My friends and I love adding new houseplants to our homes, so I knew I had to recruit them to help me out on this post! Mary and Megan are two of my very best friends, and whenever we hang out, we almost always end up at a plant shop (I’ll include a few photos of our plant excursions lol). I had each of them pick three of their favorite plants and write a little blurb about the plants/how to take care of them. They’re both super knowledgeable when it comes to plants, so if y’all have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask away!
A FEW TIPS ON CARING FOR HOUSEPLANTS…
- Don’t overwater! As much as you want to feel like you’re caring for your plants, overwatering is doing more harm than good. It’s much easier to revive a plant that has been dried out for too long than it is to revive a plant that has gotten root rot from being watered too much.
- Use pots that have drain holes. I break this rule every now and then, but it’s typically a smart idea to keep your plants in pots that have drainage holes so your plant doesn’t get root rot from too much water sitting at the bottom of the pot.
- Keep your plant in the nursery pot for at least a few days once you bring it home so it can get acclimated to its new environment. Repotting your plant too soon after bringing it home can shock it.
- Give your plant the adequate light it needs. You may think the more light the better, but some plants have leaves that are susceptible to burning if it gets too much direct light! Be sure to look at the tag when you’re buying a plant so you can make sure your home can give it the proper light it needs.
Time to get to the fun part…the actual houseplants! We picked our favorites (which wasn’t easy), and are sharing the 411 on each of them. Grab a cup of coffee and learn about alllll the plants with us! 🙂
Monstera Deliciosa (Nicole’s pick)
Ahh, one of my favorite plants of all time (cue the heart eyes)! There are quite a few variations of this plant, and it’s one of the more popular houseplants out there. I have two of these guys – a baby one and a huuuuuge one! Mary actually gave me the giant one after it outgrew her apartment, and I’m absolutely in love with it! It pops out different sized leaves all the time. Some are smaller and without holes, and some are bigger than my head with beautiful cuttings in it.
It’s a tropical plant so it loves bright indirect light and humidity, but mine doesn’t get very much with light where I have it, and it still grows like crazy! I like to spray the leaves with some water every couple days or so during the drier months so it still gets some moisture. I water it when the top couple inches of the soil is dry, which is typically about every week or two. Such an easy plant to take care of, and adds a beautiful tropical feel to your home!
Ficus Elastica – Rubber Plant (Nicole’s pick)
I think I own three different Rubber Plant variations, but the Ficus Elastica (Ruby) is probably my favorite! This was my first big plant purchase, and it’s still one of my favorite plants in my home. The pink, peach, and green leaves look like they were watercolored on – I’ve never seen anything like it! This plant grows like crazy in the summertime, and thrives in a warm climate. I bought it around August of last year, and left it on the porch where it got tons of bright indirect sunlight and lots of humidity, and I think it popped out six giant leaves within a couple weeks!
The care for this plant is very similar to the Monstera that I discussed above. Give it as much indirect sunlight as you can, but it won’t get too upset if it doesn’t get a ton. Water it when the top couple inches of soil is dry, and mist the leaves every few days to act as humidity in the drier months. Also be sure to keep the leaves clean and shiny, as that is where the plant takes in the sunlight! This guy is extremely easy to take care of, and requires little to no effort.
Philodendron Hederaceum – Heart Shape Philodendron (Mary’s pick)
I love plants so much, so it is really hard for me to just choose 3! But as of right now, the Heart Shape Philodendron takes my #1 spot. This plant was one of my first ones and the fact that it is still thriving says a lot, because when I first started out in the plant world, I had no idea what I was doing. This plant is a very simple plant, and that’s one of the main reasons why I love it. Its leaves are a beautiful deep green, and if taken care of properly the leaves will grow almost as big as your hand! Obviously depending on the size of your hand but you know what I mean haha. It also is a vining plant so it will look like those amazing Pinterest photos you see and wish you could have.
For the care of this plant, there really isn’t much to it which is why I, along with so many other people have such success with it. I have mine in a North East facing window so it doesn’t get a ton of light, but that’s mostly because I live in an apartment that doesn’t get a lot of direct sunlight. This plant will do good in pretty much any area you put it in, as long as it is getting some sunlight. With any plants, even though they may be sold as a low light plant, all plants are much happier with even a little sunlight. Another reason why I love this plant is because it will tell you when it needs water! I notice the leaves will start to curl in like a taco shape, and that’s when I know I need to water it (depending on the time of year, is about every other week). Honestly I could go on for another 5 paragraphs about why I love this plant, but I will stop here and get on to the next one!
Ceropegia – String of Hearts (Mary’s pick)
Ahhh the String of Hearts, most everyone’s top favorite plant and for good reason. Its succulent-like leaves with super long trailing vines are amazing. This plant does not need a lot of talking up because once you get it in your home and watch it grow like crazy, you will fall in love. I wasn’t too sure about this plant at first because I heard so much hype around it and whenever I would find one, it was always so expensive which is why it took me a little bit to bite the bullet.
