How I Care For My Houseplants


“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a plant mom…” ūüėČ Today’s post is all about how we care for our plant babies! Anyone else get a ton of joy out of a space filled with house plants? There’s just something instantly calm and relaxing about them. Not to mention when you nurture a plant for years (years!), there’s going to be some sort of proud attachment, ha. (There’s the plant mama in me coming out!). When Blake and I moved into our house three years ago, we went a little plant crazy. Though¬†some were lost along the way (RIP), I’ve¬†finally¬†learned how to care for these finicky little fellas. That said, I’m sharing how we care for our plants, the types of plants we have around our home and our favorite place to buy house plants – let’s get to it.


livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-home-decor-inside-plant-care-how-to-1livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-home-decor-fiddle-leaf-tree-how-to-1livvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-home-decor-inside-plant-care-how-to-bookshelflivvyland-blog-olivia-watson-austin-texas-lifestyle-blogger-home-decor-inside-plant-care-how-to-bookshelf-2Houseplant care:¬†Three things our plants thrive on: natural light, water and plant food. I water each one once a week – enough water to where I see a little bit collecting in their trays. Once a month I’ll add in a scoop of houseplant fertilizer¬†to the watering pale. We use Miracle Grow (it’s the only one we’ve ever tried, but have seen it work wonders for us!).¬†The ratio I use is 1 scoop for ever 1.5 liters of water. As for natural light,¬†I recommend moving plants near windows or under skylights (we have a couple in our house).

Favorite place to shop for houseplants: I have shopped at the cutesy¬†plant boutiques in town and I have shopped at Home Depot and our grocery store¬†(shootout to HEB!) for houseplants…and I’ve found that¬†HEB and Home Depot have amazing options for a fraction of the price.¬†The boutique shops¬†are of course darling¬†and¬†you’re paying for the novelty of a local plant shop (also, supporting local businesses is super great!)…but they’re not always worth it in my opinion. I payed $40 for the same plant that I found for $6¬†at Home Depot. Years back, we spent $200 on a Fiddle Leaf from a local shop in town that died within two weeks (it had a disease and was rotted – and they didn’t refund us *facepalm*)…and recently I just scooped up a new one from Home Depot (1/3 the size) for $25 (!!). My mom also got us our Monstera plant that is thriving beautifully – for TEN bucks at the grocery store! In sum, you don’t need to spend a ton on¬†houseplants. Just give them the TLC they deserve and they’ll flourish. Side note: I totally get wanting a particular¬†plant and not being able to find it at certain stores, which is where The Sill is an amazing place to buy your houseplants online. We have a small plant in our kitchen from The Sill and it’s doing great after a couple of months! (They also have¬†pet-friendly plants, low-light options, etc).

Types of houseplants we have: The long, leafy plants on our bookshelf and console are Pothos and Philodendron. That gorgeous plant on the far right of our console is a Prayer Plant and the hearty leafy green one in the middle is a Peperomia. We have a Monstera in our kitchen and a Fiddle Leaf in our living room corner. That one on the far left on the console is part of the Dumb Cane family.

Favorite place to shop for planters and pots: I LOVE shopping for pots and hanging planters. We prefer terra-cotta pots and feel like our houseplants grow so nicely in them (plus that earthy color is timeless) – we buy ours at Home Depot. The hanging planters we have around the house are from Urban Outfitters. Our Monstera is in a woven basket (there’s a pot and tray inside) from a local shop (but you can get it on Amazon here) and the plant stand is from Target. Our entryway console is from West Elm. I’ll link to those and more pretty ones below.

I hope this post was helpful! Always love¬†sharing home decor tips and tricks with y’all. Thanks so much for stopping by! Ps. How cute is that plant tee I’m wearing? Had to be a total dork and rock it for this one! ūüėČ


6 Comments

  • Porshla says:

    Love all the plants! ūüėć that far left one looks like a Dumb Cane variety to me.

  • Lacey says:

    I brought my ZZ plant in my car with me from California and so far he has been enjoying Austin and has really flourished sitting pretty outside our house.

    I’m still trying to get a better handle on watering our indoor plants and finding the best places to put them to get good light exposure. The windows in the front of our house are practically useless because we have two giant red oak trees blocking most of the light.

    I’ve bought plants from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Frond plany shop, and The Great Outdoors. I’ve been happy with all of them so far. I’m always on the lookout for nice planter pots.

  • Kelli says:

    Hi! I love the interior of your home and style! I was wondering if you could tell me what you guys used for the ‚Äúbuilt in‚ÄĚ book shelves and tv stand. I‚Äôm looking to do something similar and love the look of yours! Thanks so much!!

    • livvy says:

      Hey Kelli! It’s the Billy Bookcase series from IKEA. Blake built it when we moved into our house a few years back. Super awesome options with it – if you google it lots of great ideas and inspiration come up. We LOVE it. Very sturdy, too!

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