Grow Big, Plants That Will Survive
With hashtags like #plantparanthood and #houseplantclub rising in popularity on Instagram it’s no secret that green-fingered movement is here to stay. Let’s face it house plants are incredibly pleasant to look at, making them a fantastic living interior feature, but most importantly they improve the quality of the air.
I used to think that plants are messy and hard to look after. Let me just come out and say it…they are not!
When going shopping for plants, consider a few things that will bump up the survival rate of your leafy babies.
Do your research before going to visit a nursery or a house plant shop. Don’t go on a crazy buying spree, by following the “Green Rush” blindly you might end up with a few victims in the future.
Do you fancy a plant that you don’t need to be too cautious with? Your pad doesn’t have a lot of light coming through the windows plus the air is really dry? These are valid things to consider but fear not, there are certainly few options for you.
Monstera deliciosa (Swiss cheese plant)
Monstera is having a real moment in the past few years. Not only it is very photogenic it is also very easy to look after. It will tolerate low light situation but will grow faster and bigger in a brightly lit room. Do avoid placing it the direct sunlight it might burn its leaves.
When it comes to watering it is also not very fussy, just make sure that you are watering it when the soil in the pot lightly dry to the touch on the surface. Water directly the soil but don’t overwater as that might cause the roots to rot.
Monsteras leaves are large and glossy, take a moment to gently remove dust from them, every now and then, in order to keep them clean and shiny.
Zenzi plant (Zanzibar plant)
Perfect for a very low to no light spaces, this plant is ideal for a windowless bathroom or an office. You will find that excess of bright sunlight might actually be not as good for it. There is truly no other plant that will survive anything!
Less is more when it comes to watering this plant. You can get away with watering it every three weeks or so.
You will need to fertilise it a couple of times a year, nothing too fancy just the general-purpose plant food will do the trick.
Made popular by Ikea, this plant is very easy to take care of. All you need to make sure is that you are not overwatering it. About 50% of the soil in its pot should be dry before the next watering.
It will do just fine in low light conditions but will enjoy indirect sunlight. Your dracaena will enjoy average humidity environment but will thrive if you mist it regularly.
Dracaena owners encounter a problem called tipping, referring to the drying and browning of the plant’s tips. It can be caused by a variety of reasons. Starting with overwatering or the quality of the water itself. Tap water often contains salts and chlorine. To avoid that, leave tap water overnight before watering, might help reduce chlorine and fluoride levels.
Snake plant, Mother-in-law's tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Native to West Africa this is truly one of the most none fussy plants out there. Doesn’t need much watering, in fact only water it when the soil is completely dry.
This green baby doesn’t mind direct light or very low light situation. It will thrive under pretty much any conditions making it extremely easy to look after. There is really not a single reason why you shouldn't get it.
Rubber plant (Ficus elastica)
As most of the plants on this list, it looks stunning and does not require lots of work. It will do well in a moderate to bright window light. It can be watered once or so per week with the soil being moist but never overwatered.
Do make sure that the pot of your rubber plant is very well-drained as it will help to avoid it sitting in water causing the roots to rot.
Fiddle leaf fig (Ficus lyrata)
There is almost not a chance you haven't heard of this plant. If you haven't somehow, no problem, let me introduce you to the trendiest plant on all the social platforms.
You can't neglect this one completely but once you get the hang of it, it's actually not that hard at all. Don't be afraid of Fiddle Leaf Fig. It is so rewarding to see this beautiful plant thrive.
Everyone agrees on one thing - do not overwater it. The roots might rot and the leaves will get covered by brown spots and start falling off. Plant it in a well-drained pot and water once per week.
Fiddle leaf fig loves bright to moderatly bright light. Placing it near a large window usually provides enough lighting to keep it happy. I also like to rotate it around every now and then, to make sure that every side of the plant gets a healthy dose of sunlight.
As an additional care, dust the leaves of your plants once a month or so to make sure they soaks up as much light as it possibly can. When it comes to fertilizing, do it only during the growth period, spring and summer.