Happy House Plant Appreciation Day, everyone!
Is there anything without its own appreciation day? I’m doubting it. But house plants are among my favourite things, so I’m totally okay with this one! Sadly, through my many moves, and the destruction of cats, I’ve lost many a house plant.
Currently, I have managed to keep a happy, healthy Money Tree going. Last year I gave my mom a plant for Mother’s Day, and though I am not entirely sure what it is called, it’s a hearty little thing and damn near impossible for her to kill (which was the point). It may be a jade variety.
So, what’s the best way to celebrate House Plant Appreciation Day? By getting a new house plant, of course! I visited a local nursery and picked myself out something easy to care for: a golden croton.
If you are looking to celebrate with a new house plant, here are my top five choices for easy maintenance:
The only one on the list that I have not personally taken care of, but it comes highly recommended on many top indoor house or office plant lists. I may have to celebrate my appreciation of house plants again and pick one of these up sometime this year. They are rated among the most difficult to kill, and also purify the air (NASA approved).
Care: Indirect light, and allow the soil to dry between waterings.
If you plan to cover your house in plants, invest in a spider plant. These house plants sprout off-shoots like it’s going out of style. You can clip the off-shoots and root them in water, for a never-ending cycle of spider plants. As a bonus, they also purify air and are hard to kill.
Care: Indirect light. The soil needs to be able to drain very well, and allow the soil to dry between waterings.
Being a succulent, you can ‘forget’ to water aloe vera for a good chunk of time and it will forgive you. Aloe has a great number of uses including soothing skin irritations like rashes and burns, and moisturizing skin and scalp. Cut off the bottom leaves as you need to use them. When root-bound and healthy, expect baby aloe plants to poke up through the soil around mama – these can be removed and potted for a new plant.
Care: Place in a bright, south-facing window. Use Cactus potting soil, and allow to dry between waterings.
Shamrock can come in a wide range of colouring from bright green to a deep purple, and produce adorable little white flowers. Technically, this plant has a ‘rest period’ during the summer where it’s supposed to be kept in darkness – I never did this, and it bloomed all the same for me come Autumn.
Care: Bright light. Well drained soil, and allow to dry between waterings.
I prefer Philodrendon over ivy for a trailing plant. It grows faster and larger, and yes, the heart-shaped leaves are pretty cute. You can train this to climb, but I have no patience for that. For a bushier plant, pinch the stems just past a leaf node to produce a new stem.
Care: Indirect, medium to bright light. Well drained soil, allow to dry between waterings. Mist plant from time to time, if your house is particularly dry.
What are some of your favourite house plants? Share with me in the comments!