Part of the beauty in creating more mindfulness in your body, heart, and life is learning how to slow down. We might live in a culture that values constant action but there is deep satisfaction behind going slower, moving with purpose, and doing less. I started to care for houseplants for 2 reasons:
- I wanted to bring more nature into my home. Since I live in Chicago and it’s so dang cold during the winter months, it became increasingly important for me to find new ways to connect to Mother Earth without having to go outside.
- Taking care of houseplants keeps me in a state of mindfulness. I have to slow down in order to remember to take care of them by monitoring their health and taking the time to feed them properly.
I am known to have a killer brown thumb when it comes to taking care of houseplants so it was also important for me that I started out slow and made sure that I chose plants that were easy to maintain.
Here are 10 houseplants that are easy to care for and that I have found success with:
1. Succulents: Perfect for the brown thumb. Keep in direct or indirect sunlight and keep soil slightly damp.
2. Snake Plant: Keep in all ranges of sunlight; prefers dry soil.
3. Aloe Vera: Prefers sunlight and slightly dry soil, like succulents.
4. Japanese Bird’s Nest Fern: Prefers indirect sunlight; water 2x week.
5. Spider Plant: Keep in indirect or direct sunlight; water 1-2x week.
6. Pothos Plant: Prefers all ranges of sunlight; water 1x week, approximately, allowing the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.
7. English Ivy: Allow for good enough sunlight and keep the soil slightly dry between waterings.
8. Rubber Tree: Prefers bright light but too direct; allow the soil to slightly dry out between waterings.
9. Ficus: Indirect sunlight; water 1x week.
10. Dieffenbachia Plant: Happiest with filtered sunlight; allow soil to slight dry between waterings.
Remember that if you live in a very cold climate, there is a learning curve here. I’m still learning this and how to navigate but the important thing is to keep trying. Find people and places as resources for your growth. And don’t forget that your plants aren’t the only one growing here, you are too! Proceed with gentleness.
Cara Ansis is a Self-Love Facilitator and healer, helping women safely enter their own inward journey towards taking better care of themselves. With a master’s degree in Soul Care, she is a certified Spiritual Director and has had the privilege of working with countless women around the country. With her own profound story of self-healing, she now teaches those everyday techniques, rituals, and tools to enable other women connect with their own healing abilities and radically transform their lives. Cara lives in Chicago, IL with her husband, Matt and their son, Jaxon.