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Tuesday, September 06, 2011

How to buy houseplants (once and for all)

I've always loved the idea of a house filled with greenery. But whenever we've brought home a brave little plant, it has shriveled up and died within a couple weeks. Eeps! What gives?! Maybe it wasn't meant to be, I thought.

Well, luckily, my friend and floral designer Amy Merrick promised me that houseplants are easy if you know two simple tricks...

Amy's advice: "I live in Brooklyn, so filling my apartment with plants is my connection to nature. And my dad is a houseplant genius. Some of his plants are more than 40 years old! The two key tricks are: Choose plants that work with the light in your home, and water them the right amount. People often don't realize that they're overing-watering their plants, causing the plants to turn brown."
8 easy houseplants that Amy swears by:

1. Air Plant
No soil required! They thrive in direct sunlight with a once a week misting. (Here's where to buy them.)

2. Rabbit's Foot Fern
A rabbit's foot fern is one of the easiest ferns to keep inside. They need indirect light and twice weekly waterings.

3. Strawberry Begonia
Pretty plant -- it also sends out the most darling little baby plants! Likes medium to bright light and the top of the soil should dry out slightly between waterings, so keep an eye on it.

4. Split Leaf Philodendron
This tried-and-true houseplant sometimes gets maligned as boring. I love the huge ones, though; if you cut off an extra leaf, it'll keep in a vase for a month! They like indirect light and once a week waterings.

5. Prayer Plant
With really pretty patterned foliage, a prayer plant does well with indirect sunlight and twice a week watering.

6. Rex Begonia
They take a little more care and dedication, but they're so gorgeous you have to try. They thrive in indirect light and the top of the soil should dry out slightly between waterings. (Repeated overwaterings is just as bad as underwaterings with these guys.)

7. Ponytail Palm
The Dr. Seuss of houseplants, Ponytail Palms are virtually indestructible. Happiest in a sunny spot with once a week watering.

8. Succulents
Low maintenance, if you have a very sunny spot inside. Water once a week and ignore.

Thank you SO much, Amy! I'm excited to create a green home! (I'm going to take this list to the flower shop.) What do you think, my darlings? Do you have houseplants? Any other tips from those who garden? xoxo
(Plant layout by Em from HipHipGinGin for Cup of Jo. Home photos by SFGirlbyBay, Bologet and Lonny.)

139 comments:

More Olives Please said...

I am CRAZY about houseplants. They really brighten up a room. I think ferns are the easiest, and they look so pretty!

Diana Mieczan said...

Last spring I planted my own little balcony herb garden and it was the first year that I managed to keep all of them alive. So I think I am ready to get a few new plants for our flat and those tips by Amy are brilliant and so inspiring. One of my biggest things it that I over-water them. So I have to work on that. Such a fantastic post, Joanna. Kisses

Katie Shields said...

I've been looking for indoor plants. You read my mind! Thanks for posting. I'd also be grateful for a plant that can thrive in an office (fluorescent lights, faraway windows). Any ideas?

Joanna Goddard said...

sounds like a ponytail palm might work, katie? xo i think they are pretty hardy.

Joanna Goddard said...

diana, that sounds lovely!

Hollie said...

I have a commitment issues when it comes to color, so I use plants/bits of nature to break up all the white in my house. :] Succulents are my favorite.

Kersey Campbell said...

What a perfect post! We are in our new apartment and it's in dire need of some greenery. I've always been a succulent girl(mostly because they are hard to kill :) but some of these other options look beautiful!

Nomadic D. said...

I have always wanted houseplants, but any time I try I kill them. It's just so demoralizing. But this is an amazing list! Thank you so much for the suggestions, I'm definitely going to try again now. Maybe I was just choosing the wrong companions...

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Melisande said...

i really want to plant some succulents in glass jars for our apartment, but for now we just have a small bamboo plant that just soaks in water. it's so low maintenance and brightens up our kitchen window!

matt & bethanne said...

How funny. I JUST bought some succulents last week! I love that they are low maintenance. Also, on a whim last week, I bought 2 orchids - we'll see how those do with my not-so-green thumb!

Tigercub said...

@Katie Shields - ivy grows well in artificial light. think other types of underbrush that don't get natural light either.

FarmGirlInDC said...

My husband and I just bought three plants on Sunday, so this is perfect!

