The Basics of Fiddle Leaf Fig Care

If your read my first blog EVER, you’ll remember that my very first plant was a fiddle leaf fig. I had seen FLF’s in all of the home decor magazines and decided I needed one in my house – because clearly I am a cool and trendy person (HA!). I found a gorgeous – expensive! – fiddle leaf fig at my local plant nursery, and proudly brought it home…then stuck it in a semi-dark corner, expecting it to thrive. I watered it faithfully, keeping the soil nice and moist. (Are you cringing yet?)

After living in my home for about a month, the leaves on my fiddle leaf fig began dropping off one by one. I tried to make changes to make it happy, but I literally had NO idea what I was doing. In the end, I ended up killing my FLF until it was merely a stick in the middle of a pot of dirt. (Major OOPS!)

 Today I am excited to have Claire Akin, author of “The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert” (available on Amazon now) sharing tips and tricks on how to keep your own fiddle leaf fig happy. (Boy, do I wish I had these tips when I had mine!) I hope you find this to be a helpful and informative blog!

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Find this helpful guide on Amazon!

Incidentally, I haven’t been brave enough to bring another fiddle leaf fig into my home. However, after reading this blog, I just might brave it again!

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Caring for your fiddle leaf fig can be complex and overwhelming, especially if you are a new to houseplants. In fact most fiddle leaf fig owners are first time plant owners! This creates a tricky situation, since ficus lyrata can be particular about their needs, and many times first time plant owners have no idea what they’re doing.

You may not know the basics of houseplant care or why good habits are important for your plant. Yet it’s important to know that good care makes your plant stronger and more resistant to disease; poor care creates a downward spiral of sickness and problems. If you’re having trouble with your plant, don’t give up! Follow these rules for a happy and healthy fiddle leaf fig.

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Image by Lauren Mancke via Unsplash

Provide Adequate Drainage

A plant’s root system is the basis of its health. Many people are not aware, but to grow properly, as well as provide adequate nutrients to the plant, roots need both water and oxygen. Proper drainage allows your plant’s root system to breathe and stay healthy. Without adequate drainage, root rot can set in and kill your plant.

When it comes to fiddle leaf figs, lack of drainage is one of the most common problems that fiddle leaf fig owners face. Fast draining soil and adequate room at the bottom of the pot (allowing better drainage) can help prevent the dreaded affliction of root rot.

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Don’t Drown Your Fiddle Leaf Fig

In addition to providing proper drainage, it’s important to let your plant’s soil dry out a bit between waterings. Too much water is one of the most common mistakes fiddle leaf fig owners make. Be aware of your plant’s water requirements and make sure you aren’t drowning your plant. Always err on the side of letting your fiddle leaf fig get too dry, instead of too wet.

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Feed Your Plant Properly

Fiddle leaf fig plants require a lot of nutrients to grow their large, beautiful leaves. Feed them with a liquid fertilizer like Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Food once a week, which is specially formulated with a NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) ratio of 3-1-2. Providing plenty of nutrients allows your plant to stay healthy and supports new growth.

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Give Your FLF Plenty of Sunlight

Many fiddle leaf fig owners underestimate the amount of sun their plant needs. Native to Africa, fiddles love the sun. Place your plant in the sunniest area of your house, preferably in a south-facing window just out of direct sun.

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Act Quickly if You See Trouble

Fiddle leaf fig plants are relatively slow growers, since their large leaves require a lot of energy to build. This makes treating ailments quickly even more important, since it takes them so long to recover from problems. Be sure to act quickly if you see brown spots, leaf drop, or an insect infestation.

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Repot Every Few Years

If your fiddle leaf fig is healthy, its root system will begin to outgrow its pot after a few years. If you see roots growing near the bottom or edges of the pot, it may be time to repot to give your plant more space to grow. If you’ve reached your maximum container size, topdress instead of repotting by removing the top four inches of soil and replacing with new soil.

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Image by Neslihan Gunaydin via Unsplash

Check on Your Fiddle Leaf Fig Every Week

The best way to take good care of your plant is to get to know it better. Take the time to check on your fiddle leaf fig every week. First, take a look a the soil to see if it’s wet or dry before you water. Look at the leaves for any signs of wilting or brown spots. Rotate your plant to make sure it gets even sunlight. Finally, take an overall assessment of your plant and make a note of any changes like new growth.

