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Do you ever experience major plant envy when you walk into a house and see blooming succulents or a mature fiddle-leaf fig tree? 

Our team has struggled with keeping indoor plants alive and we have a feeling we’re not alone (yep, we’re plant murderers too)!

Whether you’re jazzing up your office space or bring the outdoors in, here are the hardiest houseplants and some tips on how to keep them alive and thriving.

Succulents & Cacti

Succulents are both beautiful and indestructible (so they say), however, there are some guidelines for keeping them alive.

Care Tips:

  • Provide plenty of light, but not too much direct sunlight 
  • Grow in gritty, fast-draining soil made for succulents/cacti 
  • Allow them to dry out between watering 
  • Water about once a week and never let them stand in water

Signs of Struggle:

  • Brown or white leaves (looks bleached) = too much sun
  • Rotting roots = too much water
  • Shedding leaves = not enough water

Herbs

The best indoor plants are the ones you can eat. Basil, mint, and cilantro are some of the easiest species to grow (perfect for taco Tuesday)!

Care Tips:

  • Position in an area with 6-8 hours of sunlight 
  • Water about every other day 
  • Watch for bugs
  • Harvest regularly 

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Signs of Struggle:

  • Wilting and the soil is wet = too much water 

  • Flowers and bushy = needs to be pruned 

  • Falling brown and yellow leaves = not enough water

Fiddle-Leaf Fig Tree

This shrub is the “it” plant of the design world. It can grow to over 6 feet and is a stylish addition to any room. 

Care Tips:

  • Water when the soil is dry to the touch 

  • Needs bright, consistent light 

  • Pot in rich, well-drained peaty soil 

  • Likes warm, consistent weather

Signs of Struggle:

  • New leaves are brown and falling = not enough water

  • Old leaves are brown and falling = too much water 

  • Dry, dropping leaves = too cold/drafts

Snake Plant

Snake Plants are popular for their ability to absorb carbon monoxide, emit oxygen, and filter toxins from the air. Great for boosting your indoor air quality!  

Care Tips:

  • Let the soil dry between waterings in the summer
  • Water once a month in the winter
  • Can tolerate a variety of light conditions 
  • Plant in a well-draining potting mix

Signs of Struggle:

  • The only thing that kills a snake plant is too much water. Check roots and if there’s signs of rot, scale back on watering.



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