Plants over plants and oh what’s there some more greenery. Having some green friends in your home doesn’t just add an element of decor but it’s proven that they help with your moods. It’s been said that plants can boost moods, increase creativity and reduce stress. I have to say, I love my plants, they really do bring me joy and just looking at them, caring for them, brings me a few minutes of calm. So I thought why not tell you about some of the best indoor plants I have in my home.
String of hearts and string of pearls
String of pearls is a beautiful, cascading succulent that will add that little quirk to any flat. The plant grows fast and as an add on it propagates easily and can grow both indoor and outdoor. It likes bright indirect light. I have mine in a south facing window. The only thing you have to be careful about is watering. I found out quite quickly that they are very sensitive to overwatering. So make sure that you give them just enough water. Recommended amount is once every two weeks. I usually put it in a water-bath and let it soak for an hour and then taking it out again. Right now I water it once a month, in summer it’ll be twice a month.
String of hearts on the other hand is one of the most tolerant houseplants. They like heat and bright light but just make sure they don’t get direct sunlight. Put them in your brightest window possible. String or chain of hearts water need is just like other succulents, so make sure you give them a good soak after the soil is completely dried out from the last watering. In the winter, the plants need even less water than summer. I water it once or twice a month depending on how much sun it got.
Easily one of the most uncomplicated plants I own. They don’t need a lot of sunlight, watering them every 2 weeks is fine and even when you forget them for some time, they will still thrive. A total beginner plant.
The most hyped plant of 2020 it feels like. But yes, they are just gorgeous and we have quite a few of them ourselves. We started with two and well, let’s just say I got a bit carried away with propagating them. So, how to care for one of the best indoor plants you ask. They thrive in bright to medium indirect light. And are not suited for intense, direct sun. Water them every 1-2 weeks, allowing soil to dry out between waterings and you should be good. They can also grow like crazy once you find them a spot in your home they like and they are so easy to propagate them. But that’s a whole another blog post for itself.
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Moving on, phothos are another bread of plants that are just made for beginners and I love how quick they grow and you get those endless strings going from one end of your room to the other. The one I have is called Devil’s ivy. They love the sun and water. Make sure the soil doesn’t dry out and keep them in a sunny place. I water mine every week and in summer even up to twice a week. I have them in a south facing window and currently trying to grow them over my kitchen isle.
Fiddle fig leave plant
The biggest diva of them all. Basically, the best way to treat them is by bringing them home, placing them by a window and never move them again. Cause any change will bring them closer to death. Joking! But not really. They really do not like change, so I find that they best not be moved to often and only repotted when they really need to. They need bright indirect light to full sun.The Fiddle is relatively easy to water. When the soil dries out, add water. Saturate the soil with just enough water and then let it dry out again. Although this plant needs some extra attention. She is a beauty and I love having her.
The plant that gives on giving. My aloe vera plant has been producing so many offsets since we moved into our flat. But not only because of this it’s a nice plant to have in your home but it’s easy to care for and you can use the juice or gel for your skin. So the aloe vera plant really is an easy, attractive succulent that makes for a great indoor companion. It likes bright, indirect sunlight. Water your aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. In other words, the soil should feel moist after watering, but should be allowed to dry out to some extent before you water again. If the soil stays overly wet, the plant’s roots can rot. So I just water it when it’s nearly completely dried out. At the moment it’s every other to every third week.
Oh and if your aloe vera produces offsets (when it’s mature, some years old), they can be removed to produce an entirely new plant (a clone of the mother plant, technically). Just find where the offsets are attached to the mother plant and separate them using pruning shears, scissors, or a sharp knife. Put them in a jar with some water, let some roots grow and then they’re ready for their new pot.
the best indoor plants to make your home feel even more lived in
As you might have guessed by now, I really do like my plants. Actually, I just counted them, I have over 40 plants in my flat currently and the collection won’t get any smaller soon. There are already some more plants I wanna propagate and fill some more window space with it.
And if you like decorating your home in general, why not check out my post on “how to create a gallery wall” or maybe you wanna create your own cactus terrarium.
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