Perfect Plants For Your Perfect Room

Date: August 1, 2016

Fiddle leaf figs are everywhere and I’m sure you’ve seen them a million places by now. It is the coveted, of-the-moment (A very long moment, I grant you) tree that interior designers are putting in all types of splendid spaces. I, myself was lured by their ginormous glossy leaves and fun shape and purchased one last year and I love him. Yes, him. I named him Cam. I feel like I try much harder to keep my plants alive when I humanize them. He looks perfect in my living room in a blue and white Chinoiserie pot. Cam is definitely a lot more high maintenance than I thought he was going to be. He sits in a corner between two windows that face north. It is recommended that fiddle leaf figs receive bright, indirect light. A perfect spot! He did great for the first 9 months or so. I watered him once a week and he seemed happy… or so I thought. Over the last 5 months, he’s been dropping his bottom leaves. I thought perhaps his soil needed to be freshened so I added some compost and new potting soil. And the leaves still dropped. I thought perhaps I was over-watering him, so I reduced his waterings. No change. I thought then maybe I was under watering and adjusted accordingly. No difference. I’ve even worked in misting him on a semi daily basis (since these trees like humidity) and playing him classical music during the days. He is still dropping his leaves and I am still wondering why and hoping and praying that he stops it and pulls through.

My point is this: these trees are shown everywhere in well designed rooms that are modern to traditional and every style in between. And they are GORGEOUS. But just know that they may not be right for your space or your level of green thumb. There are so many options out there that will look just as beautiful and suit your living room, dining room, bedroom, or wherever. Like the common ficus, the fiddle leaf fig will eventually lose out its popularity to some new, cool house plant. So here’s a look at some really great alternative options for indoor plants to “spruce” up your interiors. Haha! Spruce, get it?

 

Pencil Cactus - I am seeing more and more of these guys. They have a very interesting shape and can grow up to 6 feet tall. It needs a bright, sunny spot and next to no water as it is a succulent. Keep in mind though that these are poisonous, so if you have small kids or curious critters, best to avoid this one or keep it in a really inaccessible place.
Pencil Cactus – I am seeing more and more of these guys. They have a very interesting shape and can grow up to 6 feet tall. It needs a bright, sunny spot and next to no water as it is a succulent. Keep in mind though that these are poisonous, so if you have small kids or curious critters, best to avoid this one or keep it in a really inaccessible place.

 

Fiji Palm - Shade tolerant and doesn’t take a lot of water. It does love warmer temperatures, so make sure it’s not near anyplace that gets drafts. It’s a beautiful, fan-like tree that will add a little bit of tropical flare to your room.
Fiji Palm – Shade tolerant and doesn’t take a lot of water. It does love warmer temperatures, so make sure it’s not near anyplace that gets drafts. It’s a beautiful, fan-like tree that will add a little bit of tropical flare to your room.

 

ZZ Plant - These guys are so chill. They don’t require a lot of light or water and they take neglect in stride. The largest it will get is around 3 feet in height, so this is a good one for smaller spaces or table tops.
ZZ Plant – These guys are so chill. They don’t require a lot of light or water and they take neglect in stride. The largest it will get is around 3 feet in height, so this is a good one for smaller spaces or table tops.

 

Snake Plant - Can stand low or bright light and doesn’t demand a lot of water and can grow to 4 feet tall. This guy loves life too much to die on you. Great for people who have trouble keeping a plant alive.
Snake Plant – Can stand low or bright light and doesn’t demand a lot of water and can grow to 4 feet tall. This guy loves life too much to die on you. Great for people who have trouble keeping a plant alive.

 

Split-Leaf Philodendron - Look at the pretties! This plant likes brighter indirect light and it likes humidity, so it is good to mist her down every couple of days. The leaves look amazing in vases and last for about a month! Again, this one is poisonous, so be careful.
Split-Leaf Philodendron – Look at the pretties! This plant likes brighter indirect light and it likes humidity, so it is good to mist her down every couple of days. The leaves look amazing in vases and last for about a month! Again, this one is poisonous, so be careful.

 

Dracaena Marginata - This sucker is in-de-struct-ible! Drought tolerant, low light loving, pest resistant, it is a perfect houseplant. Plus this thing is very funky and gives a little edge to a room.
Dracaena Marginata – This sucker is in-de-struct-ible! Drought tolerant, low light loving, pest resistant, it is a perfect houseplant. Plus this thing is very funky and gives a little edge to a room.

 

Fiddle Leaf Fig - The one that started it all... or at least this blog entry. It is super finicky about being over or under watered, needs humidity, bright light, and the blood of your first born.
Fiddle Leaf Fig – The one that started it all… or at least this blog entry. It is super finicky about being over or under watered, needs humidity, bright light, and the blood of your first born.

 

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