Bambi said...

ohh our house is full of plants! something that is fun to try is to grow an avocado tree! works more often than not. :) http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/seed/2002114535011263.html

Joanna Goddard said...

ooooh an avocado tree is an AMAZING idea!!!

Sage Crown Parker said...

my mom has the most amazing gardens i've ever seen in maine. they always put me to shame, i try to have a green thumb. right now i'm trying my best to keep a couple of orchids alive....8 months so far and only lost one leaf.

Wendy said...

Thank you for posting this! I've been looking for hardy house plants for a while now. So far my African Violets are the only thing that's managed to thrive. Looking forward to trying some of these guys out!

Sabina said...

great post -- i think i will try some indoor succulents!

Lindsay L said...

Oh! Love this post, thank you! Esp. love the living wall.. are those woolly pockets?

Sarah @ Knit York City said...

Do you have a source for buying air plants? I love those planters and my boyfriend is obsessed with air plants but we're not sure where to buy them.

Thanks for your help and those wonderful suggestions! :)

Joanna said...

I've seen that first picture before, the one with all the plants gathered on top of the table. I want to say Domino.....anybody remember?

Anuszka said...

I'm loving it! I love plants very much but in my house they often die too :)

mary said...

you need to try a pothos plant. they are lovely, trailing and variegated and are virtually indestructible, although make sure you keep them out of toby's reach. definitely check the poison status of the plants that you get. a corn plant is also indestructible and more tree-like. i hope you'll share pictures of the plants you acquire! i can't grow many plants in our current apartment, so i just started a photo blog to collect pictures of my favorite plants and garden things. someday i'll have a real one! :) have you heard of the blog, belle fleur de lis? her inside garden is an inspiration.

Paula said...

Succulents are so easy to maintain. I usually bring my hibiscus plants and herbs in for the winter. (All of my summer gardening is done in container pots.) I tend to place rocks in the bottom of the planter for better drainage and make sure to feed the plants!

Good luck!

Anonymous said...

My husband and I brought back a plumeria stump from Hawaii and we put it in a pot not expecting much. After 2 months and minimal watering,it looks like a beast! We're pretty proud plant parents
-Caro

Lisa said...

I have a ton of plants and three have grown into tall trees. It's actually going to be an issue in the next year or so. Getting enough sunlight is definitely a huge part of having healthy plants. My apartment has lots of windows and I even have a small sunroom where I keep many of my smaller plants and have a tiny library.

One plant in particular, the Crown of Thorns, grows so well and flowers too. I've made dozens of cuttings from it over the years and give them away to friends and family. If you're ever in the Boston area, I'll give you a cutting. No joke! ; )

17 Perth said...

This is so helpful!! I have a few that have made it a year or two--and I must admit, I am preeetty proud (I cannot name the plants to save my life though--haha). But, I have had my fair share of plants that didn't make it too. I love greenery in the home--and this definitely gives me a heads up as to what to look for when I shop.

jen fuller said...

wow, houseplants really do seem to brighten up a house and even give it a sweet pop of color!
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East Coast-er Momma said...

I love all of these!! Little house plants make my day. Seriously. I think of them as little fairy worlds. Hah.

Channeling Contessa said...

Joanna- this is helpful! I have a hard time with houseplants, they either don't look right or they're really difficult to take care of. But these picks are gorgeous and the tips are so easy! Thank you thank you:)

Danielle said...

Great helpful post!

I love having house plants, but I kill everything! Sometimes I think my goldfish looks at the brown ferns in the kitchen and thinks 'it's only a matter of time before she kills me too'... poor Bob. :(

x

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Pinecone Camp said...

I love having a few houseplants! Loved this post. Air plants are the must have if you tend to murder plants ;)

Joanna Goddard said...

joanna--the top pic is from lonny magazine. it's a photo of deborah needleman's house -- she was the ed in chief of domino. xo

gia said...

Houseplants can elevate allergies, so you should read up a little on how to contain the mold.. if allergic to mold.

Sarah A. said...

great post - i've been looking for a good house plant, thanks!

Camille said...

That's a really neat guide, I will certainly try some of these! I used to be very successful with my houseplants, but lost most of them when I moved to a darker apartment. The two plants that haven't failed me though, even in my turn-the-lights-on-in-the-middle-of-the-day kitchen are spider plants and pothos. They're also both really easy to start new plants with, which really is a plus... Although I wouldn't mind a bit more variety hehe.

danielle said...

i love our houseplants! a few of my favorites are a gorgeous old jade we rescued from the estate of my bf's grandmother, and the three leggy air plants i recently adopted in portland.

