If you follow me on instagram or just know me at all in person, you may well be aware that I LOVE plants (ps I have also recently created a new account dedicated to this love, please go and follow me: @thegardeningrose). Since moving out I have acquired quite a number of house plants and I thought I would do a quick post on some of the easier to care for plants that are in my collection and how I actually do look after them. I Hopefully you will find this post useful and if you could all bombard Tom to let me pick up some more plants, I’d be forever grateful.
Tillandsia (Air Plant)
Air plants are honestly one of the craziest things ever, they don’t have a root system, require no soil and generally get their nutrients and water…from the air! They are incredibly low maintenance and you can either spritz them with water or soak them in water for a short period of time every couple of weeks and that is it. They generally like to be attached to a small piece of bark like the one in this picture, but you can also buy a special glue to attached them to shells, pots or anything else you can think of. I also have another air plant in a tiny cement pot on my fridge because they are just so easy to keep! The plant pictured above came as a gift from my mum from M&S, I want to say it was only about £6 and you can just give it a quick spritz with a water mister (I use an old setting spray bottle) every two weeks.
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane Plant)
I picked this plant up for about £3 from Sainsbury’s on a whim and I knew absolutely nothing about the plant. Since I have had it it’s grown a tonne of new leaves and I really feel like it’s going from strength to strength. I think the thing I like the most is the variegation in the leaves and the fact it’s pretty low maintenance. This doesn’t take much watering at all actually, perhaps once a week at a maximum and I will be feeding this throughout the summer months. The indoor plant food I use is Baby Bio and I find a few drops every time I water is sufficient. One thing to note about the dieffenbachia is that it’s poisonous to both humans and pets so if you have small children or pets that would be inclined to nibble at the leaves then either give this one a miss or put it somewhere far out of reach. I’ve not yet tried to propagate or split this plant so I will have to feed back on how I get on as I think I will need to soon before it gets too big for it’s pot!
Chlorophytum Vittatum (Spider Plant)
My spider plant was the first house plant I picked up and I actually had it before I had the keys to the house! I’m pretty sure this cost me £9.99 including the pot and I have propagated 13 other people out of this one plant! I have found this to be a particularly easy plant to care for and I love the way it looks. Spider plants are infamous for their ‘babies’ which they grow from a long stem that will sprout from the centre of the plant. The babies are effectively tiny little spider plants that are perfectly formed and survive off the mother plant but for us house plant lovers, they are an ideal way to get more plants. To propagate a spider plant from a baby, simply place a pot of soil underneath one of the babies so that the baby is resting on the surface of the soil. The baby will grow roots within a week or two and once the baby is firmly rooted, you can cut it from the mother plant. It’s honestly that simple.
Another way to propagate spider plants is to split up the mother plant. The roots of spider plants are tuberous so they are much easier to separate and it is often quite clear to see where the plant is made up of multiple plants and where the natural separation point is. In terms of watering, on average I will water my spider plant once a week but I tend to work on the basis of if the soil feels dry, I’ll give it a water. Make sure the plant isn’t sitting in water that hasn’t drained away and feed with a houseplant food during the summer. Many people choose to leave the spider plant babies untouched and the plant takes on more of a trailing vibe. If the babies weren’t in such demand I would definitely do this!
Ceropegia Woodii (String of Hearts)
I feel like over the last few years, trailing plants have become more and more popular with Pinterest sporting pages of hanging planters and macrame pot holders to display them in. I picked up this string of hearts for £10 late last year and I honestly cannot believe how much it has grown in that time. I only water it when it feels dry and feed it occasionally throughout spring and summer and the ‘strings’ are now around 4 feet in length. Tom won’t let me buy any hanging planters so I keep this on the highest window sill I have and it is doing really well. It’s almost touching the floor now though so i’m going to have to think of a different place to keep this soon but it is a really easy plant to keep!
A Dracaena is like a super low maintenance mini indoor tree. I have two different sizes of Dracaena but this mini one is the latest edition to the house and only cost me a couple of pounds. I don’t find that they grow in height very quickly but they fill out in terms of their leaves pretty quickly and really make an impact in any room. The best thing about them is that they need almost no care. They’re not overly demanding in terms of light or water and they don’t need much pruning either. Occasionally, if a leaf turns yellow I will just remove it but otherwise, I leave it to its own devices. This new edition has an ever so slight pink tinge to the edge of it’s leaves but my original Dracaena (which I picked up from Sainsbury’s for £7.50!) has much darker foliage as can be seen below!
Finally, I’ve probably saved the easiest plant until last. My lovely friend Alena gifted me this gorgeous Haworthia when she came to a BBQ at mine earlier this year and she demanded that I don’t over water it! I did some research and this plant seriously does thrive on intentional neglect! It needs watering once every two months.. yes you heard right, every two months! It looks effortlessly beautiful and what’s even better is that you can buy it already planted up like this from The Little Botanical! This really is a must have in any house as it is so easy to care for.
I hope you’ve liked this round up of my recommendations on easy houseplants to care for! Let me know which one is your favourite and also if you’d like to see more plant related posts in the future!