Greenery isn’t just Pantone’s Color of the Year — it’s also a home decor must-have! Bringing real greenery indoors in the form of houseplants is a huge home decor trend this year. If you want to get in on the trend but don’t have the best track record with keeping your plants alive, don’t sweat. We’ve got a few tips for keeping your houseplants lush and thriving.
Choose your plants wisely
If your home is in desperate need of some green but you’re nervous about the commitment, start out with a few hardy plants that are notoriously impervious to an early demise. Philodendrons, snake plants, and barrel cacti are all low-maintenance, nearly kill-proof choices that can provide all the green you need without the worry. Aloe vera is also a great option, and it even comes in handy for treating minor burns and scrapes! It’s the plant that gives back.
Give them some light
Make sure your new additions get all their basic needs met. That means plenty of sunshine, water and love! We know it’s tempting to brighten up a random corner of a room with a vivid green plant, but you might soon be planning your fern’s funeral if you stick it in a dark corner. It’s better to keep your plant in a bright area with lots of natural light. If you’re really committed, you can rotate your plants so that everybody gets equal time in the sun. Or you could opt for that incredibly realistic wax succulent you’ve been stalking online.
Make a watering schedule
To help keep your new greenery happy and healthy, put your smartphone to work! Establish a watering schedule and set alarms on your phone to remind yourself to give your indoor plants enough water. If you’re not sure how much water to give your plant, don’t be afraid to get your hands a little dirty. Touch the soil to gauge if it’s moist or dry, and touch the leaves to determine your plant’s needs. Plants with thick, waxy leaves are a little better at holding on to moisture, while plants with thin, papery leaves tend to be more demanding.
To nail down that perfect farmhouse look, pair fresh your greenery with a rustic, galvanized metal planter or barnwood box. Place your plant on a whitewashed stone mantle, floating shelf or a console table with glass lanterns and an oversized clock to capture that picture-perfect rustic look we’re obsessed with right now!