrives outdoors and brining it inside and sticking it next to a window is the exact opposite of what I should have been doing. Apparently there are plants and trees that actually thrive indoors! So after doing a bit of research for my own greenless home, I decided to share my new found wealth of knowledge. Here are four of my favorite plants to bring to your great indoors.
These stubby little guys are amazing. You literally only have to water them once every month or so in the cooler months. Insane, right? Most of them love to be in direct sunlight so windowsills or super bright rooms are ideal. It is pretty hard to kill these plants, though I have to admit, not knowing about their water demands or a lack thereof killed my fair share of succulents. Do a little research on your specific type of succulent and you will be just fine. My favorite thing about these plants though is definitely the way they look. I don’t know why but I have always thought they were super cute. Like you don’t want them to grow any bigger cute.
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2. Rubber Tree. I am sure you have seen these gorgeous plants in interior design magazines etc. I am in love with their full and rich leaves! Rubber trees love filtered sun light. So keeping them next to the window is best. As for watering, rubber trees are a little picky. They like to be moist and stay moist (I hate that word). So making sure you water them very regularly is key. Another note about these trees is they have a super sticky white sap, so if you have little hands in your home who love to grab things, you might want to keep them away from this tree.
Image found here on iVillage.
3. Fiddle leaf fig. I actually bought a fiddle leaf fig tree last year and so far so good! This plant is similar to the rubber tree as far as care goes. Keep it moist, but not soaked and in a good amount of filtered sun light and it will grow and thrive and make your life better. I love fiddle leaf figs mostly because of how they look. They just seem so whimsical to me! And I can tell you that my tree has been pretty easy to care for so don’t stress too much about if you are watering it enough or not. If you keep the soil moist and never let it dry out and keep it close to a window, you’ll be fine.
Image found here on Making It Lovely.
4.ZZ plant. I have seen these before but never knew what they were called. The little leaves on it are so shiny and pretty and I love the shape. This might be the dream plant! It handles low light really well, it doesn’t need to be watered all that often and overall it’s just a real survivor. It wants to live! Now that I know more about this plant, I kind of want to fill every nook and cranny of my house with them. It’s a great plant for putting in that room in your house that you never thought you could keep a plant alive in. Maybe even the bathroom! Really. The possibilities are endless with this one.
Image found here on Alice Donovan.
So for your black thumbs out there, will you give indoor plants a try? If you are on the fence, give it a shot! I really think you’ll be thrilled with the new indoor greenery in your life.