Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

My favorite indoor plants are the ones that require less care.

These plants are all good options if you are busy and do not have a lot of time to care for plants, or if your plants always seem to be dying. Of course, these still require care and attention – but they are a bit more forgiving and harder to kill than some other options.

Here are my favorite low maintenance plants:

Spider Plant


Spider plants are very easy to care for – simply water your plant when the soil is dry. Place your spider plant in bright indirect light. Prune your plant occasionally to keep it at your preferred size.

Jade Plant


Jade plants are beautiful and low maintenance. Do not let the soil dry fully – keep it moderately dry, but not completely dry. Water your plant more in the summer and less in the winter. It is important to not let the soil dry out, but you should not overwater.

Ivy


I love English Ivy – it is such a beautiful plant. Ivy needs to be placed in bright, indirect light. You should water your ivy when the soil feels dry. So, you will probably need to water it once every few days – maybe less depending on the plant. Periodically spray or wash the leaves to remove dust, dirt and spider mites. Misting the leaves will also prevent them from drying out.

Succulents


These are some of my favorite types of succulents. I water my succulents about once a week. Water them thoroughly and then let them dry out before you water again. And make sure they are getting enough bright light – place them right by a window.

Tiny Cacti


This is a pincushion cactus – a small cactus is another good choice if you are looking for a low maintenance plant.

 

My Vegetable Garden: Late April Planting 

I have been planting all day – today I planted kale, spinach, chard, zuchinni, peas, beans, onions and turnips. 



Yesterday I planted carrots, turnips and beets. 


I actually planted the lettuce and beans in a raised bed – this was the first time I planted vegetables in a raised bed. I wanted more space but did not want to dig – a raised bed is a wonderful way to create a garden without digging. I reused old wood (be sure to use untreated wood) and then filled the bed with compost. 


I still have a lot left to plant – but I am happy with the progress I have made. I would love to hear about your garden. What have you planted? 

Modern Plant Stands

I love modern plant stands. I have gathered some of my favorites here to share with you.

1. Ferm Living High Plant Stand

I love the clean, minimal lines of this iron plant stand from Ferm Living.

2. Case Study Desk Top Planter with Wood Stand

This small desk top plant stand comes with a modern ceramic pot, which is available in four colors.

3. Case Study Bowl with Metal Stand

This plant stand and bowl are sold together and are available in three sizes.

4. Bluewave Lifestyle Counter Wood Stand

This wooden stand has a simple, modern design.

5. Scoutmob Home Midcentury Plant Stand

I love the mid-century design of this wood stand.

6. CobraCo Black Plant Stand

This basic black stand is perfect for setting in a corner.

7. Case Study Ceramic Planter with Wood Stand

Available in either small or large, this modern planter is perfect for any room.

8. Case Study Table Top Cylinder with Wood Stand

The perfect table top plant stand and planter – available in your choice of black, white or brown.

9. Panacea Plant Stand

I just love the contemporary design of this simple black plant stand.

 

Which of these do you like best? Do you have any to add to the list? Let me know below! I love hearing your thoughts and recommendations.

 

10 Air Purifying Plants for your Home

In this post I wanted to share my ten favorite indoor plants that purify the air. 

If you have any favorites to add to the list leave comment below!

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  1. Snake Plant

This is one of the best choices if you want to purify the air in your home. The snake plant helps by filtering out chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. 

You can purchase a snake plant here.

  1. Peace Lily

This is a beautiful flowering plant that also helps remove common pollutants from the air. It also does not need direct sunlight, so you have more options as to where you choose to place it in your home.

You can purchase a peace lily here.

  1. Aloe

Although I love aloe plants, I had never realized that they help to purify the air.

Start with this collection of three different aloe plants.

  1. Golden Pothos

Golden pothos, or devil’s ivy, is extremely easy to grow. It is is one of the most popular indoor plants.

You can buy a golden pothos here.

  1. Dwarf Date Palm

There are several palm trees that you can choose from, and they will all help purify the air in your home – but I just particularly like the look of this one. You can choose whichever variety you prefer.

This palm plant would be a lovely addition to your home.

  1. English Ivy

Ivy is one of my favorite indoor plants. It looks so lovely on a shelf by a window or as a hanging plant. 

  1. Spider Plant

The spider plant is another low maintenance option. It is also perfect if you don’t have much room – it can be placed in a spare corner since it does not need to be right by a window in direct sunlight.

  1. Boston Fern

This is another low maintenance choice – the most popular type of indoor fern. You can set it on a side table or hang it to add some green to your home, while helping clean the air.

