6 easy to care for houseplants

Whenever I post a plant picture on my Instagram, I usually get multiple comments from people saying: ‘Oh I wish I could take care of plants’ or ‘I always kill plants’. So today I want to help you because I think that everyone can take care of plants. With a little bit of knowledge and the right plant for you and your space, it’ll all be well. These are 6 houseplants that I find are really easy to care for. Even when you have a black thumb…

Sansevieria

My number one easy houseplant is definitely the Sansevieria. Also called snakeplant. There are various different varieties of this plant and I love ’em all. It doesn’t really matter in what kind of light you put these. They’ll do well in bright light as well as in low light. Mine are in very shadowy corners of my room and they just don’t care. You also don’t have to water these a lot. When I went to Italy last year in Summer, I left my sansevieria in my room, in complete darkness, without any water for two weeks. And it just lived on. Now I won’t recommend not taking care of the plant at all. But it kinda shows that this plant is not fussy and really easy. And above all, they’re just really pretty.

Dracaena

Another plant that is really easy is the Dracaena. I’ve got this one on top of my closet, where there isn’t much light and since it’s up there I tend to forget to water this a lot. So it’s not getting much water at all. But it just keeps going. I like the way this looks, the leaves are very shiny and quite spiky. This one also comes in different variations.

ZZ plant

The official name of this beauty is Zamioculcas Zamiifolia, but come on who is going to remember that. So we’ll just stick with its nickname; the ZZ plant. I fell in love with this plant because of it’s shiny, almost fake looking leaves. I then read that it’s a very easy plant and I just knew I had to get one. I now have this one standing in a dark corner beside my door and it looks so good. I payed like 3 euros for this plant, which I think was definitely a bargain. Money well spent, don’t you think?! I tend to give this beauty a little bit of water every two weeks and that seems to be enough.

Spider plant

That I’m putting this plant in this post is actually kind of ironic, because I literally just threw mine away. I killed it, or rather some very annoying fungus gnats killed it. So yeah it really is a easy houseplant, just not when it gets infested with those bugs. But I guess that goes for every plant. Anyhow, I love these plants. They look really nice, they usually grow really fast and they tell you exactly when they need water. The leaves just droop and look really sad when it needs water. Which is super handy ofcourse. When the plants looks like that, you just give it a bit of water and it will go back to normal in a couple of hours. In terms of light, this plant does prefer brighter light, though it can be placed in low light as well, just not too dark.

Peperomia Obtusifolia

The Peperomia Obtusifolia was the first plant I ever bought, I think about two years ago. I was actually on the hunt for a Pilea Peperomodius, you know the one that is like super popular on Instagram. They didn’t have one, because back then they were just starting to become popular so they were still quite rare – whereas now you see them everywhere. Anyhow, I couldn’t find one and I opted for this one instead because I really didn’t want to go home empty-handed. And I’m so happy I bought this. Like I said, I’ve had this plant for two years, I still have it in the same pot as I did when I bought it and it is just thriving. It has grown so much. To the point now that I kind of want to take some cuttings, to make it a little less wild. But I am going to wait for that till Spring because that is a better season for taking cuttings. This plant is super easy. I have it on my windowsill of a south-facing window, so it does like a lot of light. But other than that it is very low maintenance. It doesn’t need a lot of water and it doesn’t really mind if you forget watering every now and then. Perfect beginner plant if you ask me!

Cacti

Last but certainly not least we’ve got cacti. It’s funny though because my love for cacti had just started recently. I never liked them, but now I really do. People change… Anyhow, cacti are usually quite easy to care for. They prefer bright light or even better direct sunlight. But when it comes to watering less is definitely more. When you have killed a cactus before, the reason is probably that you have given it too much water. They really only need a tiny bit. And right now in winter, I don’t even give them any water. So just remember that it is always better to under water than over water!

Which one do you like?

4 Comments

  1. Avatar January 18, 2019 / 17:09

    I don’t have a garden so I would love to get some houseplants but I can’t deal with anything super high maintenance plants so this post is super helpful for me!

    • Lisanne
      Lisanne
      January 18, 2019 / 17:26

      Great, that’s exactly what I was aiming for. Thanks for reading! 🙂

  2. Avatar January 20, 2019 / 12:43

    I really like cactus and need to get a few. I recently bought a Aleo Vera plant and a Spathiphyllum. I’m a newbie when it comes to plants, but I’m starting to get into it and reading about plants 🙂 I believe my next plant will be two Pilea Peperomioides cause they have pretty leaves.

    • Lisanne
      Lisanne
      January 21, 2019 / 12:57

      Nice, welcome to the plantgang! I love Aloe Vera, it’s pretty but I also like that you can use the juice in the leaves. And yeah definitely get a Pilea. They are very nice, and they’re also very easy to propagate.

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