I’ve been dreaming about adding more greenery to my home lately, so I thought I’d share with you my top six options so far. I’m looking for a large plant to put in my living room next to a window, as well as a few decorative small guys that could maybe drape down furniture or sit pretty on a shelf.
1. Rubber Tree
When it comes to large house plants/trees, I feel like the Rubber Tree is the underdog, here. From all of my research, it seems to be super easy to maintain, and even my black thumb can keep it alive. Janneke over at Botanic has a post with beautiful photographs about how to take care of a rubber tree. The highlights are bright light, no direct sun, keep soil moist, and dust the leaves. Care Instructions
2. Jade Plant
The Jade Plant is my top choice for nice little shelf greenery.. but the shelf needs to get lots of sun. 4-6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Little Yankee Home has a great tutorial about how she maintains her little guys. The highlights are serious heavy drainage pots, direct sun, and summer fertilizing. Care Instructions
3. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
The Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree is by far the most popular house plant in the blogosphere. I’m personally obsessed with it, and am continually researching where I can get one at a reasonable price. Spoiler alert: they are expensive. In my area in Connecticut, I haven’t been able to find a bush for under $80. I’ve read people talk about how they go their little starter bush for $20 and have grown it into a magical tree, so I’m still holding out. Balcony Garden Web has a great post about caring for one of these famous plants. They like indirect sunlight, humid air, and well-drained soil. Care Instructions
4. English Ivy
For a plant that will cascade nicely down a piece of furniture, the English Ivy and the Philodendron are my top two. English ivy is just such a classic plant since it is easy to grow indoors. I love it because it seems super easy to propagate for sweet gifts. Costa Farms has growing instructions and lots of information on other ivy varieties. Ivy likes medium light and average watering. Care Instructions
5. Snake Plant
For all the fellas out there, this is my favorite “masculine” plant. I imagine it fitting right in at your office or man cave. The straight leaves are strong, unforgiving, and proud. Gardening Know How has care instructions for this guy. It needs free draining soil, indirect sunlight, and occasional watering. Care Instructions
The Philodendron seems like a nice low-maintenance, easy-peasy, happy kind of plant. It’s tendrils will keep growing as long as you take care of it properly and direct it where to go. I’ve seen them twirl down a bookcase, but also climb a wall if it has places to grip onto. Gardening Know How has care instructions that include bright, indirect sunlight, occasional watering, and fertilizer. Care Instructions
So those are my top 6 plants I’m deciding between! In the upcoming weeks, I may have a house full of plants to test out my black thumb capabilities. We shall see how this goes. If you have a favorite indoor plant, I’d love to hear about it and how it is going.