Unless you were born with a superior green thumb, you’ve been tested a time or two with keeping some sort of greenery alive. Your well-intentioned coworker gifts you a cute plant for Secret Santa, or your mom is starting to get antsy for grandkids and wants to “test your skills.” So you place your new plant where there’s tons of natural light and water it daily. But within weeks you’re frantically trying to nurse your brown, parched, shriveled baby back to life before finally giving it over to the garbage. And you’re left feeling like this:
Fear not, fellow plant killer. If you’re looking for a way to get that high from nurturing the crap out of something, these little gems are just what the doctor ordered. And you don’t even need a crib for this kinda nursery.
[Editor’s Note: Parents and pet owners, be sure to check first that any plants you bring into your home are safe for your children and animals.]
1. ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant is amazing because you can pretty much put it anywhere in your home, even if it’s dark. But it’s best to put it in an area with low, indirect light and water it sparingly so as not to rot the stems.
These little crawlers make amazing houseplants and add incredible decor to any room. Plus, phildendrons are unique because the way they look will actually tell you what they need. They adapt to almost every living condition and are easy to take care of. Just give them a little indirect light, and water when the top soil is dry.
3. Snake Plant
Funnily referred to as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” (probably for reasons I’ve stated above), this simple, leafy green is perfect for your mod space. Place them in indirect sunlight, and let the soil dry out between waterings. And be sure to avoid watering the center of the plant, direct H2O along the edges of the pot.
4. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle leaf figs are a great way to fill an empty space in your home. Just pop one in an area that gets bright, indirect light (which basically means that it’s naturally lit but not directly exposed to the sun’s harsh rays). Stick your finger about an inch into the top soil and water when it’s dry.
5. Moss Terrarium
Moss is perfect when it’s placed in a glass terrarium like this, which allows it to water itself with collected humidity from the air within the container. Mist your moss a couple times a week with with a spray bottle, and keep it in an area with low, indirect light. Learn how to create your own moss terrarium here.
6. Potted Succulents
Little succulents like these are great because you can virtually neglect them and they seem to thrive off it. Plus, you can take a few of your choice and DIY the perfect planter for you! These little guys need bright, indirect light, and should be watered when the soil is dry, in a pot that has good drainage.
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7. Money Tree
Look at this tiny little tree…LOOK! Money Trees are super cute and easy to maintain indoors. You can put them in either full or partial light, and they just need to be watered when the soil feels dry (so, like weekly).
8. White Bird Of Paradise
This big ‘ol guys are perfect if you can’t make a commitment to a palm. Their 6ft height add instant drama to your pad, and are perfect if you’ve got an empty corner to fill…as long as it’s a bright spot. They need the sunlight and regularly moist soil to really make your space come to life.
I had some Ikea bamboo in college for 3 years. Yup, it’s easy enough for a neglectful college kid. Just pop some stems in a glass jar with a rocks to keep them stable, and refill the water when it gets low. Place them in indirect sunlight.
10. Umbrella Plant
I actually have an Umbrella Plant at home and haven’t managed to do it any harm at all – in fact, mine has sprouted new growth in the last few months! Just put this guy in a spot that gets bright, but indirect light and only water it when the soil is completely dry. Then give it a good soaking.
11. Air Plants
These amazing feats of nature are perfect for a bathroom, with all that added humidity. But if you opt to place them in a room where you can see them regularly, be sure to submerge them in a bowl of water for 12 hours every 2 weeks.
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Now that you’ve got your collection of plant babies, get everything you need to make your home garden thrive:
A cute pot for tabletop displays of your affinity for growth.
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A chic terrarium for moss, succulents, and air plants.
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A way to turn your plants into wall art.
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A useful watering can to get water into those hard to reach spots.
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A macrame plant hanger to keep them away from pets.
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