Easy Tillandsia Caput Medusae Care | Air Plant Guide

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Ever wonder how you can skillfully care for and display the striking tillandsia caput medusae? You’re not alone; many indoor plant enthusiasts have been charmed by its unique, crazy look, but have struggled with keeping it alive. Here’s a complete guide on how to care for this air plant so it thrives and looks amazing with minimal time and care!

Here’s what we’re covering today:

  • Background and History of Tillandsia Caput Medusae
  • Caring for Your Tillandsia Caput Medusae
  • Creative Ways to Display Your Tillandsia Caput Medusae
a tillandsia caput medusae on a white background

Background and History of Tillandsia Caput Medusae

The Tillandsia Caput-Medusae, named after the mythical Greek goddess Medusa for its resemblance to her snake-haired head, is an air plant native to Central America, Mexico, and certain parts of the southern United States. This unique plant, belonging to the Bromeliaceae family, (so it’s a cousin to bromeliads) is often found growing on tree branches in its natural habitat. This hanging habit of its wildly twisted leaves have also given it the nickname of the octopus plant!

Indigenous cultures treasured tillandsia plants for their therapeutic properties and used it to treat minor ailments. This has created a large pharmaceutical value for tillandsia as a cash crop and has continued its cultivation. 

This, combined with the t. caput medusae’s distinct, tubular purple flowers and gray-green tendrils continues to make this variety an iconic member of the Tillandsia genus.

a large collection of t. caput medusae

Caring for Your Tillandsia Caput Medusae

The t. caput medusae air plant is similar to most other air plants in their care requirements. This makes it easy to care for, but for those who don’t have experience growing air plants, it can also be difficult. Here, I’ll share some essential, simple tips on how to care for your t. caput medusae in the best and easiest way possible!

Light Requirements

Tillandsia Caput Medusae loves bright, indirect light. As an indoor plant, place it in a well-lit room, preferably near a south, east, or west-facing window. Avoid direct sunlight as it can harm the plant’s foliage. Artificial light is also a good option if natural light is not abundant. This makes it do well even in artificially-lit offices. However, if your air plant is not growing or is looking long and spindly, this could be a sign that your tillandsia needs more light.

a tillandsia caput medusae on a shelf

Watering Your Plant

Watering is key to keeping your Tillandsia Caput Medusae healthy. This air plant species is native to dry regions, which means it doesn’t need excessive water. A good approach is to soak the plant once a week for about 15-30 minutes and let it dry completely afterwards. Too much water can lead to root rot, while too little can cause the leaves to curl and brown.

If your plant is becoming soft and mushy, this can be a sign that you have overwatered your plant. If it survives, try to add less water, drain excess water, or dry it out better after watering. For more information on how to water air plants (free-standing air plants, as well as plants that are glued to wood or rocks), check out my post on How to Water Air Plants the Right Way.

a t. caput medusae wet from soaking in a sink

Temperature and Humidity

Tillandsia Caput Medusae can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, from as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 90 degrees. However, the optimal temperature for its growth is between 70 and 80 degrees. This plant also appreciates good air circulation and humidity, which makes it a good choice for bathrooms or kitchens. Be aware, though, that if your plant doesn’t receive enough air circulation and it stays too wet, it can potentially die from leaf rot.

a t. caput medusae hanging from a white basket

Feeding Your Plant

Although Tillandsia Caput Medusae gets most of its nutrients from the air, occasional feeding can boost its growth. Use a bromeliad-friendly fertilizer once a month, diluted to quarter-strength. This will provide the plant with the necessary nutrients and allow it to thrive. For information on how to properly fertilize your tillandsia, check out my post on Air Plant Care

a tillandsia air plant fertilizer spray bottle

Creative Ways to Display Your Tillandsia Caput Medusae

The wild, curly tendrils of the t. caput medusae makes it a show-stopper, despite its relatively small size. So be sure to maximize this plant’s display to show off (and not hide!) this plant’s showy form!

One simple, yet fabulous way to display your tillandsia is to hang it. Since tillandsias are air plants, they do not require soil or traditional planters. You can hang them in glass terrariums or even directly from your ceiling or wall hooks to embrace a minimalist appeal.

a tillandsia in a glass case on a shelf

Alternatively, adhering these plants to a piece of driftwood or stone also creates an impressive display, bringing another piece of nature into your indoor space. Be careful when doing this, though, as hot glue can burn your plant.

Also, make sure that your natural plant stand is waterproof, since you will need heavy mistings to keep your air plant well watered. This, or you can soak the entire piece to water your air plant. Just make sure that whatever you choose doesn’t hold trapped water, since this can quickly cause your plant to die.

tillandsia caput medusae sitting on a crystal

Tillandsia caput medusae plants can also instill a botanical touch to your bookshelf, coffee table, or work desk when nested in a small ceramic or metallic holder. This adds a lot of texture to a small space, but it is a perfect decor piece for guests to “discover” that will bring a smile to their face!

t. caput medusae sitting in a metal teacup

Conclusion

In conclusion, here are the items we covered in this post.

  • Background: Understanding the history and origins of the tillandsia caput medusae give us a greater appreciation for this plant, as well as helps us better understand how to care for it as an indoor plant.
  • Plant Characteristics: We explored this plant’s physical attributes and growth habits, adding to the allure of owning a tillandsia caput medusae.
  • Care Guide: We covered essential care instructions for light, water, temperature, and nutrients to ensure your plant thrives.
  • Display Suggestions: We talked about various innovative methods to display this plant and how it can enhance your living or working space aesthetics.

Now that you know how to properly care for your tillandsia caput medusae, I hope you can have fun with this wild, twisted air plant! It is definitely one that is worth adding to your indoor plant collection!

Happy Digging!

Tillandsia Caput Medusae FAQs

Can Tillandsia Caput Medusae grow indoors, and what kind of lighting does it need?

Yes, Tillandsia Caput Medusae does well indoors. It needs bright, indirect light for optimum growth. Positioning it near a window with filtered light would be the ideal location indoors. Try to avoid hot, direct sunlight as this can dry out your plant and cause leaf scorch.

How often should I water my Tillandsia Caput Medusae?

This air plant variety generally needs to be watered once a week. However, in dryer climates or heated indoor areas, misting between waterings can help keep it hydrated. Locations with high humidity can get away with bi-weekly watering.

Why are the leaves of my Tillandsia Caput Medusae turning brown?

Brown leaves could be a sign of under-watering or too much sun. If housed in a bright location, consider moving it to a spot with lower light intensity. Increasing watering frequency can also help. Mushy, black leaves on the other hand are the most common problem with tillandisa and is caused by too much watering.

Do I need to fertilize my Tillandsia Caput Medusae?

While not a requirement, occasional fertilizing can support growth. You can use a bromeliad-friendly fertilizer at a quarter strength every month during the growing season for added nutrients. Add the fertilizer to your water during the usual soaking or misting of your air plant.

Why do Air Plants grow in the US + Tillandsia Care Guide

a group of air plants on a tree branch

Ever wondered why air plants are found in the southeastern United States? The unique distribution of air plants is no coincidence, but the result of fascinating ecological and environmental factors. Air plants are predominant in the southeastern United States due to the region’s favorable environment. This means that it meets air plants’ specific climate, temperature, and humidity needs, which are vital for their unique growth characteristics and adaptability. Their presence also plays a crucial ecological role in this region and significantly impacts the overall ecosystem.

Today we’re going to cover the following fun facts about air plants:

  • Unique Characteristics of Air Plants
  • Air Plants found in the Southeastern United States
  • Environmental Factors Influencing the Growth of Air Plants
  • Impact of Air Plants in the Southeast Ecosystem

Continue reading to uncover the intriguing reasons explaining this prevalence and how it impacts the regional ecosystem – and maybe get some ideas for your own air plant care while you’re at it!

two air plants on a large branch

Unique Characteristics of Air Plants


Air plants, a part of the bromeliad family, hold a unique position in the plant kingdom. These extraordinary plants have the ability to receive their needed nutrients and moisture directly through their leaves, rather than from soil like most other plant species. This evolution allows them to grow in a variety of locations, often using trees or rocks merely as a support to grow on. With more than 500 known species, this plant family also exhibit a wide range of shape, size, and color variations.

Air plants’ primary mode of water intake happens through tiny structures on their leaves called trichomes. These structures can absorb water from the air directly. Interestingly, these trichomes also give many air plants their distinctive silver or grey appearance. Their epiphytic nature allows them to thrive without soil and live on the surfaces of other plants without causing any harm to them, unlike other vining plants that can overtake and kill their host plants.

a tillandsia plant on the side of a tree

However, these unique qualities come with some vulnerabilities, particularly regarding climate and humidity requirements. And that’s where the southeastern United States comes into play. So, how does this geographical region support such a unique form of plant life? Let’s delve deeper into this topic.

Air Plants in the Southeastern United States

When it comes to distribution of air plants, they are found all over Central America and South America, but in the United States, they are mostly only found in the southeastern region and along warm coastal areas.

Several genera of air plants, such as tillandsia ionantha, tillandsia xerographica, and the well-known (and often photographed!) spanish moss, or tillandsia usneoides, are particularly widespread in the Southeastern U.S. Florida, specifically, has become a hotspot for these plants, due to its subtropical and tropical climate that mirrors the plants’ natural environment of Central and South America (and even throughout the west indies!).

In these locations, the air plants typically grow on other plants, such as the thick branches of trees, without harming them or drawing nutrients from them. They are common in the forests, mangroves, and swamps of the Southeastern U.S, notably in the Everglades National Park of Florida and the Okefenokee Swamp of Georgia. Like other epiphytes, they offer a unique layer of biodiversity, cohabiting with various other species in these ecosystems.

spanish moss hanging from a large tree

Environmental Factors Influencing the Growth of Air Plants

The southern United States provides an ideal environment for several varieties of air plants due to its specific climatic conditions and geographical features. This basically means that in these regions we find a lot of humidity, warm temperatures, and frequent rainfall. This is vital for the survival of air plants because of their lack of roots and their ability to absorb moisture from the air (through a process called atmospheric water uptake). If the air around them were to be too dry, then they would ultimately suffer. This keeps them from spreading to most of the northern and western United States, since these regions are warm enough, but lack the humidity and rainfall that are necessary for this plant’s survival. They can usually only be found along coastal regions where there are higher humidity levels and a more temperate climate.

Speaking of temperature, air plants are tropical plants, and as such, they like it warm! Because of the southeast region’s moderate winters and hot, humid summers, this area supports a year-round growing environment for air plants without the threat of frost damage.

Finally, the diversity and abundance of trees in the southeastern forests provide ample surfaces for air plants to latch onto and flourish. Being a Georgia transplant myself, I have been amazed at how many different types of trees naturally grow here! And the wide variety of trees within these extensive forests allow for an equally wide array of air plant species, each adapted to a slightly different niche within this rich ecosystem.

a grouping of air plants hanging from a tree branch

Impact of Air Plants in the Southeast Ecosystem

And air plants aren’t just around for the benefits. They also play a significant role in the ecological makeup of the southern United States. By living on tree branches and other surfaces, they add to the diversity and complexity of the ecosystem without competing for soil resources. These plants also are an important source of nectar for various pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

One notable way that air plants positively impact the ecosystem is through their innovative water and nutrient capture method. The adapted structure of their leaves allows them to collect water from rainfall and even fog, storing this water that can later be shared with other organisms in their environment, similar to other bromeliad species. As such, during periods of drought or scarce rainfall, these plants act as miniature reservoirs.

a closeup of an air plant with the light shining into the leaves

Air plants also serve as habitat providers, particularly for smaller creatures. As they grow, air plant colonies can create considerable networks of cover and shelter for insects, spiders, and other small organisms. They literally provide a “living” environment for many species, making them a crucial part of the broader biodiversity.

Their presence can also help us in our evaluation of the overall health of the ecosystem. Typically, healthy air plant populations signify good air quality and a well-balanced environment. If air plant numbers deteriorate, it could indicate bigger environmental issues at play, such as pollution, climate change effects or ecosystem disruption.

Understanding the role of air plants in the ecosystem and their connection to broader environmental health makes their conservation more critical. Ensuring their prevalence continues in the southeastern U.S. is important not just for the air plants themselves but also for the countless organisms that depend on them and the wellbeing of the ecosystem as a whole.

Growing your Own Air Plants

Now I wanted to mention that you can enjoy air plants, even if you don’t live in the southeastern United States. In fact, anyone can successfully grow air plants in their home or office! The main needs for your air plants is bright light (but not too much light), frequent watering, good air circulation, and a bit of protection during the cooler months. A little bit more about that below…

Lighting

To successfully grow your air plants indoors, make sure that you place it in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. Full sun can sometimes cause leaf scorch since our homes don’t usually maintain the same high humidity levels that Florida has! 

Watering

Next, to water your air plant, soak it in a water bath for 20-30 minutes every 1-2 weeks. Then shake off any excess water and let it dry completely before placing it back in its display case or stand. Too much water, especially in the cooler winter months, can cause these plants to rot…

a pile of air plants with several flowering

Tap water can be fine if you leave it out for about an hour to allow the chlorine to evaporate out. If, however, you are finding that the tips of your leaves are turning brown, you might need to find something with less chlorine in it, such as pond or aquarium water, rainwater, or bottled spring water. Avoid distilled water, since all of the nutrients are removed during the distillation process. 

For more information on how to water air plants correctly, whether it’s placed in glass globes, or glued to a pile of rocks (why Walmart, why?!), check out my post on how to correctly water air plants!

Flowering

​And finally, if you are making your air plant happy, it might even flower! Some species of air plant will let you know it’s ready to flower by changing its leaf tips from green to red! The most common of these are the tillandsia bulbosa and the tillandsia ionanthe. Then watch out because you’re going to have the cutest array of purple flowers or white flowers, depending on your variety. The only thing to remember though, is that once a tillandsia flowers, it will then start its decline. 

This is a good sign though, since your air plant will then start to make new plants all around the base of the mother plant. Then as the center of the plant dies away, the small baby plant(s) will then grow in to fill its space. This is how they grow and spread in their native habitat!

For more information on how to take care of your air plants, check out my more detailed post here on air plant care!

a large grouping of flowering air plants on a branch

​And now you should be an expert at growing air plants! Just kidding… it takes everyone some trial and error. But if you’d like more help, feel free to join the facebook group, Houseplants for Plant Killers today!

Conclusion

From the unique characteristics of air plants to their significant presence in the southeastern United States, we’ve covered some of the reasons why air plants are found in this region, as well as the role that they play. Air plants play a great role in this region and are a testament to the complex relationship between geography, climate, and biodiversity in the world of botany.

Air Plants FAQs

What makes air plants unique?

Air plants are unique because they are able to absorb moisture and nutrients from the air through their leaves, which eliminates the need for traditional soil-root system. This particular trait allows them to live in a variety of environments, including attached to other plants or objects.

Why are air plants predominantly found in the southeastern U.S.?

The southeastern U.S. has environmental conditions, including a warm climate and humid environment, that are highly favorable to the growth and survival of air plants. These conditions mimic the tropical and subtropical environments originally native to many air plant species.

What is the importance of air plants in the ecosystem?

Air plants contribute significantly to biodiversity and play a crucial role in their ecosystem. By thriving in a variety of habitats and growing on different surfaces, air plants aid in creating microenvironments for other species and cycling nutrients back into the ecosystem.

Can air plants survive in other climates?

Even though air plants prefer warm, humid climates, they are surprisingly adaptable and can survive in a variety of conditions. However, they may require additional care in drier or colder climates, such as regular misting or bringing them indoors during cold snaps. If you live in areas below zone 9, then it’s best to have them as indoor plants when temperatures fall below 50 F. 

27 BEST Low-Light Indoor Plants (That are easy to care for!)

Picture this: you’re living in a cozy apartment with limited natural light, but you still crave the beauty and serenity that indoor plants bring. You might think your options are limited, but fear not! There’s a whole world of low light houseplants waiting to transform your space into a refreshing and inviting environment.

In this article, we’ll explore the best low light houseplants that can adapt to various indoor conditions, from dimly lit corners to rooms illuminated solely by fluorescent lighting. We’ll also share essential tips for growing these plants successfully, (no green thumb required!) so you can enjoy their beauty and reap their numerous benefits.

Whether you’re a seasoned plant parent or a novice looking to add some greenery to your space, this guide will help you create a stunning indoor garden that will make your home feel more vibrant and inviting, no matter how much natural light you have to work with.

Tips for Growing Low Light Indoor Plants

Growing low light indoor plants can be a rewarding experience, but it does require some special attention and care. By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create the perfect environment for your plants to grow, even in the most challenging lighting conditions.

Avoid Overwatering

One of the most common mistakes plant owners make is overwatering their low light plants. Since these plants grow more slowly and use less water, it’s crucial to let the soil dry out between waterings. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil; if it feels dry, it’s time to water. Remember, it’s better to underwater than to overwater, as too much moisture can lead to root rot and other issues.

Use Well-Draining Potting Mix

To further prevent overwatering and root rot, use a well-draining potting mix specifically designed for indoor plants. These mixes often contain ingredients like perlite, pumice, or coconut coir, which help excess water drain away from the roots while still retaining some moisture. This is especially important for any new plant you bring home from the store. They are usually potted in a coco coir soil mix that will hold onto more water than you want! So be sure to re-pot them into different soil when you get home. (A cactus and succulent mix, or an indoor plant soil with added perlite would be a good choice!)

