Each time I get a new plant I research how to take care of it, like good plant owners should! Here’s a running tab of the plants I own and how to take care of them!
Pothos (Golden – on the right and Marble Queen – on the left)
Super easy to grow. Can survive in most situations, but prefers bright indirect sunlight indoors. Well draining soil is important, as they don’t like to stay soggy, but do let the soil dry out before watering. Keeping your Pothos above 50F is ideal, while it really likes 65-75F. These plants really like humidity, but can also thrive in low humidity. During growing months, fertilizing monthly or bi monthly is recommended. Make sure pets and kids don’t chomp on this plant, as it is toxic and can cause complications, and can even be fatal. Regular potting soil is good for this plant.
Northern Maidenhair Fern
This picky fern likes partial to full shade and prefers moist but well-draining soil, though do not let it dry out. Many sites state this is an easy to grow plant indoors….. it has been super finicky for me. Humidity is a must, it does not like dry air from vents and heaters.
Ficus Pumila Variegata (Creeping Fig)
This plant prefers a bright room, but does not like direct sunlight. Keep steadily moist, but don’t allow it to sit in water. Any good, fast-draining potting soil will likely do for creeping fig. Really easy to care for! I usually hang it from my kitchen window, the long tendrils hand down and are really pretty!
A well-draining potting mix, such as those made for cacti and succulents is essential for this plant. Bright indirect sunlight will keep this plant happy. Water thoroughly but sparsely, as it is a succulent.
Calathea White Fusion
Up there with the fern on pickiness. BUT such a beautiful plant. This plant likes indirect bright light, direct sunlight will cause the marbling to fade, and burn the leaves. Humidity is a must! Mist the plant, and or keep it on a pebble tray with water. Keeping the soil moist but not wet is important, frequent but little amounts of water is best. You can wipe dust off with a damp rag, but don’t use leaf shine, it can damage the foliage. 65-75F is what this plant needs. It does not like hard water, or flouride rich water. I water my plant with filtered water from my Berkey.
Medium to bright indirect light is preferred for this plant. Soil is very important, good draining mix is needed to keep the roots from rotting. I have mine in a mix of Orchid bark, perlite, and sphagnum moss. Water regularly, but let the soil to dry out slightly in between waterings and reduce watering in fall and winter. Mist the foliage of the indoor houseplants occasionally, they like humid environments. I keep my apartment at around 60% humidity.
These plants like bright light, but stay away from hot direct sunlight. Water thoroughly but let the soil dry out between. I water mine every 2 weeks in the winter, and will increase to every week in the spring and summer. Keep away from drafts, it will be happy in a 65 – 75 degree house; if you’re comfortable, it probably is too. It originates in a humid environment, but can do well in dry climates too. Like i said above, my apartment is kept around 60% humidity.
String of pearls
Like most succulents, this plant is drought tolerant. Planting in a pot with good drainage soil suitable for cati. Soak the soil thoroughly in when watering, let the top soil dry out before watering again.
Orchids do not like “wet feet” or for the roots to stay wet. I water mine with an ice cube a day, or 2 every two days. A chunky orchid mix is best so the roots can breathe. Bright indirect light is best. Humidity is a must! I mist my orchid every few days, and keep my apartment relatively humid.
Fuzzy Wandering Jew
This plant thrives in bright, indirect light. Keeping high humidity or misting plants keeps spider mites away. These plants are happy as long as they’re not kept soaked or allowed to be completely dry too long. Keeping the soil evenly moist is the best. More organic matter in the soil will keep your plant very happy. Perilite, peat moss, soil and if you have it, a little rich compost.
The Purple Shamrock is best grown in partial shade. They are known to be toxic to pets, luckily my dog doesn’t touch my plants, but keep in mind!
Monstera Adansonii (wide and narrow forms)
This cool “swiss cheese” plant loves bright indirect light, it originates from the jungles in Central and South America. Adding peat to the soil mix will help keep moisture, as this plant likes to not be wet, but moist. I mix together orchid, peat, perlite, and regular potting soil. Being from the jungle, this plant loves humidity! Keeping it in a bright bathroom or kitchen would work, or misting it regularly!
Philodendrons love bright indirect light. Similar care to the Monsteras I have 🙂 Keep away from children and pets, as they are toxic.
Calathea’s need humidity, these are no exception. High humidity, I keep a humidifier around for when my apartment gets dry, and mist my plants frequently. You can also set humidity loving plants on a pebble tray with water! Bright, indirect light is best; direct sunlight can burn the delicate leaves. They are not a fan of heavy watering, like my other calathea, frequent small waterings have served me well.
Birkins are fans of moderate to bright indirect light. As most philodendrons do, it thrives in humid environments! Keep away from children and pets, as they are toxic.