A leisurely scroll through the ‘gram proves that plants are the poshest addition to millennial living spaces. If you want in on the trend (that has a plethora of positive side effects, like air purifying, etc.), these five plants are a fool-proof way to start your journey to a Pinterest-worthy plantscape and to your perfect travel inspired home. #Plantgang #MonsteraMondays #Jungalow #UrbanJungle
If you’re looking to add some paradise to a city space, this plant is for you. Bromeliads are perfect for adding tropical vibes to any room. With thousands of species available, the colors of the flower can vastly range. Copious shades of Red, yellow, orange, and purple, etc. can be found.
Sunlight/Temperature: Native to tropical climates, Bromeliads can thrive in humid spaces like bathrooms, and in rooms with bright, indirect light. If you have a space with little to no natural light, Bromeliads are known to do well under fluorescent lights. If you plan to put the plant in a less humid space, try spritzing the leaves with water once a week.
Water/Soil: Bromeliads only require watering once every 3-4 weeks, or when the top layer of the soil is dry. The flower of the plant serves as a reservoir, where you fill it with water and it releases when necessary! Bromeliads possess air cleansing properties. A pot with good drainage (there should be a hole in the bottom of the pot) is highly suggested.
2. Flamingo Lily (Anthurium)
Anthuriums have brightly colored, waxy flowers that can add beautiful color to your home. If you’re looking to add an exotic, beachy flair, these neon colored blooms will do just that.
Sunlight/Temperature: The Flamingo Lily does best with bright, indirect sunlight. South Facing rooms are preferable, but in the window of an East or West facing room, they’ll receive ample indirect light. Normal room temperatures are recommended, avoiding spaces that can be drafty or very cold.
Water/Soil: Watering once every 7-10 days on average is recommended, keeping the soil lightly moist in a well-draining pot. This plant does best in humid spaces, similar to its origin. If your home is known to have drier air, try spritzing the leaves with water once a week.
3. Snake Plant
The architectural, masculine leaves of a Snake Plant (aka Mother in Law’s Tongue) and its array of deep greens can add style to any room. Place in a concrete, cube shaped pot to complement its modern, minimalist aesthetic.
Water/Soil: This hardy plant only requires watering once a month, or when the soil is completely dry. Snake plants are also known to improve air quality.
Sunlight/Temperature: Although native to Western Africa, there are no sunlight requirements for a Snake Plant. You can seriously put this plant anywhere and it will thrive! A perfect starter plant for those who are looking to build your plant-parent confidence.
4. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is an extremely popular succulent that’s well known for healing properties. Succulents are similar to Cacti, and do best in dry conditions. It’s so low maintenance! A well-draining Terra Cotta or other clay based pots would be ideal for a Bohemian aesthetic. As long as the plant is kept healthy, it’s safe to intermittently harvest the gel from inside of the leaves by cutting a stalk as close to the stem as possible.
Aloe Vera plants thrive in specialty Cactus/Succulent soil, which includes a mix of sand and dirt to aid in keeping the roots dry and healthy. This succulent only requires watering once every 3-4 weeks, or when the soil is completely dry.
Aloe Vera does best with bright, indirect sunlight. South Facing rooms are preferable, but in the window of an East or West facing room, they’ll receive ample indirect light. Normal room temperatures are recommended, avoiding spaces that can be drafty or very cold.
The bold, sword-like leaves of the Yucca plant can give any room a jolt of character. Even as indoor plants, it almost reminds you of a miniature palm tree. This low maintenance, hardy succulent can survive in almost any climate, making it ideal for plant newbies to build confidence.
Water/soil: Yucca plants require Cactus/Succulent soil, which includes a mix of sand and dirt to aid in keeping the roots dry and healthy. This only requires watering once every 3-4 weeks, or when the soil is completely dry. Yucca plants are extremely susceptible to root rot, so proper potting soil and a well-draining pot is of utmost importance.
Sunlight/Temperature: Native to the deserts of the Americas, Yuccas can survive in almost any temperature a home experiences. These plants require bright, indirect sunlight (can be compensated with artificial light as well). South Facing rooms are preferable, but it can be placed near the window of an East or West facing room.
Buy plants from local Nurseries, Farmer’s Markets, etc. The plants are well cared for and the employees have a wealth of knowledge. Many local Nurseries also provide classes you can sign up for to learn more about gardening.
If you live in a home with minimal natural lighting, you can place a lamp near your plants to supplement for your plants.
set recurring reminders in your phone calendar to water your plant so you won’t have to remember. This is especially helpful for plants that only require one time per month.
Talk to your plants! Name them!
Be mindful of your plant.
Are the leaves drooping? Not receiving enough sunlight. Are the leaves turning yellow? You’re overwatering the plant. Are the leaves turning brown? The plant is receiving too much direct sunlight.
Chrissy is a young-ish tricenarian figuring this life thing out. Through a spiritual-based approach, she’s making peace with herself and having fun along the way, in hopes of inspiring others to do the same. None of the above makes her any money (YET), so she works full time as a medical technologist.
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