Molliee said...

thanks for this guide! I am helpless!

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Ciara said...

I swear by my succulents. So easy to take care of and so pretty! I have them all in my porch except for a little terrarium I made with my jade in a glass bowl. Thanks for the timely post!

Ashleigh said...

Super helpful! And I totally thought the layout looked familiar, love Em!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

This is great!! I think I may have killed my succulent plant though..sad!! Maybe I am watering it too much?

Lauren said...

I absolutely love the fourth plant. I think they have real impact and a great 70s feel. I call it a Yucca plant-- is that something different?

Great idea for a post!
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Estee Renee said...

I've had the same cutting from my philodendron in an old Martinelli apple juice bottle filled with water for nearly nine years. It's moved with me from place to place and always resides on the edge of my kitchen sink. It sends out new leaves and drinks up the fresh water I give it occassionally through the tangle of roots it's developed in the jar.

Selina W said...

These are some great tips on houseplants. Can I add a few more suggestions for easy plants for the non-plant person? (My job is to keep a local garden center's greenhouse stocked and looking pretty.)

Sanseverias, aka Snake Plants, aka "Mother-in-law's Tounge" - very easy with a simple modern look. Keep them in any type of light and humidity and only water when the soil goes dry.

Philodendron cordatum - just as easy as the Split Leaf Philodendron, but a hanging variety with heart shaped leaves.

Hoyas - Another hanging plant, but with rigid, bright green leaves and vigorous winding vines. Takes care similar to a succulent. Likes bright light, to be potbound (as in don't repot them) and to get almost dry between waterings. If it's happy in it's place, you'll get blooms each spring/summer. Just be sure to let the vines get long and trim the plant minimally; the flowers re-bloom from the same spurs each time.

Spider Plants - Yes, very grandmotherly but for a reason- they are reliable plants that live a very long time. They are happy hanging or tabletop and in medium to brightly lit spots.

And some additional, general advice: be sure that a plant that wants bright light is not in direct afternoon sun through a window- you're sure to get sunburned leaves. Also, humidity is something to consider. If you never open your windows or have a highly controlled air system, you may need to give a little extra attention to your plants. Don't position them by a heat vent or AC fan. You can put a tray full of pebbles and water under the pot to add humidity, just don't submerge the roots in standing water.

Lastly, plants are for enjoying, not stressing! Always get your plant's specific care needs so there's no question whether or not you have the right plant for your spot.

Melissa Blake said...

I wish I had a green thumb! Every time I see someone's garden, I just want to get them to spill all their secrets!! :)

Katie said...

"Water once a week and ignore."

That's brilliant!

Manding. said...

i love for a studio full of house plants, i'm just scared about those south philadelphia bugs creeping in uninvitingly !!

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Charlotte said...

I love having some plants around to brighten up a simple room, like the very last bedroom photo! Unfortunately I have the worst plant luck, I've even managed to kill a succulent :(

bigBANG studio said...

Isn't Amy the cat's pajamas?
Any of the mini topiaries at White Flower Farm (order them online- so easy) are wonderful (I love the rosemary) and I love, love, love a salmony geranium on the windowsill.

Orchids are reliable if you can get them from a reliable source (Whole Foods has a decent grower). Just don't overwater- let the plants "tell" you when they're thirsty!

Callie Glorioso said...

I kept plants in my dorm room all through college and it made the place so much nicer! I name my plants - is that weird? They're like friends to me! Anyway, I killed a succulent last year (too much TLC), but other than that my plants have done well. I'm looking forward to getting more plants once my fiance and I get our apartment. :) Thanks for sharing this...it has been one of my favorite posts!

Callie @ A Chance To Die

Amy said...

I love the rabbit's foot fern! I've been wanting to add plants to my apartment for some time but got lost whenever I went to the garden center. One of my neighbors is always leaving his houseplants in apartment common space so they can get "a bit of sunshine" while he's at work :)

Erin*Sparkle&Hay said...

ooh my... try as I may the longest I've ever gotten one to survive is about 18 months... will keep this list & try, try again!

Holly said...

