Today I am writing a new topic for Eat, Pray & Rosé Blog, how to decorate your living space with plants… for the newbies like yours truly. I started my plant journey about 2-3 years ago when we lived in Louisiana. Every time I made a trip to Trader Joe’s, I would come home with a new plant. I mean what was I supposed to do? Their cute little succulents and cheap flowers, it’s hard to not succumb into buying them.
If you’re anything like me in 2018, then you just bring plants home to die. Well not anymore, your girl joined a plant group on Facebook. I’ve also done tons of research before buying the actual plant to see if it was something I could manage. Let me just say, I had zero hope in myself for keeping plants alive… of any kind. Therefore, if I can acquire the green thumb skill then so can you! Today I will be giving the tips I’ve learned along the way, and which plants you should actually seek to buy.
Lets start off with the decorating with plants. When you buy a pretty pot that goes with your home aesthetic then you really can’t do it wrong! I buy my pots mostly at Marshall’s or Ross’. TjMaxx has really great choices as well, and they are seriously a fourth of the cost than anywhere else. But I will try and link some similar and a few of my favorites below the photos!
My Tips For Not Killing:
- Drainage holes. Drainage holes. DRAINAGE HOLES!!!! I emphasize because in reality I had no clue every pot needed a freaking hole. Turns just because Trader Joe’s sells plants including the pot without drainage holes, doesn’t mean that it’s acceptable. No drainage holes means root rot; which means death. If you find a pot you can’t live without, by all means drill holes.
- Sunlight. You can read all about your plants and how much sun is necessary. Meanwhile, following those guidelines but always monitor your plant. Check the leaf colors, see if they have holes, or if they turn yellow. This is also a tip for when watering.
- Water. Obviously they need water. Just try your newbie best not to overwater. Most of my plants I water once a week, before doing so I check to see if the soil is dry or moist. Moist for these means no water that day.
Jade Plant | Crassula Ovata
The jade plant is actually in the succulent family. Meaning it thrives off of sunlight and neglect. Perfect for anyone starting out in their plant adventure! They come with a very low price tag, I think this exact one cost me $8 from Home Depot. So Jaden (the plants name) needs quite a bit of sun exposure, so I pretty just left her in the window seal for the first month. Recently, I just moved Jaden to her pretty new gold pot. You can see the pot is still in direct sunlight for majority of the day.
String Of Pearls | Senecio Rowleyanus
Also the wording to the right of the plant names are the actual scientific names. In case you got confused like I did. 🤪 This plant is my baby, literally. I bought from a company that sells 4 inch succulents. One day she will be big enough for a hanging pot, or a tall pot stand. Trailing plants in my opinion is a really aesthetic pleasing way to go. Plus it just adds some umph to your living quarters.
Swiss cheese Plant | Monstera Deliciosa
I still have yet to get this one a pot. Reason being, is that I plan to stake with a moss pole. These plants will grow wide but with a moss pole they attach and grow taller. Snagged this beauty for $20 from Home Depot as well.
Fiddle Leaf Fig | Ficus Lyrata
This is my most recent purchase. Ain’t she a beauty!? Finley was only $8 at Walmart! So now I guess is a great time to purchase if you want one, then if she dies you only spent $8! Fiddle leafs tend to be very moody. Meaning, they’re finicky and can be difficult for new plant caretakers. Its still in its original plastic pot, I just had my husband drill holes through the bottom of the pretty pot. I didn’t want to upset her right away. She needs to get settled a bit.
There are various ways to decorate with plants. I feel like it’s also a great way to complete a room. Especially dining, living room, or bedroom if you feel like something is missing. Plus we receive great benefits from plants. The key is to finding a perfect pot that matches your home decor, and there’s plenty to choose from. I love finding accent ones to really tie things together.
Basically what I’ve done is, if there is an awkward corner that’s just empty. Maybe even a shelf just needs one final touch. I put a plant there. You do have to make sure there is plenty of light coming in whatever spot you decide.
What do you guys think? Are you ready to be green parents? Let me know if you decide to get something!
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