I’ve always had house plants, but ever since Pinterest came on the scene, I have more plants than ever before. Seeing a room without plants now seems like there’s something missing. Not only does it add something living (obviously) to a room, but it also adds something not too perfect. Which brings me to fake plants. I just can’t do it. I know, I know they are practical and they make them so good they even have less than perfect leaves to make them look real, but still, I like real ones. Here’s a look at my favorite houseplants at the moment.
Am I missing any good ones? Do you talk to your plants? I don’t talk to them, but there may be some name calling. See if you agree with the names I give my plants: The Work Horse, The Popular One, The Don’t Bother Me, I’m Fine, The Prim & Proper Topiary, The Messy, but Reliable Fern and The High Maintenance Maidenhair Fern.
The Work Horse – More commonly known as the Pothos. It is impossible to kill these plants. You can forget to water them, never replant to a larger container and still they thrive.
The Messy, but Reliable Fern, more commonly known as the Boston Fern. I have ferns outside in my planters on the porch and one inside doing a pretty swell job of hiding my gas logs for the summer. They tend to drop leaves, but pretty easy to clean up and they are inexpensive for such a large plant.
The High Maintenance, but thinks she’s low Maintenance Maidenhair Fern. My most favorite plant, but not the easiest to keep looking fresh and beautiful like this one. I can justify buying them because they last way longer than fresh flowers. To keep them looking lovely for as long as possible, they prefer indirect light and a light mist almost every day. Keep the soil moist, but not drenched.
The Don’t Bother me, I’m Fine – Other names for this plant: Snake plant and mother-in-laws tongue. This plant can be in direct or indirect light, water it when you remember and it will be fine. Basically, the opposite of the finicky Maidenhair Fern.
The Prim & Proper Topiary – I love my Myrtle Topiaries. They are precise, a little bit formal and always ready for a party. I use them in place of flowers when setting the table and they look beautiful every time. They are pretty low maintenance, but they do need to be watered almost daily when they are in small pots like these.
The Popular One – I read people had trouble keeping fiddle leaf fig trees alive or how they brought theirs back from a single leaf. My house is on the small side, so my plants need to be on their best behavior at all times. I feed all of my plants about every other month with Miracle Gro and I use a Moisture Meter to make sure I’m not over watering. My house gets about the average amount of light and everything thrives. I think it’s a combination of feeding your plants and not over watering them. A common mistake, I suspect. So….what are your tips on caring for houseplants and what’s your favorite? Mine is the high maintenance, but thinks she’s low maintenance (the worst kind) Maidenhair Fern. (Yes, that is a reference to When Harry Met Sally).
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