Additionally, it’s crucial to choose the right pot size for your low-light houseplants. Avoid using pots that are too large, as they can hold excessive amounts of water, leading to soggy soil and potential root rot. Opt for a pot that’s only slightly larger than the plant’s root ball, allowing enough room for growth while preventing waterlogged conditions. If you have moist soil for longer than a week, then it’s time to consider switching to a better draining soil or pot.

And, as you may have guessed, when repotting your plants, always choose a container with drainage holes to allow excess water to escape! This is especially important for plants in low light!

small shovel digging up well-draining houseplant soil mix

Maintain Proper Temperature and Humidity

Most low light houseplants prefer temperatures between 60°F and 75°F (15°C and 24°C). This is especially true for tropical plants. The only reason I mention temprrature is because low light conditions combined with low temperatures can lead to slower evaporation, keeping the soil moist for longer periods. This can increase the risk of root rot, a common issue for houseplants. 

Avoid placing your plants near cold drafts or heat sources, as extreme temperature fluctuations can stress them out. 

zz plant in a window

Many low light plants also benefit from higher humidity levels, which you can achieve by placing a humidity tray nearby, misting the leaves occasionally, or grouping plants together.

Fertilize Sparingly

Since low light plants grow more slowly, they require less fertilizer than their sun-loving counterparts. Overfertilizing can lead to salt buildup in the soil and damage the roots. Stick to a weak, balanced fertilizer solution once a month during the growing season (spring and summer), and avoid fertilizing altogether during the winter months when growth slows down even more.

Watch for Signs of Stretching

Even low light plants need some light to survive, and if they’re not getting enough, they may start to stretch or grow leggy in search of more light. If you notice your plant becoming taller and spindly with more space between leaves, it’s a sign that it needs more light. Try moving it closer to a window or adding a supplemental light source, like a grow light, to keep it compact and healthy.

succulent that is stretched out due to low light

By following these tips and paying attention to your plants’ needs, you’ll be able to create a thriving indoor jungle, even in the darkest corners of your home.

Best Low Light Houseplants

Now that you know how to care for low light plants, it’s time to explore some of the best options for your home. These versatile plants come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, so you’re sure to find one (or more!) that suits your style and space.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant is a true low light champion, able to survive in even the darkest corners of your home. With its glossy, dark green leaves and upright growth habit, it adds a striking architectural element to any room. ZZ Plants are also incredibly low maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care.

dark green zz plant in a white pot

Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’)

Marble Queen Pothos is a stunning variety of the classic pothos plant, featuring heart-shaped leaves variegated with creamy white and green. This trailing plant is perfect for hanging baskets or shelves, and it can tolerate a wide range of lighting conditions, from low to bright indirect light.

close up of a marble queen pothos leaf

Silver Bay Aglaonema (Aglaonema ‘Silver Bay’)

Silver Bay Aglaonema is a beautiful foliage plant with silver-green leaves and dark green edges. It’s a slow-growing, compact plant that’s perfect for tabletops or desks, and it can thrive in low to medium light conditions.

closeup of a silver bay aglaonema houseplant

‘Silver Pothos’ Scindapsus (Scindapsus pictus ‘Silvery Anne’)

‘Silver Pothos’ Scindapsus, also known as Satin Pothos, is a trailing plant with heart-shaped leaves covered in silvery spots. It’s a fast-growing plant that can adapt to various light levels, making it a great choice for beginners.

a silver pothos scindapsus plant

Whalefin Snake Plant

The Whalefin Snake Plant, a distinctive cultivar of the resilient snake plant, boasts thick, flat leaves reminiscent of whale fins. This low-maintenance houseplant is a true survivor, thriving in low-light conditions and tolerating infrequent watering, making it an ideal choice for those with a tendency to forget about their plant companions.

a whale fin snake plant in a ceramic pot

Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plants are classic houseplants known for their long, arching leaves and tiny plantlets that dangle from the mother plant like spiders on a web. They thrive in low to medium light and are excellent at purifying the air. For more information, check out my post on spider plant care tips!

a spider plant in a hanging pot

Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron cordatum)

One of my personal favorites for low-light spaces is the Heartleaf Philodendron. This charming trailing plant has captured my heart with its adorable heart-shaped, dark green leaves. What I love most about it is its easygoing nature – it’s a fast grower that doesn’t demand much attention or care. Whether you have a dimly lit corner or a spot with bright, indirect light, this resilient beauty will thrive and add a touch of lush greenery to your space.

a heartleaf philodendron in a white pot over a white background

Cylindrical Snake Plant (Sansevieria cylindrica)

The Cylindrical Snake Plant is a striking, sculptural plant with long, cylindrical leaves that grow upright. It’s a slow-growing plant that can tolerate low light and infrequent watering, making it perfect for beginners or busy plant owners.

a closeup of a cylindrical snake plant

Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconeura)

Prayer Plants are known for their unique leaf movements – their leaves fold up at night like praying hands. These tropical plants have beautiful, variegated leaves with shades of green, red, and purple. Prayer Plants prefer medium to low light and higher humidity levels.

a maranta plant in a grey pot

Silver Scindapsus (Scindapsus treubii ‘Moonlight’)

Silver Scindapsus is a rare and stunning tropical plant with large, heart-shaped leaves covered in silvery-green variegation. It’s a slow-growing, trailing plant that can adapt to low light conditions, making it a perfect choice for darker rooms.

a small silver scindapsus plant in a geometric plant pot

English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy is a classic trailing plant with lobed, dark green leaves. It’s a fast-growing plant that can thrive in low to medium light, and it’s excellent at purifying the air. English Ivy can be grown in hanging baskets or trained to climb a trellis or pole.

a bunch of english ivy leaves spilling out of a white railing

Siam Aurora Aglaonema (Aglaonema ‘Siam Aurora’)

Siam Aurora Aglaonema is another variety of chinese evergreen with pink, green, and yellow variegated leaves. It’s a slow-growing, compact plant that can tolerate low to medium light. It’s bright foliage makes it perfect for adding a pop of color to darker corners of your home.

a lot of chinese evergreens in nursery pots, fading into the background

Guzmania Bromeliad (Guzmania lingulata)

Guzmania Bromeliads are exotic-looking plants with colorful, long-lasting flower bracts that rise from the center of the plant. They prefer low to medium light and can tolerate lower humidity levels than most bromeliads, making them easier to care for indoors.

a closeup of the central flower of a guzmania bromeliad

Cebu Blue Pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum)

Cebu Blue Pothos is a unique variety of pothos with elongated, arrow-shaped leaves that have a metallic blue-green sheen. It’s a fast-growing, trailing plant that can adapt to various light levels, from low to bright indirect sunlight.

a closeup of a cebu blue pothos leaf made more blue in the low light

Velvet Philodendron (Philodendron micans)

Velvet Philodendron is a stunning trailing plant with velvety, heart-shaped leaves that have a reddish-purple underside. It’s a slow-growing plant that prefers medium to low light and higher humidity levels, making it perfect for bathrooms or kitchens.

a velvet leaf philodendron vine on a moss pole

Raven ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia ‘Raven’)

Raven ZZ Plant is a striking variety of the popular ZZ Plant, with glossy, almost black leaves. It’s a slow-growing, low-maintenance plant that can tolerate very low light levels and infrequent watering, making it perfect for beginners or forgetful plant owners.

a dark raven zz plant over a whitewashed background

Neon Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Neon’)

Neon Pothos is a vibrant variety of pothos with bright, chartreuse-green leaves. It’s a fast-growing, trailing plant that can adapt to various light levels, from low to bright indirect light, making it a versatile choice for any room. Note, though, that bright light keeps its leaves a bright chartreuse color, while little light can cause the bright green to darken to a medium green shade.

a bright yellow green neon pothos plant

Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum ‘Brasil’)

Philodendron Brasil is a stunning trailing plant with heart-shaped leaves variegated with green and yellow. It’s a fast-growing, low-maintenance plant that can tolerate low to medium light, making it the perfect addition to brighten up those cozy, low-light nooks in your living space.

a closeup of a brasil philodendron leaf

Emerald Beauty Aglaonema (Aglaonema ‘Emerald Beauty’)

With its glossy, dark green leaves adorned with silvery patterns, the Emerald Beauty Aglaonema is a true gem among foliage plants. Slow-growing and compact in nature, this beauty thrives in low to medium light conditions, making it an ideal choice for tabletops or desks where it can add a touch of elegance to any space.

a large, bushy aglaonema plant

Moonshine Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Moonshine’)

The Moonshine Snake Plant is a unique variety of snake plant with pale, silvery-green leaves. It’s a slow-growing, low-maintenance plant that can tolerate very low light levels and infrequent watering, making it perfect for beginners or busy plant owners.

a moonshine snake plant against a purple backdrop

Low Light Houseplants for Fluorescent Lighting

Not all of us are lucky enough to have a home or office with abundant natural light. If you find yourself in a space illuminated primarily by fluorescent lighting, don’t despair! There are still plenty of houseplants that can thrive in artificial light conditions.

Take my friend Tristan, for example. He works in a windowless office with nothing but artificial lights overhead. His only plant, a money tree, was stretching out and losing all of its leaves under the harsh lighting. He thought he was doomed to a plant-less existence until he discovered a few hardy species that could not only survive but flourish in low light environments.

Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Golden Pothos is a classic choice for low light environments, and it’s no surprise that it also does well under fluorescent lighting. This trailing plant has heart-shaped, variegated leaves and is virtually indestructible, making it perfect for office settings or forgetful plant owners. Check out these pothos care tips to help you keep your pothos alive!

a closeup of a golden pothos leaf

Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)

Lucky Bamboo is not actually bamboo, but rather a type of Dracaena that can grow in water or soil. It’s often associated with good fortune and is a popular choice for office desks or cubicles. Lucky Bamboo can tolerate low to medium light, including fluorescent lighting, and requires minimal care. For care tips, check out my post on Lucky Bamboo plant care!

a bunch of lucky bamboo stalks

Lady Palm (Rhapis excelsa)

The Lady Palm is a slow-growing, compact palm that’s perfect for indoor spaces with fluorescent lighting. Its dark green, fan-shaped fronds add a tropical touch to any room, and it can help purify the air by removing toxins like formaldehyde and ammonia.

a backdrop of lady palm fronds

Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

Peace Lilies are not only beautiful, with their glossy green leaves and elegant white spathes, but they’re also excellent air purifiers. They prefer low to medium light and can even tolerate fluorescent lighting, making them perfect for offices or bathrooms.

several flowering peace lilies

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

The Cast Iron Plant earned its name due to its incredible resilience and ability to survive in less-than-ideal conditions. It has long, dark green leaves that grow upright from the soil and can tolerate low light, infrequent watering, and even neglect. It’s a perfect choice for offices or homes with fluorescent lighting.

a cast iron plant with spotted leaves

Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

The Parlor Palm is a classic houseplant that has been popular since Victorian times. It has delicate, feathery fronds that grow in a clumping habit, making it a perfect choice for tabletops or shelves. Parlor Palms can adapt to various light levels, including fluorescent lighting, and prefer moderate humidity and consistent moisture.

a parlor palm with a watering can next to it

Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, is a tough, low-maintenance plant that can survive in almost any condition, including fluorescent lighting. It has tall, upright leaves with green and yellow variegation and can help purify the air by removing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. For more information, check out my post on how to grow a snake plant indoors!

three snake plants in different textured pots

By choosing one or more of these fluorescent-friendly plants, you can bring a touch of nature into even the most artificially lit spaces. Not only will these plants brighten up your environment, but they’ll also help create a more pleasant and productive atmosphere.

Benefits of Low Light Houseplants

Low light houseplants are more than just beautiful additions to your home or office. They offer a wide range of benefits that can improve your quality of life, both physically and mentally. Let’s explore some of the ways these plants can make a difference in your daily life.

woman smiling while cleaning leaves of a zz plant

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? This is due to a combination of factors, including poor ventilation, off-gassing from furniture and carpets, and the use of cleaning products and personal care items. Fortunately, many low light houseplants are excellent at removing toxins from the air, such as formaldehyde, benzene, and ammonia.

NASA’s famous Clean Air Study found that plants like Snake Plants, Peace Lilies, and Pothos are particularly effective at purifying the air. By adding these plants to your home or office, you can create a healthier environment for yourself and those around you.

Boost Mood and Productivity

Being around plants has been shown to have a positive effect on mental health. Studies have found that people who work in environments with plants report lower levels of stress, anxiety, and depression compared to those in plant-free spaces. The presence of plants can also improve concentration, creativity, and overall productivity.

Think about it this way: when you’re surrounded by the calming presence of plants, it’s easier to focus on the task at hand and feel more motivated to tackle challenges. So, if you’re looking for a simple way to boost your mood and productivity, consider adding some low light houseplants to your space.

Enhance Home Decor

Low light houseplants are a stylish addition to any home decor. From modern ZZ Plants to bohemian trailing Pothos, they bring natural beauty and texture to any room. These plants also soften spaces by hiding sharp lines (such as corners and ceiling joints) thereby creating a more inviting and comfortable atmosphere.

a boho interior with various houseplants

Conclusion

In conclusion, low light houseplants are an excellent choice for bringing nature indoors, regardless of the available natural light. By selecting the right plants and providing proper care, you can create a thriving indoor garden that enhances your space and well-being.

The key to success is understanding each plant’s unique needs and adapting your care routine accordingly. With patience and attention, you’ll be rewarded with a lush, vibrant collection that brings joy for years.

Don’t let a lack of natural light discourage you from embracing the world of low light houseplants. Start small with hardy options like ZZ Plants or Pothos, and gradually expand as you gain experience. Soon, you’ll have a home filled with the calming presence of plants, wondering how you ever lived without them.

Remember, plants are living companions that teach us about resilience, adaptability, and growth. By nurturing them, we nurture ourselves and cultivate a deeper connection with nature. Explore the wonderful world of low light houseplants and discover the many joys and benefits they offer. Your journey to a greener, more vibrant life starts now!

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is considered low light for houseplants?

Low light conditions are typically defined as areas that receive no direct sunlight and are located more than 5 feet away from a window. These spaces may feel dimly lit to the human eye, but many plants have adapted to thrive in these conditions. Examples of low light areas include north-facing rooms, bathrooms with small windows, and offices with fluorescent lighting.

Can low light plants survive without any natural light?

While some low light plants can survive in spaces with no natural light, such as rooms with only fluorescent lighting, most will benefit from at least some exposure to natural light. If you have a plant in a room with no windows, consider moving it to a brighter spot for a few hours each week to help it maintain its health and vigor. Alternatively, you can use artificial grow lights to provide your plants with the light they need to thrive.

How often should I water my low light houseplants?

The watering needs of low light plants can vary depending on the specific species, the size of the plant and pot, and the humidity levels in your home. As a general rule, low light plants require less water than those grown in brighter conditions, as they tend to grow more slowly and use less moisture. To determine when to water your low light plants, check the soil moisture by sticking your finger about an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, it’s time to water. If the soil still feels damp, wait a few more days and check again. It’s important to avoid overwatering, as this can lead to root rot and other issues.

How to Grow Tillandsia Ionantha | Air Plant Care

tillandsia plant with title how to care for tillandsia ionantha

Struggling to find a dynamic, easy-to-care-for indoor houseplant? Look no further than the Tillandsia Ionantha, a remarkable addition to your indoor space. Today we’re going to talk a bit about what makes this plant unique, as well as how to successfully care for this plant indoors. Then we’ll wrap it up with some various display options to keep your air plant looking fabulous!

Understanding Tillandsia Ionantha

Tillandsia Ionantha, often referred to as the ‘sky plant’, comes from the Bromeliaceae, or the Bromeliad family. It is native to Central and South America, where it lives on tree branches in its native habitat. This causes it to not need any roots, adapting instead to absorb water and nutrients through its leaves!

tillandsia ionantha with reddish pink tips on a wood background

Here are some of the most noteworthy and unique aspects of this tillandsia:

Color Transformation

The first and most striking peculiarity of the Tillandsia ionantha is its ability to change color as it grows and blooms. Nearing bloom time, the leaves transform from a healthy gray-green into a vibrant red or pink. This colour change is a signal that the plant is about to bloom, producing stunning purple and white flowers. This plant is absolutely stunning when it’s in bloom.

flowering tillandsia ionantha on a yellow background

Clumping Habit

Another noteworthy characteristic of Tillandsia ionantha is its clumping habit. Once the plant has flowered, it will start to produce offsets, or “pups.” Over time, these pups grow alongside the mother plant (also called the parent plant), eventually forming a clump. This natural ability to produce pups means that your single air plant can eventually become an attractive and dense huddle of plants! Just keep in mind that after flowering, the parent plant will eventually die, leaving the surrounding small air plants behind.

a clump of three tillandsia ionantha

Care Requirements for Tillandsia Ionantha:

Tillandsia Ionantha, like any other houseplant, requires some level of care to thrive indoors. Fortunately, the care requirements for this unique plant are relatively minimal. Here are some key pointers to keep in mind:

Watering

Contrary to most indoor plants, tillandsia ionantha absorbs water through its leaves, not its roots. This leaves many plant parents unsure of how to water their tillandsia air plants. The best method for watering air plants is to soak them in a water bath for 20-30 minutes every 1-2 weeks. Then let it dry out completely. Excess water is the number one killer of air plants.

Regular misting can also help your air plant thrive, especially if you live in a dry climate. However, make sure that if you are misting your air plant, that you have good air circulation. Because once again, you don’t want excess moisture around your small plant.

