Since we are spending more time at home, now is the time to bring home a fresh plant or two! They clean the air, add a fresh quality, provide bright green color, and last longer than flowers. Here are my favorite EASY Plants To Brighten Your Home.
If I can keep these plants alive, so can YOU!
In the past, I have bought houseplants at Lowe’s and Home Depot. Lately, when I see a nice looking plant at Trader Joe’s or our grocery store (Safeway), I will add one to the grocery cart. It’s a great gift to YOURSELF.
1. Snake Plant — Very Easy
This plant, also called Mother In Laws’s tongue, is super tolerant and is great to grow in narrow spaces and when you want some height. It needs little water. Notice that it has new growth for Springtime?
Note: I water all my plants on Sundays to varying degrees. For example, the Snake plant needs very little water but other plants can get droopy and need more.
2. ZZ Plant — Super Easy
Another super easy plant. This ZZ plant is in the foyer of our elevator landing and it gets very little natural light. This is about seven years old and I sort of forget about it.
I gave our son, Tommy a Zz Plant for his office when he got a promotion. After recently staying with us for four weeks, I thought that the plant would be a goner, after all, that time with no water or attention. But look at this text sent after he got home…
3. Phalaenopsis Orchid in the Foyer — Just Needs a Little Love
Orchids don’t like direct sunlight…and just want a couple of ice cubes a week. Easy. I don’t really keep them after the blooms are gone…but lots of people put them in their backyards until they come back. When buying orchids, I look for two stems and lots of buds.
4. Peace Lily — Less Easy But Pay Attention; it tells you when it’s thirsty
Who doesn’t want a tranquil plant? This is in our bedroom (tolerates low light) and I can tell when it’s drooping that it wants an extra little H2O.
5. Fiddle Leaf Fig — NOT Easy for everyone unless…
I’ve been lucky with Fiddle Leaf Fig trees #trendytree the last several years and I think it’s due to the fact that I place them where they get a lot of indirect afternoon sunlight...and I water this one about a quart a week with plant fertilizer every other month.
6. Bromeliads — Very Easy
I put these bromeliad plants at the base of the fiddle leaf fig tree a few years ago and they just keep growing. I water them through their centers and they drain into the tree’s base.
7. Boston Fern — Easy
This guy is cleaning the air while I type this. I only water it once a week.
Also, can you see the moss at the base of the fern? I like to add this moss to my plants’ bases for an extra lush touch.
8. Bird’s Nest Fern in the Living Room — so far so good…easy
9. Button Fern — Medium Difficulty
This plant also tells you when it’s thirsty when the leaves shrivel a bit (which seems more than once a week), but since I put it in the bathroom, it seems to like the steam from the shower.
10. Basil Plant – Easy as I replace it every few weeks when all the leaves are gone
I add fresh basil to pasta, salads, appetizers, and as a garnish.
Pots and Planters
I have these above. Only $13 for ALL three little pots!
And those are EASY Plants To Brighten Your Home!
Check out Annie’s post on Pothos Plant Propagation.
Tonight, our daughter and her boyfriend are driving to SF for Howard’s birthday. COMPANY! We’ve all been self-isolating and fortunately are healthy. We may find a spot for a picnic or take a drive. Are things loosening up where you are? I’m still wearing a mask and washing my hands like crazy (new normal).
Have a good weekend… and go buy yourself an easy plant 🙂