How many times must I repeat the cycle?
Buy houseplants, grow houseplants, kill houseplants. Over and over! My friends and family come to my home and always give me love for my houseplants and and say “Wow you have a green thumb!”. No y’all…I kill almost as many as I grow. Fellow gardeners, who is with me on this? Sometimes it feels like I’ve done everything right, I’ve gotten the conditions perfect and my happy little plant is just growing away, and then I come home one day and BAM! Dead.
The hardest part about having houseplants is getting the water and sunlight ratios right for each plant. My house is so angular that the sunlight that does come in is very spotty in the rooms that I want plants in; my dining room, living room, and kitchen. This has meant doing lots of reading on which plants thrive in shade, semi-shade, or indirect sunlight. So far, I’ve managed to kill an awful lot of houseplants just by getting this information wrong. But hey, that’s how we learn, right? By making mistakes and not repeating them!
The easiest plant by far to keep alive and well in most conditions is the Pothos. This baby will thrive and grow in sun, shade, dry or wet, and will clean your air the entire time. It’s my go to house plant fo sho. The second one is the Snake Plant or Mother in Law Plant. This is another air-cleaning houseplant that you basically cannot kill…unless you’re a plant serial killer, in which case carry on. This plant will thrive in most lights and doesn’t require a ton of water which is great because when I travel for work, it’s basically the Sahara Desert at my house.
My last thriving success is my Rubber Plant! Did I mention how much I love air-cleaning houseplants? More about this in my next post. I’ve had my Rubber Plant for about a year now, and she’s just as pretty as the day I got her! These plants can grow pretty large if you let them, but my experience so far has been just fine.
Not mentioned above? The DOZENS of other houseplants that I’ve murdered in my home, may they rest in peace. To name a few, Boston Fern, Peace Lily, Maidenhair Fern, every orchid I’ve ever owned, and SO. MANY. SUCCULENTS! Given my love for Succulents, you can imagine how devastated I am when one of them dies. Tears!
Anywho, I hope this post gives some of you peace of mind when it comes to your supposed “brown thumb”. Keep on trying! If you’re diligent with taking care of your plants and making sure to learn about their optimal growing conditions then you can absolutely have houseplants. Take it from me, the girl who kills plants on the reg, if I can keep at least SOME plants alive and happy in my home, then so can you. I have faith!