I have a problem. A plant hoarding problem. Back in Shillong I grew up in a house which used to have picket fences and a garden with trees and wildflowers. I loved the greenery surrounding my house and the large potted plants my mother would bring into the living room for adornment.
Unfortunately here in Mumbai I don’t have the space or the money to have my own backyard or garden, I did the next best thing - I bought indoor plants and put them in every corner of my room. I’ll be honest - in my desire to have that urban jungle look, I ended up killing a lot of plants. A lot. I went through man pots of the snake plant, aka Mother-in-Law’s tongue, but I always ended up killing them. I’d always water them too much and they would die out of root rot, and in some cases I didn’t water them enough, and they would dry out.
It has been difficult. But they’re the perfect indoor plant. They need very little sunlight and can survive on very little water. At this point I blame their death on Mumbai’s humidity and the lack of sunlight in my house. Perhaps those from drier climes could try and be more successful than I was.
I feel like plants bring a room to life. Apart from clearing out toxins from the air, they serve as a cheaper option comes to filling up an empty, boring spaces in a room.
Below I have listed the best indoor plants, in my experience:
The Pothos or Money plant, is the hardiest of them all. There are many different varieties and my favourite is the silver pothos.
The ZZ Plant which not only looks great but can survive on very little water.
The Rubber Plant, survives in low light but not great if you have pets.
The Fan Palm looks beautiful and grows well indoors but watering regularly is a must.
The Fiddle Leaf plant grows well indoors and needs only indirect sunlight. It also only needs to be watered if the top inch soil is dry.
The Sansevieria or Snake Plant is beautiful and works well with my mid century modern rooms but sadly I have killed too many. They are expensive, but I will try again. Maybe start with a miniature version.
Cactus and Succulents look cute on a study or centre table but they require sunlight and very little water.
These are my favourite indoor plants. I usually put them on a side table or desk. Very rarely on the floor, unless it’s in a big pot. I even hang them from the wall. I love placing money plants in high places where their leaves can dangle when they grow out. I keep buying and reading up about new plants I can keep in my home and I usually pick plants that are hard to kill.