For more tips on how to water your air plants, as well as what to do if your plant is glued to a base, check out my post on How to Water Air Plants.

a spray bottle poised to water two tillandsia ionantha

Sunlight

Tillandsia Ionantha enjoys bright, indirect sunlight. A well-lit room with plenty of natural light is ideal. However, it’s essential to avoid direct sunlight as that can cause the plant’s leaves to scorch.

I’ve also had success growing these plants under fluorescent lights as well as plant lights (as long as the light isn’t too close to the plant that it burns the leaves). So if you are struggling with your tillandsia ionantha air plant, then I would make sure it isn’t in bright direct sunlight, and then I would look at your watering methods. Because this little guy doesn’t seem too picky about its light. 

a clump of tillandsia ionantha in an upright metal plant stand

Temperature

In terms of temperature, Tillandsia Ionantha prefers mild climates so it would thrive best in indoor temperatures ranging from 50 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 27 degrees Celsius). Be sure not to expose the plant to temperatures below freezing as it may cause severe damage. This includes any placing it near any windowsills or exterior doors where it might experience cold drafts. 

Nutrition

A well-balanced, water soluble fertilizer, one specifically designed for bromeliads or air plants, should be applied once a month. This gives your Tillandsia Ionantha the nutrients it needs to grow well and bloom. Always remember to dilute the fertilizer in water according to the instructions. Simply add it to your water bath and your plant will love you! 

You can also get a foliar fertilizer if your air plant is glued down to its base. This allows you to simply spray its leaves and it will absorb the nutrients that it needs!

a beautiful flowering tillandsia ionantha

Display Options for Tillandsia Ionantha Indoors

Having such a versatile and adaptable houseplant like the Tillandsia Ionantha means you can get really creative with how you display it! There are actually a number of innovative ways you can show off this unique air plant in your living or working space. Here are a few ideas:

Terrariums

A glass terrarium can complement the beauty of the Tillandsia Ionantha. These enclosed glass or plastic containers can often simulate a mini-ecosystem for your air plant. However, because these plants need good ventilation, make sure that the terrarium has openings. Also, remember that a terrarium can replicate a humid environment, which your plant will love, but beware of overwatering and make sure that you allow your air plant to completely dry after waterings.

Metal Mesh Frames

Metal mesh frames are great since you can easily display several air plants at once, as well as easily remove them for their weekly water bath. Hanging the metal mesh frame in a place where it can receive indirect sunlight will also keep your air plant happy and healthy. Just make sure it isn’t in any hot, direct sunlight.

several tillandsia ionantha on a metal mesh stand

Driftwood or Cork Bark Displays

Driftwood and cork bark offer natural and stylish display options for your Tillandsia Ionantha. As epiphytes, these plants are used to growing on tree trunks and branches in their native habitats. Therefore, attaching your air plant to a piece of driftwood or cork bark can replicate this natural environment, creating an attractive display. One thing to note is the lack of nutrients these materials provide, meaning supplemental feeding may be required

Each of these display options has its own benefits and drawbacks. So, the choice will ultimately depend on your personal preference and the conditions in your home. Be aware that each option can impact the amount of light, air, and moisture your Tillandsia Ionantha receives, ultimately affecting its care needs.

a group of tillandsia displayed on a piece of wood

Conclusion

That’s it for this post on how to care for Itllandsia air plants! I hope you’ve learned a bit more about what makes this little plant so unique, as well as a few things to help your little guy survive indoors! Ultimately, with the right care and placement, and with caring for any new pups, you should be able to enjoy the beauty of your tillandsia for years!

Tillandsia Ionantha FAQs

What is Tillandsia Ionantha?

Tillandsia Ionantha is a species of air plant native to Central America. It’s popular as an indoor houseplant due to its striking pineapple-top appearance and the unique color-changing process it undergoes when it flowers, changing from grey-green to a bold red!

How does one care for Tillandsia Ionantha?

Caring for a Tillandsia Ionantha involves providing it with bright, indirect light, giving it weekly or bi-weekly water baths, and ensuring a suitable temperature. This plant also benefits from regular feeding with a bromeliad or tillandsia fertilizer.

What are the display options for Tillandsia Ionantha indoors?

Tillandsia Ionantha is versatile in terms of display options indoors. It can be mounted on a piece of driftwood, placed in a terrarium, or simply arranged on a shelf, among many other options. The absence of traditional roots makes it adaptable to various display mediums. However, it is easiest to care for when it is not glued to its base.

Are there any notable peculiarities of Tillandsia Ionantha?

A peculiar aspect of Tillandsia Ionantha is its blooming process. The leaves change color, becoming a beautiful array of reds, pinks and purples, before a violet flower emerges. Also, the plant has minimal root systems as it draws nutrients from the surrounding air through its leaves, and not through its roots like most traditional plants.

50+ Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Plant Lovers

Title of post with couple exchanging gifts and hearts in the background

In this post I’ve handpicked a variety of perfect gifts for plant-lovers, with gifts like the Valentine’s Day Plant Mug, a heart-shaped succulent planter, and a preorder-ready mini heart planter & succulent gift box, which is a thoughtful way to support your special someone’s green passion. For those looking beyond plants, options span from humorous plant stakes to unique plant-themed jewelry, ensuring that every plant enthusiast finds something to cherish this Valentine’s Day.


Struggling to find that perfectly unique Valentine’s gift for the plant lover in your life?

You want a thoughtful gift that says “I care for you”, but then maybe you want something that they would also enjoy. And you might not be the biggest green thumb yourself. But you’re in luck! …

As a seasoned horticulturist and plant parent to many of my own plant babies, I’ve become well-versed in the realm of all things houseplants, as well as all things necessary for houseplant care (and those things that are simply for pure enjoyment!). Tailoring to a wide range of personal taste and practicality, my reviews in this post are here to help you pick out the best item for your own plant lover. (Or if this is you, sneak this gift guide into your man’s briefcase! *wink!*)

So here is my list of over 50 Valentine’s Day gifts to give the plant lover in your life!

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Valentine’s Day Plants – Live Plant Gift Ideas:

1. String of Hearts Live Plant

The string of hearts plant is literally a plant with heart-shaped leaves all along each vine. This gives you a cascade of hearts trailing down the sides of your pot. And as this plant is a hoya, it enjoys brighter light, but it also needs to dry out in between watering, so this is the perfect plant for someone in a bright office, or as a nice windowsill plant. My personal favorite is this pink variegated one! It’s the perfect way to show the plant lover in your life that you love them!

string of hearts plant in a nursery pot

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2. Heartleaf Philodendrons 

The heartleaf philodendron is another great houseplant to give as a valentine’s day gift! The soft, heart-shaped leaves on the philodendron are a bit more full than the string of hearts plant. But that comes with its advantages as well! The heartleaf philodendron doesn’t need as much sunlight as the string of hearts, so it is a nice, more formal houseplant for locations with low to medium light. You can choose one of three main varieties: the classic green heartleaf philodendron, the bright green variegated Brazil variety, and the soft red Velvet philodendron. Any one of these three plants would make a beautiful valentines day gift for the plant lover in your life!

heartleaf philodendron plant in a white and cream ceramic pot

3. Hoya kerrii

The hoya kerrii is one of the most widely-sold houseplants for valentines day. This is because of their perfect heart-shaped leaves that look great, even as a single leaf in a small pot! However, something that I wasn’t aware of until I purchased one of these cute hoya hearts is that it will not grow more leaves unless the cutting it was taken from contains a portion of the stem tissue. This means that as long as you care for it, it will stay a perfect little heart leaf. But if you want something that will continue to grow and produce more leaves, then you will most likely need to purchase a hoya kerrii that has more than just a single leaf to ensure that it continues to grow. That being said, I think that this heart leaf makes the best valentine’s day gift for someone trying to keep things simple, but meaningful.

hoya kerrii plant with "I love you" inscrbed on the leaf in a white ceramic pot

4. Succulent Planter

This is the ultimate gift for succulent lovers! These succulent planters contain a beautiful array of succulents of various textures and colors, ensuring a stunning heart-shaped planter! So if your special someone is a fan of succulents and has a bright sunny spot for these beauties, then this would make a unique gift that they will have for years to come! 

wooden heart-shaped planter with colorful succulents inside

5. Pet-friendly Plants

There isn’t much better than showing your loved one that you know them and you care for what they care about. This is particularly important for plant lovers who are also animal lovers! One of the best gifts you can give one of these big-hearted people is a pet-friendly houseplant! This show them that you care about their passion, and that you listen to them enough to get a plant that won’t hurt their furry friends as well. So check out my list of pet friendly houseplants and pick one out for that caring person in your life!

a variegated calathea plant in a nursery pot

6. Carnivorous Plants

Carnivorous plants can be a lot of fun! These plants make great gifts for people who tend to be “houseplant collectors”. This is because carnivorous plants are unique and require particular care routines, but they can be worth it simply for the “cool” factor! Because who wouldn’t want to watch a plant devour that pesky fly that has been buzzing around your food all day?! This could be a great gift for men, friends, or anyone who would love a plant that beats the food chain!

a pitcher plant in a nursery pot

7. Air Plant Box

This particular air plant kit is a unique gift in that each one is truly one-of-a-kind! It includes a live air plant suspended over a purple agate stone (known as a stone for healing and creativity). This, along with its color vibrancy and small footprint, makes it perfect for office desks or table decor. And then, you can choose the perfect messaging for your box to ensure that it works for you. With messages ranging from “You’re My Weirdo” to “Love” to “Thinking of You” this gift works for whatever situation you might find yourself in. So order one of these beautiful air plants today!

an air plant suspended over a purple agate with a box that says "hug"

8. Moth Orchid

Moth orchids, or phaelanopsis orchids, are one of the most popular gifts given as live plants due to their beautiful blooms that can last several months! They are also relatively easy to care for and can even grow a second set of blooms shortly after finishing its first bloom. So if you’re looking for a lovely gift for a friend, or for a stunning romantic gift, consider purchasing an orchid for a flowering plant that will last for years.

a dark magenta flowering orchid in a white pot

9. Red Roses

Red roses are one of the classical gifts that are sent on valentines day, and for good reason! The flower is literally the place on the plant where the male and female parts are together in one beautiful display. (In most cases… I’m not going to get technical here about flower types and plant propagation, lol!) So this is why the flower is traditionally sent as a gift to lovers, with the rose being the ultimate sign of romantic love. You really can’t go wrong with red roses on valentines day. Especially for someone who already loves plants!

a vase of red roses

10. Blushing Bromeliad

The blushing bromeliad is a fun, unique gift for plant lovers. This is because it isn’t one of the typical beautiful plants that most people collect, but with its brilliant pinks and reds in the center, they work fabulously for this holiday! Consider placing it in a red or pink decorative pot, or a contrasting green to really make the color pop. And then in time your special someone will also be surprised with a brilliant flower stalk! This is why bromeliads are excellent gifts. They work for both houseplant lovers, as well as flower lovers with their brilliant display of year-round colors!

a pink and cream striped bromeliad in a nursery pot

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11. Love Fern

Any fans of “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”?! I know love ferns were popular before this movie, but I believe this is what really made the idea of “love ferns” take off! So if you want to show your loved one that you are committed to them in your relationship, consider getting them a love fern. And don’t go for the Boston fern (these can be difficult and messy indoors), but instead opt for an easier fern such as a Bird’s Nest Fern, Maidenhair fern, or Rabbit’s Foot Fern. These are all much cleaner houseplants and are also easier to keep alive. So consider adding a “love fern” to your relationship!

a maidenhair fern in a "rooted" box that says "14-day guarantee"

12. Tricolor Hoya Krimson Queen

The tricolor hoya ‘Krimson Queen’ is one of the best hoya plants for a valentines day gift in my opinion. This is because these beautiful hoya leaves are variegated in an amazing pink color that makes this plant absolutely stunning! It is a meaningful gift that your special someone will be showing off to all of their plant friends!

a tricolor hoya krimson queen in a nursery pot

13. Plant Gift Box

For those of us who want to get something a bit larger for our loved ones, consider a plant gift box! This includes a live indoor plant, a plant-themed mug or wine glass, a bookmark, keychain, and several stickers (all gorgeous plant-themed, of course!). This plant gift box is perfect for gifting a co-worker, best friend, sibling, or even a significant other. And the best part is that the plant you receive is a surprise! So bring some houseplant joy to your plant lover’s life with this fun plant gift box!

a box with a dracaena, monstera mug, bookmark, plant stake, and plant stickers

14. Hammered Hearts Live Succulent Arrangement

This live succulent arrangement is another option of succulent plants in a smaller, more upright arrangement. This is a beautiful option for those who might not have the space for the larger heart-shaped planter. But this arrangement is still not without its own charm. The metallic hammered hearts add a 3-D depth to this beautiful arrangement of succulents and is sure to be a hit with your special someone!

an arrangement of succulents in a pot with hearts all over it

15. Blooming Kalanchoe

Kalanchoe is another very popular houseplant that is sold widely during this season. This is because these plants can bloom for a long period of time and come in a wide range of reds, pinks, and creams. These are perfect for valentine’s day gifts, although I would recommend that they be used more as a friendly gift. If you are looking for a romantic plant, it would be one of the orchids or roses. But they do make a beautiful appreciation gift for someone who is special to you.

a kalanchoe with pink blooms

16. Gift Card

If you know your special someone would love to have a nice houseplant of their own, but you aren’t sure about which new plants they would like, a gift card can be your best gift. Try to find one of their favorite nurseries, or maybe even a personalized coupon to treat them to a plant of their choice at their favorite plant store! Either one would be a great gift that could then turn into a fun plant shopping date that would leave your plant lover excited for your next outing together!

a hand holding a red gift card over a red background

17. Rose Succulent – Aeonium Aurea

The Rose Succulent, scientifically known as Aeonium Aurea, is an enchanting addition to any plant collection. This particular species of succulent boasts a vibrant rose-like appearance that is sure to captivate anyone who lays eyes on it, including your special someone! And by including a special message, such as “Stay Beautiful” or “Grow Strong”, you can personalize this gift to work for any situation you need for this Valentine’s Day!

an aeonium aurea succulent

18. “You are my Happy Place” Succulent Box

This adorable succulent box includes a live succulent, terracotta pot in the color of your choice, and a heartwarming message that you can handpick from a wide range of choices. These are perfect for loved ones, children, siblings, and even as appreciation gifts to teachers, coworkers, or role models in your life. You can also choose to add on a wide range of items including bath bombs, scented candles, art prints, or even small candies. This is truly a great gift to send to anyone on your list of plant lovers this Valentine’s day!

an open gift box with a succulent, a pot, and a sign reading "you are my happy place"

19. Plant Parenthood Monthly Subscription Box (Live Plant)

For those who can’t get enough of plants, we have the Plant Parenthood Monthly Subscription Box. This box is designed to keep your plant enthusiast engaged with new varieties each month. Packed with surprise goodies such as rare plant cuttings, plant care essentials like fertilizers and moss poles, and even exclusive plant-related art prints or decorative pots. Each subscription box comes with detailed care instructions for every item included so that caring for the newly acquired additions becomes a breeze. Your plant lover will be thrilled every single month they receive their box. Trust me… this is one item I would LOVE if my hubby got it for me! (maybe I’ll casually send him this latest post, lol!)

a gift box with a plant, a candle, a card, two decorative dish towels and a plant sticker

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for the Gardener:

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20. Bonsai Kit

Bonsai kits are a fun project for those who love to work with their hands. These kits include everything you need to create a beautiful bonsai tree. And you can often find them on Amazon prime to include free shipping!

a bonsai tree kit with a bonsai tree, woven pots, stakes, coir soil, seeds, pruning shears, and a starter guide

21. Funny Plant Stakes

While a small gift, these funny plant stakes make a great gift for those who love to laugh! The punny plant jokes will always bring a smile to their face, as well as help them keep their seedllings straight! So if your special someone loves to laugh as their love language, then consider getting them these funny plant stakes!

three pots with houseplants on a shelf; plant stakes in them read "thrives on neglect", "I dig you", and "drama queen"

22. Herb Garden Kits

For those who love to cook with fresh ingredients, herb garden kits are not only fun, but they are also extremely helpful. These are one of the easiest ways to grow small edible plants or herbs indoors. These herb gardens provide both the long hours of light that most herbs need, but they also provide steady water, since most of these kits are hydroponic and can even let you know when water levels are getting low. These kits are really a set-and-forget method to gardening!

