The Itch

The Itch

Now that you have found your Houseplant Housemate, do you feel it? That itch, the need for more green babes in your house? It’s like Pringles, “once you pop, the fun don’t stop!” There are a lot of articles and blogs floating around about the top houseplants for beginners. This will be kind of like that, but a little more of an information compilation, of course featuring my beautiful plant babies!

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Let’s start with the top two you will see on any blog, the Pothos and the Sansevieria or Snake plant, as it is more commonly known. These two plants are most definitely two of the “easiest” but it depends on how you define easy. As we found out last week, people’s watering habits are different, which means their definition for easiest houseplant will differ. Pothos like for their soil to be kept moist, but are susceptible to root rot if overwatered. One way to combat this is to either wait until they show signs of wilting or stick a chopstick in the soil and see if it comes out clean and dry. Once one of these happens it is likely time to give her a little love. The nice and versatile thing about these plants is that they thrive in most light situations. They can adapt to bright direct, bright in-direct, or low light. They need a pot with good drainage and need good airflow in the environment around them. There are so many different varieties of this plant as well, so if you fall in love and get the hang of it, you can have many different beautiful Pothos adorning your home! The Pothos as well as our next plant the Sansevieria are known for their air cleaning qualities.

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The Sansevieria ranks pretty high on the NASA Guide to Air-Filtering Houseplants. There are five main toxins in our air: trichloroethylene, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and ammonia. And the Sansevieria filters 4 out of the 5. One thing to keep in mind if this is one of the main reasons for your interest in plants, in order for a human to actually benefit from the air cleaning qualities, you will need about 5 to 6 plant per person per room. Oh, shucks! More plants? How terrible! The Sansevieria is definitely one that puts up with anything and everything. The only things that are it’s kryptonite are direct sun and root rot. This is definitely an “easy” plant.

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These next two are some that I haven’t really seen in any blogs or articles. The “Lucky” Bamboo and the Avocado plant. These are both ones that can be grown in water, no dirt required and the Avocado plant you get to grow from seed. After making that yummy B.L.T.A. sandwich or spicy guacamole, rinse the seed that you removed, wrap it in a damp paper towel, place it in a Ziploc bag and set it in a dark space for a few weeks. After some time has passed, open it up and see if the roots are starting to come out. If they are peeking out take the seed, put three to four toothpicks in it to balance it on top of the water glass or vase and just keep the water level up. In a month or so you should see some pretty leaves poking out of the top. For both the Bamboo and the Avocado plants you can add beads, gravel, rocks, etc. to help filter the water and hold the roots in place. These are both really, really, easy plants to keep up with!

A few others that are pretty “easy” are the ZZ plant, Ivy, Succulents, and if you want a tree, the Ficus. Again, it’s all in what you view as “easy”! Once you have chosen your next plant, and the next one, and the next, you get to do the fun stuff, like pots, decorations, etc. but we will talk more about those aspects in the coming weeks.

Do you guys have a favorite new baby? I would love to see them!

-Jazz

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