Plants and Stuff

Plants and Stuff

Spring has sprung. Sort of. Ok, not really at all.

With Spring just a day old, our minds are full of the promise of new growth, the sweet smell of lilacs, thoughts of swaying in the hammock under the shade tree. Unfortunately, a quick look outside wrinkles the nose with a grand old “what the heck, I still have my snow boots on” kind of discouragement.

I know, I feel your pain.

But fear not, optimists! Let’s bring that hope and promise of green inside, and decorate your home (and your sunroom, faux or not) with some plants. Easy ones, because who has time for anything complicated?

Let’s stick with the theme of less is more. Less watering, less maintenance, less repotting; more oxygen, more green, more sophisticated. Here are some gems:

Sago Palm (Cycas Revoluta)
Pina Colada, anyone? Along with thoughts of a beach vacation, the Sago Palm enjoys hanging out in bright light, is winter hardy inside to 50 degrees, enjoys being outside in the summer, and moves nice and slowly – only needs to be repotted once every 3 years.

Ponytail Palm, Photo by MyCityPlants

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea Recurvata)
Not a true palm (it’s actually an evergreen, who knew?!) these are stunners. With long, flowing locks (think Fabio, circa I Can’t Believe it’s not Butter) these grow happily in a sunny pot, requiring very little watering. Interesting fact: the base of the trunk is larger for the sole purpose of holding water inside!

Cast-Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)
This is the plant for the true brown thumb. Indifferent to both light and water, if you forget about it, it’s not going anywhere. Kind of like your mother-in-law…

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
As Mother Teresa once said, “Peace begins with a smile.” And smile you will, if you have one of these beauties in your life. As one of the most potent natural air purifiers in the world, the Peace Lily will happily hang out in your kitchen, your bathroom, or on your desk. An occasional water and dusting is all it needs, and the amount of light it gets will determine how much it flowers.

Snake Plant, Photo by MyCityPlants

Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
Stick a couple of these in your bedroom; unlike most plants, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen at night, giving you an oxygen boost while you catch some shut eye. Practically the only way to kill this guy is by overwatering it (who has time for that?) Bonus: they are easily regrown from cuttings. Affectionately known as the “Good Luck Plant”, these are great gifts for the newlywed or new homeowner in your life.

Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
Speaking of good luck, let’s throw some cold hard cash in there (hey, a girl can dream) with your very own money tree. These bad boys are happy with indirect light (even fluorescent works) and a weekly watering. Indulge him with an occasional light misting and you’ll have the happiest guy on the block.

Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia Reginae)
You know I had to throw in a challenge. Fickle but stunning, mastering the care of one of these will make your friends green with envy (see what I did there?) These require some sweet love, but at 4-5 years old, if happy in a slightly crowded pot, will produce the most beautiful orange and purple plumage. They are worth the wait, and have beautiful, banana plant style leaves in the meantime.

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