Check out my review of the Best Herb Garden Kits!

aerogarden herb garden kit with a variety of herbs growing

23. Gardener of the Year Coffee Mug

This cute little mug is a great way to show your love for the plant person in your life! This pot mug even comes with its own little mini shovel to stir in your sugar and cream! Because every gardener needs their trusty shovel. Especially the gardener of the year!

mug shaped like a ceramic pot that reads "gardener of the year" with a mini silver shovel spoon

Gift Ideas for the Practical Planting Essentials:

24. Air Plant Moon Pot

This air plant moon pot is a lovely decor piece to place your plants in! I feel that this might be too small to put a potted plant inside, but it would look amazing with several colorful air plants inside! So if your plant lover enjoys their tillandsias, then consider gifting them this moon pot to place their air plants inside!

copper hanging moon pot with fake succulents inside

25. Inspirational Propagation Station

These propagation stations are not your typical propagation station! This one comes along with messages of love and support that reminds your loved one of your care for them every time they see their plants rooting. This is a gorgeous gift for the special plant lover in your life!

propagation station holding four plant cuttings, engraved with encouraging words

26. Baby Groot Pot

Add character to your plant lover’s collection with this adorable Baby Groot pot! Inspired by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy character, this little pot is perfect for small succulents or cacti. Not only will it bring a smile to their face, but it will also add a whimsical touch to their indoor garden. 

bust of groot with succulent growing out the top

27. Eco-friendly Plantable Pencils 

For the eco-conscious plant enthusiast, these plantable pencils are both practical and sustainable. Made from recycled paper and graphite, each pencil contains seeds at its tip. Once they’re done using the pencil, they can simply plant it in soil and watch as herbs or flowers grow in its place. It’s a unique gift that combines functionality with environmental consciousness.

plantable pencil with phrase "use, plant, grow" next to a pot with a basil plant and a basil pencil sticking out

28. Cozy Pot Holding Drink Planter

Perfect for those who love to relax with a hot cup of tea or coffee, this cozy pot holding drink planter is the ultimate gift. Handcrafted from ceramic, this unique gift is sure to be a conversation starter and a favorite addition to their home decor. 

two ceramic pots with plants growing in them and faces and arms looking like they are drinking from a cup and mug

29. Best Wife Ever Pot

This special edition Best Wife Ever pot is designed to make your wife feel extra loved and appreciated. Not only is this gift practical and aesthetically pleasing, but it also serves as a constant reminder of your love and admiration for your amazing partner. 

a person holding a box with three houseplant pots on top, the pots reading best, wife, and ever

30. Gardening Tools and Plant Mat

Encourage your special someone’s green thumb and help them cultivate a beautiful garden with this set of high-quality gardening set of tools and a plant mat. This gift includes everything a gardener would need to care for their plants, including the plant mat that would help them keep everything clean and organized! So if you’re wanting to encourage their gardening passion, consider getting them this inclusive gardening set!

collage of images showing plant mat, soil, houseplants, and gardening tools

31. Hanging Plant Shelf

If your plant enthusiast has run out of space on their window sills and shelves, this hanging plant shelf is the perfect solution. Designed with style in mind, this shelf effortlessly suspends from the ceiling or wall, providing additional room for their beloved greens to thrive. With its modern design and sturdy construction, this gift will not only enhance their plant collection but also complement any home decor.

houseplants on 3 clear shelves hanging from the wall

32. Floating Bonsai Planter Pot

This modern floating bonsai planter will make any man proud to show off his latest creation! The innovative design of this planter allows the bonsai tree to hover above the base, making it seem weightless and majestic. Any plant lover would be impressed when they receive this gift, and immediately want to show it off to their friends! 

fern plant in floating mountain planter connected by rigid chain

33. Personalized Plant Pot

Nothing says I care about you more than a thoughtful, personalized gift. This plant pot allows you to add your loved one’s name or a special message, making it truly unique and sentimental. Whether they use it to hold their favorite indoor plant or another beloved green companion, this personalized plant pot is sure to brighten up any space and serve as a lovely reminder of your love and thoughtfulness.

a variety of houseplant pots with names and messages engraved into each one

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34. Tiny Terrarium Necklace

This tiny terrarium necklace is a unique and fashionable way for your plant-loving friend or loved one to show off their green thumb wherever they go. It features a small glass globe filled with a tiny living plant, creating an enchanting mini garden to bring with you wherever you go! Not only does it make a beautiful accessory, but it also serves as a constant reminder of your love and support of their own hobby.

a hand holding a card with a terrarium in a bottle necklace

35. Sage Leaf Ring

This Sage Leaf Silver Ring is the perfect accessory for any plant enthusiast. Its delicate design features a silver sage leaf, adding a touch of nature-inspired elegance. Made from sterling silver, this ring is not only beautiful but also durable, ensuring it will last for years to come. Consider buying this ring as a romantic gift for your significant other as a sign of your undying love. <3

a ring shaped like a sage leaf on some driftwood with lichen

36. Variegated Monstera Albo Necklace

Another unique gift idea for plant lovers is a variegated monstera albo necklace. This trendy accessory features a tiny replica of the highly coveted variegated monstera albo leaf, known for its beautiful cream-colored patches on dark green foliage. The necklace will leave your siignificant other utterly stunned at your thoughtful and beautiful gift.

bottle with a monstera necklace inside, then a closeup of the monstera shaped pendant

37. Plant-themed Phone Case

For those plant enthusiasts who can’t get enough of their leafy friends, why not surprise them with a plant-themed phone case? These cases are designed with intricate illustrations or photographs of various plants, flowers, or succulents that will surely make their phone stand out in style. Not only will it protect their device from scratches and bumps, but also showcase their botanical passion wherever they go.

an iphone case with various houseplant drawings

38. Scented Candles

Scented candles are a wonderful addition to any plant lover’s space, creating a calming and soothing environment. Choose scents that complement the plants in their collection or select ones known for their relaxing properties, such as lavender or chamomile. These fragrant candles will not only enhance the ambiance but also provide an opportunity for your loved one to unwind and relax while surrounded by their beloved greenery. And consider one of these plant puns to make your valentine laugh every time they see their adorable plant-themed scented candle!

a candle that reads "what the fucculent?! for when life can succ it."

39. Nature-inspired Wall Art

For plant enthusiasts who love to bring nature indoors, consider gifting them some nature-inspired wall art. Whether it’s a beautiful landscape painting or prints of botanical illustrations, these pieces can add an extra touch of greenery even if there isn’t enough space for more plants. The vibrant colors and intricate details will surely captivate the recipient and serve as a constant reminder of their passion for all things botanical.

a tryptic of green and white plant images hanging on a wall above a sofa

40. Crazy Plant Lady Gift Set

The Crazy Plant Lady Gift Set is a dream come true for any plant enthusiast. With a variety of items that celebrate the beauty and love of plants, it’s sure to bring joy to your plant lover’s life. This gift set contains a plant-themed tote, journal, pen, mug, socks, and a keychain… all houseplant-themed! If your special someone is truly a crazy plant lady, then I’m sure she will love some merchandise to display her crazy love of plants!

a gift box with a houseplant-themed tote, card, journal, pen, keychain, mug, and socks

41. Succulent Heart T-Shirt

This shirt is perfect for any succulent lover! Featuring a heart-shaped design made up of various succulents, this t-shirt is stylish and represents the love for these unique plants. Made from soft and breathable fabric, it ensures comfort all day long. Whether our crazy plant lady wants to show off her botanical obsession or simply add a touch of green to her wardrobe, this Succulent Heart T-Shirt will be a hit! Available in different sizes and colors, there’s an option for everyone.

42. Plant Alphabet Blanket

From the healing Aloe Vera to the vibrant Zebra Haworthia, every plant featured on this blanket is intricately illustrated and accompanied by its name. Made from soft, flannel material, this Plant Alphabet Blanket is perfect for snuggling up with a cup of tea and learning about different plant species. Whether used as a statement piece on a couch or as an educational tool in a nursery, this blanket will surely spark curiosity and admiration for the natural world. I find that this is an especially perfect gift for teachers or parents with young children. 

a person holding up a blanket with pictures and names of houseplants for every letter of the alphabet

43. Lego Orchid Set

The Lego Orchid Set is a fantastic gift option for plant and LEGO enthusiasts. This one-of-a-kind set allows you to build your very own orchid flower using LEGO bricks. The intricate details of the petals and leaves make it look incredibly realistic, even from a distance. Once assembled, this LEGO orchid can be displayed on a shelf or desk, bringing a touch of natural beauty into any space. Your puzzle-loving loved one will enjoy every minute of this hands-on gift!

an orchid in a pot lego set, along with a thank you card

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44. Plant Daddy T-Shirt

The Plant Daddy T-shirt is the perfect shirt for any plant-loving dad. With a fun and catchy design, it proudly showcases his love and dedication to taking care of his leafy green friends. Made from soft and comfortable fabric, this t-shirt is both stylish and durable, making it ideal for everyday wear or gardening adventures. Available in a variety of sizes, it’s suitable for all plant dads out there. Whether he’s potting plants or pruning leaves, this Plant Daddy T-Shirt will make him feel like the ultimate plant superhero.

a man wearing a tshirt that reads "plant daddy" with a male face and plant leaves for a beard

45. Plant Daddy Baseball Hat

Use the Plant Daddy Baseball Hat to complete your plant daddy’s look! Whether he’s out in the backyard or running errands, thishat will keep him looking cool and feeling proud of his green thumb skills. Pair it with the Plant Daddy T-Shirt for a complete plant-inspired ensemble that will make heads turn and fellow plant enthusiasts envious. Give your hubby the gift of style and passion with these must-have accessories for any true plant daddy! 

a baseball cap that reads "plant daddy" on a bed of succulents and soil

46. Sun Catcher Plant Stake

The Sun Catcher Plant Stake shows off a beautiful dangling gemstone. This gemstone pendant hanging from the stake glimmers and shines when sunlight catches it, creating a mesmerizing effect as it reflects rays of light in different colors. This enchanting display will definitely be a show-stopper and will bring a smile to your plant lover’s face every time they see it shine. Pair it with a romantic quote about how they are the sun in your darkest days, and you’ve got a beautiful, romantic, and heartfelt gift your special someone will absolutely love!

a philodendron with a curved plant stake with a shimmering crystal pendant hanging from it

47. Stained Glass Gnome Plant Stake

The Stained Glass Gnome Plant Stake adds a whimsical touch to any garden or potted plant. This adorable gnome design is made from colorful stained glass, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. The sunlight illuminates the stained glass, casting beautiful patterns of light and color onto the surrounding area. It’s as if this little gnome is bringing joy and magic into your loved one’s garden.

a potted dracaena with a stained glass gnome holding a heart stake

48. Silver Olive Leaf Ring

The olive tree is an ancient symbol of peace and friendship. It also has Roman and Jewish symbolism of protection and the divine power. This silver olive leaf ring can be a message to your loved one of your friendship and love. This is a beautiful gift to any plant lover that you can make special and unique between the two of you.

a silver ring shaped like olive leaves on a blurred background

49. Wish Necklace

This wish necklace is perfect for someone who loves magical and meaningful jewelry. The delicate necklace features a glass pendant filled with a dandelion seed, (or a wish), symbolizing hope and the power of dreams coming true. This wish necklace will surely bring joy to your loved one’s heart every time they wear it close to their chest. Make it even more personal with a note about how they made your wishes come true, or name the wish and include a promise that you will achieve that wish together. The possibilities of meaning behing this gift are endless, with each option being more personal and romantic than the last.

a closeup of a necklace pendant with two dandelion seeds inside a clear casing

50. Houseplant Pot Decor

This houseplant pot decor makes it appear as if brightly colored octopus arms are swirling out of the plant. This valentine’s day gift is perfect for the plant lover who also loves to laugh! Not only does this unique decoration showcase your partner’s love for plants, but it also reflects their joyful personality. It serves as a reminder that life should be filled with laughter, even in the smallest details. Every time they water, this charming gift will make them feel special and appreciated not just on Valentine’s Day but every day they smile at their magnificent octopus-infused plant!

a houseplant in a pot with curvy blue octapus tentacles coming out of it

51. Plant-Themed Puzzle Set

For those who love puzzles just as much as they adore plants, this Plant-Themed Puzzle Set is an ideal gift. With its assortment of botanical illustrations and assortment of colorful plant leaves, putting together these puzzles becomes an immersive journey into nature’s wonderland. From bromeliads to begonias, each puzzle is carefully crafted to captivate both the eyes and mind.

a box that states "houseplant jungle bulti puzzle set" with colorful leaves printed all over it

52. Plant a Kiss Book

This is a gorgeous book about planting kindness and reaping what you sow. It is a beautiful gift for any plant parent who is also a parent to young children, or to gift to a young child or a teacher. Because who wouldn’t want a cute book with a great message, that also talks about planting things!

the book cover with the title, author and illustrator named, and a girl throwing seeds into the air

In Closing: The Perfect Gift For Your Loved One

With a wide array of over 50 thoughtful and delightful Valentine’s Day gifts for plant lovers, our top picks are tailored to surprise and enchant any plant enthusiast on this special day. Some things to consider when purchasing your gift:

  • Consider maintenance, aesthetic, and the personal touch when choosing a plant-related gift.
  • If selecting a live plant, consider the space that they have available, whether they need a small office plant, or they would welcome a larger houseplant.
  • Don’t hesitate to explore alternative gifts that cater to plant lovers, such as herb garden kits, scented candles, or unique plant-themed jewelry.

And remember to visit the page Valentines Day Gifts Purchasing Page to find these amazing gifts!

This Valentine’s Day, let your gifts reflect the growth and beauty of your relationship with selections that resonate with your loved one’s passion for plants. From unique mugs, heart-shaped planters, to customized succulent boxes, there’s plenty of choices to ensure your gift brings a smile to your valentine’s face this year!


Valentine’s Day Gifts for Plant Lovers FAQs

What makes a gift appropriate for a plant lover on Valentine’s Day?

A gift that caters to a plant lover’s passion on Valentine’s Day should preferably have a personal touch that resonates with their love for plants. Such gifts often incorporate plant or nature-inspired elements, can involve an aspect of plant care, and ideally symbolize growth and nurturing – much like love in a relationship. Plant-themed gifts like special planters, botanical jewelry, or even a new plant to care for are often well-received.

How can I ensure the plant gift will be delivered on time for Valentine’s Day?

To ensure timely delivery of your plant gift for Valentine’s Day, consider ordering well in advance, especially for custom items that require preorder. Checking the seller’s shipping policy and deadlines for Valentine’s deliveries is also crucial. Always look for vendors that guarantee delivery by or before the special day, and consider backup options if uncertain about shipping times.

What are some low-maintenance valentine’s day plant gifts?

Low-maintenance plant gifts are ideal for those who love plants but may not have much time for upkeep. Succulents, air plants, and certain types of cacti make perfect options, as they require minimal water and care. Look for gifts like a succulent arrangement in a heart-shaped planter or a set of air plants that can be creatively displayed with minimal fuss.

Are there any pet-friendly plant options for Valentine’s Day?

Yes, there are numerous pet-friendly plants that make great Valentine’s Day gifts. Some safe options include spider plants, moth orchids, and certain varieties of ferns. When choosing a plant gift for a pet owner, it’s essential to ensure that the plant is non-toxic to their animals to keep both the recipient and their pets happy and safe.

Can I find plant-themed gifts that aren’t actual plants?

Certainly, for those who prefer to give a lasting gift that doesn’t require plant care, consider plant-themed items such as botanical prints, plant lover apparel, scented candles with floral or earthy scents, or even plant-inspired jewelry. These types of gifts can still capture the essence of a plant lover’s passion without the need for watering and maintenance.

40+ Best Gift Ideas for Indoor Plant Lovers (2023)

Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Girl with a Shovel! With the upcoming holiday season, I wanted to save you some time with your planning, shopping, and possibly several nights of worry. Instead of racking your brain for the perfect gift, I wanted to share with you some of the best gifts for plant lovers. This will make it easy to find the perfect plant gifts for your favorite plant person (or even to find a few things to add to your own wishlist!)

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Live Plants

One thing to consider getting a plant enthusiast is a live plant or two. Plants, especially indoor plants, can become something of an obsession, causing people to want more and more. And, as the world of Pokemon fans know, once you start, you suddenly feel like you ‘Gotta Catch ’em All!’. So yes, getting a plant parent a new, live plant is always a good idea. Especially if you have access to their collection and you can try to find them something that they don’t have yet. Be aware, though, if the person has pets, as the best plants for them might be a selection of pet-friendly plants!

Also consider a “Rare Plants Cutting Box” or a variety pack of plants if you aren’t sure what they do or don’t have in their collection yet. You are sure to get at least one unique plant this way. 

You could also get them a gift card to their local plant nursery (or a Home Depot or Lowes if you don’t know the stores in their area). Plant people will always have fun adding to their collection!

Dirt, Dirt, and more Dirt!

One thing that plant parents are always in need of is more soil. Especially good quality soil. This is because as their plants grow, they need to plant them in larger pots. Then, of course, it takes more soil to place it in larger pots. So as their plants grow, and as they propagate their plants to make new little plants that also need soil, they run out. Very often. So I know that it sounds weird, but every plant person would be EXCITED to get a good quality bag of dirt as a gift!

Here are a few recommendations that I have from a quality nursery:

Perfect Plants Indoor Plant Soil

bag of soil labelled indoor plant soil with a generic image of a houseplant

Perfect Plants Organic Succulent Soil

bag of soil labelled organic succulent soil with a generic image of a succulent

Perfect Plants Organic Snake Plant Soil

bag of soil labelled organic snake plant soil with an image of a snake plant

Perfect Plants Organic Pothos Soil

bag of soil labelled organic pothos soil with an image of a pothos plant

Perfect Plants Money Tree Potting Soil

bag of soil labelled money tree potting soil with an image of a money tree

Most of your plant enthusiasts would be just fine with either one of the first two soil mixes. The others are more specific if you know what kind of plants are in their collection. But remember, a bag of good-quality soil really does make a great gift!

Pots… and LOTS of them!

Every green thumb has difficulty in building up their pot collection. As mentioned earlier, this is because plants are constantly growing, which, like kids, always seem to be quickly outgrowing whatever you put them in! So plant parents need a collection of good quality, attractive plant pots in all sizes. This includes small pots as well (since plant parents need small pots to place their new baby cuttings!) So if you want to spoil your favorite plant lover, consider getting them some new pots! 