I love this post! I have quite a few plants in my downtown apartment in a bit city and its my only connection to nature! Glad you mentioned the light and over-watering issues- I've had to tell people that through my own trial and error!

thistle handmade said...

For my birthday this year I received a little potted rose plant which I've kept inside on a bedroom window sill, since it's easier to control temperatures and watering having it so handy. I've never been one to keep house plants before, but caring for my roses and enjoying their beauty all throughout the day has made me a believer in the joy of "indoor gardening"!

~Katherine

Karissa {Tragic and Lovely} said...

Great! I have a succulent in my classroom and it's looking pretty terrible.

Shia said...

Thanks for the tips...I'm going to pass them along to my mom...we tease her and say that she could even kill a plastic plant.

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♥ Shia

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a great guide! I've killed too many a plant and our efforts leaves my fiance especially sour. Excited to master this (once and for all)!

Annika said...

Cacti make wonderful houseplants!! I have a cat that has a strange love of chewing on plants (no flowers from the boyfriend and very few houseplants) but he also leaves cacti alone! Problem solved!

Annika
A Sweet Release

Elizabeth said...

This is great! I love how you write about such a wide range of topics. You always inspire me!

samantha hahn said...

thank god you did this post.

Stephanie said...

Ooh, I've been wanting to give air plants a try for awhile now. I've had good luck with schefflera and African violets. I've had them for 2 1/2 years now, which I think might be a record for me!!

Joanna Noel said...

Just moved into my first home and just tried planting basil! It grows so fast and easily! I tend to kill every plant I've ever tried to grow, but your making me want to try some of these!

Thanks for the great informative post!

Room6 said...

I just planted my first Wally pocket about a month or so again and he's doing great! Low maintenance and oh-so-pretty on the wall.

http://www.room6.com/blog/2011/08/meet-wally/

eleanor said...

Just made the move back to NY, and the moving truck didn't take houseplants (I imagine this is common) so our houseplant got to ride shotgun while I sat in the back seat with the baby. I should say this is the only houseplant I've managed to keep alive (sometimes barely) and I've had it for 18 years. So no way was I about to leave it in Chicago!

Laura said...

Golden Pothos are unstoppable house plants and very hearty - I have one that's been around for over 10 years now and is still doing great (the clippings can grow in water very easily too).

Erica M. said...

I needed this! I am terrible with plants, most of mine die in no time.

MEL said...

Succulents are the way to go! I've got a million succulents around my house and they are the happiest little plants on earth. Plus, once a succulent starts growing and overwhelming it's container, you can just take a clipping from it, put it in another container in some soil, and you will have a brand new succulent starting to grow in no time! Almost all of my succulents have been started by clippings and they are happy as clams. Happy gardening!

dulci said...

Great post!! Can't wait to get some green in my apartment this winter :)

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The Girlie Blog said...

Good tip! I need some air plants!

Peace of Ash said...

I love these ideas! My roommates and I just got a new place, and we have so many empty spaces that we want to fill. We've been thinking about putting plants in some of the spaces, so this has been more than helpful!

Thanks for a great post!

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Janelle Eastwood said...

I had a small collection of potted herbs that I kept in our window box, but then we moved and I couldn't take them with me. At least I can remember them (http://someotherfate.blogspot.com/2011/06/herb-garden.html) and know that they have a good home with a dear friend.

Now that we're in our new place, I've started my herb garden over with a 6" basil that lives on the radiator shelf for now. We'll see how he does in the winter with the radiator on. :) Mint is the next on the list to buy, then rosemary.... and after seeing this list, maybe a rabbit's foot fern? My mom has one, and I love petting it's "feet."

Veronica said...

This is a great article! I've been really interested in growing herb plants lately. I'd love a follow-up post with Amy's advice about what kinds of herb plants are best for use indoors, that you can also use for cooking!

Sandra P. said...

I've found that the hardest thing to grow or keep alive are flowers in general. Plants are so much easier. I've been meaning to get an indoor tree for a while, hopefully I'll get a chance to do that soon. Thanks for the advice!

Sarah O'Brien said...

