One thing I have slowly introduced to our home is live plants. Indoor plants are known to remove toxins from the air in your home as well as bring some of the outdoors in. It’s been a popular interior trend for the last few years. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon because I like how the plants add greenery indoors and can instantly lift a space.
I thought I’d share some of the indoor plants that I’ve kept alive, as well as the ones that didn’t survive. There are so many articles online of what indoor plants are easy to look after, but I’ve still managed to kill some of them.
Indoor Plants I’ve Kept Alive
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The first indoor plant we introduced into our living room was the Fiddle Leaf Fig. Apparently they are no longer ‘in’, but the cost of investment won’t see me chucking this plant away. I love where it’s placed in the corner of our living room and we don’t do very much with it, apart from water it. I have a moisture matic which does the watering for me. I just have to check the level of the water. The plant is still fairly healthy after a year and a bit, although there are a few brown spots and this is said to be because of over-watering or too much sunlight. We’ve had the blind up for the sunlight to beam in, so I think this may be the cause. Or our moisture matic may be giving too much water. I’m not too concerned about the brown spots. For me, it’s proof it’s alive.
On our dining table we have a Birdsnest Fern. I haven’t watered it as often as I should have and it isn’t fairing too good at present, yet it’s still green. But I think a bit of extra water and a little extra shaded light will help this little plant start to thrive again. I also need to give it a bit of a prune to remove the dead leaves.
In the dining room and on our TV cabinet we have a Zanzibar Gem and hands down, this plant is the easiest to care for indoors. A little watering (when I remember) keeps this plant flourishing. It can survive fully indoors. Occasionally, the one near the dining room has been taken outside as it doesn’t get any sunlight in its position. If you’re after an indoor plant that requires little looking after and has deep green foliage, this one would be one to consider.
I have no idea what type of ivy plant this is, but I did purchase it from Bunnings and it was in the shaded section of plants. I liked it as soon as I saw it and so far, so good. It sits on the other side of our TV cabinet. It’s still living, but hasn’t grown much.
Jade Plant – AKA Money Tree
Outside, we have a Jade Plant which is also known as a money tree. We have this in a planter pouch, on the coffee table where it gets shaded sunlight. Hardly water this one as well. Seems to be thriving in its spot. We originally had this inside on the buffet but leaves started to fall off and we knew we had to move it so it would survive.
On the outdoor dining table we have an Aloe Vera. I need to change the soil in this one because there is a bit of algae in the pot. But this plant seems to be really hardy too. It’s not quite thriving, but it’s definitely surviving.
Peace Lily & Arum Lily
In the kitchen we have Peace Lily. It hasn’t flowered this spring, but it’s still alive and surviving in it’s spot on the kitchen bench. Due to this one doing so well, I bought an Arum Lily for a pom pom basket I was given from my neighbour. Just love the flower on this one.
Herbs – Chives, Parsley and Basil
Also on our kitchen bench, we have herbs. The mint hasn’t survived at all, but the chives, parsley and basil have. These are great in the kitchen when cooking (saves me having to go outside to retrieve herbs). I will have to replace the mint with something else.
Korean Rock Fern
On my desk I have a small fern which gets little sunlight and gets watered around once a week. So far it’s going ok. Unfortunately I don’t have the name of this type of fern, but after looking online, I think it’s a Korean Rock Fern.
In the main bathroom, we have succulents. These are fake and from Kmart. Best plants I’ve bought as they occasionally need a dust and no watering. They haven’t let me down yet. You can get similar here.
The indoor plants that died
There have been a few plants that haven’t survived inside. One was our palm Kokodema. Jacob killed this one because he didn’t use the worm juice to water it.
We have killed a fiddle leaf fig – well the girls did by taking all the green leaves off it. We did try to save it, but it wouldn’t grow.
My string of pearls also died. I was really sad about this one because I really liked it.
Indoor plants that are difficult to kill
If you’re after a list of indoor plants that are difficult to kill, here are my suggestions
- Zanzibar Gem
- Peace lily
- Jade Plant
I haven’t invested in bigger plants, simply because they are a bit more expensive to purchase and you need to also buy the right pot or basket to house it. Smaller pots and pouches are much more affordable and the plants to fill them are also budget-friendly.
Pots and Pouches
When using a planter pouch, ensure you have a plate to sit at the bottom of the pouch to prevent mould growing on the bottom of the pouch. This catches the water when you water the plants.
Here are some of my fave planters online:
Miss Pots Spotty Pouch (On Sale) $10-15 each
Miss Pots Stripe Pouch $29.95-$39.95
Pillow Talk Rio Rancho Fabric Basket (can only be purchased instore) $9.00
Have You Met Miss Jones Pot $26.95
Etch Pocket Planter $14.95
Geraldine Cement Pot Planter $29.95
What is your favourite indoor plant – one that you’ve kept alive? Got any indoor plant tips?
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