And, as a huge plant nerd myself, I can say that ceramic or terracotta pots will always be preferred over plastic pots (unless they are self-watering pots). Here are a few of the pots that I recommend that will work great for your plant aficionado… 

D’vine Dev Terracotta Pots

set of three straight edge terracotta pots with saucers, one with a cactus inside, one with a snake plant, and one empty

Le Tauci Ceramic Plant Pots (Set of 3)

set of three white glazed ceramic pot with attached saucer, one with a small fern inside

Face Planter

a womanly face pot with closed eyes and arms on her cheeks with a trailing succulent flowing out of the head like hair

12 Pack Small Succulent Plant Pots

a set of twelve small hexagonal white glazed pots with bamboo saucers and ten have various succulents inside

6-pack Terracotta Pots

a set of six small traditional terracotta pots with saucers in a pyramid arrangement; the top pot has a small basil plant inside

Unique Hanging Planters

two hanging planters with round metal rings around the pot and extra hooks and chain, with a pothos and spider plant in the pots

Practical Indoor Plant Gifts

This next set of gift ideas are a collection of gifts that will work for the new plant parent as well as the crazy plant collector. They are all basic things that just make having an indoor jungle (or even just having a few plants around the house) a lot easier! 

1. Repotting Mat

This easy-to-store repotting mat is amazing at keeping your space clean, even while working with soil. It is especially great for apartment dwellers who might not have an outdoor space to use for all their repotting. It is also a great gift for people who live in cold climates who might not be able to take their plants outside during the winter if it needs a quick change of soil (because it happens a lot!) So consider making life a bit cleaner for your plant-loving friend with this repotting mat!

2. Propagation Tubes

I have two different sets here that both work. One for the new propagator, and one for your family member who keeps grabbing all the cups in the kitchen because they’ve run out of containers to propagate their cuttings in! (Trust me, my husband has placed a ban on our kitchenware being used for my plants, lol!) So if you’ve seen a few little jars of water around with plants in them, consider spoiling your favorite plant person and get them their very own propagation station!

Here is the small propagation set

And here is a larger hanging propagation station

3. Plant Lights

Can I just say that plant lights change the game of indoor growing?! And I don’t mean those awful red and purple lights. Leave those to the commercial growers. I’m talking about the natural looking lights that highlight your plants without even looking out-of-place in your living room! Here are a few perfect products to get for the plant lover in your life.

Under Cabinet or Under Shelf Plant Light Strips

Small Plant Light Rings

Large Plant Light Rings

Luxury Pendant Grow Light

​4. Watering Globes

These watering globes are practical gifts that plant people will absolutely love! The idea behind these are that you fill them up with water, then they will slowly drain (proportional to the dryness of the soil). This slowly waters the plant, keeping it perfectly moist for a longer period of time! I’ve tried out a few different kinds and I will suggest the glass ones. They can break, so go for the plastic ones if your gift recipient has small children or hyperactive pets. But overall, the glass ones perform much better in my opinion and has become one of my favorite gifts to receive.

5. Plant Trellis

I’m not including a moss pole, since I haven’t found a commercially available moss pole that I have been happy with yet. But if your plant person has a plant with long, trailing vines, then this indoor plant trellis is the perfect way for your friend to show off their plants in a chic, modern way that will have all their plant friends jealous!

6.  Plant Stands

There are several different ways to get plant babies off of the ground and looking a bit more organized and intentional. Consider getting your plant lover either a plant stand or a plant shelf. Here are a few of my favorites that I have seen many people “ooo” and “awww” over in my various plant groups…

Adjustable 8″-12″ Plant Stand

Adjustable 12″-16″ Plant Stand

Plant Stand with Grow Light – Half Moon Shape

5-Tier Indoor Plant Stand

​7. Soil Moisture Meter

One of the biggest game-changers in keeping my plants alive was when I got myself a soil moisture meter. If your nature lover is trying to become a plant person, but still has their struggles, consider getting them one of these! They can be a huge help in knowing whenthey need to water their plants to keep their little babies healthy!

8. Smart Plant Pot

This is a new one to me, but it is an absolutely fabulous idea! This smart plant pot has built-in sensors to read light levels and water levels. Then, based on these, the pot will make different faces to show how happy or sad the plant is. This is a fun way to easily keep track of the plant’s needs as the cute faces light up their days!

Gardening Gifts

​Here are a few gift ideas that I put together for your favorite gardener to use indoors! These are even great for plant people to try their shot at growing their own edibles, fresh herbs, or even some fresh flowers! 

1. AeroGarden Kit

I have the stainless steel Aerogarden pictured, but you can see my review of the best indoor garden kits here. I just love these indoor kits because they make becoming an indoor gardener so easy! But remember to grab a few seed pod kits (or add them to your list of gift ideas for later!) Each one comes with its unique plants and are a perfect stocking stuffer!

Aerogarden

Seed Pods

2. Heirloom Seed Pack

Heirloom seeds are the best type of seed because it means that the fruits and vegetables that are grown can have their seeds collected and grown for the next season. These true-to-type seeds will give your plant friend a stunning vegetable garden for years to come!

3. Knee Pads

I personally have the purple knee pads and I have to say they are one of my favorite things! I used to just use the knee cushions (which are helpful), but with weeding and moving pots from here to there, I’ve found it is so much easier to simply have the pads strapped to my knees. And these are one of the softest, most comfortable knee pads I’ve worn. So overall, I think these knee pads are an obvious choice for anyone who is into gardening.

4. Greenhouse

What better way to show the gardener in your life that you love them than to get them their own small greenhouse! This gift is both practical (in that it will help them extend their growing season), as well as shows your own support of their hobby. Trust me… if you’re looking to score some extra brownie points with the plant lover in your life… then this is one that you can’t go wrong with. (wink, wink!)

True Plant Lover Accessories

The last section of my gift guide is about some of the cutest and most adorable plant accessories that I’ve seen. These can be fun and friendly, ranging from a few dollars, to a few more, depending on your budget and whether you are looking for a meaningful gift, or something for that casual coworker who has plants all over their desk. These fun gifts are a great way to spark joy in any plant lover’s day!

1. Personalized Plant Parent Ornament

2. Plant Lover Cosmetic Bag

3. Proud Plant Parent T-Shirt

4. Funny Plant Lover Throw Pillow

5. Plantaholic Hanging Metal Sign

6. Funny Plant Stakes

7. Plant Lover Kitchen Towels

8. Cute Plant Socks

9. Plant Magnet Faces

10. Plant Lover Mug

That’s it for my list of gifts for plant lovers! For more information to help care for indoor plants, check out my Indoor Plant Care Pack! These care guides help plant parents have greater success with their indoor plants. So here’s to a great holiday season and I wish you all a great year with the ones that you love. And a great big thank you for showing your love to the plant people in your life. I’m sure they will appreciate your thoughtfulness in supporting their own love of nature. Happy Digging!

30 Best Indoor Plants to Create a Chic Boho Interior

Title 30 Best Boho Plants to create a chic bohemian interior with decorative lines, spots, and a birds nest fern plant

Indoor plants bring a touch of nature into your bohemian-inspired spaces! But which ones will make your space look boho instead of farmhouse, or minimalist? This list of boho plants is sure to add that touch of casual comfort into your bohemian style room! So let’s dig in!

What is Boho Design?

From the artistically disheveled to the carefully curated, boho design encapsulates a variety of styles and influences. It is a collection of eclectic pieces and patterns that come together in a way that speaks of comfort, but doesn’t scream clutter. It’s color palette is colorful but not overwhelmingly so. It’s relaxing, it’s comforting, and it’s distinctly personal. 

Boho design incorporates various textures, patterns and materials to create a space that looks effortlessly cool and lived-in. And one of the most important elements in a boho style space is the plants.

How to Style These Plants to look Bohemian

One of the most important things to consider when placing your boho plants is to use various textures and patterns that complement your color scheme. This should align with using natural materials among your design such as:

  • ceramic pots
  • macrame plant hangers made from natural materials
  • plant stands to create multiple layers (to mimic natural plant layering) 
  • pots that have indigo textiles (mimicking waters and deep, lush colors found within nature)
  • wicker or braided baskets (more natural materials!)

So now that you know how to style your house plants, let’s get on to which plants to use to create the ultimate boho vibes!

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Indoor Palms for Boho Design

Indoor palms are a quintessential element of boho design. With their broad, feather-like leaves, these plants deliver a significant impact when it comes to creating a natural, carefree, and unique vibe. They not only soften the indoor environment but also purify the air. They are great for anchoring the corner of a room (making small spaces look larger), as well as they can frame out personal spaces within a larger space. Overall, if you’re wanting a boho design, then you NEED at least one palm! 

Needing help with your palms? Check out my post on Palm Plant Care!

*Note: Whenever you bring a palm tree home, you MUST treat it for spider mites! This can be a simple spray down with neem oil. But I’ve found that the majority of palm trees die when they get to their new home because of these near-invisible pests… NOT because of poor care. So please save your palm tree and just treat it from the beginning!

Here are a few suggestions for your Boho rooms:

1. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

  • Also known as Butterfly or Golden Cane Palm, the Areca Palm is a popular choice for interiors because of its graceful, arching fronds.
  • It’s a fairly easy plant to care for that thrives in indirect light and doesn’t like to be overwatered.
  • Its feathery, light green fronds can truly add a touch of boho spirit to any room.

Get one here!

2. Parlor Palm (Chamaedorea elegans)

  • A Parlor Palm, with its delicate and compact shape, is perfect if you’re looking to add a touch of green without overwhelming a space.
  • It grows slowly and enjoys shade and medium light levels, which makes it an excellent plant for less sunny interiors.
  • With its attractive, fan-like fronds, the Parlor Palm fits seamlessly into any boho decor.

Get one here!

3. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

  • Despite its name, the Ponytail Palm is not a true palm but gives off a similar tropical vibe.
  • Its bulbous trunk, which gives way to long, curly leaves resembling a ponytail, is a unique way to add intrigue and drama to any boho room.
  • Ponytail Palms are also incredibly drought-tolerant, preferring dry conditions, making them a low-maintenance plant that is perfect for your boho decor.
  • I would not recommend this plant, however, if you have cats, since it is a favorite to be played with (and chewed on!)

Get one here!

4. Kentia Palm (Howea forsteriana)

  • The Kentia Palm, also known as the Sentry Palm, is prized for its ability to tolerate low-light conditions and relatively dry air (although in these conditions, you also need to keep an eye out for spider mites)…
  • Its feathery, arching fronds can reach impressively large sizes, making it perfect for your boho living room.
  • Because of its eventual size, it can work great to close in a quiet reading nook! (wink, wink!)

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5. Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

  • Majesty Palms are popular indoor plants with rich, glossy leaves that can bring a definite tropical feel to any room.
  • These plants love water and bright indirect light, so they’re ideal for well-lit rooms where they can truly flourish.
  • Pair it with eccentric boho pots and bright splashes of color, and you have a room that’s sure to impress!

Get one here!

With the right care and placement, these indoor palms can greatly boost the boho aesthetic of your space. Up next, consider introducing some indoor ferns to any empty space within your boho design!

Types of Ferns for Boho Design

Ferns have enjoyed a resurgence in popularity due to their unique leaf patterns, and it’s easy to see why. These charming relics from the prehistoric world awaken our spaces with their lush foliage and can soften the hard lines of an otherwise square room. They’re incredibly versatile and can fit almost any style, but they particularly shine in boho designs. Here are some types of ferns that would exquisitely complement the unruly nature of boho design:

6. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

  • With feathery, arching fronds and dangling fronds, the Boston Fern is the star among indoor ferns and a perfect match for a boho room.
  • They demand high humidity, moist soil, and indirect light. Bathrooms or kitchens are usually a good choice for Boston Ferns considering the higher humidity levels of these spaces.
  • They can be hung in a macrame plant hanger or placed on a pedestal to enhance the layered look that characterizes boho decor.

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7. Staghorn Fern (Platycerium bifurcatum)

  • Staghorn Ferns bring an unexpected sculptural beauty to your boho spaces. They’re called Staghorn Ferns because their fronds resemble the antlers of a stag.
  • Contrary to most ferns, Staghorn Ferns are epiphytic, which means they naturally grow on other plants or trees. This makes them perfect for mounting on boards and hanging them on the wall, creating a real living wall!
  • Bright, indirect light and well-drained soil work best, and they only need to be watered once a week.

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8. Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium nidus)

  • Bird’s Nest Ferns stand out with their bright green, ripple-edged fronds that grow out from a central nest, resembling a bird’s nest.
  • Easily adaptable and low-maintenance, these ferns like their soil to stay consistently moist and enjoy medium to low light conditions.
  • Its unusual shape attracts the eye and can be successfully used as a centerpiece in any boho inspired room.

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9. Maidenhair Fern (Adiantum)

  • Maidenhair ferns are a delicate addition to your boho space with their fan-shaped leaf segments dancing on thin wiry stems.
  • They require mild environments, indirect light and lots of moisture (mine does best in a self-watering pot!)
  • Its delicate appearance gives a soft and romantic touch to your boho setup.

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10. Silver Lace Fern (Pteris ensiformis Evergemiensis)

  • This fern sports slender fronds that are a brilliant mix of green and silver-white, adding interest and contrast to your green interior.
  • The Silver Lace Fern thrives in bright, indirect light and prefers to be kept lightly moist.
  • Its bright foliage is a great way to lighten up darker corners of a boho-inspired space.
  • Consider adding a full-spectrum plant light shining down on it to highlight it’s unique foliage!

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11. Kimberly Queen Fern (Nephrolepis obliterata)

  • Kimberly Queen ferns are lush and vibrant, with large upright fronds that cascade down, adding a touch of natural beauty.
  • These ferns thrive in indirect light and can tolerate lower light conditions than most other ferns, although they do require higher humidity, making it perfect for a bathroom or kitchen space.
  • Its ability to withstand neglect and recover quickly when cared for makes it the perfect fern for those who are new to fern care.

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Each of these ferns carries its own unique attributes, but all of them contribute to the relaxed and natural ambiance of boho decor. Whether you’re new to ferns or looking to add more to your collection, these ferns are a great way to heighten the natural charm of your boho home. 

Next up, I’ve got a list of additional houseplants that can make your boho design go from blah to freakin’ amazing.

More Houseplants for a Boho Design

While palms and ferns are certainly integral to a boho-inspired interior, a variety of other houseplants can also significantly enhance the boho aesthetic. Such houseplants provide a differing range of textures, shapes, and colors to create a single gorgeous design. 

Here are my additional plant suggestions:

12. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera Deliciosa)

  • Monstera Deliciosa, often known as the Swiss Cheese Plant due to its unique leaf structure, is a jungle plant that packs a visual punch in any space.
  • It thrives in moderate indoor lighting and should be watered once the soil has completely dried.
  • Do not rotate this plant, but instead provide a moss pole for any plants that are getting too large.
  • Consider adding a Monstera if you want to create more of a modern bohemian home.
  • Find care tips in my post, How to Care for Monstera plants!

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13. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

  • The Spider Plant is a resilient houseplant favored for its wild and untamed appearance.
  • It thrives in indirect light and prefers to dry out between watering. It sprouts ‘spiderettes’ that can be cut off and planted in new plant pots – a bonus for plant lovers!
  • With its delicate, arching leaves, it blends seamlessly into the free-spirited boho aesthetic and looks fantastic hung in a macrame planter, or on a high shelf.
  • Learn how to keep your Spider plant alive with my Spider Plant Care Tips!

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14. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

  • The Snake Plant, or Mother-in-laws tongue, comes with stiff, upright leaves that are typically banded in varying shades of green.
  • Requiring little maintenance, it thrives in low light and doesn’t need plenty of water, making it a frequent choice for must-have plants.
  • The structural, almost architectural quality of its leaves fits seamlessly into boho decor, especially when layered with softer, drapier plants.
  • If you’re struggling with your snake plant, be sure to read my Snake Plant Care Tips!

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15. Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)

  • The Fiddle Leaf Fig is loved for its large, glossy violin-shaped leaves that add structure and drama to a room.
  • Preferring a stable environment, it thrives in bright, filtered light. It doesn’t like excessive watering or being moved around a lot (which can cause it to drop its leaves).
  • It exudes a chic, boho vibe that easily stands out in any design.
  • For information on how to grow Fiddle leaf Figs indoors, check out my post on Fiddle Leaf Fig Plant Care!

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16. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)

  • The Peace Lily is a beautiful houseplant for your living space that produces lovely white flowers and stands out for its air-purifying properties.
  • It prefers low to medium light and enjoys a decent amount of water. When it’s thirsty, it will let you know by dramatically drooping.
  • Peace Lilies bring softness and a touch of color to the boho space whilst keeping your internal environment clean!

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17. Prayer Plant (Maranta leuconerua)

  •  Prayer plants feature variegated leaves with vibrant patterns of green, red, and cream, adding visual interest and a pop of color to any room.
  • They thrive in moderate to bright indirect light conditions, making them versatile for various indoor spaces. They also prefer high humidity levels and regular watering, which is beneficial for creating a lush and tropical atmosphere commonly associated with boho-inspired interiors.
  • This houseplant is relatively easy to care for and with proper care and attention, they can grow vigorously and provide an enchanting touch to your boho-inspired space.

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18. Manjula Pothos (Epipremnum aurem ‘Manjula’)

  • The Manjula pothos is relatively low-maintenance, making it perfect for busy individuals or those new to plant care. 
  • It can tolerate a range of light conditions from low to bright indirect light, making it adaptable to different areas of your boho-inspired space.
  • This plant also has full, trailing vines with leaves that feature unique patterns on each and every leaf.
  • The Manjula pothos looks amazing in hanging baskets or as cascading foliage on shelves or bookcases. So bust out your macrame skills on this one… you won’t be disappointed!
  • Be sure to check out my post on Pothos Plant Care for all the latest tips!

