plants everywhere {my indoor plant tips}

I was sitting in my living room with a friend recently and she commented that there were plants everywhere. I think I might have replaced all the pictures with plants! Though I’ve liked the empty wall space, I think I’m ready to add a few pictures back up.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetPlants in my house last far longer than plants outside my house. I think it is the whole out of sight, out of mind thing. I’ve been asked how I keep plants alive in my house. Most of my plants are in small pots without holes (so water doesn’t get everywhere). My large plants are in pots with holes and drainage containers.

I thought I would share how I pot my smaller plants and succulents.

I use 3 things:

  • clay pellets
  • the pot/planter
  • the plant

plantlady-01Those little pellets have been the life saver for my indoor plants. I place them in the bottom of the pot and then put the plant on top. If I need to add a little extra dirt, I do. The pellets allow for drainage in the pot. I just have to be careful not to over water too much.plantlady-02My sister got me this little planter for my birthday. Turns out it is actually a pencil holder, but I’m going with planter. It was fun trying to decide what kind of plant to put in it. So many options – tall plant for tall hair, bushy plant for big hair, etc. I went with String of Pearls, so she will have long, funky hair one day. She sits right by the kitchen sink and keeps me company when I’m washing dishes. It is hard not to smile when I look over, so it makes being at the sink a little more enjoyable!


I’m often asked how I keep indoor plants alive. I am not an expert. I’m sure I do a lot of things wrong, but here are my tried and true tips:

My indoor plant tips:

  • Pay attention to if the plant needs light, if so place it near a window
  • Don’t water too often. I water every 7-10 days…and just a tiny bit
  • Use plant food. I found tropical plant food on Amazon.
  • Sing to them everyday. My plants prefer Brad Paisley and some Taylor Swift mixed in. Find what your plants like and belt it out.
  • Just kidding on that last tip – really, I just stick them somewhere and water (with plant food) every week or so.

My sources:


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  • Mary Lynn - Thank you! I love plants, but havn’t attempted them much in my years of toddlers, also our house doesn’t have a lot of great light & the spots by the windows are most accessible to little people. But our youngest is 3 now, I got my first indoor plant (in a long time) at IKEA… and it’s still alive! So I am anxious to get more now! You’ve inspired me! Maybe I just need to look for plants that don’t need much light? They really exist? So you leave them right where they are & water with what, a little watering can? And you said you give them plant food with every watering? Sorry so many questions. I’m excited! So glad to know about the clay pellets!

  • Tiffany - Did not know about the pellets, I usually steal rocks from the lawn. The string of pearls is a really pretty plant, btw.

  • Katie Thomassen - I was just “gifted” a sink exactly like yours and I LOVE IT!!! Marks, scuffs and all. It was definitely a booger to get into place though, talk about heavy!!! We had it placed as well as we could and it was still hung up on one corner so my husband went out to the shop to get a tool to jimmy it in and as he was walking by the kitchen window it suddenly fell into place with a HUGE crash. He was a little miffed that I hadn’t waited for him but I hadn’t touched it, it was just ready to be home!! I was just glad my fingers and toes were all out of the way!
    The only thing that makes me sad is the thought of leaving it behind one day when we eventually downsize 🙁

  • Amy - I love having plants inside! Unfortunately my palm tree isn’t liking this Minnesota winter, even tho its indoors. It’s turning white lol! I love my desert plants tho so I may have to stick with just cacti…. Any tips for that palm?

  • AshleyAnn - Honestly, I just water it once a week. I mix a little liquid tropical plant food in the water, but that is it!

  • Kimberlee Jost - You crack me up. I know you’re not actually kidding about Brad Paisley.

  • Diana - I need this help/encouragement/advice! My house plants don’t look super promising…

  • AshleyAnn - Kimberlee – you are, of course, correct about that!

  • Mary Lynn - Can you tell me what brand of plant food you like? I haven’t had success with your Amazon link : ( Do you just use the tropical for all plants?

  • AshleyAnn - Mary Lynn – I use this one:

    I use about 1 teaspoon per galloon water. I use it on all my plants.