If you follow me on social media besides my blog say instagram (@theblondelatte) you know I recently moved about 2 months ago? give or take.. and I finally have enough light in the house to try my hand at plants.. I have previously tried to keep plants alive in my old apartment but honestly it just wasn’t the right atmosphere (even for low light plants). Plants to me symbolize growth, and I love having that symbol in my home. Along with just how pleasant they are to look at. I love greenery. So today I am sharing my favorite plants I have in my home at the moment and that are actually thriving.. HUGE SHOCK. I tend to have a black thumb.. but if I can keep these alive I know you can too! I tried to get some plants that were non-toxic to pets because our sweet little 5 1/2 month old French Bulldog Oliver is so inquisitive and loves to “taste test” everything, for the ones that are potentially toxic I keep them up high so he can never reach them!
Boston Fern aka Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis:
Boston Ferns originated from humid swamps and forests. They are a type of sword fern that actually mutated from the straight fronds of typical sword ferns. Boosters Ferns are non-toxic according to the ASPCA for both dogs and cats. Boston Ferns thrive in humid climates (perfect for fellow floridians). They do best with lots of indirect sunlight, and daily mistings. If you see your fern is browning or yellowing it is a sign it needs more mist, and possibly more humidity.. great option is moving it in the bathroom while showering! Make sure your Boston Fern’s soil remains damp at all times. Boston Ferns only need fertilizer once or twice a year.
Money Tree or Pachira aquatic, and aka Malabar chestnut or Saba nut:
Money Trees prefer bright indirect light, and moderate to high humidity. Money Trees are non-toxic to dogs. Besides it being lovely to look at with the braided trunk and leafy greens, it also has some symbolism. Many believe that the Money Tree promotes success and financial success. To care for your Money Tree: provide a pot with good drainage to prevent root rot, make sure they are watered but never letting the roots sit in the water, leave in high indirect sunlight, and in a rather humid climate (even if that means the bathroom!)
Aloe Vera Aloe barbadensis ( is toxic to pets)
I love having my own Aloe Vera plant for the use of the aloe! It is awesome for skin, hair and many health benefits.. but that is for another post! You can place your Aloe Vera plant in indirect sunlight, direct, or artificial light. I put one ice cube in my pot a week and let it dissolve (for me personally this is the easiest way for me to water my plant). Others suggest watering every 3 weeks and while watering water stop, and then water. ( Hope that makes sense!)
Exotic Angel Plant ( Toxic to pets, so please keep out of reach!)
These little buggers can be very tricky! Mine is very “emotional”. These need a precise amount of water, and sunlight or they tend to wilt. Mine actually shriveled up I freaked.. took to instagram ( I mean where else would you go to for advice? lol) to ask my friends and followers if they had this problem and if it would come back.. and yes! A sweet fellow blogger and friend told me hers was the exact same way. I honestly feel these should come with a warning label that they are very picky & moody plants! So anyways I realized I had it in too much direct sunlight.. I gave it extra water for two days and it came back to life. TBH.. it looks a little frazzled in the photo but that is the best representation of who it really is. Don’t stress over it, give it little extra TLC, and its back to full bloom. Tips: avoid overwatering, don’t make a lot of changes ( again super temperamental!), and keep away from drafts.
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I would love to know if you have house plants and if so which!?