4 Easy-To-Care HousePlants

Any other crazy plant lady out there?! Yes, I am one of them! Believe me when I tell you that I was not always a green thumb with my houseplants. I even managed to kill a snake plant (which I still say it was my husband that did… haha!). It hasn’t been until this past year that I gained the ability to take care and keep plants alive! Now I am an obsessed plant collector, gotta’ have ‘em all! I am trying to learn their names and specific needs beyond keeping them alive. So, since I have gotten so much insight about houseplants this past year, I wanted to share a few easy-to-care houseplants that are good starters on your crazy plant lady journey and cover your home with all the real plant! I will be sharing 4 plants that have been the easiest to take care of and what I have done to keep them alive and grown healthy.

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  1. Snake Plants

    Sansevieria known as “snake plant” is one of the easiest houseplants to have. These plants are pretty hard to kill, of course, if you follow the simple ways to take care of it. I managed to kill one… and it was because I really didn’t take the time to learn what this plant, or any other plant needed. Most of the time over-watering is the number one plant killer.

    Water: One of the reasons why snake plants are so easy is you really don’t have to pay much attention to it! You can water this plant every 2-4 weeks. So if you travel a lot or want a very low maintenance plant, this is your guy. I water mine every 2-3 weeks. Every time I water my snake plant, I let the water I place it in tub or outside and let if fully drain, then bring back inside. That is another tip to not over water you plant, which leads to root rot. Make sure it is potted on a pot with drain holes!

    Light: Snake plants can survive in any type of light. Of course the darker the spot it lives, the slower it will grow. The best light for them is medium light and avoid direct sunlight because it will burn!

    Temperature: They will survive any temperature or air, even humid bathrooms. The one thing they won’t survive is low temperature like frost and snow.

    My thoughts: Don’t spend much time worrying about this one, but if you want it to grow place it in a place that has good indirect light in your home. Do not water constantly!! Remember, every two weeks at most. Sit back and admire your living plant.


2. ZZ Plants

Zamioculcas zamiifolia commonly knows as ZZ Plant is a new discovery of mine and a good one! Their deep green leaves are so beautiful and is a perfect addition to your home. ZZ plants are the perfect start for beginners and those that feel they can’t keep a plant alive.

Water: Let your ZZ plant fully dry between each watering, about every 2-4 weeks. Like my snake plant, I water mine every 2-3 weeks. Also, make sure the pot has good drainage at the bottom so it can fully drain when being watered.

Light: ZZ plants can stand any types of light, but prefers medium light. Bright light is not essential though! No direct sunlight.

Temperature: Average house humidity is fine.

My thoughts: Over-watering is the main killer for this guy. Let it completely dry in between waterings, so wait minimum two weeks between waterings. It likes to be root bound, so do not re-pot right away. It is also known to be poisonous for pets, so put it high up if you think your pet might want to eat it!


3. Pothos

Epipremnum aureum, known as Pothos, are probably the easiest trailing plant to keep as a houseplant. There are different varieties of this plant- Golden Pothos, Marble Queen Pothos and Silver Satin Pothos are some of them. These plants require little care, can survive in low light conditions and so easy to propagate.

Water: Wait until the top of soil is completely dry to give it a good drink. No more than once a week, can go without watering up to two weeks. Make sure the pot has draining holes. Your pothos will let you know it needs water when leaves are drooping.

Light: It doesn’t require lots of light to survive, so they are great for low lit homes and offices. The lower the light the slower it will most likely to grow. If you want your pothos to grow at a faster rate, place it in bright indirect light.

Temperature: Pothos are good in common room temperatures and also love humidity. You can mist with water through the week when you feel the air is too dry and in the hot summer days.

My thoughts: If you want a fast-growing, healthy thriving pothos- hanging next to a window that has great indirect light, and not direct sunlight. Water once a week, so for example- every Tuesday. Pluck every yellow leaves that you see. Plants take all their energy to keep those dying leaves alive, and the rest of the plant can get affected- so pluck those ugly leaves out! Make sure to not over water and that pots have draining holes to give it a good soak, but water can drain out. I have a couple of pothos and my most thriving one is next to a window! It gets lots of indirect light and now is so long is growing across the floor. You can keep them in low light shelves, but won’t grow as rapidly and long as the one next to the window. Just give it loving words and hugs haha!


4. Cacti

Cacti, one of my favorite plant families! There are so many varieties of this prickly family and I just want to collect them all.

Water: The biggest killer, over-watering. I know I keep saying to make sure your pot has drain holes, but this one 100% needs it! Remember cactus do not require lots of water, so when they sit on water they rot and die quickly. Water every two weeks up to once a month! It all depends on where the cactus is, indoor or outdoor.

Light: Cactus like bright light, so place it by a window if you want it to thrive! I have seen the different in growth when I place my cactus near bright light. My cactus on my porch are growing really fast and my indoor cactus have taken longer to grow.

Temperature: It all depends on the type of cactus you have, some like low humidity and some like high humidity. The best thing is figuring out what type of cactus it is and finding info on how to take care of your little prickly.

My thoughts: I have killed lots of cactus because I didn’t understand how to take care of them. I have had good luck with bigger size cactus, I guess because they can tolerate more water. My little ones would always die and I just recently figure it out! Not drain holes and constant watering. Let them completely dry out before watering, make sure they don’t sit on water for a long time, and give it lots of light so you can see them grow!

More thoughts for you: To summarize, plants biggest enemy is over-watering. So do not worry about constantly watering, let your plant tell you it needs water. Sometimes by looking at a pothos and you see the leaves drooping- its time for water! You look into the pot and touch in deep with your finger and it feels super dry- its time for water! We often get the misconception that real plants need constant water, but is not the case with most of houseplants. Some plants, like ferns (hate them) need constant water and that is why I don’t have any any of those anymore. So if you want low maintenance plants, do not get ones that need constant watering (do not get ferns)!

I still do not consider myself an expert with plants, I know the basics and I am still learning. I never fertilize because I just don’t think about, so that is the next step to learn. I have been playing with propagation and pothos is by far the easier to do so. Mealy bugs are the devil and you should be scared of them! Still haven’t managed to full get rid of them. One advice I would give is to constantly inspect your plants. By this, you can learn if they need water, find and pluck yellow-brown leaves, find bugs, check growth and so on.

I hope this houseplant caring tips help you take care of your new plant and maybe draw you to be a crazy plant lady like me! You can reach out to me if you have any other specific question about caring for your plants!


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Love,

Carla Natalia

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