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Temps are finally starting to heat up (it broke 70 over the weekend in Atlanta) and every year around this time I treat myself to a new plant. Does that sound kind of hokey? Maybe it is – but I think it bring spring around in the best possible way. Indoor Plants you Can’t Kill
I get oddly obsessed with my plants – I name them, have them on a watering schedule and tend to move them around the house chasing the perfect amount of sunlight. But I’m not a great gardener by any means. In fact, I’ve killed more than I’ve saved (hence having to repopulate every year…) Because of this, it’s critical that I find resilient plants with a strong will to live. I’ve rounded up my favorites for you below – but let me know what I’m missing! Indoor Plants you Can’t Kill
Succulents – As The Washington Post recently noted,“millennials are filling their homes—and the void in their hearts—with houseplants.” There is reason to guess that a lot of those houseplants are succulents. They are Instagram gold, very independent, affordable and don’t require lots of space to flourish.Here’s a Modern Minimalist Succulents starter pack to get you going (for $15.) Indoor Plants you Can’t Kill
Pothos – this plant has more to offer than a cool name that sounds straight out of the Three Musketeers. This guy (or girl) is practically indestructible.My mom gave me a cutting of her Golden Devil’s Ivy – Pothos from years and years ago, and despite a less than ideal shady location it’s growing like crazy. If you’re new to the plant game this would be my first buy (or heck, just carry scissors around and eventually you’ll find one to “borrow” a bit from. Indoor Plants you Can’t Kill
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Cactus – This plant actually isn’t ideal for me because I’ma compulsive over-waterer. It’s the only way I know how to show them my love, so I smother them with H20 far too often – which this plant HATES. Even in mediocre conditions cactus for live for hundreds of years – mine last a year or two at most then mold. HOWEVER – I’m still including this plant because unless you are me, this is a fantastic option. Plant it and forget about it. Your grandkids can decide what they want to do with it when the time comes to clean out your house. And here’s your Instant Cactus Collection at the touch of a button!
Dumb Cane – This plant has a superpower! The sap it creates, if ingested, can cause a temporary inability to speak. WOAH! Clearly this plant is ideal for those without curious pets or small children – or on a very very high ledge. But how cool is THAT? As you may have expected, this superpower is how Dumb Cane got its name. However, it is absolutely not cool to call someone dumb so don’t be a jerk. Ahywho, this plant doesn’t like drafty windows or super cool air (it likes consistent warm temps) so that is something to consider when you’re deciding where to stash it. And to make life super easy here’s a great Dumb Cane plant (Dieffenbachia) that comes in a pot.
I also asked one of my plant experts (and a wonderful co-worker) Hannah the rule of (green) thumb for watering. Here’s the deal: the more light a plant gets, the more water it needs. Hannah’s beauties (pictured above) live in medium-low indirect light, so she only waters them about once a week. She mentioned that they’re not growing particularly quickly due to the low-ish light, but they’re doing just fine. Follow her advice and you will be a practicing plant master in no time.
Now come on, spring! Get here soon! Indoor Plants you Can’t Kill