Easy + Cool House Plants

 

Snake Plant

These plants can survive weeks of neglect but they also amazingly improve the air quality in your home. It does this by converting CO2 into oxygen at night. Snake plants need lots of sunlight with very little water (every two to three weeks or so.) Fertilize this guy in the spring and summer, but not fall and winter. A simple all purpose plant food that dissolves in water will do just fine.

 

Echeveria

In the family of succulent plants the Echeveria is one of the prettiest. From a family known for it’s low-maintenance care, these guys should be kept in plenty of sunlight and watered enough to keep the soil moist (not flooded!) Because these plants grow naturally in nutrient deficient soil it is much easier to over-fertilize them than under-fertilize. Sometimes they can use a little boost though. Look for a slow release fertilizer in the beginning of spring if you feel so inclined.

 

String of Pearls

This stylish plant is also in the succulent family. They like bright but not direct sunlight. Like with the Echeveria, do not overwater this plant! It likes to dry out completely between waterings and actually stores water in the little “pearls” along it’s strings. Like the Echeveria, they really don’t need fertilizer, a common piece of advice if a plant seems to be suffering is to offer it more sunlight and see how it does.

 

Spider Plant

Easy to grow and maintain, spider plants are among the best air purifying plants. They fight pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene to help keep your home comfortable and healthy. These should be fertilized twice a month in the spring and summer, kept in moderate sunlight, and you should avoid letting the soil dry out.

Split-Leaf Philodendron

With these large leaves, you are able to create a lot of green in your floor space with one plant. This plant is native to the Rainforest canopy. It prefers bright light, but not direct sunlight. Use lukewarm water when the soil is near drying and if possible de-mineralized or rainwater is best. Fertilize the plant once a month with an organic liquid fertilizer. These plants can tolerate dry air better than others but if you live in an especially dry climate, try misting or placing a humidity tray by the plant.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

As seen on Larkspur’s MindfulNEST, these beautiful Fiddle Leaf Fig trees can grow quite large adding a natural and inviting feel to any room. These should be kept in bright rooms where sunlight is plentiful. Water whenever the top inch of the soil is dry, you can test this by swiping the soil to see how dry it is. Fertilize these once a month during growing seasons, but do not fertilize during the winter. When the roots begin to grow out of the bottom of the pot, you have two options. If you want a larger plant, re-pot it into a bigger pot. If you want to keep it the size it is, trim the root ball being careful not to reduce the roots by more than 20%. Because of the large surface area of the leaves, they can easily collect dust, which inhibits light absorption. Be sure to clean off the leaves every once in a while to help tree plant thrive.

Maidenhair Ferns

 

This delicate looking plant is made up of very small fronds creating a lacy appearance. These should be kept in shady parts of the house, which is great to create more space for your light demanding plants. Water these freely as they thrive in moist soil. They are best kept at 70 degrees or above. They like humidity so if you live in a particularly dry place consider keeping these in your bathroom where the shower creates humidity. Fertilize bi-weekly during the growth season with a weak liquid fertilizer.

By Abby Cole

Abby is the Blog Editor for Larkspur Wellness and is a freelance writer living and working in Bend, OR.