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Image by Sarah Sosiak via Unsplash

How to Learn More

For more information about fiddle leaf figs, join the Fiddle Leaf Fig Club, watch the Fiddle Leaf Fig Care 101 webinar, and get your copy of “The Fiddle Leaf Fig Expert” on Amazon now!

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Do you feel ready to take on the adventure of growing a fiddle leaf fig? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Products I {Heart}: Concrete Planters

For Christmas last year, my oldest son Alex (who had just turned 13) made me a special surprise. He came across a video on Instagram that showed how to make your own concrete planters. Knowing my love of plants, he took the video to my husband and said, “I want to make those for Mom.”

About a week before Christmas, both my husband and son spent a Saturday afternoon, cooped up in the basement; weird smells streamed from under the closed door. I was suspicious, but was told I wasn’t allowed to go see what was going on…that Alex was making me a present and I had to roll with it. (I am NOT a flexible, ”roll-with-it” kind of girl…but I sucked it up and endured.)

On Christmas morning, Alex proudly handed me a gift bag that was strangely heavy. I couldn’t figure out what could possibly be inside! When I parted the tissue paper, I found three awesome concrete planters inside, each one decorated with a unique design painted on with spray paint (hence the mysterious smell). I am NOT a crier, but I almost burst into tears I was so incredibly touched!

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Awesome planters made by my biggest boy!

Concrete planters are majorly on trend right now and add a unique touch to any décor. I have seen a lot of the awesome planters online lately and, while none of them will ever be as special or amazing as the ones made for me by my Alex (insert alllllll the heart eyes), I wanted to share some of my favorites with you.

Cube Concrete Planter with Metallic Paint

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Octagonal Concrete Planter

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Geometric Concrete Air Plant Holders – Set of 3

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Cube Concrete Planter

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Mini Mod Style Concrete Planter

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Stairway Concrete Planter

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Hanging Cone Concrete Planter

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Brontosaurus Dinosaur Concrete Planter

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Rose Gold Cylinder Concrete Planter

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Mini Geometric Concrete Planter

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I have yet to experiment with making concrete planters myself, but I hope that one day soon, I will have the time – and courage – to give it a try! (And, if I do, you can be sure I will have pictures to show you of my adventure!)

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Which concrete planter is your favorite? Tell me in the comments below!

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A Tale of Two Grandmas: Houseplants and COPD

Growing up, I had the privilege of having two, wonderful grandmas. They were as different as night and day, but both of them were special ladies.

My Mimi was a firecracker. She was always teaching my brother and I to do things that my mom hated (i.e. flipping off my grandpa behind a menu at a restaurant or letting us watch TV shows that my mom would NEVER let us watch). We loved it, and thought she was the coolest grandma ever!

Whenever my Mimi would visit, I would drag her to my room for some “talk time,” and would share my little world with her: boys, trainer bras, best friend drama – you name it. When I got older, I would talk to her every Sunday on the phone like clockwork.

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A sweet moment between my Mimi and I (circa 1987)

My Grandma Joyce was the complete opposite. While she was sassy in her own right, she enjoyed teaching my brother and I church songs while she played the piano or would make (terribly inaccurate) birdcalls for us. When we would go visit her, we would enjoy roaming around her property in Indiana, looking for fossils in her creek bed and fishing in her pond.

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My Grandma Joyce and I (circle 1988)

Despite these women’s differences, they both were hit by the same affliction at the end of their lives: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Mimi had COPD from her life-long smoking habit – an addiction that she just couldn’t kick. Grandma Joyce smoked when she was younger, but stopped when she was older. Yet the damage was done.

Both of my grandmothers died with COPD; because of this, COPD is a topic that is close to my heart. I am honored today to have guest writer Erin Lowry of 1stClass Medical sharing how houseplants can have a positive impact on those who struggle with COPD.

– the {house}plant momma

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a progressive disease that makes breathing continually harder to do. COPD is a broad term that covers multiple lung diseases, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. These diseases can trigger coughing, which in turn causes an excess amount of mucus, wheezing, chest tightness, as well as other similar symptoms.

