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Best House Plants for the not-so-savvy green thumb

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Not-So-Savvy Green Thumb 

(n.) An expression used to describe someone's lack of affinity/skill at gardening or growing plants.

Despite my best efforts, I am constantly battling overwatering, drying out, too much sunshine and not enough light with my poor house plants.  Over the years, I have learned which plants best tolerate my lack of innate ability to keep a basic house plant alive. From adding a pop of color to promoting a positive wellbeing, not to mention, naturally purifying the air, house plants can be an integral part in enhancing your indoor spaces. Below is my personal list of tips and top 4 house plants for any beginner.

HOUSE PLANTS 101:

The two most common signs- you and your new plant's relationship is in trouble.

YELLOW LEAVES: The most common reason that plants' leaves turn yellow is because of moisture stress, which can be from either over watering or under watering. If you have a plant that has yellow leaves, check the soil in the pot to see if the soil is dry.

BROWN LEAVES: When houseplants get brown tips on their leaves, it's generally an indication of poor watering habits. The best way to water a houseplant is to thoroughly flush it until water runs freely out the drainage holes. Shallow watering can cause brown tips on the leaves.

 

Below are my all-time favorite (and forgiving) plants for the not-so-savvy green thumb!

Bonsai is the Japanese art in which small trees mimic the scale and shape of a full-size tree. How cute are these lil manicured beauties! Bonsai's are ideal for apartments because of 1.) their size and 2.) the Ficus Bonsai is one of the lowest maintenance of all. The Ficus Bonsai thrives in warm environments, so indoors is ideal. They require high sunlight, but can survive the occasional extra love of over-OR forgetfulness of under watering.

The Snake Plant can probably survive an apocalypse aka me.  Its tough leavescan tolerate low light (though it'll thrive most in medium or bright light). Water occasionally, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. The plant grows best in typical indoor temps—between 60 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Iron Plant can survive in low light, poor soil, and with minimal water, making it one of the most durable indoor plants. The deep green leaves also make for a stunning pop of color in your home.

If you have a bad habit of killing delicate plants but still want a feminine touch, you're likely to have better luck with the Peace Lily. This plant can survive in very dim settings (ideal if your home doesn't have a lot of natural light), and only requires watering once a week. Peace lilies will even grow well under fluorescent lights, making them a good option for bathrooms or offices with little light.