So now that you've had a good look around our apartment (thanks for stopping by, you babes!) you'll have noticed that I have a little bit of a thing for plants. Isaac will laugh like a drain at the casual nature of the previous sentence and argue instead that it's more like a pathological mania (ever long-suffering, he has carried home many a giant plant in the course of our relationship-exhibit A). I can't help it though. I grew up with a mother who considered no room complete without something green, and it's a habit I've inherited, as well as a sort of in-built sense of what plants need, and an ever-present and rather maternal yen to keep my growing (literally) collection happy.
A few sweet readers with self-professed black thumbs asked where they might be going wrong, so I thought I'd share a list of five of the most patient and hardy house plants I know. But first, here's a piece of advice- the biggest mistake I've noticed people make with houseplants is when they view them as mere ornaments, which of course they are, really. But that's a problem. Because, and I know this sounds a little loopy (crazy plant lady alert) in order to have a happy plant-filled home, you should view them more like pets. Yep. In order for house plants to thrive, they truly need a domestic pet level of commitment, and an environment that absolutely works for their needs, which of course vary wildly by species and size. Buying a plant that requires full sun, lots of humidity and daily watering is not going to work for you if you live in a basement and take a bunch of vacations. It's the equivalent of buying a hamster and then expecting it to live happily in a fish tank- certain death shall certainly ensue, despite everyone's best intentions (poor hamster!). But the good new is that for every finicky Persian cat of a plant that needs daily grooming and a velvet pillow to stay content, there's a dependable and darling tortoise who's happy with salad scraps and a cardboard box for napping. The five plants below certainly fall into that latter category and are also inexpensive, garden store staples (I'll also have a post in the coming weeks with some more finicky and pricey girls for you to adopt, should you dare).
1) ZZ Plant