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While cigarette smoke is a main cause of COPD, you do not necessarily need to smoke a day in your life to get COPD. Any harmful pollutant in the air can also cause COPD; additionally, constant exposure to those pollutants (smoke included) can worsen the effects of COPD. Minimizing these triggers means doing what you can to avoid the irritant or keeping your home clean to lower the amount of pollutants in your home.

Many respiratory patients spend roughly 90% of their time indoors, as outside air has been believed to cause COPD flare-ups. However, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there may actually be more indoor air pollutants than outdoor air pollutants. One reason is that many homes now have a better seals against the outside, which helps them be more energy efficient. However, this process also locks in pollutants. Also, pollutants such as harsh fumes from cleaners, dust, and pollen can get inside and embed themselves into carpets and upholstery. All of this may mean the home is not as safe for COPD patients as they might think.

A safe and relatively easy way to reduce these pollutants in your home is to invest in houseplants. Indoor plants are known to reduce harmful pollutants from the air by up to 87% in only 24 hours! How, you might ask? Plants use the process of photosynthesis to take in carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air, and in turn, release clean oxygen. By absorbing the unhealthy gases and releasing clean gases, plants can help clean the air; this is much easier – and cheaper – than paying for an expensive machine to clean the air for you!

In 1989, NASA put together a list of plants they believe to help clean indoor air the most efficiently. English ivy, peace lilies, flamingo lilies, variegated snake plants, chrysanthemums, and bamboo palms are all great plants to remove many pollutants in the air.

If you aren’t familiar with these plants, here is some basic information about them.

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English Ivy: English ivy needs to be grow in a shaded area with rich soil; it should be watered enough to keep the soil moist. It’s vines can grow up to 50 feet long – or more – over time.

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Peace Lily: Peace lilies need partial shade, but can survive off virtually no sun at all. They should be watered when they start to droop.

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Flamingo Lily: Flamingo lilies are from the rainforest, so they enjoy growing in a humid area, in a pot of moss-based soil. This lily requires enough water to keep the soil moist; however, do not allow the soil to get overly wet and make sure the pot has a way to drain.

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Snake Plants: Snake plants grow best in a pot with good drainage or in a soilless potting mix, so that it does not get overly moist. These plants can handle indirect sunlight, and only need to be watered when the soil dries out.

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Chrysanthemums: These plants need regular watering, poured under their leaves to avoid any fungus growth. Chrysanthemums do not like humidity and only bloom for 3-4 weeks total, leaving behind their beautiful leaves.

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Bamboo Palm: Bamboo palms only need indirect or filtered light. They like to have their soil kept moist, but be careful not to overwater, as it can lead to root rot.

All of the best plants for the air quality are also fairly low maintenance. This makes it easier for those with COPD and other respiratory diseases to maintain a plant without having to constantly provide care for it. Many of the plants listed only require enough water to keep the soil moist and a minimal amount of indirect light.

It should be noted that many of these plants are not pet friendly. If you have pets, make sure you get non-toxic plants or keep your plants in places you are confident your pet cannot reach. (To learn more about plants that are pet safe, click here).

Before bringing home any plant, I recommend making sure you are well educated about the plant you are buying. Speaking with a specialist at your local nursery or garden store, or doing research online, can help ensure you know how to care for the plant in your climate and region.

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A note of caution: If you aren’t careful, an over-watered plant can produce mold; this will have the exact opposite effect of the plants air cleaning purpose.

Houseplants have many benefits for their owners, but for those with COPD, those benefits can be life – and health – altering!

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Essential Oils: The Lifeblood of Plants

Today, I’m super excited that my friend, Laurie, is sharing some unique information about plants – their use in essential oils!  I hope you enjoy the information she shares.  Please also be sure to check out her blog – One Mom and a Blog.

– the {house}plant momma

There’s something so refreshing about adding a plant to your indoor living environment. Perhaps it’s the colors and textures of nature juxtaposed with man-made things. Maybe it’s their “living” presence in the room or the fresh air they provide. Although not all plants are suitable to be brought indoors, the ones that are allow us to grow our love for these fragile creatures by tending to their needs. The simple act of caring for a houseplant can teach the patience, persistence and perseverance needed to nurture nature. Just like tending a garden, the hard work of sowing, watering, and providing a favorable environment will reap reward over time.

