I have really wanted to add some house plants to our interior décor since we moved last year and this three-day weekend was the perfect excuse for a little house plant project.
Let me just start by saying that I DO NOT have a green thumb. I have killed everything green from bamboo to ferns to rose bushes. I am certainly not a plant expert, BUT…I LOVE plants and flowers so much that it hasn’t stopped me from trying. Thankfully I have a husband that shares the love of all things green and colorful and he is actually pretty good at growing them.
I am going to walk you through the simple process I took to add some designer quality house plants to our home for under $50!!
Knowing that I don’t have the best luck with plants, I decided to try and keep this project on a budget. We made three potted plants and we spent just under $50. Keep in mind, you can do this for way less. I opted for slightly more expensive planters because I have fallen in love with simple concrete planters! They are super trendy and have such a clean look. I also love that they match lots of different décor styles. They can be really pricey, but I found some super cute ones on sale at Hobby Lobby. You can order the concrete ones I got here and the aztec print one here.
Hobby Lobby has 40% off spring items right now, and you can also download a 40% off coupon for any regular priced item from their website. (*Pro-Hobby Lobby Tip: If you check out multiple times you can use a coupon on each transaction. You’re welcome, friend.) Amazon also has some really cute and unique concrete planters. You can choose any type of planter, but I recommend picking some that you love and that match nicely with your house décor. I feel like when I am in love with my planters, I somehow take better care of my plants. Maybe the same will be true for you!
With indoor plants, I have learned that having a high quality potting soil is a must. I really like Miracle Grow Indoor Potting Mix. Since the concrete planters I chose do not have drainage holes at the bottom, I picked up some gravel rocks to create a layer at the bottom of my planter. This is to help maintain moisture, but also helps keep the water from rotting my plant roots. I added about a 1-2 inch layer of rocks at the bottom of the planter.
Next, I added some potting soil. I filled the planter about 2/3 of the way with soil. This will vary based on the size of the plant you are potting. My plants were pretty small, so I used more soil than I would if I was planting a bigger plant. I then gently removed my plants from the store container and very carefully broke up the bottom of the roots to help them grow into the new soil. Next, I filled in the space around the plant with more potting soil. I repeated this step with each plant, then watered the plants.
That's it! Then the fun part is finding the perfect spot to display your new plants!
In, the past I have struggled with finding a good balance between over watering and under watering our plants. My best tip is to do a little research on what your plants need rather than assuming you know what’s best for them. Another good tip is to water your plants with a large seringe or measuring cup. This will help to make sure you don't accidentally over water. A good friend recently told me that it's better to under water than over water. This is because over watering can cause root rot and that can damage a plant. An easy fix to an under watered plant is to simply add more water!
What Plants I Used
I opted for easy to care for indoor plants.
The Camille Plant
This one is very colorful and adds a great pop of color to a dull space. These are pretty easy to care for and require indirect sunlight. I love the coloring to this plant, but don't eat it!
The Philodendron Scandens
I chose this one because it is said to be one of the easiest house plants to grow. We always had these in the house growing up, so I was excited to add this one. It has some of the cutest heart shaped leaves and it will grow long beautifully draped branches. This one also makes a gorgeous hanging plant.
The Sansevieria Plant
This one is commonly referred to as the snake plant. It is also super easy to care for and can go up to a month without watering. I think these are so cool looking and they fit great in a tight corner. They add so much dimension and color to a room.
We bought our plants at Lowes, but you can find them at any local nursery or order them online. I had so much fun planting these with Addison and it was a great project for a day off of school!
I hope you got some fun planting tips and I would love you to share some pictures below in the comments of your favorite house plants.