19. Marble Queen Pothos (Epipremnum aureum ‘Marble Queen’)

  • The Marble Queen pothos is a fantastic houseplant choice for a boho-inspired space, thanks to its exquisite marbled leaves and trailing vines that are perfect along a tabletop or hanging from a macrame planter. 
  • This plant requires minimal effort to maintain, making it an excellent option for both seasoned plant enthusiasts and beginners.
  • It can tolerate varying light conditions, thriving in low to bright indirect light, making it adaptable and versatile for different areas of your boho-inspired space.

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20. Velvet Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron micans)

  • The Velvet Leaf Philodendron has the same benefits of other vining philodendrons with its easy care and adaptability to light conditions. But this stunning variety boasts beautiful reds and velvety greens that make any plant person jealous!
  • This plant is another great option for macrame planters as the soft leaves gracefully fall down the sides of its pot.
  • Pair this with either a complementary red planter, or contrast with your solid greens and teals to make this leaf pop in your space!

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21. Cacti

  • Cacti are an essential for any boho-inspired space. These all require high light, but do best with minimal watering. 
  • Consider a large, upright cactus such as the Euphorbia trigona or the Bunny-Ear Opuntia to make a bold statement, or choose something a little softer from my list of cute and Fuzzy Succulents!
  • Enjoy both the benefits of having plants that add to your bohemian atmosphere, without a lot of maintenance!

22. Yucca

  • Yucca plants are an easy way to add upward movement in your bohemian space with their long, slender leaves reaching upward without adding a lot of bulk to the space. This works well for both the minimalist boho interior, as well as the maximalist boho space.
  • These resilient green beauties not only bring a natural, earthy vibe but also thrive in low-maintenance conditions, making them the perfect companions for the laid-back, carefree atmosphere.
  • These plants also do well in a variety of decorative pots and woven baskets, helping them to effortlessly blend into the eclectic mix of textures, patterns, and colors that define a boho-chic interior, creating a harmonious and tranquil oasis in your home.

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23. Aloe Vera

  •  Aloe vera’s laid-back, easygoing care requirements make it a top choice for boho interiors, perfectly aligning with the carefree and eclectic vibes of this design style.
  • Just like the holistic approach favored by boho enthusiasts, aloe vera offers more than just aesthetics. Its gel-filled leaves bring natural healing properties, adding a wellness dimension to your boho haven.
  • This plant’s long, striking leaves create a textured, sculptural presence that can fit into any medium-light space. Just note that it does best when left in one spot and it doesn’t change light conditions frequently. This allows it to adapt its leaves to that location, then be perfectly happy! For care information about this plant, check out my post Aloe Vera Plant Care.

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24. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

  • Aglaonema houseplants offer a kaleidoscope of options, with various colors and varieties to choose from. This diversity effortlessly integrates into boho interiors, where mixing and matching different elements is the name of the game. Just ask my white-edge aglaonema, that’s next to my pink aglaonema! 😉
  • The aglaonema’s lush and vibrant foliage adds a touch of exotic elegance to your bohemian sanctuary. Its unique patterns and shades create a mesmerizing contrast against eclectic decor, making it a standout piece in your design. Choose colors that compliment or contrast against your pot choice, either calming your space, or making more noise, depending on your desired outcome.
  • The thing that I love most about aglaonemas is that for their bold colors and large leaves, aglaonema plants are actually quite low-maintenance. If you give them a good amount of indirect light and a weekly watering, then they will be happy for you for a long time!

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25. String of Pearls (Senecio rowleyanus)

  • The string of pearls houseplant is one of the original cornerstones of boho interiors, with its cascading strands of succulent pearls adding a touch of unconventional elegance. Perfect for hanging baskets, macrame hangers, and uniquely-shaped pots, it effortlessly complements your eclectic decor.
  • This plant looks best when given plenty of sunlight. The main cause of plant death comes from either a lack of sunlight and too much water, or plenty of sunlight and too little water. So make sure when you pick out one of these beauties, that you have a nice, sunny spot to hang it!
  • One of the best things about string of pearls is for those out-there plant pots and unconventional decor, such as your elephant pots, sculpted heads, sloth figurines, etc. The round ball leaves are perfect to add the boho flair without overwhelming the space.

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26. String of Bananas (Senecio radicans)

  • The string of bananas houseplant exudes boho charm with its cascading vines of unique banana-shaped leaves. Its quirky and playful appearance adds an artistic touch to your boho interior, making your room feel fun and creative at the same time.
  • One added bonus of the string of bananas is that it is a pet-friendly choice, ensuring that your beloved furry friends can coexist harmoniously with your trendy boho designed space.
  • It’s also worth noting that string of bananas looks fabulous in hanging macramé planters, embracing the trendy and free-spirited aesthetics of boho design. Its trailing vines create a captivating visual effect, enhancing the cozy and artistic vibe of your bohemian haven.

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27. Baby Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia variegata)

  • Whether you plop it into a textured pot, hang it in a breezy macramé planter, or let it chill with other plant pals, peperomia obtusifolia variegata plays nice with your boho vision, making your home a cozy, artsy haven with minimal effort.
  • This peperomia variety is one of the easiest peperomia varieties to care for that I’ve come across. It’s the kind of houseplant that’s happy with some light, but it won’t throw a fit if you occasionally forget to water it – perfect for both the beginner houseplant parent, or someone that just doesn’t want to deal with a picky plant.
  • The Baby Rubber Plant is also one of the smaller plants that does great being paired with others. Whether it’s in a fun, eye-catching pot, or paired as a group with other greenery on your side table or on a credenza, this peperomia variety is a must-have for every plant parent wanting a chic look.

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28. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

  • English ivy is like the ultimate houseplant for your indoor jungle. Its lush, trailing vines add a dreamy, nature-inspired vibe to any boho oasis, and trust me, it’s all about that adding those relaxed, earthy elements.
  • As for home decor, English ivy looks great in either a woven macramé planter or left to gracefully drape along your tabletops. It’s like having a piece of the forest right inside your home. So pair it with a natural planter, such as ceramic planters, or minimalist solid colors to let the pure greenery of this plant shine!
  • And as an additional perk, English ivy doesn’t just look great; it also helps clean the air! Check out my list of Indoor Plants the Clean the Air for more air-purifying plants to add to your space!

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29. Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)

  • Bird of paradise is like having a slice of the tropics right in my boho haven. Its lush, banana-like leaves and striking presence transport me to a carefree, exotic paradise every day. This is one of my go-to boho beauties for any interior space that wants the bohemian feel.
  • Despite its exotic appearance, the bird of paradise is surprisingly low-maintenance. It enjoys plenty of sunlight, but once it finds its happy place, it does best being left alone to grow and look beautiful and elegant!
  • The last thing that I love about the bird of paradise is that it is naturally pest free. A lot of indoor plants can come with insect problems, but this is one that I’ve seen time and time again come away insect-free, even when its neighbors are crawling with them! So if you’ve had issues with indoor plant pests in the past, then consider adding one of these beautiful gems into your space!

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30. Scindapsus (Scindapsus pictus)

  • Scindapsus is the perfect houseplant for those looking for a variety of different plants within their indoor space but are bored with their pothos vines. This vine has unique leaves that come in an array of silvers that contrast well against the typical greens and yellows of most vines.
  • This plant is also perfect for those who struggle with watering, since the leaves curl when it’s thirsty, so it practically tells you when it’s needing a drink!
  • Whether you want to add a trailing vine, or keep it trimmed short and bushy, this plant does extremely well in different conditions, allowing you to style it and use it however fits best in your boho-inspired space!

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Conclusion

Finishing up our plant-infused Boho design journey, we’ve introduced a variety of lush, indoor houseplants that can help your living spaces achieve a bohemian flair. These are the key takeaways from our exploration:

  • A diverse selection of palms like the Areca Palm, Parlor Palm, and Ponytail Palm are essential to the boho interior.
  • Ferns, such as the Boston Fern, Staghorn Fern, and Bird’s Nest Fern, offer verdant green hues that add an earthy yet elegant touch to your design if you have the humidity to support them.
  • Apart from ferns and palms, there are numerous other plants like the Monstera Deliciosa, Spider Plant, Bird of Paradise, and Snake Plant that all bring texture, color, and a heightened sense of style to boho interiors.

Endeavor to experiment and play around with these plant choices and arrangement styles until you achieve a design that feels distinctly you, while also respecting the vibrant use of natural materials that encapsulates the Boho aesthetic.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why are plants so important in Boho design?

Plants play a pivotal role in Boho design because they complement the nature-inspired, eclectic, and carefree vibe of this interior style. Indoor plants bring in the freshness and tranquility of the outdoors, while adding varied textures and shades of green that match the earthy, eclectic boho style.

How to care for indoor plants in Boho living spaces?

Every type of plant requires different care. However, most indoor plants that fit with boho interiors are either tropical or desert plants. These plants do best with strong, indirect light and lots of humidity, or lots of bright, direct light with infrequent waterings respectively. It’s essential to understand your plant’s specific needs to make sure that you are providing the correct sunlight, water, soil, and temperature to ensure its success in your space.

Can outdoor plants be used in Boho design?

While outdoor plants can sometimes be used indoors, it depends on the plant variety and your living conditions. Some outdoor plants can survive indoors if they receive enough light and proper care, but it’s generally easier to use plants already adapted to indoor environments. This is because most outdoor plants require lots of sunlight, as well as distinct seasons to maintain its healthy lifecycle. But once again, this all depends on the type of plant you are trying to move indoors.

How many plants should I have in one room for a Boho look?

Boho design embraces a mix-and-match, maximalist approach, but the number of plants would depend on the size of the room and the amount of natural light it receives. It’s not about crowding the space but creating a harmonious, lush look. Start with a few and add more as you see fit. And remember, just as each person’s wardrobe fits their personal preferences and lifestyle, so should your indoor space fit your own personal desires and lifestyle.

31 Fuzzy Succulent Plants that make you go “Awww!”

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Hello succulent lovers! If you’re like me, you can never have enough of these adorable plants in your home. And what’s better than a fuzzy succulent? I’m excited to share with you my top 31 favorite fuzzy succulents that will add a unique and cozy touch to your indoor garden. Whether you’re new to succulents or a seasoned collector, there’s a fuzzy plant out there for everyone. So, let’s dive in and explore these irresistible, tender succulents that will make your heart melt!

What are fuzzy succulent plants?

A fuzzy succulent is a type of plant that exhibits hairy or woolly structures on its leaves or stems, which are often used for water retention and protection from environmental stresses. This characteristic is commonly found in plants belonging to the Crassulaceae, Asteraceae, and Malvaceae families. The fuzzy texture of succulents can range from a light fuzz to dense woolly covering, and can serve as an adaptation to various ecological niches, including arid and high-altitude environments.

These specialized hairy or fuzzy leaves can range in texture from a fine down that is nearly invisible to the naked eye, to a more noticeable fuzziness. You’ll find that touching these plants is an absolute delight, and their fuzzy texture adds a unique dimension to your houseplant collection.

General Care Tips for Fuzzy Succulents

Fuzzy succulents generally require well-draining soil, bright but indirect light, and infrequent watering. They can usually tolerate some direct sunlight, but this is usually not quite as much full sun than their non-fuzzy relatives.

It’s important, though, not to overwater them as their fuzzy leaves can trap moisture among the hairs, which can lead to damage on the leaves and possible root rot. So when watering, make sure to add only a little water, or drain out any excess water from the soil through the pot’s drainage hole.

Then, as with most succulents, fertilizing should be done sparingly, if at all. And only in the summer months. Never fertilize your succulents in the winter months when the plant is not actively growing.

One of the biggest things that sets fuzzy succulent care apart from regular succulents is that fuzzy succulents tend to trap dust on their leaves.  Normally this is taken care of outdoors by the wind, but since we typically don’t have high winds indoors, your fuzzy succulents would need to be periodically wiped down with a dry, soft cloth to remove any dust and debris that has gotten stuck on their leaves.

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1. Kalanchoe tomentosa

Kalanchoe tomentosa, also known as the Panda Plant or Teddy Bear Plant, is a fuzzy succulent that is perfect for plant lovers with furry friends. Its soft, silvery leaves are covered in tiny hairs, giving it a cuddly, teddy bear-like appearance. Not only is it safe for cats, but it also adds a touch of coziness to any space. And, a native of Madagascar, this fun succulent always makes me think of not just a panda bear, but specifically of King Julian from the movie Madagascar! Haha!

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2. Echeveria Setosa var. Deminuta

Echeveria setosa var. deminuta is a charming succulent with small, fuzzy leaves that resemble tiny sea anemones. This unique plant is known for its rosettes of grayish-green foliage that are covered in fine hairs, adding a touch of softness to its already delicate appearance. Its diminutive size makes it perfect for small spaces or as a feature in a succulent arrangement. It will also easily reward you with a new plant stemming from the sides of each rosette!

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3. Echeveria Doris Taylor

Echeveria Doris Taylor is a stunning succulent with a soft and fuzzy appearance, reminiscent of lamb’s ear. Its rosettes of thick, powdery blue-green leaves are covered in fine white hairs, giving it a cozy and velvety texture. If it is in a bright, warm climate, this slow-growing plant will bloom in late fall or early winter, producing a tall stalk of delicate peach-colored flowers that stand out against its muted foliage. 

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4. Crassula lanuginosa var. Pachystemon ‘David’

Crassula lanuginosa var. pachystemon ‘David’ doesn’t look like your typical jade plants. Instead, its thick, almost bonsai-like trunk and densely packed leaves can cascade down the sides of its pot more like a Burro’s tail succulent. Its fuzzy, silver-green foliage forms a neat, compact rosette that contrasts beautifully with its woody stem. This slow-growing plant is perfect for bonsai enthusiasts or as a statement piece in a succulent arrangement.

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5. Echeveria pulvinata x setosa

Echeveria pulvinata x setosa is a stunning hybrid succulent with a velvety, soft texture and a rosette shape that resembles a flower. Its leaves are covered in fine hairs that give it a fuzzy appearance, with colors ranging from blue-green to reddish-brown. This slow-growing plant produces delicate pink flowers on tall stems in the summer, adding a touch of elegance to its already striking appearance. It’s an excellent addition to any succulent collection or as a unique gift for plant enthusiasts.

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6. Sempervivum Ciliosum

Sempervivum Ciliosum, with the common name of the Eyelash Houseleek, is a charming succulent with a unique appearance that resembles a tiny, green rose. Its compact rosettes of fleshy, pointed leaves have tiny hairs, or “eyelashes,” that protrude from the tips, adding an extra dimension of texture and visual interest. This slow-growing plant produces delicate pink flowers in the summer, making it an excellent addition to any rock garden or succulent arrangement.

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7. Crested Echeveria Frosty

Crested Echeveria Frosty is a captivating succulent with a unique and beautiful appearance. Its intricately curved leaves form a rosette shape, which is further accentuated by its crested growth pattern. The frosty blue-green leaves have a powdery texture, adding to its delicate and ethereal appearance. This slow-growing plant blooms in the spring, producing tall stems of peach-colored flowers that stand out against its muted foliage, making it an ideal plant for succulent enthusiasts who appreciate rare and distinctive specimens.

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8. Aeonium Dinner Plate

Aeonium Dinner Plate is a striking succulent with a unique and eye-catching appearance. Its large, flat rosettes of glossy leaves can grow up to 12 inches in diameter, resembling a plate, hence its name. The leaves range in color from green to deep burgundy and have small hairs along the leaf edges. This slow-growing plant produces tall stems of yellow flowers in the summer, making it a perfect addition to any succulent garden or patio where its striking beauty can be admired by all.

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9. Crassula mesembryanthemoides

Crassula mesembryanthemoides is a charming succulent with a unique and fascinating appearance. Its dense clusters of gray-green, hairy leaves form a dense mat-like structure, making it an excellent ground cover plant. The leaves are triangular and pointed, with a powdery texture that gives them a frosted appearance. This slow-growing plant produces small white or pink flowers on tall stems in the summer, adding a delicate touch to its already intriguing look. It’s an excellent addition to any succulent collection or rock garden, bringing a touch of beauty and diversity.

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10. Crassula congesta ‘Green Beans”

Crassula congesta ‘Green Beans’ is a delightful succulent with a unique and charming appearance. Its thick, green leaves are shaped like little beans and are tightly packed together in rosettes that can grow up to 6 inches in diameter. The leaves have a fleshy texture and a glossy sheen, on their leaf surface, making them look almost plastic-like. Don’t forget to water it though! This slow-growing plant produces delicate white or pink flowers in the summer. This makes it an excellent addition to any succulent collection or rock garden, especially for those who appreciate rare and unusual specimens.

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11. Kalanchoe orgyalis

Kalanchoe orgyalis is one of my favorite succulents. It has a unique appearance with elongated, fuzzy, and copper-colored leaves that look almost like they’re made of velvet. The leaves’ edges have a smooth texture that adds to the plant’s charm. This slow-growing succulent produces clusters of delicate pink flowers that add a pop of color to its already striking appearance. It’s an excellent addition to any succulent collection, and the fuzziness of the leaves makes it a favorite of mine to touch and admire.