Whatever the reason you enjoy the presence of plants, allow me to enrich your appreciation by expanding on their hidden beauty – a beauty that flows deep inside the leaves, stems, flowers, roots, or bark of certain plants and provides something more than meets eye – something that dates back through ancient history.

What Are Essential Oils?

For thousands of years people have been using the aromatic, volatile liquid that’s within many shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, and seeds. These liquids are known as essential oils and are usually extracted through steam distillation, hydrodistillation, or cold-pressed extraction. Highly concentrated, and far more potent than dried herbs, large volumes of plant material produce small amounts of a distilled essential oil. For example, it takes 5,000 pounds of rose petals to produce 1 Kilo (2.2 pounds) of valuable rose essential oil.

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Through the process of photosynthesis, certain plants can produce more than food! They also convert nutrients into essential oils in order to protect themselves from sickness and insect damage.

Plant parts used to distill essential oils include flowers like the ones used to make the lovely fragranced essential oil Ylang Ylang. Flowering tops are used for Clary Sage, fruit is used to produce Bergamot, grasses make Xiang Mao, gum or resin makes valuable Frankincense, leaves and stems make Basil, roots produce Ginger, seeds make Anise and lastly, wood, bark, twigs and needles make essential oils like Cedarwood, Pine, and Spruce.

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These are just a few examples of hundreds of different essential oils that can be found on the market today. Known as “the lifeblood of plants,” essential oils are said to be the immune system of the plant – the building blocks of the plant’s DNA. This analogy helps us understand how essential oils carry vital nutrients throughout a plant so that it stays healthy and strong just like our gut hosts billions of microbes and beneficial bacteria that act as a primary defense against disease in our bodies.

How to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils can support the health and wellness of humans the same way they support the health and wellness of the original plant they were distilled from – oxygenating and detoxifying where needed most. Working to support every body system, their therapeutic properties promote healthy brain function, healthy weight, and even emotional support. Fragrance is said the be the substance of memories and research shows that when the pure constituents in essential oils are inhaled it can activate regions of the brain associated with memory, state of mind, and emotion. When inhaled, it only takes 22 seconds for an essential oils to reach the brain!

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Using essential oils to support healthy body function through topical or internal use are just a few of the many ways these versatile substances can be appreciated. Like houseplants, essential oils can also clean and purify the air! Houseplants do this by absorbing gases through pores on the surface of their leaves, but essential oils not only replace toxic fragrances like those in sprays, candles, and plug-in’s, they can also neutralize toxic molecules when diffused or sprayed into the air. Can your odor-eliminating spray do that?

Quality Matters

As we reach the understanding that nutrients, beneficial microbes, and bacteria are key to fending off disease in our bodies, it is important to recognize that the health of plants works much the same way. When we stuff our bodies full of food that is void of nutrition or we kill beneficial microbes and bacteria with the overuse of antibiotics or obsessive cleanliness, we can expect a weak immune system. It can also be noted that when we experience chronic stress our immune system is also weakened.

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You might be thinking, “Wait a minute, plants don’t eat or take antibiotics.” But those of you who understand the liveliness of plants know that providing your plants with fertilizer and growing them in the right type of soil and sunlight is the equivalent of a healthy, well-balanced meal in a human being. Likewise, when plants experience stress they are more vulnerable to experiencing pest or disease issues. Poisonous pesticides and synthetic fertilizers can be considered “junk food” for plants rendering them unhealthy.

The reason it is important to care about the soil and nutrients that are provided to the plants that will eventually be distilled into essential oils is that the quality of the plants being used matters! Lots of variables determine the growth and health of the plants and thus the quality of the essential oil. Purchasing and using essential oils from a trusted source is an important first step in safe and effective use.

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Another factor to take into consideration when choosing what essential oils to buy is purity. Unfortunately many companies today adulterate or extend their essential oils with the use of synthetic-made compounds that are added to the oil. The only way to tell if an oil has been adulterated is through analytical testing using gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and an optical refractometer.

