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House Plants 101

We’ve all been there before: you buy a new house plant to brighten up your kitchen or add some fresh air to your bedroom, and despite your best attempts at love and nurturing, it goes rogue and decides to just die on you. What’s the deal? Honestly, plants are finicky. They’re not exactly meant to live indoors, and although they can (and will!) thrive in your apartment; it takes some skill — both in caring for your plant and choosing the right plant in the first place. If you’re on the hunt for a bit of greenery that’s more accustomed to apartment living, here are a few smart options that you can find at some of our favorite plant stores.

Snake Plant. With its tall, slender leaves that inspired the cheeky nickname “Mother-in-law’s tongue”, the snake plant is an undeniably stylish plant option. Simply pop it in a well-draining pot and don’t worry about bright sunlight, because this visually interesting plant can
thrive with low light and a forgotten watering or two.

Fiddle Leaf Fig. This interior design darling is somewhat finicky, but it’s well worth the trouble when you see what a statement it makes in your home. This plant only thrives in very sunny spots, but you’ll want to make sure to keep it out of direct sunlight to keep it from scorching.  But unfortunately, if you place isn’t so sunny, this isn’t the guy for you.

Cactus. Whether you go big or small, a cactus makes a cool, Southwestern-inspired statement in the home. Keep yours in a well-draining pot in a cactus-specific potting mix, and only water once every few weeks.  The problem most people have with cactus is over watering and root-rot so this plant is built for the forgetful.

Aloe. This hardy succulent can withstand a bit of forgetfulness, so long as it has plenty of bright sunlight and the appropriate well-draining potting mix.  Added bonus when you burn yourself in the kitchen, pull off a stalk and slather the fresh aloe gel on it for instant relief!


Philodendron/Pothos. Perhaps the easiest houseplant to care for, this low-maintenance beauty requires a bit less sunlight and can easily bounce back if you miss a watering. Simply plant it in a pot with drainage holes and water when the soil becomes dry. And let us reiterate, this is really a forgiving plant and a good start for anyone new to house plants.

And if you are looking to pick up one of these guys for your place, go see our friends at Farmer’s Daughter Flowers in the North Side, Roxanne’s in the Strip or Green Sinner in Lawrenceville and go crazy.  There is no such thing as too many house plants!

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