Houseplants are one of the best ways to decorate a home (in my opinion), but I know they can be intimidating for a lot of people.
Honestly, that includes me! I’ve always loved a good challenge, and I think this is part of what triggered my houseplant obsession. Keeping a houseplant couldn’t be that hard—I figured there was certainly a way to decorate my own home with gorgeous plants with success.
So, I went to the nearest home improvement store, and like any normal person would, bought a few I thought were pretty. I paid no attention to what kind of light they needed, or how much they needed watered…I really figured it couldn’t possibly take much work.
Well many dead houseplants later…I am now writing this post about the easiest houseplants I have found.
I started this series to show you plants that I’ve found to be easy to care for—and keep alive! (Key requirement.) Some plants are definitely more finicky than others. But with just a little practice and patience, I promise you can develop your own houseplant obsession, too.
The Rattlesnake Plant
I have two rattlesnake plants. One has been a member of our household for the last 8 months, and the other is only about 3 months old.
After a little learning, both have seen new growth! Getting new growth on your plant is the best sign that you’re doing something right.
Scientific name: Calathea lancifolia
Toxicity: They are safe for cats and dogs! And kids, too, but let’s just teach our kids not to eat foliage, k?
Watering: The soil on these seem to tolerate dry soil. I have let these dry out completely, and at times only watered every two weeks (because I forgot), and they are still thriving. Rule of (green) thumb—water once the top inch or so of the soil feels dry, usually once a week, making sure the plant is in a container that can drain excess water completely. If you get to the end of the week and the soil still feels a little moist, then skip it and water the next week! Try to water evenly, so that all the water is not on one side of the plant.
Light: They tend to like moderate-to-bright rooms, but should not placed directly in a window. Direct light will likely burn the leaves. If the leaves turn crispy on the ends, it means the plant is probably getting too much light, so try to move it a little further from the light source in the room.
Why do we like this plant? It does something REALLY COOL at night. It closes its leaves! At night, you’ll find that the leaves will moves straight up, and unfold again during the day. I had no idea this was a ‘moving plant.’ I was hella confused the first time I saw it. Now, it’s a definite selling point!
Other care tips: You might find that the leaves get dusty. Try to spray them off or wipe with a damp cloth to clean once in a while.