Grow Your Love for Plants

I have been so blessed by reading Allison’s blog and watching her Instagram posts breathe life into my feed from nature which we all so desperately need – even if we choose to deny it. Adding houseplants to my life has been an enriching experience and has only enhanced my love and appreciation for essential oils. I’m so thankful for the care that goes into growing the plants that are later distilled into essential oils and frequently used in my home and on my family. Plants remind me of the beauty of nature and the smell of its essential oil is like a salve for my soul.

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Resources:
Gary Young The World Leader in Essential Oils pg. 114
Essential Oils Desk Reference: Sixth Edition pg. 43, pg. 26, pg. 3
Soil is the Immune System of the Garden
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Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience. For more information, please see Laurie’s disclosure page.  Also, learn more about essential oils by joining her VIP Essential Oil Facebook group here. Thanks! 

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Products I {Heart}: Monochromatic Planters

There’s an old saying that says, “Less is more.” This is true in many instances. (My mom used to remind me of this when I was learning to apply makeup, when I was eying heels with a little too much sex appeal, or when I wanted to buy a shirt with too much “bling.”) However, I can’t think of many situations where that saying is truer than with plants. Neutral planters allow the beauty of the plant to shine through, making a simple, elegant statement.

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When I started my journey with houseplants, I didn’t have a clear vision for how I wanted to display my plants or the type of message I wanted them to send. I simply bought whatever I liked at the moment, and shoved my plants in the pots accordingly. However, the more I work with plants and gather inspiration from others (specifically on Instagram), the more I find myself drawn towards neutral colors – specifically the monochromatic palette of white, black, and gray.

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Below you will find some of my favorite pots and planters in this color scheme.

Triangle Floating Wall Planter

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Cut Ceramic Planter

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Hanging metal planter (available in black and white)

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Netara Gray Planters

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Iris Planter + Chevron Stand

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White Ceramic Vintage-Style Pot – I have a set of these and absolutely love them!  They’re a great way to add texture into you decor without adding in additional colors.

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Gray Geometric Pot

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Large Mid-Century Planter

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Ceramic Wallscape Planters (white and black) – I also have one of these and absolutely love it!  It currently houses some of my rooted Wandering Jew cuttings, and makes a wonderful statement piece on the wall.

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Monochromatic Concrete Planters (available in multiple color combinations)

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What’s your favorite color scheme to use when displaying your plants? Tell me in the comments below!

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– the {house}plant momma

Take a Deep Breath

Have you ever stopped to think of the quality of air in your home or workspace? In the last few years, more and more people have been turning away from many products – including candles, air fresheners, soaps and hair products, detergents and cleaning products – in order to avoid bringing toxins into their homes.

However, how often do you stop and think about the quality of air around you – especially indoors? Did you know that you can actually improve the quality of air just by adding houseplants into your space?

In the 1980’s, NASA began researching how houseplants could be used to improve the air quality in space stations. Their research uncovered that plants are helpful in many ways; specifically, they filter out certain harmful compounds from the air and make it healthier to breathe – which means a healthier space overall.

The good news is that many of the houseplants that made NASA’s list are easy to grow – and beautiful, to boot!  Below you will find a list of plants that ranked high on NASA’s list, as well as some information to help you get started growing them in your own home.

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Bamboo palms are different from many palms in that they can grow in indirect light. When purchasing a bamboo palm, look for a plant with bright green leaves and one that stands tall. (Unless you’re on a rescue mission, don’t bother with one that is leaning too much or has browning foliage.)

Water the plant when the soil feels dry to the touch, but beware of over- or under-watering.

Caring for a bamboo palm also includes using a time-released fertilizer during the growing season. Granular fertilizers tend to work best. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when feeding your palm plant and always water the fertilizer in.

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Pothos are one of my favorite houseplants! I have at least four varieties in my house currently, and I absolutely love propagating them because they root very quickly. They do well in bright indirect light to low light (hence the reason they do well in my house – lots of low-light areas).

When it comes to watering, drench your plant well each time you water and let dry in between waterings. Beware of over- and under-watering. When I first got started with pothos, I frequently over-watered and couldn’t figure out why all of the leaves were turning yellow and the roots were rotting out.

