For years, I’ve always been known as the Black Thumb of our household.
Give me the heartiest of plants and I’ll show you how to kill it.
Overwatering, underwatering, too much sunlight, too little sunlight…I’ve pretty much done it all. However, with this New Year I’ve made a resolution to change all that. I’m determined and motivated to finally become that weird plant lady that names her house plants like members of the family and has occasional conversations with them without shame.
Goals, people. Goals.
For a few months now I’ve been researching different plant types and care instructions and have a game plan to add a bit of greenery (yes — it WILL stay green!!!) to our new house. I’ve narrowed it down to 4 different styles of plants that each have their own unique personalities and style — just like us.
Meyer Lemon Tree
If you follow me on INSTAGRAM, you’ve already been introduced to the first official resident of our renovation house — Lulu The Meyer Lemon Tree. LuluLemon — get it!? I can’t take credit for the name though. My kids came up with that one.
I’ve always loved the look of indoor citrus trees, but have been intimidated by the idea of actually growing them myself. From what I’ve been told, the trees are relatively low maintenance and require only a deep soak watering once a week, or so, along with tons of natural light and consistent temperatures between 55-75 degrees. I can handle that — I think!?
Once they’re settled and happy the trees bloom in the spring with fragrant blossoms and self-pollinate to produce edible fruit. I have visions of Meyer Lemon curd and lemon meringue pies in my future!
If you visualize it, it will come… or so I tell myself.
Fiddle Leaf Fig/ Ficus Tree
I came home with a lemon tree the other day, but the main reason I hauled to the nursery was to look at a 5′ Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree that I was told was in stock. Are you familiar with these trees? I bet you’ve seen them dozens of times in decor images and just never realized what they were. Their broad, dark green waxy leaves lend to a lot of the decor styles on trend right now. They’re also notoriously finicky and easily prone to disease… but once you get them happy, oh man. It’s so worth it.
The reason I didn’t come home with this 5′ Fiddle Leaf was that it was in fact a 6’+ tree and had a GIGANTIC canopy. It was a beast and I was scared. Yes, a plant scared me. I thought a plant lady novice like me should start simpler with more manageable house plants. I passed on that Fiddle Leaf Fig, but come Spring when more house plant inventory gets delivered you better believe I’ll be on the hunt again!
In the meantime, I’ve been eyeing a few online resources like AMAZON for the Fiddle Leaf. Has anyone ordered one of these plants online? It’s tempting… especially if it doesn’t involve getting potting soil all over the trunk of my car.
Are you folks over these little guys yet?
Even if they lose their current “trend” status, I’ll always have a place in my heart for succulents. In addition to being small, cute and pretty to look at they’re also ridiculously easy to care for — like, almost no care required. My kind of plant. This plant loves light and only needs to be watered once the soil is completely dry.
If only we were all this easy to please.
I sprinkle assorted succulents in planters throughout the house. They’re great for decor in small spaces and add that touch of greenery that completes a room. You can find them in stores locally (LOWES, HOME DEPOT, WORLD MARKET, garden stores, etc.) but they can also be easily ordered online. I’ve ordered from this ETSY SHOP and was really pleased with the product they sent. Did I mention that succulents were super affordable!? You can bring home a little guy for under $5.
I have yet to meet a multitasking product/thing that I didn’t like. Cooking herbs like thyme, rosemary, basil and cilantro not only look beautiful when potted, but save you money in the long term. Is anyone else offended by the $3-5 you have to pay for those little grocery store plastic containers of fresh herbs?! I plan to scatter a few SMALL POTS OF HERBS on my open kitchen shelving. The light from the window will keep them happy, and not spending $5 every time I need a tablespoon of chopped herbs will keep me happy.
Do you have any favorite houseplants? Also, any pro tips for a gardening novice like me? This girl could use all of the help she can get!