We’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. Luckily, the Full Supermoon post shed some light on this issue, but we still couldn’t shake the feeling. You know those times where you feel like you just can’t be creative and the more you try to force it the less creativity you have? We both work from home and let me tell you, it’s not as glamorous as it sounds. Our personalities don’t make it easy to look away from all of the tasks that need to be done and allow our brains the space to create freely. The other day, during my “work time” (because I try to schedule it in which is just a joke anyway), I was struggling to overlook the piles of laundry and sink full of dishes. I kept staring at a blank screen wondering what on earth I could bring to the table, what do I even have to say? I looked around my house and was struck with inspiration! PLANTS! YES! I love houseplants!!! (See how many exclamation points I used there, this is for real!) Houseplants are like a friend to me, requiring minimal maintenance but offering so much in return. From succulents to edible herbs, I’ve got at least one plant in nearly every room of the house. They make a huge impact as decor but also offer benefits like increasing humidity, minimizing dust and purifying the air of some nasty toxins. Bringing the outdoors in is a good way to connect with nature when you can’t escape the city. Caring for plants, even ones that don’t need much attention, can contribute to a feeling of wellbeing, reduce stress and make you feel more optimistic. Taking the time to care for another living thing is a great reminder that we all have a purpose and helps to battle those funky, low times when we feel down. Here are four beautiful and hardy (and relatively inexpensive) houseplants I have found that can withstand even the blackest of thumbs. Honestly, if I can keep these things alive you can too!
Chinese Evergreen — This was the first plant I ever owned that didn’t die when I went out of town. These thrive in low, indirect light and room temperatures of at least 65 degrees. Water well and let them drain. Don’t water again until the soil feels dry to the touch.
Pothos — These may be one of my all time favorite houseplants. They are incredibly easy to care for — they don’t do well in direct light but other than that they seem to thrive in a wide variety of environments. They make great bathroom plants because they can tolerate low light. You can even take a clipping and keep it in water which makes them great for those places where plants look great but are hard to reach. The vines can climb and crawl nearly anywhere and look amazing hanging from a basket or over a mantle (where I keep mine). They even let you know when they need watering! The leaves of the pathos plant will droop slightly and lose their sheen, at this point you can drench the soil then leave it to dry out again. A note for pet owners — these plants can be toxic to cats and dogs if ingested so make sure they are out of reach of your inquisitive animal.
Snake Plant — These plants win for the most tolerable houseplant! I have a few of these in my yoga studio. They are beautiful and thrive with barely an effort on my part. I water them every few weeks (seriously, weeks go by!) and they do just fine with the diffused indirect light that comes into the space. Their architectural shape looks fantastic when planted alone or grouped with other snake plants for a bigger, bolder effect.
Peace Lily — I love gifting these plants as they are gorgeous (with or without their familiar white bloom) and are easy to maintain. These tropical plants love shade and some indirect light. The leaves will droop when they need water (I love when things can communicate their needs!) They liked to be watered a lot at once, then left to dry out (for real, let them dry out to avoid root rot). Peace lillies can be mildly toxic to animals (and small children) so keep them away from small hands and paws.
In general, overwatering is the main killer of houseplants so hold off — once a week or less should be enough for these hardy guys. Hold off on transplanting too, which can lead to shock if not done correctly. If you’ve got an awesome pot that you’re dying to use keep your plant in the plastic pot it came in and put the whole thing in the fancy, decorative pot. You can place a plastic liner underneath your plant if needed (if there’s a hole in your pot). There are so many gorgeous, easy houseplants we may have to do another post on this!