Pothos do not require fertilization, but are a little happier if they are fed periodically. Fertilize them three or four times during the spring and summer.

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Dracaena are a beautiful addition to any home, and are quite easy to care for. They do well in bright, indirect light. Once again, beware of over- and under-watering; if you do over-water, look out for drooping or yellowing leaves.  Soil should be thoroughly drenched when watered, allowing it to dry out between waterings.

Dracaena do well when fertilized every two weeks in the spring and summer. In the fall, fertilization can be reduced to once a month. Because the plant benefits from periods of being dormant, it is not necessary to fertilize in the fall.

I went on a little plant shopping spree a few weeks ago for my birthday, and actually bought a little dracaena plant. My variety is dark-green-and-white variegated. I can’t wait to see how large I can get him to grow!

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In spite of its name, peace lilies are not true lilies.  As such, it requires different care than a lily would. Peace lilies are hardy and easy to grow; they’ll even let you know when they are thirsty as they begin to droop when they need watered. Keep their soil fairly moist, but let dry out a bit between waterings. Another part of peace lily care is keeping their leaves clean of dust, allowing them to process sunlight as efficiently as possible.  Wiping down their leaves with a wet cloth once or twice a year is a great way to help clear off the dust.

When it comes to fertilization, peace lilies benefit from being fertilized once or twice during the spring and summer. They do not require more fertilization than that.

Peace lilies also benefit from being repotted or divided when they become too big for their current container. You will be able to tell if you peace lily needs repotted if it droops within a week of being watered or new leaves emerge deformed.

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Weeping fig trees are a type of ficus tree. They are sought after because they add a bright statement to any room and can grow to be fairly large. Weeping fig trees do well in bright, indirect sun.  In warm weather, their soil should be kept moist. However, when the weather cools, let the soil dry out between waterings.

Weeping fig trees need to be fertilized once a month from the spring to the fall with a liquid fertilizer, diluted to half-potency.

It should be noted that, as with many ficus trees, weeping fig trees do not do well with change. Moving it to a new location, changes in air temperature or air humidity, or over-/under-watering can all cause leaves to drop. If this happens, do not worry. Once the tree gets settled and care is stabilized, the tree should continue to grow.

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Spider plants are easy to grow and very easy to propagate. I have several in my home – all from the same “momma” plant! Because of their resiliency, they are a fantastic starter plant for many aspiring {house}plant mommas.

Spider plants like to be watered thoroughly and then allowed to dry out between waterings. They also enjoy a cooler temperature than do most other houseplants.

In regards to fertilization, feed your spider plant once a week during the summer with a liquid fertilizer. Or, if you prefer, use pellets on your soil at the beginning of the growing season.

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Philodendron is another plant that is great for beginners, as it is very forgiving. Philodendron like to be in bright, indirect light, but also can survive in low light. This means that it will do well in a variety of environments.

Philodendron should be watered regularly in order to keep the soil moist, and benefit from an occasional misting.  The leaves will begin to droop if it is over- or under-watered, but they will typically bounce back once the watering schedule is corrected.

When it comes to fertilization, philodendron are fairly low-maintenance there, as well.  Plants should be watered monthly with a liquid fertilizer during the spring and summer. During the fall and winter, fertilization should be spaced out to every six to eight weeks.

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Snake plants happen to be another of my favorites. Not only do they look great, but they are very resilient. They do well in a variety of lighting situations – from bright, indirect light to low light.

Snake plants ought to be watered less frequently than many other houseplants, and need to dry out between waterings.  This may mean that you water less than once a week, depending partially on the size of your plant and pot. Root rot is an issue for snake plants, so beware of over-watering.

These plants can be fertilized a couple of times during the spring and summer, but this isn’t required.

When I bought my first snake plant, the girl working at the shop told me that it is also know as “mother-in-law tongue” because it’s impossible to kill. I don’t have a bad mother-in-law by any means, but the nickname sure does make me smile every time I think of it!

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Now…take a deep breath.  Is your air as clean as it could be?  Maybe it’s time for you add a little green into your life!

– the {house}plant momma