I've mentioned a few (hundred) times that I like plants. I consider them my pets. I like 'pets' (and children for that matter) that are quiet and still! I blame my quiet childhood for that. Anyway, I think they can add a ton of character to a home and they clean the air. Therefore I thought I'd share a quick list of easy to love plants. The kinds that are easy to get along with. You know the type. I'm sure this has done many times before, but these are some of the less trendy plants. No fiddle-leaf figs in site. The cruel irony of all this is that I had to use a couple of old photos (which is fine because I almost have as many photos of my plants as my kids) because I recently did some re-potting and all of my plants except for the first two are looking a little dicey. But I have faith they'll all be thriving in a couple weeks! I kept my descriptions on care as simple as possible but click on the name for more detailed instructions.
1. Bird's Nest Fern. I just got this plant about a month ago (at Johnson's in DC if you're local and looking for one). If you follow Urban Tastes on Instagram, you've definitely seen it around. It is amazing. It is gorgeous. It is unique. And so far it's been a cinch to keep alive. I keep it in a room with two windows, but the curtains are often closed so it doesn't seem to need too much light. Keep moist.
2. Snake Plant: Another survivor. This one generally stays in a room with almost no light (in the front hallway which has a transom that amounts to almost no light because it's covered by our porch). Water occasionally (I water mine 1x /week max). Also, I don't normally keep it in this vintage white mixing bowl, but I should.
4. Shamrock Plant / Oxalis: likes plenty of light but will bounce back pretty quickly if it's not getting enough light or water, which is comforting. Let dry out between watering (I water mine about 1x/wk)
5. Bromeliads: There are tons of varieties of this plant. These plants flower too. They form one big flower that can last for ages. The one I had lasted for nearly a year! After it blooms, it forms new, genetically identical offshoots called pups which then flower (mine hasn't flowered yet). They are very easy to keep alive. Water infrequently (I water mine about 1x/wk or less). As there are many varieties, the general rule for light is the softer the leaves, the less light it needs.
For the DC Locals: the best places to get plants are Johnson's which is where I generally go because it's closest (but most expensive), Behnke's (out past IKEA in Beltsville---definitely worth the trip: it's a cool place with seemingly better prices than Johnson's and they have TONS of plants) and obviously there's IKEA (very cheap) and Home Depot (pretty cheap). Know of any other good nurseries? What are your favorite plants?