Picking out a houseplant: A beginner’s guide to keeping plants alive

So, you’re thinking about getting a houseplant?

I’ll go ahead and warn you that once you get one, you’ll end up with thirty. All I ever want was one snake plant, and I basically live in an urban jungle now. When I first began “gardening”, I had no idea which houseplant was best for me, which one I wanted, or which were the easiest to keep alive. After months of basically collecting every single houseplant that I can find, I finally have listed a few different types that seem to be the most common! So, if you are looking to collect houseplants, this is the post for you!

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A few quick tips about your new houseplant!

  • You can underwater and overwater! If you are not good at deterring the needs of your plant, invest in a soil water monitor for your plants. You can slide it into the soil, and it will let you know how moist your soil is.
  • Clean your plants! OMG! I see so many houseplants that are covered in dust and dirt. Take some horticulturist oil, and wipe down your plants every now and then. I will clean my leaves when I first get a plant, and every now and then as I see fit. It takes a few minutes, and it looks amazing!
  • Getting a houseplant can actually clean the air in your home!

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Instagram’s favorite plant, Monstera

If you are anything like me, then you have probably seen this plant EVERYWHERE! I don’t live in a super trendy area, and finding a Monstera was basically my houseplant goal! I literally found four at a local grocery store, and I almost had a panic attack because I was so excited! Now that my Monstera plants are growing like wildfire, I think I have a pretty good grip on growing them. The most important part of keeping your Monstera alive is to be able to identify what it needs. A Monstera is a tropical plant, so the more humidity it can have, the better it is going to be. Luckily, the region that I live in is incredibly humid.

I water my Monsteras one every week and a half. I really let it soak in, and then I’ll bring it inside and let it live in the sun. In the meantime, I will spritz the leaves with distilled water to keep it lush and green. I keep mine in indirect light because it can burn if the sun is beaming down on it. I have placed a pole in one of mine so that it grows upward and has some form to it. Monsteras are essentially a vine, FYI. If you see brown growth down at the base, have no fear, those are just the roots. You can trim those if they get too wild. Surprisingly enough, this is one of my plants that I don’t really have to think too much about.

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Honestly, who doesn’t have a Fiddlehead Fig by now?

Speaking of trendy houseplant, the Fiddlehead Fig has been on everyone’s radar. This is one that I probably have had the hardest time with. Not only was it difficult to find, but it is one of my pricier plants. A small one started out over $50 dollars where I could find one. Luckily, I have a serious love for the nursery that I found it at, and it has become my main place to get my plants. If you are local to the Chattanooga area, you have to go to Fiddlehead’s Garden Center in Dalton, GA! Almost all of my plants are from there, and the quality is outstanding. Anyway, back to the Fiddlehead! This is one of the plants that I’m still working on, for sure.

I water mine about the same time that I water my Monstera. You want it to almost have droopy leaves before watering it again. The stem is quite thin, and may need a pole in it like the Monstera. If you leave this plant in the direct sun, the leaves will burn and completely ruin the plant. I killed my first Fiddlehead because I left it outside too long. My new one is now living it’s best life in the same window as my Monstera. I also spritz it when I do my Monstera. Basically, treat your Fiddlehead like your Monstera!

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The most infamous houseplant, Snake Plants!

Oh man, I love Snake Plants! Not only are they basically impossible to kill, but they grow like crazy! I have two types of Snake Plants in my collection. One is the traditional Snake Plant, Futura Robusta. I also have the Black Gold version of the plant as well. If you treat these plants with care, then you can have some serious growth! My Black Gold has evolved into seven different plants that I keep having to propagate! I started with one! These area amazing if you are a beginner, and don’t require too much effort on your part.

They are basically a big succulent, and you don’t need to overwater these. Give them one good watering, and wait until it is completely dry until you water them again. These plants are prone to root rot which can kill your new little houseplant. Snake Plants are some of the most affordable houseplants that you can get as well. My Futura Robusta was about $5 dollars, and my Black Gold was about $7. A great plant to start out with!

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Elephant Ears for everyone!

The beautiful Elephant Ear! I have an obsession with larger houseplants, and this one takes the cake. This is a pretty common one that you can find in your local stores, and is decently affordable as well. This is slightly different than the other plants in the fact that it loves to be wet! I water my plant daily with a few spritzes, and will water the plant once a week thoroughly. If your leaves get too large, then you can also place a pole in this one. The more you water this plant, the bigger it will grow. So keep that in mind! I keep mine in, you guessed it, the same window as my Monstera and Fiddlehead!

These are the main four houseplants that I have seen trending right now, but the limit does not exist in what you can find. This is only a portion of my plant collection so if you are looking for more plant advice, be sure to ask me! If you love the appearance of something, then go out and find it! If you are curious about the rest of my houseplants, or have any specific questions, feel free to ask me! I’ll do whatever I can to help, and let’s get your indoor jungle going!

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2 Comments

  1. Kate
    September 1, 2018 / 7:28 am

    Now that I live in an apartment with some good natural light, I’m so excited to get a couple plants. I love these tips and tricks, definitely saving this for the day I invest in a few plants. 🙂

    • admin
      September 2, 2018 / 9:49 am

      Yes Kate! Get all of the plants!

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