Oh houseplants! There is nothing better to make your house feel fresh & to bring a natural peace into any space. They purify your air & bring cheer in the dreary months. I grew up in a home with lots of plants & my grandmothers always had very interesting plants in their homes too. My first house plant was an ivy plant when I was about 8 years old. I tried to grow a vine 10 feet long & was devastated when it died. Even since then I have always had some kind of plants where ever I have lived.
Over the past few years I have enjoyed caring for plants that had once belonged to my Grandmas' when they were still with us. I have a Christmas Cactus that was a clipping from my Grandma Alta's original plant. My sister also has one & its so fun to have something that still feels very connected to her.
Some plants I keep for years & others I keep seasonally for as long as they thrive. I have tried a great many different types of plant & have found the ones that work for me. Don't be hard on yourself if you struggle from time to time. There are a few types that I can't seem to keep alive(like a cyclamen for example) & others that I can't seem to kill. I have had some awesome aloe plants the last few years that keep growing into giants so I give them away & start over with the babies.
I suggest trying a few different types & going with the ones that work for you & your lifestyle. Because I often travel I need plants that are hardy enough to go without water for more than a few days. Ideally I like to train mine to be watered about every two weeks but it takes a while to stretch that out & you have to keep an eye on them when they are new or when the length of daylight is changing.
Here are a few that are in my living space this season:
String Of Pearls - I first fell in love with this type at my friend Jesse's house. She has had one for the past few years & I wanted one after seeing hers! He is just so different than anything else! He is like a delicate succulent with wild hair. I had a special order one from a garden nursery but they are commonly found in bigger cities with more choices. I've only had him for a few weeks but so far I'm loving it!
Aloe Vera (left) & Christmas Cactus (right) - This Aloe plant was a baby shoot off one of my giants last summer. I love to have an aloe plant for it's look & it's many natural uses not to mention it is one of the best air purifiers! An Aloe is a great starter plant because it's easy to tell that it needs water when it starts to get thin. Just give it a drink to plump it up again & it's a quick recovery!
- This Christmas Cactus is not currently blooming but it does get bright hot pink blooms in the winter. I love just the way the foliage looks all year long. I also find it to be very hearty & loves a bright window. Another great one for a beginner! This one is actually a clipping from a clipping from my Grandmothers plant. It's around 3 years old & almost ready for a bigger pot.
Succulents - Who doesn't love a succulent? I joined that bandwagon a couple of years ago & haven't gotten off. This is more of a seasonal one for me because they seem to outgrow their pot or I end up using them in flower arrangements. Over the past few years I have had lots of succulents & they each seem to have so much personality. I also love giving them as a gift because I think they suit just about any living space or lifestyle.
Crispy Fern (on the left) - This one is hard to describe because you really have to feel it to know why I love it so much. It makes a crunching noise as you touch it & feels so like smooth plastic that most people don't realize it's real. Not only is it real but in fact it is one of the best air purifies in nature! It removes harmful particles from the air & replenishes the oxygen in your home. It's a great one if you have a low light situation or are just looking for some green eye candy.
Wishing you great luck on your plant adventuring!
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