There once was a fiddle-leaf fig tree in my house… it is no longer. After bringing it home from Ikea, its leaves were one by one turning brown and falling off. I read somewhere that they like humidity, so in an attempt to revive it, I took it into the bathroom while I showered. When I put it back in its regular spot it went even more downhill, lost all of its leaves and died. I later read the worst thing for them is shocks in temperature or condition… whoopsies. Needless to say, I am not a plant whisperer and do not have a green thumb, but I do enjoying having real plants in my house. The ones that are still kickin’ even though I mostly neglect them and have a very shaded house are as follows:
Snake plant – Super pretty and sculptural and somehow seem to thrive on neglect? I told my sister to get one as she was having similar issues with her apartment having no direct sunlight and had managed to kill a cactus a few months earlier. Despite her snake plant getting no direct sunlight and getting very intermittent watering, it is still alive!
ZZ plant – This one is growing the quickest of all of my plants so far. It is also so beautiful with the prettiest leaves.
Yucca tree – My most recent purchase. It seems to be doing pretty well even given the indirect light and cooler temperature of our downstairs.
Succulent: Even though it almost died (I forgot to water it for months) once I moved it to the windowsill for some sun and gave it some good ol’ H2O, it bounced back and is still kicking!
Some others I would like to try that I have heard are pretty hearty:
Spider plant – These remind me of my grandparents house, which would be just lovely. Apparently very easy to care for.
Philodendron or Pothos – Trailing plants, I want to try them on a shelf or ledge. Apparently they can handle low light – perfect!
Cast Iron plant – Require indirect light and would rather be a bit dry than too wet. Sounds good to me!
Do I dare try a Monstera? I love the look of them, apparently they are a medium care plant and can handle a cooler temperature and indirect light…. What do you think?
Where to buy?
- Ikea – where I bought my ZZ plant and snake plants
- Home Depot, Lowes or other hardware stores
- Online – I haven’t tried this, but apparently you can buy house plants from online retailers. Anyone have any experience with this?
- Local nurseries
What are your favourite plants in your home? Are you an expert green-thumb or a clueless collector like me?