So you want to become a crazy plant person.
You’ve seen how plants make some of your friends happy and you also feel your Instagram shots are missing some greenery.
So where do you start?
Here are our favourite plants that you need in your life right now so you can go and create the green, lush apartment you are dreaming of. It's the Cooper&Smith list of plants you need in your life.
P.S. They are easy to care for and look absolutely bomb in any indoor home set up.
Rhipsalis are up there as one of our most loved plant types. There are so many different varieties to choose from and each one has its own character that comes along with the plant.
Rhipsalis really steps up your plant game and gives variety to your plant aesthetic as most grow long, with quirky leaves and can even sprout flowers or berries!
It’s the type of plant that will really impress your friends when they come to visit or look hella cute in the background of your Insta pics - which is what fuelled your plant journey to begin with.
Rhipsalis are a native jungle plant, so give these babies some humidity, some indirect sunlight, however, can also do really well in a dimmer setting too and with an average amount of water, they will be happy and loyal to you.
If you aren’t too sure where to place them, they are a great plant to have in an empty space in your bathroom, or to add some greenery in your kitchen.
Rubber Plant (Ficus Elastica)
This old mate is a classic to have in your collection of indoor plants.
It is quite a popular plant these days which means you should be able to find it easily and not have to pay too much for it either.
Rubber Plants can grow quite full and also quite big which makes it a great plant to have as a feature of a room.
They are a no-fuss plant and quite hardy overall. Water when the soil gets dry, which will be more in Summer.
I have found my rubber plant is happy in a pretty shady spot in a random nook of our house that would look so empty without them there.
Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum Aureum)
I have a major soft spot for devils ivy because it was my first plant... ever. Devil's Ivy practically started this whole thing - thanks mate!
It was, and still is just an easy plant to have around, like that one friend who is just an easy one to get along with.
And what isn’t there to love about it? Beautiful leaves that grow long and trail around your home?
Devil's Ivy just needs some solid indirect light and a normal amount of water and it will be happy.
Little tip - the Devil's Ivy will start to show variegation in more of a sunny spot, however the leaves will be plain green in a more shady spot.
Most plants are a bit sensitive to all that sunlight and heat.
Cactus? Nope. They strive and long for that.
Living in Australia, Cactus are a great option to have at home, particularly if you have a spot that gets that hot direct, burning sun that our skin cannot tolerate.
At least your cactus can.
I enjoy the adventure of finding rare cactus as a lot of your main shops don't sell too many exciting or unique types.
Bunnings and florists, even some bigger branch nurseries will just stock your stand cactus that everyone owns.
Oh, an Echinocactus? Groundbreaking.
No, the real fun is going to local markets when your visiting towns and little suburbs where people are selling quality stuff for cheap that they’ve grown themselves.
I’ve picked up a solid prickly pear cactus from a Nonna at a small market for $4 and now I have 2 separate plants from it that are healthy and growing.
I also got a cactus that I later found out is an African milk tree for $10 from a small town outside of Byron Bay, it’s now grown about 15cms in a year. And both plants haven’t done anything apart from sun and water every month or so when I remember. Easy!
Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus Lyrata)
I didn’t want to put this cutie on the list because, well, it’s on every list, on every plant blog. Ever. But it's the plant of the year because it really is amazing.
I’ve found it’s a pretty chilled plant in general. (I say now when mine is quarantined outside with mites. It’s cool...I got this.) Give it some good indirect light and an average amount of water.
The leaves will talk to you so if you over or under water it overtime, it will let you know with drooping leaves, so I’ve found it’s better to under water than over water.
Try to avoid direct sunlight as this can burn the leaves, if you are going to though, minimise it to morning or afternoon sun.
If you are following these basic steps of not watering too much - you can enjoy a fiddle!
Good luck adding to your plant collection, or if you are just getting started. Comment below and let us know what your favourite plants are that we should know about!