Great blog today, it totally helped. Since I just moved into my first apartment I've been on the hunt for some plants to put throughout the place.

arbuza said...

lovely!
I am curious which plants are save for babies taking everything to their mouth and cats who love to bites leaves?? Please help!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Joanne,

I think that some house plants are great, but did you think about a tree in a great container, Toby would feel like he was at the park on a cold winters day.The height of an indoor tree gives a room some great scale.Fiddle Leaf Figs look great inside.
Shelley Perth Western Australia

Charlie ' said...

Just an advice, don't have a lot of plants in your bedroom, or better don't have any plants because at night they will need oxygen and end up taking yours. Or at least sleep with the door open ok? *

p.s. I have on my house those plants x) Guess my mom already knew what to choose.

marjolein said...

I also love houseplants but we just bought 1, a palm and because we don't have any pets or children he is our little Marcel. It makes you care for him much more if you give him a name!

Lady Grey said...

This post is brilliant! I've managed to keep a few plants alive in my apartment over the years, but I'd love to try some new ones.
I honestly had no idea where to start before this.
Thanks!

Clair said...

My issue is the kitty cat eating up anything that she can get to! I would fill our apartment if I could take full advantage of window space...

Maybe I'll get some of those hanging air plants!

Lisa Griffin said...

ohhhh now I definitely need to try a houseplant again!
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Em said...

I can't even tell you how many orchids I have killed...

loved this post, it was so helpful!

Meghann said...

hi! this is great info, but I am (embarrassed to be) still a little confused about light. could amy possibly explain a bit more about the difference between direct and indirect sunlight, medium to bright, etc.? for example, if a plant likes direct sunlight, can it be through a window? and how many hours of that direct sunlight would it require? thanks!

Amor às Riscas said...

OMG, does this mean I won't kill any more plants If I follow your friend Amy's advice? I adore plants but I'm definetelly a plant serial killer. I think I'll choose the suculents and see how it goes. Wish me luck :)

Jam-packed Life said...

We have two Christmas cacti (which thrive in bright light and watering once a week) and an aloe plant (which is very hardy). We also got a dragon palm tree recently -- it's lovely and pretty hardy, but shouldn't be put in direct sunlight. We received an orchid plant as a housewarming gift -- sadly, it didn't much enjoy being at our place and died soon after. But we did grow a whole bunch of herbs on our balcony: the basil & rosemary are thriving, and we've been eating Swiss chard the entire summer in salads. Next year, we're going to add tomatoes, dills, and maybe cucumbers to our mini garden. So excited!

wildchild said...

i love the hanging air plant. i never really thought of having any plants in my house besides fresh flowers, but i could definitely see how they'd liven the place up. i like it :)

Jen @ Paisley Print Shoes said...

I kill all of my plants too! There is one plant though, that I can't kill...I don't even know the name but it is some viney plant that you can keep cutting, put it in water until it produces roots and then plant! I started with 2 pots in college and I think I'm up to about 10 now! I love it!

Josefine Laul said...

Seriously, thanks for the tip! I needed that:)

JeNifer said...

ohhhh thanks for posting this! i have been wanting to add another plant to my house. (i already have a fern) and was wondering which houseplants are the best. I want something thats good at cleaning the air and also easy to maintain. I'm eyeing that Rex Begonia - so pretty! I used to have a garden that was extremely fruitful! my husband and i were pretty proud herb parents haha. We had SO much basil!! plus sweet peppers. For some reason we weren't successful with the cilantro though. Recently during the summer we tried to do a 2nd garden but it was a major fail. We started too late in the summer - the miami heat was WAY too brutal. i think we will have to try again in october perhaps.
Have fun with the houseplanting! they really do brighten up rooms, and don't feel silly about talking to plants, i think we all secretly do it. :)

dana @ wonder forest said...

this is soooo helpful thank you! i was just looking for a house plant and had NO IDEA where to start!!! I'm terrible at keeping them alive haha.
xox dana
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Baylee said...

Love the post. Great pictures, very inspiring.

Mrs. Ham said...

i've always wondered what plants to have in my house that will actually grow and live! thank you!

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thenodramamomma said...

Try African violets, if you want a flowering variety. I've managed to keep several alive for three years now. They're beautiful, too!

Leanne said...

Oh dear I would say #5 is a big no-no for beginners. It's truly a pain in the butt! (And I have a very green thumb.)

My favorites are Jade plants and Aloe. Someone also mentioned Sanseveria (Snake Plant or Mother in Law's Tongue) I swear you could keep that plant in your hall closet and it wouldn't die.