  1. Rubber Plant

This is a lovely plant with large, thick leaves. It is not hard to care for – but it will grow to be quite large, so keep that in mind.

You can purchase a rubber plant here.

  1. Bamboo Palm

Last on my list is another type of palm: the bamboo palm. It is wonderful for removing harmful formaldehydes and carbon monoxide – and looks lovely in any living space. However, since it is a large plant, you will need to have more space. 

Planning a Vegetable Garden

There are so many reasons to grow your own vegetables. Fresh organic produce always tastes better – and it is better for the environment to grow as much of your own food as you can. So, if you haven’t already, why not start a vegetable garden this year? If you already grow vegetables, why not expand your garden, so that you will be even less dependent on a grocery store for produce? Anyone can grow vegetables – if you do not have enough land outside for a garden, you can start an indoor garden, or grow your vegetables on a balcony, deck or patio. There are so many options!

Right now it is the beginning of spring here, but the weather is not quite warm enough for planting – so it is the perfect time to start planning.

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Last year’s garden – lettuce

Types of Vegetables

What vegetables will you grow? If you are just beginning, try some vegetables that will be easy to grow. I like to grow different greens, such as kale, spinach, chard, lettuce, and cabbage. These are so easy to grow and are so healthy. Peppers, carrots, radishes, peas and zucchini are all easy to grow as well.

If you have the space, consider trying other vegetables as well, such as corn, different types of squash, broccoli, cucumbers, potatoes, and onions.

Where to Buy Seeds

You can either buy seeds or seedlings. For certain vegetables it may be better to buy seedlings at a nursery. But there are also many vegetables that can be easily grown directly from seeds. Don’t buy just any seeds: select high quality seeds. If you are planning on growing different vegetables, save money by buying a variety pack of seeds. In this variety pack of heirloom seeds you will find 32 varieties of vegetable seeds – for a lower price than if you bought each type of seed separately.

Starting Seeds Inside

You do not have to start seeds indoors, but if the weather is still too cold outside this might be a good option. If you live in a location where the growing season is shorter, it might be necessary to do this. You can start certain vegetables in pots quite easily. A small greenhouse can also be used for starting seeds inside.

Container Gardening

If you do not have a lot of space outside, then this option will allow you to grow vegetables anywhere – even on a small balcony or deck. This planter stand is perfect for any small space.

How to Maximize Space

Raised beds are one option for growing vegetables. They can be especially helpful if you do not have a large amount of space to plant. You will be able to fit more plants into your garden with raised beds than with other planting methods. You can buy raised beds or build your own.

By making use of trellises you can maximize space in your garden. Even in a small space you can grow a lot more than you might think, since vegetables such as tomatoes and beans grow vertically.

The Layout

If this is the first year you are planting a vegetable garden, then choose a good location where the vegetables will get plenty of sunlight. Plan out your garden, taking into account how much space the different plants will need – see the seed packets for information about the different vegetables. Do not use the same layout year after year – if you continually plant the same type of vegetable in the same location, the soil will lose important nutrients. You should rotate the location of your vegetables – so be sure to take a picture of your garden, or draw out a plan so that you will know where everything was planted.

A Journal

To make planning easier you can start a garden journal. This can help you decide on a layout that will be best for your garden – you can sketch out different plans. Then, as you begin planting and your garden grows, you can continue to keep a record.

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Do you have a vegetable garden, or are you thinking of starting one? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear about your garden. Or, if you have any questions about starting a vegetable garden, comment below and I will see if I can help. Don’t forget to share photos of your garden – indoor or outdoor – on Instagram with the hashtag #aloeandaster

 

My New Plants

Recently I bought new indoor plants. I love them all so much – I just had to share some photos with you. 

I would love to see photos of your plants! Use #aloeandaster to share your photos on Instagram.

New plants!
Ivy
New Cacti
I love this one.
Angel Vine
String of Pearls

Comment below to let me know if you have any of these plants – or if you have bought any new indoor plants recently. I would love to hear about your plants. 

At The Garden Shop

Several days ago I went to a plant shop to look for some new indoor plants.


There were too many choices – I wanted to buy everything! I loved this beautiful cactus – but it was a bit too large. I did end up choosing some smaller cactus plants. 


It was especially nice to see all the green – since outside it still feels like winter here. Hopefully the snow will melt soon …



Do you like shopping for plants? What plants have you bought recently?


In my next post I will be sharing photos of my new plants.