With this particular plant, it really thrives with you not paying attention to it. I know, amazing right? You spend most of the time just admiring it and letting it do its own thing without hardly touching it! With this plant and a lot of my other succulent plants, I will do the “taco test” to see if it needs water. With succulents, they retain water in their leaves which makes sense because they have very thick leaves. So when I want to check to see if it needs water, which honestly is probably once a month, I will pinch a few of the leaves in a taco shell like way. If the leaf feels sturdy and firm, it doesn’t need water, but if you pinch it and it is flimsy and frail, that means it needs water! The last thing I will say about the String of Hearts is it grows SO fast. When I first got it (which was about a year ago) it was maybe 6in long and now it is well over 3 feet and almost touching my floor. That’s one of the most rewarding things to see in your plants, because you know you’re doing something right!!
Any of the “string” plants are beautiful, so easy to take care of, and grow insanely fast! “String of Bananas” (pictured), “String of Pearls” (pictured), and “String of Dolphins” are among my favorites! My String of Hearts is still a little baby (white pot), and Mary’s is the long one pictured next to it (grey pot). Like Mary said, any of these string plants thrive on you not paying attention to them (perfect, right?!) – Nicole
Aglaonema – Chinese Evergreen – Silver Queen (Mary’s pick)
Now I am kind of cheating because the Chinese Evergreen, in particular the Aglaonema Silver Queen, is a new addition to my plant babies. The moment I saw this beauty, I knew I needed to have it. I was so attracted to its long leaf shape and the green-on-green variegation.
What I have noticed and what I have heard with most Aglaonema, is they are pretty low-maintenance which is music to my ears. I have put it in two very different spots in my home, the first being on my kitchen table which gets no direct light and very defused light throughout the day. When I had it there, it honestly wasn’t doing anything which is not necessarily a bad thing. If you don’t see any new growth but the plant is still alive (no spots or anything like that), the plant should be okay. Currently I have it in my windowsill which gets a lot of bright indirect light, and I have noticed a ton of new growth. I haven’t had this issue at all, but I’ve heard that the leaves will start to burn if it gets too much direct light. Now with watering, I will usually let the top 2/3 soil dry out then give it a good watering (which is about every other week, sometimes every third week). This plant speaks for itself and can grow to be a beautiful, big, glorious floor plant if you take good care of it!
Never Never Plant – Stromanthe Triostar (Megan’s pick)
My Never Never plant is one of the newer plants in my house. The leaves are long and have a beautiful set of three colors that consist of green, white and pink.
This plant is a pretty easy one to take care of as long as you water it once the soil is dry, and give it consistent light. This plant likes part sun, part shade so I have it in a North-facing window in my bedroom that is able to get enough light. I tend to rotate this plant every once in a while as the leaves like to reach for the sun.
This is one of my favorites too! Mine is still a baby (pictured), but they can grow to be huge! Such a pretty and unique addition to your plant collection. – Nicole
Velvet Philodendron – Philodendron Micans (Megan’s pick)
This plant caught my eye the second I saw it in Mary’s hands in a plant shop here in Bellingham one day! It’s leaves look (and feel) like it’s made out of velvet, and has the most beautiful deep green color with a hue of purple/red in the leaves. Philodendrons are so beautiful when they have new growth. Their little baby leaves are so much fun to watch as they mature to a full size leaf.
I water this plant as soon as the soil feels dry. I also rotate this plant so that the new growth isn’t only on one side!
Megan and I got this plant on the same day, and I’m just as obsessed as she is! The photo above is Megan holding her Velvet Philodendron the day she got it about two months ago. One of the easiest plants to care for! – Nicole
Satin Pothos – Scindapsus Pictus ‘ARGYRAEUS’ (Megan’s pick)
I have two Satin Pothos in my house and they are so forgiving! After I moved, I placed one of them in a corner and totally forgot about it. When I remembered, it was nearly dead and sooooo dried out. Thankfully, it popped right back and is doing so well now!
With these, I tend to only water them once every other week or if I notice the soil is dry. I don’t rotate these plants, as I want them to trail on one side. I also try not to move mine because they are actually able to crawl and trail up walls or any other materials you have them around!
Yet another one of my favorites! I have a couple of them as well, and love how unique the leaves are. The sparkling silver on them is stunning! – Nicole
Props to you if you’ve made it to the end of this post! As you can probably tell, we LOVE our houseplants! Owning plants really isn’t as intimidating as it may seem (I thought I had a black thumb until I actually learned about the plants I was caring for). They add such a beautiful natural element to the room, and provide fresh, pure air for your home!