Are you crazy busy and yet still wish your home had a little more greenery in it? Yeah, I did too… That’s why I went on a hunt to find the best low-maintenance indoor plants.
You see… plants come to my house to die. Flowers are no exception. Apart from my children—my dog, Gus, included—living things just don’t do well in my hands.
But not too long ago, I turned over a new leaf. (See what I did there?) I purchased the cutest batch of succulents on Amazon and planted them all by myself. I first tried to get my mother-in-law to do it for me, but she just sweetly told me I could do a great job of doing it myself. Thanks…
I initially bought the succulents because I felt that our home needed a spring makeover. And call it spring fever, but I somehow convinced myself that I had a green thumb and I needed to put it to use, dammit.
So I started with a simple “succulents” Google search to find something pretty. I found some interesting facts—about succulents and about the best low-maintenance indoor plants—that pushed me overboard in giving my green thumb a chance.
Facts About the Best Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants
- Succulents are as low-maintenance as they come.
Give them sunlight and remember to water them about once a week, and you’re good.
- Plants increase your oxygen levels.
I’ve been to enough Oxygen Bars in Vegas to know that increased oxygen levels = increased brain function!
- Indoor greenery sharpens focus.
As you know, I’m obsessed with increasing my focus. A study at The Royal College of Agriculture in Circencester, England, found that students demonstrate 70% greater attentiveness when their classrooms containing plants.
- Succulents could literally grow in ANYTHING!
No garden? No worries! Think … toy cars, shoes, books, wine corks, teacups. I was overcome with the possibilities on Pinterest. This could be the beginning of a serious obsession.
- Plants purify the air.
Breathe easy, put down the Febreze, and let your plants do the heavy lifting.
Getting Started With the Best Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants
As with anything I want to buy, I checked Amazon first for succulents. And wouldn’t you know … they sell them!
While doing a little Sunday shopping at the Flower District in Downtown LA, I realized a lot of vendors had a great selection of succulents, which I’ll keep in mind when I expand my succulent army.
Here is what I purchased to get started:
- 20 Gorgeous Succulents in 2” plastic pots (I bought 2 sets for a total of 40, which was perfect.)
- Organic Cactus Soil (What? I wanted to give them the best advantage in their new home…)
- 2 Small Ceramic Terrarium Half Moon Flower Pots (Green)
- Set of 3 Decorative Modern White Square Flower, Succulent Planters / Dishes with Display Tray (I bought 2 sets.)
- FREAKIN’ adorable Set of 9 Brown Eggs Design Ceramic Succulent Planters / Mini Decorative Pots w/ Tray
The only problem was I had more plants than planters. I should have planted some in a cute tea set I have, but oh well … I gave many of the extras away as gifts. The mini succulents were too cute not to share. They made adorable presents for the kids to surprise their teachers with.
How to Take Proper Care of Your Succulents
Once you’ve purchased and planted your succulents, you need to have the proper routines and tools to take care of them.
Because even though these are some of the best low-maintenance indoor plants, you CAN still kill them. (Trust me…)
You’ll want to make sure you don’t overwater them. Each plant might be different, so you should follow any instructions that come with them. But no succulent likes to be overwatered.
Gardenista suggests letting the plant dry out completely before watering again—especially if you live in a wet or humid climate.
You also want to make sure you put your plants in a spot where they’ll get plenty of sunshine. No dark corners in the back of the house…
Lastly, make sure you don’t put them in a crowded area. Indoor plants need more space than outdoor plants so that they can get as much sunlight as possible.
All right, happy planting!
OK so now tell me … what ideas do you have for succulent planters?