Crafting floral décor is yes my main obsession, but plants and greenery are definitely a close second!! I used to think that I had a black thumb, brown thumb, basically any thumb that wasn’t green, but it turns out I was wrong! And if you Google enough and research via Pinterest you can be a pro in no time! (Well, at least start to be, or look like one ;)) So over this past year, as I’d come across images and articles of plants and greenery I really loved, I researched and researched and then took the plant plunge! I decided to overcome my fear of the unknown and in the process greenify (doubt that’s a word, but you know what I mean) my home with beautiful (and LOW MAINTENANCE) plants!
Below is a run down of my favourite (yes, I’m Canadian so there’s a “u” in favorite) low maintenance yet gorgeous-looking plants that you need in your home right now!
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
Needs bright light but prefers indirect light that isn’t too hot. Putting it near a window that has sheer curtains is ideal. Ideally soil needs to be kept moist. Once soil gets dry definitely water (I water mine once a week which seems to be sufficient). Periodically wipe the leaves of your rubber tree houseplant with a damp cloth or spritz it with water. Leaves turning yellow and/or brown? Then you need to reduce the amount of water to avoid overwatering. I purchased a smaller size rubber plant at our local Home Depot.
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
My favourite addition to our family (besides our kids of course 😉 ). Needs bright indirect light. Water your fig tree when only the top inch of soil is dry. Helpful to fertilize once a month during growing seasons (aka not during the winter). Periodically wipe the leaves with a damp cloth (some suggest using an oil, like coconut, to maintain a shine on the leaves). Specialty and boutique flower shops, like William & Jools (where I purchased my fiddle leaf fig, shown on the feature image to this post) or Coriander Girl, in Parkdale, Toronto, are my local go-to spots for trending plants.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)
Needs indirect sunlight and not much water, especially during the winter. Its best to let these plants dry out some between waterings. Once in a while fertilize and that’s it!
Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera Deliciosa)
Another favourite of mine! Needs indirect lighting (it is best within 5 to 8 feet of a window). Best to keep the soil moist and water every 7-10 days. Tip: This plant does not like to be moved around!
Cacti Plant (Cactaceae) and Succulents
Cacti and succulents are ideal in direct sunlight, south facing light is preferable. Water well when soil gets dry during spring and summer months, water less during winter months. Tip for Cacti: Soil drainage is a must for Cacti. Tip for Succulents: Should be given just enough water so that they show no sign of shriveling (i.e., be careful of overwatering).