P.S. Design For You // Mastering the Green Thumb

Call us crazy plant ladies but we can all agree that a room just doesn’t quite feel complete without our beloved plants.  A pop of green can liven up any space, especially when it is paired with a fun and unique container.  But what about those of us who don’t exactly have the green thumb?  Sure, artificial plants have come a long way, but must we always surrender to them?  We’re giving you the foolproof way to keeping your plants alive and thriving!

There are a variety of plants that can withstand just about anything.  All it takes is a little TLC and they’re happy.  Here are some of our favorite low-maintenience go-tos!

1. Tillandsia (Air Plants)

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Tillandsia are rootless plants that get nutrients through their leaves.  These unique plants have curly tendrils with a soft green hue.  We can't help but love them for a cool coastal vibe.

How to care:

  • Water: Mist your air plant about once a week with a spray bottle.  If your plant needs some more lovin', you can soak it in a tub or sink in room temperature water for about 10 minutes.  Drain your plant by placing it upside down on a towel until completely dry.
  • Light: Air plants like bright, filtered light. 
  • Feed: If you feel like your plant is in need of a little pick me up, you can add some bromeliad fertilizer to your spray bottle.  You'll only have to do this every two months.

How to style:

Air plants are a great accent to any space.  They grow in many fun shapes and sizes!  Place them in a bowl on your coffee table, mount them to wooden board to hang as wall art, or simply display them in a book shelf.

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Source: gardenfuzzgarden.com

Source: gardenfuzzgarden.com

2. Fiddle Leaf Fig

Design: Studio McGee / Photo: Lindsay Salazar

Design: Studio McGee / Photo: Lindsay Salazar

Okay, so maybe this one isn't THE easiest to take care of but we promise, it's worth the effort!  Fiddle Leaf Figs are strong and sturdy plants with the ability to grow tall and full.

How to care:

  • Water: Give it a nice soak when the top inch of soil is dry.  FLFs like their roots to dry out and then to be quenched.  After the first couple waterings, you'll get into a rhythm of when the next watering should be.  Depending on if the weather is dry or humid, will indicate when your plant is ready be watered.
  • Light: Place your Fiddle Leaf in a bright spot with indirect lighting.  If the sun is beating directly on your FLF, their leaves will become brown and you'll notice burn spots.
  • Feed: Fertilize once a month with the exception of winter time.  Winter is when the growth of the plant slows down, so there is no need for extra food.
  • Re-pot: You know it's time to transplant when the roots start to make their way out of the bottom of the pot.  It is best to re-pot in a container two to three inches bigger than your plant.  This will give your Fiddle Leaf room to grow.
  • Clean:  The large leaves are prone to collect dust.  Simply wipe the leaves clean with a soft dust cloth.  

How to style:

You can't really go wrong when styling with a Fiddle Leaf Fig.  They look great in just about any container.  Go with a more natural look like a woven basket, or funk it up with pop of color.  If your FLF is a taller, you can place it in the corner of your room to balance out a sofa, armchair or credenza.  If it is on the smaller side, it can be the perfect touch for a desk or side table.

3. Philodendron

Source: The Home Depot Garden Club

Source: The Home Depot Garden Club

This plant can make anyone feel like they're an accomplished horticulturist, that's how easy they are to take care of.  These climbing creatures are fast growers and do tend to take over if you don't give them the occasional trim.  Philodendron are also natural air purifiers, whats not to love about them?

How to care:

  • Water: Philodendrons are pretty forgiving if you miss their watering.  It's time for a watering when the vine begins to droop. Take them outside and give them a good soak and let sit to drain.  The satisfaction of a perked up plant is priceless! 
  • Light: The best part about these plants is that they're content in pretty much any light.  High light, low light, medium light, you name it!

How to style:

Philodendrons deep green leaves can make your room pop, especially in contrast with cool colors. We like these plants particularly for hanging baskets.  Their long and wild vines drape nicely creating a lush, dramatic effect. 

4. Virginia Blue Fern

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

Design: Pure Salt Interiors / Photo: Stephanie Anderson

We love the Virginia Blue Fern for its dainty foliage and bluish hues!  True to fern form, this plant loves humidity.  That's why we think the bathroom is the perfect spot for it!

How to care:

  • Water: Watering a Virginia Blue Fern is very important!  Do not let the soil dry out between waterings but don't let the soil get too soggy either.  Even moisture is key!
  • Light: Grows best under moderate to high, indirect light

How to style:

This delicate fern pairs well with a petite pot offsetting your kitchen or bathroom sink.  It may be used as an accent plant for a display or stand alone.  Though it is a slow grower, it can grow tall so pruning may be required to keep its small shape.

5. Snake Plant

Design: Suburban B's / Photo: Kelli Kroneberger

Design: Suburban B's / Photo: Kelli Kroneberger

The Snake Plant is resilient and oh-so-easy to care for.  It can be neglected for longer than we'd like to admit and yet it still looks fresh and vibrant.  We love its funky, linear shape, giving off a cool and modern vibe.

How to care:

  • Water: This plant is a drought tolerant plant so watering is a piece of cake.  It only needs to be watered about once a month.  It is best to let the soil dry out between each watering.
  • Light:  Snake Plants can tolerate low light but do best in indirect sunlight.

How to style:

Because of its architectural shape, the Snake Plant is great for a mid-century modern vibe.  Whether it is tucked in the corner of an entry way or grouped with a few other accents, you can't go wrong with a Snake Plant.

 

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