Plant Care

Most of us always have this fear of taking care of real plants inside our homes. I mean, I was to! I knew when we bought our new home I wanted to get some plants but I didn’t know where to get started and honestly there is no real magic to any of this. In my experience, not all plants I have ever owned in the last 2 years have made it. 95% of them did and so today I’m sharing all there is to know about the plants I have and how I care for them.

The goal of this blog post is to give you some comfort that having a real plant at home isn’t that scary. Lets start with some benefits of having real plants in your home:

  • Boost mood and productivity
  • Reduces stress
  • Purifying air
  • Releasing toxins

AND who doesn’t want all these positive vibes in their homes? Look I get it, many of you are like but it seems like A LOT of work. And I will tell you that it does require some work. Like making sure they are watered and they get light etc. But you can get plants that are low maintenance and it really won’t be as bad as you may think. With that said, below I’m sharing all the plants I have and a quick guide for caring for them.

Official Name: Philodendron Silver aka “Sweetheart Plant” aka we named ours “Spotty”

  • Light: Medium to bright indirect lighting, NO direct sunlight for this one.
  • Watering: Make sure the soil is dry, if you over water this one, it won’t do well. About 7-10 days.
  • Growth: It grows long leaves if taken care of well. If its in low light, growth is not as fast.
  • NOT PET FRIENDLY

Official Name: Pothos aka “Money Plant ” aka we named ours “Mommyyyyy ba (LOL)”

  • Light: Wide range of environments, low light to indirect light.
  • Watering: 3-7 days. You can go longer period of time but it’ll slow the growth.
  • Growth: It grows fast and long if taken care of well.
  • NOT PET FRIENDLY

Official Name: Massangeana’ aka “Corn Plant ” aka we named ours “Palmy”

  • Light: Wide range of environments, low light to indirect light.
  • Watering: 7-10 days. Check if the soil is dry by placing a finger in soil about an inch in. When watering make sure all the soil is moist.
  • Growth: Slow growth(like years) but it can get really tall, upwards of 6-ft.
  • NOT PET FRIENDLY

Official Name: Yucca aka “Yucca ” aka we named ours “Yucca” (We kept it simple here haha)

  • Light: Bright indirect light. But does better if you put direct sunlight on it.
  • Watering: 2-3 weeks. It doesn’t take much to take care of this one.
  • Growth: Slow growth.
  • NOT PET FRIENDLY

Official Name: Ficus Lyrata aka “Fiddle Fig” aka we named ours “Diva”

  • Light: LOTS of bright filtered light. Prefer warm humid climates. However, mine has been doing ok in winter months
  • Watering: Wait until the top inch or so of soil is dry. But as a rule of thumb, I water mine every 2 weeks.
  • Growth: Can grow up to 2 feet per year and can tower above 6 ft in a few years, so they are definitely floor plants!
  • NOT PET FRIENDLY

Top Tips:

  • Start with a small plant such as the Pothos plant, which doesn’t need a lot of work. If you want to start with a large plant, start with a Montesera Plant.
  • Most plants are watered once every week, so more than that is NOT necessary.
  • Real plants can be very inexpensive(15-40 bucks).
  • Place them in places with the most light, so you get the best lighting for them.
  • You can also get watering bulbs so that you don’t have to do the guesswork.
  • Get a small humidifier to help if needed.

If you’re really NO.. I DO NOT have a green thumb and no faith in myself to keep a plant alive, well here are 3 Starter Plant that you basically cannot kill HA!! These plants if you even forget to water, they will still grow. But I would show it, love, at least once a month or so.

  • Snake Plant
  • ZZ Plant
  • Rubber Plant

*Note: Please keep all plants away from children or explain that they should NOT eat the plant or soil and these are all tips that have worked for my from my personal experiences.

Per request, I’m also adding cute planters here to get you guys started:

I hope this guide helps you get started and if you have questions, as always ask them below or you can always follow my journey @rushmehome on Instagram.

XOXO

Rashmi & all my plant babies

4 thoughts on “Plant Care

  1. This is great!
    How do we keep gnats at bay? I have pothos which I don’t water too often but what product should help clear them out now?

    1. Hi Palak, I have not had that issue but I have done some research and it looks like you can put some apple cider vinegar, cover it with clear plastic and poke some holes and they capture them. Let me know if that works for you!

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