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12. Echinopsis subdenudata ‘Fuzzy Navel’

Echinopsis subdenudata ‘Fuzzy Navel’ is a unique and fascinating succulent that I can’t help but love. Its round, green body is covered in tiny white spines that make it look fuzzy and almost soft to the touch. The plant’s spines make it unique and fascinating, and its slow growth rate makes it a perfect choice for indoor gardening. The plant produces large, showy pink flowers that add to its already attractive look. Whether placed on a windowsill or in a terrarium, ‘Fuzzy Navel’ is an excellent addition to any indoor succulent collection.

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13. Cotyledon Tomentosa – Bear Paw

Cotyledon Tomentosa, also known as the Bear’s Paw, is a delightful succulent with a unique appearance resembling the paw of a bear. Its rounded, furry leaves are covered in tiny hairs, and the tips are adorned with sharp, claw-like protrusions. This slow-growing plant produces delicate, tubular flowers in shades of orange or yellow in the summer, adding a touch of color to its already charming appearance. It’s an excellent addition to any succulent collection, especially for those who love animals.

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14. Crassula brevifolia

Crassula brevifolia is a perfect succulent for an indoor setting. Its round, fuzzy leaves grow in a rosette pattern that adds a unique and charming touch to any room. The plant’s thick leaves have a soft texture that invites you to touch them, and they’re easy to care for, making them a great choice for indoor gardening. This succulent thrives in bright, indirect sunlight and requires infrequent watering. It’s an excellent addition to any indoor succulent collection, adding a touch of greenery and coziness to your living space.

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15. Kalanchoe eriophylla

Kalanchoe eriophylla is a unique and fascinating succulent that can add a charming touch to any indoor space. Its velvety, fuzzy leaves give it a soft and cozy appearance that invites you to touch them. The plant is easy to care for, making it an excellent choice for indoor gardening, and it produces beautiful pink showy flowers that add to its already attractive look. This succulent is perfect for adding a pop of color and texture to your indoor succulent collection while keeping your furry friends safe.

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16. Crassula mesembryanthemoides ‘Tenelli’ 

Crassula mesembryanthemoides Tenelli is an excellent choice for an indoor succulent collection. The plant’s delicate, fuzzy leaves give it a soft and cozy appearance that adds warmth to any room. It’s easy to care for and doesn’t require frequent watering, making it a low-maintenance choice for indoor gardening. Its compact size and attractive look make it perfect for tabletops or shelves, adding a touch of greenery and elegance to your indoor space.

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17. Sempervivum Cobweb Hens and Chicks

Sempervivum Cobweb Hens and Chicks is a delightful indoor succulent that adds texture and visual interest to any room. Its web-like fuzziness and small rosette-shaped fleshy leaves make it a unique and attractive addition to your indoor garden. This low-maintenance plant thrives in bright light and doesn’t require frequent watering, making it perfect for busy plant parents. Plus, its pet-safe nature ensures that your furry friends won’t be harmed if they decide to give it a nibble.

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18. Kalanchoe tomentosa – Variegated Bear Paw

The Variegated Bear Paw kalanchoe is a striking addition to any indoor collection. Its soft, fuzzy leaves are variegated with cream and green, creating a beautiful contrast. Unlike the original Bear Paw Succulent, this variety has more of a trailing growth habit and can be a great choice for hanging baskets. It’s safe for pets and easy to care for, making it a perfect option for any indoor plant lover.

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19. Senecio haworthii – Woolly Senecio

The Senecio haworthii, also known as the Woolly Senecio or the Woolly Rose, is a soft, fuzzy succulent that adds a playful touch to any indoor space. Unlike its famous cousin, the string of pearls, this plant has fuzzy, grey-green leaves that are irresistible to touch and pet. This makes it a great addition for anyone who loves tactile plants. Plus, this low-maintenance succulent is perfect for busy plant parents looking for a bit of greenery without the hassle!

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20. Cephalocereus senilis – Old Man Cactus

Old Man Cactus, with its shaggy white hairs, is a charming addition to any succulent collection. Its soft and fuzzy texture adds a cozy touch to your indoor space. This plant requires minimal care and can tolerate a variety of indoor conditions, making it an easy choice for any level of plant enthusiast. Its unique appearance is sure to bring a smile to your face every time you see it.

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21. Cyanotis somaliensis – Kitten Ears

Kitten Ears, or Cyanotis somaliensis, is a delightful succulent species that boasts a soft and fuzzy texture reminiscent of a soft, furry kitten’s ears. The plant’s delicate green leaves are adorned with tiny white hairs that give it a cozy and inviting appearance. It’s a perfect addition to any indoor garden or plant collection, adding a touch of charm and playfulness.

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22. Kalanchoe tomentosa ‘Chocolate soldier’

This succulent is a Chocolate Soldier, a type of Kalanchoe tomentosa. Its fuzzy, chocolate-brown leaves give it a unique appearance that I can’t resist touching. The main difference between the regular panda plant and the Chocolate Soldier plants is the color of the hairs on the leaves. While the original has green and white fuzzy succulent leaves, the Chocolate Soldier leaves have a more distinct brown hair color, which makes the leaves look more like chocolate… yummm!

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23. Echeveria pulvinata var. Frigida – White Chenille Plant

Oh, the White Chenille Plant, also known as Echeveria pulvinata var. Frigida, is one of my favorite indoor succulents. The fuzzy leaves are irresistible to touch and the plant’s rosette shape is just adorable. Plus, its fuzzy leaves resemble white hairs, and the rosettes form small clumps that make it look like a cute little snowball. This plant thrives in bright light and is easy to care for, making it perfect for succulent beginners.

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24. Kalanchoe beharensis ‘Fang’

Kalanchoe beharensis, also known as the Felt Bush or Velvet Leaf Kalanchoe, is a unique and fuzzy succulent that is perfect for any indoor plant collection. The leaves are covered in soft, felt-like hairs that make them a pleasure to touch. The silver-green leaves have a scalloped edge and are held on tall, upright stems. Then, with the right care, you could possibly see stalks of delicate pink or white flowers blooming from the head of the plant. This makes it a beautiful addition to any succulent collection!

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25. Echeveria setosa – Mexican Firecracker

Looking for a striking, low-maintenance succulent to add to your indoor collection? Look no further than Echeveria setosa, also known as the Mexican Firecracker. This beautiful plant boasts a unique fuzzy texture and bright red-orange tips, adding a pop of color to any space.

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26. Tradescantia sillamontana

If you’re looking for a succulent with a unique texture, you should check out the Tradescantia sillamontana, also known as Cobweb Spiderwort. This plant’s fuzzy, silver leaves give it an almost velvety appearance. It’s definitely a conversation starter, and I love the way it adds a touch of softness to any indoor succulent garden. Just be aware, this can be a picky succulent to grow indoors as it loves lots of humidity!

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27. Adromischus cristatus – Key Lime Pie Plant

The Adromischus cristatus, also known as the Crinkle leaf plant or Key Lime Pie plant, has a unique crinkly texture to its leaves that almost looks like it’s been scrunched up like paper. The fuzziness of the leaves makes it all the more interesting to touch and care for. Its vibrant green color and wavy shape give it a playful, fun appearance that’s sure to brighten up any room. 

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28. Aeonium smithii

Aeonium smithii, or the Black Rose, is a beautiful succulent with dark, glossy leaves that almost look black. It’s a bit fuzzy to the touch and adds a nice rosette form to your indoor garden. With proper care, this plant can grow tall and produce stunning rosettes of flowers at the top of the stem. It can be grown indoors as well as outdoors in warmer climates, and is a low maintenance plant that will thrive in a sunny spot with well-draining soil. When exposed to more sun, the red pigmentation in its leaves becomes more vibrant, making it a stunning addition to any succulent collection.

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29. Echeveria setosa var. Ciliata

Echeveria setosa var. ciliata is a fuzzy, succulent plant with a unique appearance. Its leaves have hair-like growths that give it a distinct texture, and its pale green color adds to its overall beauty. I love the way it looks in a decorative pot or mixed with other succulents in an arrangement!

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30. Crassula barbata

Crassula barbata, also known as the Bearded-leaved Crassula, is a unique succulent with plump, triangular leaves that are a pale green color. The leaves have a slightly fuzzy texture, which makes this plant all the more charming. This Crassula is a native of South Africa, and as such is a slow grower. But it’s definitely worth the wait for its beautiful rose shape and unique texture.

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31. Echeveria harmsii

Echeveria harmsii is a delightful succulent with a unique appearance. Its leaves are a dusty blue-green color with a soft velvety texture that is so satisfying to touch. The fuzzy leaves have a striking white outline, and the rosette shape makes it perfect for display in a pot or hanging basket.

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I hope this list of 31 fuzzy succulents for indoors has inspired you to add some texture and variety to your indoor plant collection. Remember to always research the specific care requirements for each plant and provide them with the appropriate environment to thrive. With a little bit of love and attention, these fuzzy succulents can brighten up your home and bring you joy and fuzzy feelings for years to come! 

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Care for an Umbrella Plant

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Umbrella plants, or Schefflera actinophylla, is a beautiful branching indoor plant that has become very popular over the years. This is because of its ability to survive in lower light levels and its low maintenance. But surviving is different from thriving. Here are my instructions for how to care for an umbrella plant indoors so it can not only survive, but also give you lots of new growth!

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The umbrella plant (or dwarf schefflera) is native to Taiwan and South China. It’s renowned for its lustrous, umbrella-like leaves which give it its common name, as well as the nickname, the parasol plant! This evergreen tree is naturally an understory tree, which means that even in its tropical, native environment, it doesn’t receive direct, full sun. Keep this in mind while caring for your schefflera plants as it will help you to keep your care routine similar to its native habitat.

Umbrella Tree Light Requirements

These plants prefer bright, indirect light for strong, healthy growth. Exposure to direct sunlight can scorch the leaves, leading to a dull and unhealthy look. However, if the plant doesn’t get enough light, it may become leggy. A north or east-facing window is often a good location. 

If you need something for your dark corner, then my recommendation is to allow it to have several weeks of bright, indirect light and then move it to your dark location for a few weeks. This rotation shouldn’t cause too much stretching of new growth. Or you can check out my video on the Best Houseplants for Low Light!

And keep in mind that if you are having too much stretching, the only way to fix it is to trim it down and let it grow new branches in better lighting.

*Note that the sap of this plant contains calcium oxalate crystals, which can cause an irritation for some people. Be sure to use gloves while pruning or propagating this plant and wash your hands thoroughly after contact*

And again, please keep your schefflera out of hot, direct sunlight. This can cause large, faded brown areas on your leaves which will never be able to revert back to green. If in doubt, leggy is always better than burnt!

Umbrella Tree Water Requirements

Dwarf umbrella plants prefer to be lightly moist. So it is important to avoid both severe water-logging and letting the soil dry out completely. 

The best approach for watering your umbrella plant is to water thoroughly, and then allow the top inch of soil to dry out before the next watering. A good rule of thumb is to water them once every week during the growing season and reduce watering frequency to every two weeks during winter. Overwatering can lead to root rot which is a common issue among umbrella plants.

In low light, I usually adjust my dwarf umbrella tree watering by only slightly decreasing my frequency of watering and focusing more on decreasing the amount of water I add each time. Watch out for green or yellow leaves dropping. This is a sign of having too much water in your soil.  If this is happening to your umbrella plant, then immediately repot your plant into fresh, dry soil and trim off any black or mushy roots!

Another key to ensuring that your indoor umbrella plant has a balanced amount of watering is to make sure that it has drainage holes in the bottom of its pot. This allows any excess moisture to drain out the bottom of the pot instead of pooling in the bottom of the soil. Excess moisture at the bottom of your pot can cause root rot.

Umbrella Tree Fertilizer Requirements 

Feeding an umbrella plant is not a complex process since they are not heavy feeders and don’t require much fertilizer to maintain their growth. Use a general-purpose houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength. Feed your umbrella plant once every couple of weeks during the growing season, typically from spring to early fall. During the quieter winter months, feeding can be reduced to once a month, or even stopped completely if your plant is not actively growing.

Be careful to not add too much fertilizer to any new plants that you have propagated. Young roots and plants are more susceptible to fertilizer burn. Consider using a fertilizer that is more tailored to young plants, such as SuperThrive, or a slow-release fertilizer.

Umbrella Plants and Temperature

Umbrella plants prefer temperatures between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Any drastic or sudden changes in temperature can lead to wilted leaves. Maintain a consistent temperature and keep the plant away from drafty windows or doors. It does not like cold drafts so keep it away from air conditioner vents in the summer and drafty doors in the winter.

Humidity Levels

As tropical plants, umbrella plants prefer high humidity levels. Dry air, common in heated interiors during winter, can cause the leaves to drop. To increase humidity, you can place it in a well-lit bathroom or kitchen, use a humidifier, or place the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water.

If you can’t raise the humidity levels, at least try to keep it way from any heating or cooling vents as these can drastically decrease the humidity, specifically in the winter while the heater is running.

Common Umbrella Plant Issues and How to Solve Them

Despite your best attempts, it’s possible that your umbrella plant may encounter some issues. Don’t worry, these are generally easily rectified with a bit of knowledge and a quick response.

Yellow Leaves 

One common problem with umbrella plants is yellowing leaves. This is often a sign of overwatering. If you notice yellow leaves, the best action would be to check the soil. If you find moist soil, then reduce your watering. And as I mentioned above, if your leaf drop is excessive and your soil is still moist, then immediately repot your plant into fresh, dry soil. 

Brown Leaves

Brown, crispy leaf tips on your umbrella plant could indicate low humidity or underwatering. In these cases, increase the frequency of your watering and consider using a moisture tray or a humidifier to increase humidity.

Light brown splotches, however, could be a sign of too much hot, bright light. I would make sure that your dwarf schefflera is not getting too much hot sunlight and consider moving it if it is showing signs of leaf scorch. 

Pests 

Pest infestations can be another problem, particularly with scale insects, spider mites, or mealybugs. These pests can be tackled by wiping the leaves with a mild solution of soapy water or by using a specific houseplant insecticide. Insecticidal soap is a particular favorite of mine for a foliar spray, or this Bonide systemic insecticide works great for most indoor plants! 

For more information on how to get rid of specific pests, check out my Indoor Plant Pest Guide!

Little to No New Growth

Slow growth or no growth, particularly during the growing season from spring through the fall, can indicate either that the plant isn’t getting enough light or that it needs some fertilizer. Simply moving your umbrella plant to a brighter location and ensuring it’s properly fed can help resolve this issue. 

If you still aren’t seeing any new growth, especially on a mature plant, consider repotting it to stimulate its root system. Or, if your plant is receiving little light, consider moving it to a location where it will get bright, indirect light during the day. This can also stimulate the plant to put out a flush of new growth!

Conclusion

Here a quick recap of the umbrella plant…

  • Schefflera arboricola plants: A popular houseplant known for its unique umbrella shaped stem and leaves. It has grown in popularity due to its easy-care nature.
  • Required Environment: The plant thrives best in warm indoor temperatures, high humidity levels, and bright, but indirect light.
  • Feeding & Watering: These plants require a balanced approach to feeding and watering, avoiding both under-watering and over-watering as well as a balanced fertilizer. 
  • Common Issues: By recognizing the signs of common umbrella plant issues such as yellowing leaves and watching for common plant pets Seychelles as Scaife insects and spider mites, we can take steps to mitigate these problems effectively.

With this knowledge at your fingertips, caring for an umbrella plant indoors should be a breeze. Remember, it’s not just about keeping your plant alive but creating a nurturing environment where it can thrive. So, bring home an umbrella plant and give these tips a try. 

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Umbrella Plant Care FAQs

How much light does an umbrella plant need?

Umbrella plants thrive in bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some direct sunlight but overexposure can burn the leaves. In low light conditions, their growth may slow and the leaves may lose their vibrant color. Make sure to give your umbrella plants the right conditions to ensure optimal growth!

How often should I water my umbrella plant?

Watering frequency for umbrella plants can depend on the environment, but generally, watering once a week is sufficient. It’s best to keep the soil slightly moist but not soaked; allowing the top inch of soil to dry out before the next watering can help prevent overwatering. Consider adding a liquid fertilizer at half strength to your water during the summer months for an explosion of new growth!

What type of soil is best for the umbrella plant?

Umbrella plants prefer well-draining soil, which prevents excess water from sitting around the roots and causing rot. A commercial potting mix for houseplants or a blend of equal parts peat moss, coarse sand, and perlite should work well to keep your soil draining well.

Why are the leaves of my umbrella plant turning yellow?

Yellowing leaves can be a common issue with umbrella plants and can be due to several reasons, including overwatering, insufficient light, or nutrient deficiency. The first thing to do is to check your soil. If your soil is wet, then you may need to repot your plant into fresh, dry soil. If your soil is not wet, then further troubleshooting is required to know why your plant’s leaves are turning yellow.

25 Best Low Light Indoor Succulents for Busy Plant Parents

Are you a plant parent with a busy schedule? Do you want to add some greenery to your low light space but don’t have the time to dedicate to high maintenance plants? Look no further. In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the 25 best low light succulents that are perfect for busy people like you. These succulent plants are not only easy to care for, but they also share a lot of the same benefits of other tropical houseplants, such as improving air quality and reducing stress levels. From snake plants to haworthias, this list is compiled to not only bring you some great options to choose from, but to also show you some unique varieties that will make your space stand out! So sit back, relax, and discover which low light succulent is perfect for your space and your lifestyle!

1. Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

One of the most popular low light succulents for busy plant parents is the snake plant (aka the mother-in-law’s tongue). This high level of popularity is mainly due to the fact that this plant is incredibly resilient and adaptable, making it perfect for those who tend to forget to water. Its long, upright leaves come in a variety of shades and patterns, from dark green to variegated yellow and green, adding a touch of sophistication to any space. Most people use this plant as a type of living sculpture within their spaces due to its tall, vertical shape as well as because it can tolerate very low light levels (just be sure to add lots of well-draining soil and let it dry out a bit in between watering!)

Aside from its attractive appearance, the snake plant is also known for its air-purifying capabilities. It can remove toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene from the air, making it a great addition to any home or office. Snake plant is also one of our unique indoor plants due to its ability to release oxygen at night, making it ideal for the bedroom. It has been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce stress levels, making it a perfect companion for busy, overworked individuals, or anyone else looking to de-stress their lives!

If you’re looking for a low maintenance, yet visually stunning plant, look no further than the snake plant. Its durability, air-purifying properties, and therapeutic benefits make it a top choice for any plant parent. Then, for care information about this plant, check out my post on Snake Plant Care!

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2. Baby Jade

Another great succulent option for busy plant parents is the Baby Jade. This small succulent, also known as the Crassula ovata ‘Baby Jade’, is easy to care for and can thrive in low light conditions. It is characterized by its small, round leaves that resemble the original jade plant. The main difference is the size of the plant. Like the Jade plant, the Baby Jade can be shaped into a bonsai tree, but its overall size will be much more compact and smaller than the regular Jade. This can be perfect if you’re working with small spaces, or you need something for your office.

Similar to the snake plant, Baby Jade also has air-purifying properties that can promote a healthier environment, as well as doesn’t need a lot of water. This makes it a perfect choice for those who want to enjoy the benefits of having a plant in their space, without having to worry about keeping to a demanding watering schedule.

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3. Haworthia cooperi var. Obtusa

If you’re interested in adding more variety to your succulent collection, the Haworthia Windows ‘Obtusa’ is another great option to consider. This unique succulent has translucent window-like areas on its leaves that allow sunlight to enter and reach its inner cells. It is different from other haworthia windows varieties as the leaf tips are more rounded and less angular. Then, when purposefully stressed (with too much light, or low water), then the leaves will turn a beautiful reddish color.

The Haworthia cooperi can also do well in a low light setting becuase its translucent window-like areas on its leaves allow sunlight to enter and reach its inner cells, making it more efficient at capturing light waves. This feature makes it a great option for those who don’t have a lot of natural light in their homes.

So, if you’re looking to add more variety to your succulent collection, Haworthia Windows var. Obtusa is definitely worth considering!

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4. Panda Plant Kalanchoe

Another succulent to consider for a low-light house plant is the Panda Plant Kalanchoe, which has thick and fuzzy leaves that is said to resemble the coat of a panda. This Panda Plant, also known as Kalanchoe tomentosa, is native to Madagascar and is perfect for busy plant parents who want to add a touch of whimsy to their collection without high maintenance needs. 

Similar to other succulents, the Panda Plant Kalanchoe does not require a lot of watering, and it thrives in either in bright, indirect light or low light environments. The panda plant can actually get leaf burn if it is in too much hot, direct sunlight. So if you’re looking to add some soft texture to your space, the Panda Plant is definitely worth considering.

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5. Purple Heart Tradescantia

Next, let’s take a look at another low light succulent, the Purple Heart Tradescantia.

Purple Heart Tradescantia is a low light succulent that many plant parents adore. Its stunning purple leaves add a pop of color to any indoor space and in time, its long, trailing vines will create an eye-catching effect, especially when planted with other vertical, green plants such as snake plants. This succulent also prefers to be left alone and it can do well in low to bright light conditions.

Just make sure that you do leave it alone. I’ve found that my tradescantia don’t like to be touched (or played with by my cat!) and being handled too much can cause the leaves to turn brown. So if you’re wanting these gorgeous purple leaves, make sure to give it a well-draining soil and pot, let it dry between watering, and then try not to touch it!

This plant also does extremely well with a grow light. So if you have no-light locations, you can have your tradescantia with a little grow light (like this one!) and it will be perfectly happy for you!

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6. Ogre Ears aka Gollum Crassula

Moving on to another low light succulent, let’s take a look at Ogre Ears. This unique succulent has thick, fleshy leaves that are shaped like, as you can probably guess from its common name… ogre ears! Its scientific name is Crassula ovata ‘Gollum Jade’, and it doesn’t dissapoint!

Like many succulents, Ogre Ears is low maintenance and prefers well-draining soil and infrequent watering. This plant can thrive in a variety of light conditions, from bright, indirect light down to low light conditions. Ogre Ears is an excellent choice for those looking to add some quirky character to their succulent garden. Its interesting shape and texture make it a standout among other succulents. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter with guests! Oh, and my kids just absolutely love them too! There’s just something about Ogre Ears that always makes me smile 🙂

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7. Ponytail Palm

Next up, the Ponytail Palm, (another one of our indoor succulents for low light) is a visually stunning indoor plant that looks fabulous as a specimen plant. The Beaucarnea recurvata, or Ponytail Palm, has leaves that grow in a long, curly pattern that resembles a ponytail, hence the name. The leaves are thick and leathery, which helps the plant retain moisture in dry conditions that have low humidity. The trunk of the Ponytail Palm is also quite unique, with a bulbous base that can store water to help the plant survive periods of drought. This also helps it to require very little attention as it thrives with thorough, infrequent watering.

The only thing that I can add about this beautiful, fun plant, is that you should not get a ponytail palm if you have cats in your home. In my experience, cats LOVE to chew on this plant. This transforms it from a gorgeous curly head of leaves to a rather unsightly firecracker top. I actually had to re-home mine because of my cats (after several failed attempts at cat deterrents). But don’t worry, my aunt is loving her new ponytail palm tree, and she’s gotten it looking gorgeous again! Haha!

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8. Window Haworthia

Like the Ponytail Palm, the Window Haworthia is a beautiful succulent that is also a relatively low maintenance plant. It can survive in a variety of soil conditions and requires infrequent watering. The Windows Haworthia species is also a type of haworthia that has translucent leaves. These “windows” on the leaves can capture more light than their solid-leaf haworthia siblings. This makes it the perfect choice for a location that has less light, and it can sometimes even  prefer a bit of shade over a sunny spot. For more care information, check out my post, Haworthia plant care!

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9. ZZ Plant

The ZZ plant is a versatile succulent that is perfect for busy plant parents. Not only can it tolerate low light conditions, but it’s also drought-tolerant and can go weeks without being watered, trust me. I seriously neglect mine. (Sorry little ZeeZee!) However, this just proves that it is a great choice for those who may forget to water their plants regularly, or those who have a busy schedule.

The reason the ZZ plant, or Zamioculcas zamiifolia, can do so well with little water is because of its root system that contains little bulbs that store water. So they can do well with thorough watering to replenish the bulbs’ water, then periods of drought.

This, plus the fact that ZZ plants are notoriously easy to propagate from leaf and stem cuttings, and you definitely have a winner on your hands!

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10. Burro’s Tail

The Burro’s Tail succulent, also called a donkey’s tail, is a unique and beautiful plant that is perfect for busy plant parents. With its cascading stems that can grow up to three feet long, the Burro’s Tail is a favorite among succulent enthusiasts. This hardy little plant is incredibly low maintenance, requiring only occasional watering and minimal attention.

One thing to keep in mind with the Burro’s Tail is that it prefers bright indirect light to keep the short, stubby leaves. While it can handle some low light conditions, it won’t thrive in complete darkness and in a lower light level, it will tend to have some stretching between the leaf joints.

Another thing to note is that the leaves are delicate and can easily fall off if the plant is bumped or moved too much. This means that it needs to go in a place that has little traffic where it could be bumped or brushed.

So, even though this indoor succulent can be a bit of a diva, it’s definitely a succulent that looks incredible when it gets what it wants… (Is anyone else thinking of the song Prima Donna here?! :D)

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11. Zebra Plant

The Zebra Plant, also known as Haworthia fasciata, is a charming succulent that is easy to care for and its striped leaves are absolutely stunning! Native to South Africa, the Zebra Plant prefers bright, indirect light but can also tolerate low light conditions. The only comment I can make here is that when given bright light, such as in a south-facing window, it will stay short and compact and will require more watering. But in low-light environments, slow down on the water, and also expect stretching. The leaves will start getting taller with fewer stripes, but even with the stretching, your zebra cactus will still look great.

For more information on how to care for this plant, check out my post on Zebra Plant Care.

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12. Jade Plant

The Jade Plant, also known as the Crassula Ovata, is a popular choice among succulent enthusiasts. With its small, shiny, round leaves, it adds a touch of elegance to any space. But what makes it truly remarkable is its resilience.

Like most other succulents, the Jade plant can do well with infrequent watering since it stores water in both its stem and leaves. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s essential to let the soil dry out completely between watering sessions, especially when it is in lower light conditions. But with proper care, the Jade Plant can grow up to six feet tall and live for decades. This makes it one of the best succulents to bring home!

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13. Christmas Cactus & Thanksgiving Cactus

Speaking of hardy succulents, the Christmas Cactus and Thanksgiving Cactus are must-haves for any busy plant parent. These flowering plants are perfect for those who want to add some color to their low-light space. While both plants belong to the same genus, they differ in their blooming season. The Christmas Cactus blooms in December, while the Thanksgiving Cactus blooms in November, although forced blooming can cause your cactus to have flowers at any time of the year. This is why some people simply refer to both of these species as holiday cacti.

These cacti do like a bit more moisture than other succulents, since they are originally from tropical regions that have a lot of humidity. This moisture is especially vital during blooming time, since the blooms can drop if the plant gets too dry. The best method here is to water them thoroughly and let the soil drain before putting them back in their saucer. For more information on caring for your cactus, check out my post on Christmas Cactus Plant Care, or if you’re having issues with your holiday cactus, check out my post on troubleshooting problems with Christmas Cactus.

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14. String of Pearls

The String of Pearls succulent is a unique and eye-catching plant that is perfect for those who love to add a touch of whimsy to their indoor garden. This low-light succulent is known for its slender, trailing stems that are adorned with small, round leaves that resemble pearls. This makes it perfect for hanging planters, with trailing stems that can grow up to three feet long.

Like many succulents, String of Pearls is relatively low-maintenance and prefers indirect light and well-draining soil. However, it does require a little more attention when it comes to watering. These cacti like to be kept moist, but not too wet. Be sure to water them thoroughly and let the soil drain before putting them back in their saucer. If you are worried about keeping the moisture consistent, then I would recommend buying a soil moisture meter. This will fix ALL of your watering issues!

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15. Raven ZZ Plant

Raven ZZ Plant is an exceptional choice if you are looking for a houseplant that will thrive in low light conditions. Its dark purple-green leaves with waxy texture and smooth surface make it an intriguing addition to any corner of your home. This succulent is a natural air purifier, removing toxins from the air and creating a healthier environment. 

Like the original green ZZ plant, the Raven ZZ Plant is also easy to care for and can survive with minimal watering. In low light it can grow pretty slowly, making it very low-maintenance. But when there is new growth, it comes as a beautiful bright green that contrasts starkly against the dark green mature leaves.

If you are a busy plant parent who struggles to find time for plant care, Raven ZZ Plant is the perfect choice for you. Its resilience and low maintenance needs make it a hassle-free addition to your indoor plant collection. 

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16. Moonshine Snake Plant

Next on our list is the Moonshine Snake Plant, a perfect choice for busy plant parents due to its resilience and unique features. This low-light succulent has striking silver-green leaves that have a silvery stripe down the center. The plant’s thin, upright leaves are slightly stiff, making it almost impossible to damage or break them. A Moonshine snake plant can grow up to three feet tall, and it doesn’t require much watering, making it perfect for people who are always on the go.

Apart from being easy to take care of, Moonshine snake plants also provide several benefits. They are known for their ability to purify the air, removing toxins such as formaldehyde, benzene, and xylene. Its air-purifying qualities make it an ideal choice for bedrooms and offices.

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17. Hoya spp.

Hoya, also known as the wax plant, is a popular choice among plant parents because of its unique foliage and minimal care requirements. Its waxy leaves come in a variety of colors and shapes, from heart-shaped to circular, and can add visual interest to any room. 

With enough light, Hoya can produce small, fragrant flowers that bloom intermittently throughout the year. Its flowers are star-shaped and come in shades of pink, white, and yellow. 

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18. Pincushion Cactus

Pincushion Cactus, also known as Mammillaria, is a cactus that is perfect for busy plant parents. It requires minimal care and adds an unusual element to any collection. Pincushion Cactus prefers soil that drains well and should only be watered occasionally. Its unique appearance is due to the small white or yellow flowers that bloom from its spiky stems. 

This small cactus also does well in low-light conditions but it won’t flower as often unless given more light. This doesn’t stop it though from being a cute little cactus to put on your shelf!

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19. Haworthia ‘White Ghost’

Haworthia ‘White Ghost’ is a strikingly beautiful low-light succulent that is known for its ghostly appearance. This unique plant has fleshy, translucent leaves with white markings, making it look almost ethereal. It can be grown both indoors or outdoors, but it prefers bright indirect sunlight or low- to medium-light conditions. Like most succulents, Haworthia ‘White Ghost’ does not require frequent watering, and it needs well-draining soil, especially when it is in low light. 

If you’re looking for a low-maintenance, visually stunning addition to your plant collection, Haworthia ‘White Ghost’ is definitely worth considering.

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20. Kalanchoe spp.

Kalanchoe is a beautiful and versatile low-light succulent that comes in a variety of colors and shapes. This plant produces clusters of small, vibrant flowers that add a pop of color to any indoor or outdoor space. These flowers can range from whites to yellows, pinks, and even orange. It prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate lower light conditions as well.

One of the great things about Kalanchoe is how easy it is to care for. It only needs to be watered once a week, and its soil should be well-draining to prevent overwatering. This succulent does well in a range of temperatures and can even thrive in drought-like conditions.

If you’re looking for a low-light succulent with colorful blooms and minimal maintenance, Kalanchoe is a great choice.

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21. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a popular succulent known for its medicinal properties. It’s easy to care for, making it an excellent choice for busy plant parents. Most people believe that aloe vera needs a lot of bright, full sun, but it actually does better in partial shade. If given too much light (especially when it is in a pot and doesn’t have the cooling effect of being planted in the ground), the leaves can turn a blue-ish color. When this happens, you know that your plant is stressed and it is best if you move it into a lower-light spot before the leaf tips turn brown. Don’t confuse this with a dark green color, though, which is a sign of overwatering!

In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the aloe vera plant has been used for centuries for its healing properties. The gel inside its leaves can be applied topically to soothe burns, reduce inflammation, and promote healing. It’s also known to purify the air of harmful pollutants, making it a great addition to any indoor space.

If you’re looking for a low-light succulent that’s not only beautiful but also has proven health benefits, Aloe Vera is an excellent choice.

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22. String of Hearts

Another stunning low-light succulent option is the String of Hearts. This type of Hoya is a delicate and beautiful plant that features cascading vines of small heart-shaped leaves, creating a charming and whimsical look. It’s a great choice for hanging baskets or trailing over bookshelves or windowsills.

But the String of Hearts isn’t just pretty to look at – it also has air-purifying properties that make it a healthy addition to any space. Plus, it’s a low-maintenance plant that’s easy to care for, making it perfect for busy plant parents.

If you’re a fan of unique and eye-catching succulents, the String of Hearts is definitely worth considering. Just make sure that when you purchase a String of Hearts, you don’t start with a single heart leaf, since the plant needs a section of the stem in order to propagate and grow further. So make sure you get more than just a single leaf!

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23. Crown of Thorns

The Crown of Thorns succulent is a unique and beautiful addition to any collection. With its thick stem and small green leaves, this plant is a showstopper. But what sets it apart from others is its small, bright flowers that bloom in clusters. 

Be aware, though that this plant does have sharp thorns so it could be dangerous being placed in high-traffic areas or around small children. However, this plant could be good if you have pets that generally mess with your plants, since they will leave this tough little guy alone.

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24. Baby Toes Fenestraria

The Baby Toes Fenestraria is a perfect choice for those who want a unique and fascinating plant that can thrive in low light conditions. Its plump and window-like leaves create a striking visual appeal that will capture anyone’s attention. To me, it reminds me of a mix between the windows haworthia and the ogre ears!

So if you’re looking for something that is extremely unique, then get yourself a Baby Toes!

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25. Haworthia cooperi var. ‘retusa’

If you’re already a fan of succulents and are looking for a low light option, the Haworthia cooperi var. ‘retusa’ is an excellent choice to consider. This unique plant boasts a rosette of plump green leaves that have transparent tips, providing an eye-catching and mesmerizing appearance. 

The Haworthia cooperi var. ‘retusa’ is easy to care for, making it an excellent option for busy plant parents who still want to add some personality to their living space. This succulent actually prefers medium to low light conditions, making it an ideal choice for those who don’t have access to bright, direct sunlight.

Adding the Haworthia cooperi var. ‘retusa’ to your plant collection allows you to enjoy the unique beauty of this plant and adds diversity to your space. Its distinct aesthetic adds an element of fascination that will surely capture the attention of anyone who enters your home.

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In short, low-light succulents are the perfect addition to any busy plant parent’s home. With a variety of options, from the snake plant, to the aloe plant, to the haworthia cooperi var. ‘retusa’, there is a plant for every taste and style. Not only do these plants add a touch of green to your space, but they also have numerous benefits for your health and well-being. So why not add some low light succulents to your home and enjoy the benefits for years to come?!

If you need any care information, check out my post on Succulent Care!