I have a condition, a pleasant one at that, and I call it “House Plant Love.” I’ve had it most of my life. Greenery and nature make me happy.
From my early twenties onward I collected house plants wherever I could find them and nurtured them.
I was too busy with young children back then to go out and plant a garden. So this fed my need for greenery and nature.
Some of you think I have a green thumb. Sometimes I do; sometimes I don’t. It’s trial and error.
This Bird’s nest fern plant is in the kitchen. I purposely took a photo of the brown edging the leaves. I have a feeling I know what that is from.
The house is constantly running the heat in the ceiling vents, and it’s probably drying it out. Ferns like humidity.
I need to dig around and see if I have a spray bottle so I can give it a little spray of water on the leaves.
You’ll notice when you put a fern outside in the summer (in the shade please; they don’t deal well with the sun), it seems to just take off and get lush and full.
More humidity outdoors:
That’s because the outdoor air has more humidity. Then when you bring it back in, it’s kind of blah.
If it’s a Boston fern, which I don’t have right now, I usually put it in the bathtub and turn the shower on (cold please, or just not hot), and let it have a little bath.
I move my plants around. Especially if I feel like one would do better in a different light.
The peace lily:
This is one of those plants, the peace lily, that doesn’t need a lot of light. Certainly NO sun.
This one just put out a lily bloom. It has been blooming for about four months now!
This has been my little plant corner for the winter. The yellow Bromeliad just seems to want bright light.
The pothos next to it just got repotted about a week ago. So far I haven’t noticed any distress. That sometimes happens when you repot your plant.
Here’s a tip:
When you bring a plant home, don’t immediately repot it in a much bigger pot. (Now how many times have I done that very thing?)
The plant needs to acclimate to its new surroundings. Maybe one move, from the store to your house, is all it can withstand for a time.
When you repot, just go up about one size.
The ponytail palm:
I’m really fond of the ponytail palm. I haven’t had one in many years, and I just love the way its shaped.
It’s in its original little pot from Lowes. I just stuck it in this bucket one day and never have taken it out.
Yes, this poor Bromeliad plant gets its picture taken a lot. Well of course it does. It’s red.
It’s across the room from the yellow Bromeliad, and I had the yellow one in this same spot before I got the red one.
These two are by the front door.
I noticed they were kind of in the dark a while ago so I turned the lamp on low. And I may need to do that more. I just moved them here the other day. So we’ll see.
Plants in a vignette:
These three just got put together in the bedroom for some reason. I have two windows in there and I open the blinds during the day to give them light.
Plants clean the air:
You want some plants in your bedroom, in fact in every room, because they’re taking toxins out of the air you breathe.
Plants often look better when grouped together. Plus they help provide one another with humidity.
I’ve just wiped their leaves with a paper towel and water this morning to get the dust off.
These are my key points:
Don’t overwater. I put my finger in the soil up to my knuckle. If it’s dry, I give it some water.
Overwatering will kill a plant faster than underwatering. Or at least that’s been my experience.
Always have holes in the bottom of your pots for drainage. I put broken pottery in the bottom to make sure water doesn’t rot the root system.
Plants are your friends. They clean the air.
To me, plants make your place cozy. And I’m all about cozy.
Happy indoor gardening!