3 No-Fuss Houseplants And How To Care For Them

Everyone loves a plant to add some character to a home, but have you ever taken one home and thought, “What do I do with this?” Through many trials, errors and chats with local greenery experts, we have figured out three of the easiest types of houseplants to care for, and created a basic guide to keeping your plant babies alive and well.

Flowers & Weeds. Photo by Brooke Lowrey.

Flowers & Weeds. Photo by Brooke Lowrey.

1/ Succulents and Cacti

  • Thrive in dry and hot climates, so keep the plants close to direct sunlight.
  • Water every 2-3 weeks depending on the size–make sure the soil is completely dried out before you water.
  • Plant in a container with rocks and soil or in a pot with a hole at the bottom so the excess water can drain. If you want to keep these guys in a terrarium, Flowers & Weeds suggests planting in a container that will have plenty of airflow.

2/ Fresh-Cut Flowers

  • Cut stems diagonally—one inch up from the bottom every few days.
  • Remove any leaves that would be submerged in water—only the stem should be in water.
  • Clean vase and put in room temperature/cool water. Replace the water every few days to keep the flowers even longer.
  • Add flower food to the water and stir. Most bought flowers will have their own. To make your own food, just mix 2 tablespoons of lemon juice + 1 table tablespoon of sugar (can adjust for bigger vase) + ½ a teaspoon of bleach into the water.

3/ Ferns and Other Leafy Greens

  • Keep these plants out of direct sunlight—they are not big fans of windowsills.
  • They love water and humid environments, so make sure the soil is always damp and you are watering them fairly regularly.
  • They will probably outgrow their current pots so, replant when necessary.
  • If you find a dead stem do not stress, just trim away that portion so it can grow even more.
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