By Amber Kong
This edition of the blog, TPH put together a list of easy care plants for your worry-free plant journey. We’d like to keep the list more interesting, so we will leave out the good ol’ snake plants and golden pothos, which by the way DOES NOT mean we don’t love them! We won’t talk about them in details but they’re definitely our honorable mentions.
Here comes another “Beginner Guide” of houseplants.
“ZZ” is the short form of “Zamioculcas Zamiifolia”, and I promise I can pronounce this name without pause (cough cough), but we’ll stick to ZZ plant for now. ZZ is a low-key superstar of any houseplant selection. When we spend hours scrolling down thousands of Instagram pictures with hashtags like #houseplantofinstgram or #crazyplantlady, ZZ will be there, and there’s a good reason why ZZ is such a social media darling -- with its waxy dark green leaves, ZZ can be sophisticated, modern, trendy, classy… if you feel adventurous, there is also ZZ raven, which has dark green almost black foliage, or ZZ Zenzi, which is an adorable dwarf version of the regular ZZ plant, lots of fun.
Foolproof, attractive, tolerant of low light and drought – it’s almost too good to be true. Well the good news is, it’s absolutely true. Place the ZZ pretty much anywhere in your home or office, and watch it thrive. There’s a saying among the houseplant community about ZZ plant, “if you water your ZZ plant more than you pay rent, then it’s too much”. So, if you happen to forget one water, or two, or three, your ZZ is probably still doing just fine. Life gets busy and responsibilities get in the way, ZZ will still be there, rewarding you with beautiful new shoots.
Ah the classic Swiss Cheese plant. Personally speaking, my plant journey started solely because of this beauty and I truly believe that Monstera Deliciosa is THE most popular plant. It’s popular for a reason – the dramatic “holy” leaves scream stylish and it’s a fairly fast grower. Although the tropical foliage loves bright indirect light and grows faster and more dramatic, they are just as happy in so many light conditions – bright, medium or low light. It’s not too prone to root rot, and it’s not too prone to drying out either. Whether you are heavy handed on watering or sometimes forget about watering all together, Monstera Deliciosa will be more forgiving than most plants out there and put out stunning foliage for you.
One thing to keep in mind is they do get big, so make sure you have enough room for it to climb and grow. Whether you enjoy raising the plant from its baby form, or prefer to star caring for it when it’s mature and enjoy the fenestration, Monstera Deliciosa will definitely bring you much joy. If you have the space for it, Monstera is a must have.
Talked about Monstera Deliciosa, now let’s meet its cousin, Monstera Adansonii, or the Swiss Cheese vine. Adansonii is arguably the cheesiest of all Monsteras as its leave are more delicate and the plant is much more petite in size. What makes it more interesting is that Monstera Adansonii cascades out into long trails, which makes it a perfect candidate for hanging basket or training around a moss pole.
Considering how delicate and fragile the foliage looks, growing Monstera Adansonii is actually fairly easy. Just like Monstera Deliciosa, Adansonii loves bright indirect light, but it does fine in medium light situationsnhu3h. I would not place this plant in a low light condition though. In terms of water, roughly every 10 to 12 days should be a pretty good time frame, or wait until the top inch of the soil is completely dry. I grew this plant from two tiny cuttings and now it has grown out of its moss pole, for the second time.
Monstera Adansonii is a really fun plant to grow and an easy plant to grow, just remember, give it indirect bright light and don’t overwater, it will love you back with the most delicate and perforated leaves.
Peperomia Obtusifolia, also called baby rubber plant or pepper face plant, is such a fast grower and a worry-free plant. Some may think, Peperomia? Aren’t they finicky about water and light? That’s true for a lot of Peperomias, but not this one. This gem likes the bright indirect light, does fine in medium light and tolerates low light; in terms of water, it does prefer to dry out between each watering as it’s prone to root rot. So if you tend to neglect your houseplants, Peperomia Obtusifolia is extremely independent and require the minimum from the plant parents. A tip is to let the plant get root bound a little, make it snug and feel like home, the rate of its growth will bring you surprises.
Aglaonaema, or Chinese Evergreen, are truly beautiful and beautifully low maintenance. Whether you want something subtle like the classic Silver Bay, or fancy something sassier like the Sparkling Sarah, you’re guaranteed with a delightful experience. As the only plants that come with beautiful patterns and colors on this list, surprisingly they don’t require too much light. Of course with brighter indirect light, Aglaonaemas will grow bigger and faster, but they’re also very appreciative of what you could offer, medium to lower light, they would be just as happy and beautiful. Watering for Aglaonaemas is easy too, let the plant dry out between each water, the plant will reward you with stunning foliage.
I think up until now, you can see a pattern – an easy water schedule, flexible lighting requirements, higher growth rate, all the plants on the list fit into these three categories. That’s it, a lot of the plants are very simple, in fact, every plant is “easy” once you get to know them. Plants are just like people with different personalities and characters. Learn to read their body languages and understand what message they are trying to tell you.
Doesn’t feel good, taking care of something? And it feels even better when the plants you care for reward you with new growth and healthy stems. Here at TPH, we truly believe that humans and plants take care of each other, that feeling is mutual <3.