Aside from photography-related things, one of the most common questions I receive are about how I keep my plants alive. When I was little, my mom and my dad and I used to take our RV out camping all over California. We'd visit Yosemite, Yellowstone, and a ton of other national parks regularly. My mom was always insanely adventurous - some of the only memories I have of her are ones of her doing ridiculous things - reaching out to touch a wild buffalo (please don't attempt this, those things are NUTS), and hanging out of the sunroof of the car while my dad did donuts around the parking lot of a restaurant where she had one of those super tall margaritas. Those were good memories. One of my other favorite memories of her was going to national parks and picking wildflowers, and lining our RV kitchen and living room with them upside down to dry them out. I really wish I still had some of her dried flowers.
That's what sparked my interest in plants - the fact that they need me to take care of them gives me a special kind of purpose. I'm an extremely empathetic person, so a plant dying for me is just not an option because I can't handle the emotional trauma of killing a living thing...so here we go, her's all of the plants that I've found that are (nearly) impossible to kill!
1. The snake plant
I'm sure you've seen this guy before in swanky modern apartment magazines, but i'm telling you - these things are AMAZING. I'm gonna be very honest with you...I don't water these babies often, and sometimes I forget for a month at a time. I don't get any new growth because of it, which I'm okay with because I have a rather small pot, but you typically only need to water them once every few weeks, allowing the soil to dry completely before watering again. These are toxic to both dogs and cats, so be careful if you've got curious pets. They're air purifying, do well in almost any lighting condition, and you can seriously neglect them before they get mad at you. My kinda plant.
2. Golden Pothos
THESE are one of my all-time favorites, and seemingly ones people have the most trouble with. These don't have to be difficult. A friend of mine at the plant store Piep told me that people normally kill not from how much water they put in the plant, but how FREQUENTLY they water it. Pothos are very good at telling you when they're thirsty - their leaves will begin to droop, and they like waiting for their soil to dry out between waterings. I just give them a quick run of water and they're happy for a week or so. Do NOT water if their soil is still damp - this is the #1 way to drown your pothos, and something I had to learn the hard way a few times. Thank God for Home Depot & Lowes return policy (google it, they'll take your dead plants back with your reciept)!
3. Rubber Tree Plant
This plant is so easy and low-maintenance that I feel like it should be higher up on the list! A lot of people may not agree with me, but this is my longest-standing plant and what started me on this obsessive plant journey. They like medium to bright indirect light, and they like having moist soil when they're growing. If your leave turn yellow, you're doing too much. During the non-growing season, you really only need to water these about once a month. Again, more harm in over-watering than under-watering. The leaves will start to droop when it needs some love.
4. Peace Lily
As one of Nasa's top ten air cleaning plants, this one deserves a mention! I had lots of trouble with all of these plants. They kept wilting a few days after I'd water them, and after some research I found that it was due to the pot size. They like a good thorough drink, and do well in room with north or south facing windows to get that good all-day indirect light. You only need to water these babies about once a week, and as always, let the leaves tell you when they're thirsty.
5. The Prayer Plant
A lover of bright, indirect sunlight and moisture (but not sogginess). It can tolerate low light, but to make this baby thrive, a good filtered light would be best for this guy. I like them because when they're happy, they look like they're throwing their hands up in the air. You know, like a party plant. The kind of plant all the other plants want to be around.
I hope you guys all found something at least a little bit helpful in this, and when buying a plant, always look up the care it needs online to see if you can manage it. No plants need to die if they don't have to. It's like owning a puppy - they take work and care and you can't leave them without a babysitter if you wanna take a spring-break trip to Cancun. You're a plant mom now, so start acting like it. They grow up so fast.