I’ve always been a houseplant lover. I love the energy they bring into a home and how a plant-filled room has the ability to make you forget you’re even inside. The only problem I have with houseplants is that I physically cannot keep them alive. Even the ones that are supposed to be un-killable, like aloe. I killed an aloe plant, and it makes me sad to think about it.
I TRY to give them the amount of light they need. I TRY to water them as often as they’re supposed to be watered. Still, I must be doing something wrong, because I can’t keep a gosh-darn one of them alive. Except for one kind: philodendron.
Philodendrons are leafy plants that come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Most of them can be grown in low light, which is great for me because my apartment isn’t the brightest, but I think the real reason I have such an easy time keeping philodendrons alive is that they can be grown in WATER!
All you have to do is cut the plant just below a leaf (cutting at this location is necessary in order for the plant to root), discard some of the bottom leaves, and place the plant in a container of water!
Pretty soon the plant will root and you’ll have a beautiful, growing, lively houseplant. I love the way philodendrons look in all different bottles and vases scattered around the house. The way the leaves spill out and over the container is just so lovely.
The only maintenance these little guys require is a yearly water change and root trim. The plant you see above has been in water for many months, so you can see that it’s rooted quite a bit. I actually gave the roots a little trim right before taking this photo. There are other plants that can be grown in water, too, like ivy, coleus, and purple passion!
Do you have any advice on keeping houseplants alive? Share, share, share!
Photos by Brigette
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