I finally found the perfect beginner houseplant even if you have a black thumb! See which plant it is and my tips for keeping it alive AND growing!
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It may come as a surprise to see some plant lady posts on my blog. It’s kind of surprising to me, actually!
I’ve really always had a black thumb. I can sort of, kind of, maybe sometimes keep outdoor flowers alive. But, just yesterday I took the kids outside and one of my hanging baskets had the droopy look with some of the branches even a little crispy. Didn’t I just water that yesterday? Apparently not.
It’s not that I don’t want to have a green thumb. You go to peoples’ homes and there are beautiful flowers from the front window boxes all throughout the house. Plants can be such a beautiful additional to indoor decor, too. Heck, my girl Joanna Gaines uses plants all throughout her show! And I’m SERIOUSLY jealous. Are you, too?
There are two types of people out there. The ones with beautiful blossoming flowers and picturesque draping indoor plants and the ones with a “plant graveyard” sign in their yard.
Well, I’m throwing out the plant graveyard sign and becoming a green thumb.
Full disclosure: If you know how to keep indoor plants alive, this post probably isn’t for you.
I stumbled across this little philodendron plant at a local nursery (where I want to buy everything.single.plant. they have. Seriously.)
When I bought it last summer (YES IT HAS BEEN ALIVE FOR ONE YEAR!!!!), it had the cutest heart shaped leaves, but wasn’t draping over the sides yet. To be honest, I didn’t even know it was a plant that draped.
I had it on the DIY farmhouse shelves for awhile. I almost killed it a few times. In fact, the other two plants on the shelves in the picture below (from July 2016) are both dead. And actually still on the shelves completely dried up. (Insert 50 laugh crying emojis)
But, then I moved it to a place with more light. And forgot about it again. And almost killed it. Again.
Most recently, back in March, I moved it to Evie’s nursery. And that’s when it started to go crazy!
To be completely honest, I’m not sure what did it. The different light, the amount I’m watering it, some type of plant miracle. I don’t know. But this little guy is now a perfect draping plant fit to be on Fixer Upper!
So, if you have a black thumb and WANT to have a green thumb this is your plant.
It’s a philodendron plant. Apparently there are different kinds of philodendrons but they all look different. Look for this one, with the heart shaped leaves. I found this at a local nursery and a quick google search tells me it’s a popular house plant. (Did you know you can buy plants on Etsy?!)
I’m going to share my tips for keeping it alive and growing. YOU CAN DO IT!!
1. Keep it someplace that gets a lot of sun (but indirect light)
When I first had it on the farmhouse shelves in the dining room, it wasn’t growing at all. That room is basically a cave (which drives me crazy). It could be clear blue skies outside, but you need a flashlight to see in there.
Evie’s room is one of the brightest rooms in our house. It gets afternoon sun. But, never direct sun. The way the room is facing some parts get direct sun and others don’t. It’s the PERFECT spot.
2. Don’t overwater
Let the plant speak to you. I’m laughing as a type that. But, I’ve found that as a general rule of thumb, indoor plants don’t like a lot of water.
I water all my houseplants (all two of them) every Friday. So, once a week.
I just recently adopted this practice. Before, I watered when they started to look wilted a bit (which is the plant speaking to you – WATER ME!!). Which apparently according to my mom (who has a green thumb) puts too much stress on the plant.
So, mark a day on your calendar once a week and water it.
And, that’s it!! Not too bad, right?
Since this philodendron has given me plant lady confidence, I’ve recently purchased a few new houseplants which are sure to die.
I’ll keep you updated on my plant lady / green thumb quest.
If you have a black thumb, you can do it!! Don’t expect them all to survive. Even if only one stays alive, it’s a step in the green thumb direction.
What are your favorite houseplants? Do you have a green or black thumb?
I consider myself somewhere between green and black thumbs. Maybe a dark gray thumb 😉
Wishing you a joyful day!