Post By: Leigh Fager
Did you know that Pantone named "greenery" the color of the year for 2017 ? It's thought to possess the reconnection we seek with nature and what better way to display it than with plants?!
Plants are a simple and inexpensive way to liven up your space and add a splash of color to any room. They go with all decor styles AND they clean the air you breathe. A lot of people seem to think that they are a full-time job but I promise you (most) are not.
It is true that you have to put in a little effort to keep them thriving and it's always wise to look up what each specific plant you purchase needs, BUT I promise you, it isn't difficult and can actually be quite satisfying when you notice new growth.
Fiddle leaf figs are one of the prettiest house plants around..
You can usually get lucky and find one at your local Home Depot or Lowes. If not, your local nurseries will have them and believe it or not, you can even order them from Amazon and have it shipped to your front door. My first fiddle leaf was from Amazon. I named her Fran and she has tripled in size since. Fiddles are a bit high maintenance and I've heard they can be finicky but I haven't experienced any issues with mine. Here's what I do :
- I water them once a week..they each get two cups of warm water. You want to make sure the water can fully drain from the pot they live in, otherwise it'll get bugs and mold.
- Their leaves need to be wiped down with a wet towel when they're dusty. This is important and has to be done to a fig.
- They also need a lot of sunlight. I have mine in front of a window or as close to a window as they can be. I have heard others complain about them getting burnt in direct sunlight but I have not experienced that with mine. Ya know how I mentioned that seeing new growth can be satisfying when you're a plant mama? Welp, seeing new leaves forming on the top of your FLF is freaking amazing! You'll feel like a rockstar, as you should because you are totally keeping something alive!
Cacti are my weakness. I'm obsessed with them. I want them all and can't ever find any! I live on Cape Cod, so when I call the local nurseries to inquire about them they usually tell me to check California. Jerks.
Anyways, I've gotten lucky at a few of the large stores but they aren't anything too mature. The pencil cactus is one of my favs and has done really well in our home. It seems to just need to be in a well lit room but also does well in direct sunlight. I water it once a week with about a cup of water and it does just fine. Simple to care for and very cool looking.
So you don't have a lot of sunlight in your home and you think that means you can't possibly have any plants? Not to worry ! There are quite a few plants that don't need much light at all. The snake plant, often referred to as the mother-in-laws tongue, is the most low maintenance plant I am aware of.
It doesn't need a sunny room and will still thrive. Seriously, you can forget about her for weeks and she's still chillin'. Homegirl's a champ! I water mine every two weeks (sometimes three) and one of them sits in our entryway where it gets zero sunlight. Soooo easy.
And if all else fails, go faux. There are a lot of real looking plants out there. They don't all look like those shiny plastic things that were in our dentists office in the 80's.