The Perfect Beginner Houseplant for Black Thumbs

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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Yes, you are in the right place!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

I finally found the perfect beginner house plant even if you have a black thumb!  See which plant it is and my tips for keeping it alive AND growing!

philodendron | black thumb plants | black thumb gardening | indoor plants | indoor plants decor | indoor plants low light | philodendron care | philodendron plant | green thumb | plant lady | houseplants | easy house plants

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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!

 

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Shawnna Griffin

    hey girl- love the plant! Keep up the good work!

  2. Melissa

    I needed this! I am also a plant killer which I why I have mostly succulents, but now I’m going on a hunt for one like yours. And your writing just cracked me up in this post! Love it!

    1. Haha I can even kill succulents something 😉 I try to write how I talk – completely sarcastic 90% of the time. Glad you like it!! Let me know if you find a philodendron!

  3. The other Plant freak

    I’m surprised I even read this~ Having a green thumb, I usually find my mum’s plants half dead in my nursery before I revive them. I just found you quite humorous. The only reason why I can keep my indoor/ outdoor/ greenhouse gardens alive, is because I become emotionally attached to each and every plant. My flowerbeds, bushes, orchard and hanging pots all have water systems running through them, but the indoor greenery and garden is all me. How to green thumbs work? Well first off I read stories to my plants. Yup. Weird. but it works! The vibration of my voice and carbonation in my breath lightens the plant’s vibrancy. I tell my plants I love them and one time I spat on a cactus that pricked me, but the spit actually helped it ;-;. SO all in all, treat them like children, pets, family. I love plants~ no, absolutely adore them. Give them the time of day and they’ll live throughout the day in return. good luck my funny little busy bees~

  4. DeniseinArk

    Killer tip: if you can root plants in plain water, it’s much less likely that you will overwater them. I have plants that I purposely put in pots with no drainage because they Need more than 2x week watering. Your philodendron is one of those plants.

    Multiply your tropical plants by taking cuttings and setting them in a pretty vase around the house. Most of the viney type houseplants root readily in water. Take one of the longer vines and cut it back to a couple of inches long. Root that, and when new leaves start coming out of the short end you left on the plant, cut another long one and root it. Two shoots will come out of the cut place and continuing to do this will keenthe plant bushy and full as well as having nice long pieces.

    Use your fertilizer diluted to 10% for every watering and, if you want to be really hard-core, get a bottle of Super Thrive and use it as directed in your water. You won’t believe how amazing your plants will look. I have this same philodendron and when I quit letting the soil get dry at all between waterings it went bonkers.

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