I have to admit that I am very envious of people like my father-in-law or my friend Carissa who are able to grow great vegetable gardens. I've tried once or twice, and failed every time. Luckily, my father-in-law shares plenty of what he reaps- at this moment there is a giant zucchini in my kitchen waiting to go to good use. Soon, my precious. However, I have been able to successfully keep my houseplants alive. I love having plants in our house. They help with air quality and they add a vibrant texture to our decor. Most of our houseplants reside in our living room, where they get plenty of light from our giant picture window. I have been expanding though, and my most recent addition is living happily in the dining room. When that plant joined the family I repotted all our bigger pieces, and a few weeks ago while Josh was out of town I entertained myself by doing the same with our succulents. That's what got me thinking about writing this post! While it wasn't intentional, most of my plants pop up on hard-to-kill lists, which certainly makes keeping them alive much easier. Luckily several of these, like the snake plant, dracaena, and aloe also pop up on lists of plants that improve air quality. For instance, I have 5 out of 10 of the plants on So Haute's list below
My aloe plant though had seen better days. It was actually a housewarming gift from our friend Eddie in 2009 and I had yet to repot it. Which explains why it was rather unhappy. So, one recent Sunday afternoon I sat down with my coffee, Pinterest, and plant, put some Joni Mitchell on, and got to work. I followed the instructions from this pin to replant it, and so far it seems to be doing well.
To maintain all my improvements I water them once a week, if their soil is dry. Everyone seems to be happy so far. And if you don't have a green thumb, don't worry. Even I have a few fake's in my house. They're actually new additions that I bought for dark spaces or places where I know I wouldn't be able to keep a living plant successfully. For instance, in my Hippo bust that my friend Holly got me for Christmas.