Also, Philodendrons are mildly toxic. Something to consider if your little man is still in the stage where everything goes right in the mouth.

My Name is Cox said...

do you have any suggestions for larger, more tree-like, house plants?

Coté Writes said...

This is a really great, useful post! I've been meaning to get some pretty, healthy house plants, but I keep putting it off because I have no idea what I'm doing. Thanks for that suggestion about the Sanseveria, too, Leanne. :)

jacobithegreat said...

I'm right with you on loving houseplants, but I just killed yet another one. Love this post. You've given me hope!

JennySue said...

this came at just the right time, as i just threw away my 3rd house plant in a month- it's so frustrating, but maybe i've just been doing these poor things a disservice by watering too much. i'm also taking this list to the home garden center next time-big thanks.

Pearl said...

Great - I just moved to Paris and am about to buy tons of plants! Such a great post!

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Bun said...

this is really helpful...and perfect timing! I just bought a ton of houseplants for my new apartment. like you- I hope I don't kill em!

xoxo bun.
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jacobithegreat said...

btw, the most recent plant I killed was a pothos- the lady at the store laughed when I asked if they were hard to kill- as in they're [apparently] hard to kill. I love the look of those ferns.

Gandhali said...

yep - just recently bought three for my bedroom. avonview lavender, baby's tears, and rosemary. they're absolutely gorgeous, and my tiny lavender already has precious dainty petals peeking through the buds... and the lady at the shop said i wouldn't get flowers from this lavender for at least two years... i'm amazed! :D

Libby Bates (miss lib) said...

I love the look of succulents. The plan is to make the dino planters that have been floating around pinterest! Like this happy guy... http://pinterest.com/pin/7005708/ I have the dino (Goodwill, painted pinky-coral) and only need the plant!

Joanna Goddard said...

thanks for these wonderful, smart comments! you guys are the best! also a few people asked where to buy air plants, and i just found an etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/foundationdesign?ref=pr_shop_more

Joanna Goddard said...

i love the idea of having trees in huge containers -- would be beautiful!

topsy said...

this comment is kind of late but i have ten year old house plants and i've realized the key is to always allow them to have a friend. never just have one plant in a room. they thrive when they are together. seriously!

Lilly said...

This is so wonderful, thank you! I absolutely love a little fresh greenery in a space but I'm an official plant killer:( My last victims were two matching succulents I had on the kitchen windowsill. Unfortunately, even the hard to kill ones go! I will try again and will try not to water them to death (literally). Here's to hoping for a green thumb!

Julia from Dozen Flours said...

Ahhhhhh! I LOVE LOVE LOVE the table in the blue photo (with the ferns on the wall). Please help me find out where it came from. Pllleeease!?

Lidia said...

i love to have green in my flat - but can't keep my plants alive!!! thanks for the tips! :)

Soon, Then said...

Thats a good list, but you still have the watering frequency too high! Ponytail plants should only be watered when the root ball gets a tiny bit squishy - like once a month give it a cup of water or so. Succulents are the same.

One you missed that is really the seriosuly most easiest plant in the hole wide world is a pothos. They have heart shaped leaves in various shades of green and they can live in water only for years, and survive complete lack of watering and survive when you finally notice it is withering to the extreme. Really! Best house plant eve.

Barbie // Birds of a Lovely Feather said...

Love this! Growing up my mom always had a ton of plants in the house (and still does). I, on the other hand, have always had a hard time keeping plants alive...until recently. I now have 3 beautiful plants that I've managed to keep alive for quite a while (one has been with me for over 2 years). It makes me so happy to see them growing and doing well :)

And great pictures!

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Cami said...

What about a purple passion??? It does not mind if you forget to water. It will droop but then perks up with water. And it is sooooo pretty. You can also take cuttings from someone or your own and root in water.

How2home said...

great post! just discovered your blog as well! having something nature related in your own home always makes everything look better....what other "natural" decor ideas do you have for your own home?

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Lisa said...

Hi, This is a great list of plants, and rex begonias are a pain, but beautiful. I've killed many. The water recommendations are a little much. A plant should NEVER be watered on a schedule, but rather when it needs it, which depends on the time of year, the amount of sun, and the type of plant itself. P.S. Charlie, that isn't true about not having plants in your bedroom. I have tons and am breathing and living just fine.
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