Perfect Indoor Houseplants for a Brown Thumb
I have been killing plants pretty easily for a good ten years now. Our first house plant was a peace lily. The lady at Home Depot told us it was unkillable. And boom.. we went on a two week vacation.. I had placed the plant pot in a shallow dish of water as the internet had suggest and it was dead when we arrived. We sorta revived parts of it but it never flowered again. And we do or did travel a lot so I can't have plants that require a strict watering schedule.
I killed our mint plant which again I read was unkillable.. in fact its weed like ability makes it spread if planted in a garden. Dead. We also tried growing cilantro and strawberries without much success.
So I was very hesitant about buying another house plant.. but I wanted them because they give warmth to your home and clean the air as well.
So when we bought a plant a couple of years ago I made sure it did not need much water or sun. After some googling we decided to purchase a snake plant. It was small when we bought it.. now three containers later.. it has grown so wonderfully tall.
After it survived a year without incident we invested in another plant. We selected a croton for the hints of orange and red in its leaves. But this baby struggled a lot in the beginning. It kept dropping leaves. It got bugs in it. It was not good. The turning point was when we got a self watering planter like this. We have had this plant for almost two years now and it is finally looking healthy.
During early Covid I decided to get another plant. This time we bought a pothos. Since there was not a lot of leaving the house happening I ordered the plant from Walmart and just hoped it would arrive alive. It did. In fact it was such a nice size we were able to immediately split it.. a year later we have five pothos' living in our home. Above is the original. Below are the offshoots. There is Aslan in the powder room, the boys each have one in their rooms and the small tea cup on the bookshelves in M's office.
Last year we were gifted an orchid. Ooh now this is a plant I fear. I have heard how high maintenance these beauties can be. I was not ready for the commitment.. yet I gave it two ice cube a week and watched the pretty fuchsia flowers with a smile. Well the flowers are gone now and in accordance to the high and mighty internet I sniped off the stem and pruned the dead leaves. I continue to give it two ice cubes a week and to my joy I see a new leaf sprouting.
And our final plant is just a few weeks old.. my MIL's friend gifted it to us. It is a pink polka dot plant! How pretty is that? Now I am on the search for a planter. I am not seeing a lot of them in stores.. they are more of a spring/summer product aren't they. Or I may buy a cheap one and paint it in some bright cheery colors myself.