As most others, I have an addiction to our green friends, my collection of green plants have grown steadily over the past year, and only a few have had to be sacrificed. And you guys have been going crazy asking which lucky plants are sinking their roots into all my pots, pretty much every time I post one on Instagram.
So as the nice guy I am, I give the people what they want. So, I’ve put together a comprehensive list of all the leafy and prickly greens that I like to pop in my pots. As well as tips on how to give your plant a bit of T.L.C.
First up is the Crassula ovata ’Gollum’ (far left), he has been hanging around for a long time. He’s the kinda guy that likes to put you first. He’d prefer for you to sit back and relax with a cuppa, whilst he chills in the same spot under low light. All you gotta do is give him a drink once a month in Winter and twice in Summer, what more could a girl want?!
If you’re into tall, gangly things the Sansevieria cylindrica are the plant for you. These guys are pretty grateful; they just need some natural light and a little water every other week.
If like to share you man, then Pilea peperomioides is the one for you. Why you ask? Well, first of all, he is the guy with many names, like the Chinese money plant, lefse plant, or missionary plant, he is adorable, easy to grow, and apparently always in demand. I call him “Pass-it-on” pilea, once he is stable, don’t forget to share your cuttings with the rest of the world. Remember he likes bright, indirect light, well-draining soil, and a soak-and-let-dry watering pattern.
I rescued this badboy from the dumpster two years ago, gave him new hope and dirt – and he has just been in my life ever since. The Rubber Fig will just keep growing and can easily hit the ceiling if you tend to it once in a while. He likes to dry out in between watering’s.
Then there are the big guys. Calathea Orbifolia and Philodendron Selloum both like sun, but can also tolerate and adapt to deep shade and just a chunk of water once a week. Be prepared, as your philodendron friend can outgrow you, it tend to grow a lot, but it takes time, give it 15 years at least.