Here in Michigan, March tends to be a long gray month that alternates between snow, rain, and the occasional hope inducing sunny day. To get me through til actual spring time hits, I like to decorate with houseplants. I have collected (and kept alive) quite a few houseplants over the years, but I always add a few new houseplant friends this time of year.
Don’t have a green thumb? I have quite a few no brainer, easy to keep alive plants that are favorite tried and true. I’m sharing my favorite 8 houseplants for your home.
What are the easiest houseplants to keep alive?
- Snake Plant
- ZZ Plant
- Faux plants ;)
All of the above plants are pretty low maintenance, as long as you put them in the right kind of light. Still not ready to be a plant mom? Don’t worry I’m sharing some of my favorite faux plants as well!
I always get questions about the different plants in our home, so I thought I would take you on a little tour and introduce you all.
It feels only right to start with my oldest plant – Mr. Benjamin Ficus. If you’ve been following a long time, you may remember this plant used to sit on our mantel at our last house. I’ve had it about 8 years now! He used to have a friend, but I made the mistake of putting that in my son’s room. My son was so helpful by watering it everyday…RIP
The Benjamin ficus prefers bright to moderate light, so he is happy by the window here. I water him once a week when the soil feels dry. Be careful not to overwater.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
The ever popular fiddle leaf fig. This plant has been with me a long time too. He’s not quite looking his best at the moment. He got caught up in a nerf gun war and tipped over. I’m sure he will bounce back soon.
These can be pretty finicky plants. They like indirect light, but with a bit of direct light. Watering can also be tricky. I like to give mine a little splash every week. Then I actually let it take a shower in my shower once a month and let it fully drain. I also really like this fertilizer.
Jade is another easy to grow houseplant. I planted 3 separate plants in this large planter about 3 years ago and they’ve really filled in nicely.
I recently added this smaller one to our living room as well.
These thrive in our south facing home because they like bright light. They also prefer a dry soil so I water sparingly once a week when the top of the soil feels dry.
This houseplant is a relatively new addition, I’ve had about a year. I sometimes struggle with the Alii Ficus because it likes a nice moist soil, but you have to be careful of root rot. This is my only plant that I water twice a week to keep happy. It also prefers higher humidity which can be difficult in the winters here. I mist it once a week to help out with that. It’s also very common for them to drop leaves in the winter, so don’t freak out if they shed a bit.
I like the easy to care for ZZ Plant for my kid’s rooms and our basement. They don’t need a ton of water and are truly low maintenance. This one in my son’s bathroom has been thriving in the indirect light here.
If you are looking for some height a snake plant is a great idea. I have one in the entry that has gotten so big.
This one on the Mr.’s nightstand is getting a little too tall for this space. I think it’s time to find him a new spot. A great excuse to go buy another plant!
They do well in pretty much any kind of light (although avoid all day direct light as they can burn) and really only need to be watered every 2-3 weeks.
Another new addition to our houseplant family. This Audrey Ficus was a bit finicky when I brought her home, but now she seems to be acclimating nicely. Once again bright indirect sunlight along with consistent watering is key here. They prefer a more moist soil.
Pilea are so fun, they are known as the friendship plant. They grow little plant babies that you can repot or give to a friend.
I just put these little guys into this pot to grow. They prefer bright indirect light and I water once a week.
Besides looking pretty they have been other benefits. Houseplants can help purify the air, boost your mood, and add humidity to your home.
Still don’t have you convinced to give houseplants a try? I’ll admit I love a good faux plant from time to time as well. Especially faux stems to give me a nice tall arrangement on our fireplace or counters.
In the summer I love to clip branches from our yard, but these are a few of my favorite faux branches for when that’s not possible.
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- Faux Green Eucalyptus
- Faux Green Petal Leaf Branch
- Faux Ficus Branch
- Articifical Smilax Leaves
- Artificial Lemon Leaf Spray
- White Cherry Blossom
Whether you have a green thumb or not, houseplants (faux or real) add so much life and color to a space! You can find source information for each image beneath each photo or as always check out the Shop Our Home page.