TOP 5 INDOOR PLANTS | Ruby Sandoval Photography


In 2019 I turned 30, and I can honestly say the memes are right. You know the ones that say turning 30 means you'll start buying real plants... guilty! My mom gave me a tiny aloe vera one Mother's Day, and that was the beginning.

It has grown so much that I keep it outside! But I wanted more. I'm not known for my green thumb, and I apologize to all of the plants I haven't been able to keep alive, but I'm learning! At first, I bought any plant that looked pretty, but now things are different. I do research. Lots of research (Enneagram 5 over here) After trial and error, and numerous different plants, here are my favorite easy to care for indoor plants.

ZZ Plant

  • Light: Low to Bright Indirect
  • Water: Low
  • Temperature: Average
  • Humidity: Average
  • Pet-Friendly: No

I found this little gem all alone at IKEA and it felt like a sign. To my surprise, they are very easy to take care of and keep alive. They can survive in low light situations, but they'll take longer to grow. The key is to ignore them a bit. Let the soil dry off or just water them every 10-12 days.

Chain of Hearts

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Water: Low to Medium
  • Temperature: Average
  • Humidity: Average
  • Pet-Friendly: Yes

Easily one of my favorite plants. When I saw it on Planterina's website, I knew I had to have it and I'm so glad I bought it! It is so cute and filled with hearts. I did notice that this plant likes to have the indirect sun hitting the topsoil, if not it will start to get a bit sad and bald from the top. You can also forget to water these and they'll be fine. I like waiting until the leaves to kind of curl a bit to water it.

Chinese Evergreen Maria

  • Light: Low to Medium
  • Water: Medium
  • Temperature: Average
  • Humidity: Average
  • Pet-Friendly: No

Such a beautiful plant! I saw it at Home Depot and it caught my eye. I wasn't there to buy plants... ok fine, yes I was. The moment I saw it I just couldn't think of leaving it behind. It has a very calming effect for some reason, and it's very pointy and unique. You can place these somewhere with lowlight and they'll thrive. Same as the other plants, don't water them too often.

Heart Leaf Philodendron

  • Light: Low to Bright Indirect
  • Water: Medium
  • Temperature: Average
  • Humidity:  Average
  • Pet-Friendly: No

My second favorite! These can be easily mistaken for photos, but I have zero luck with them. The philodendron on the other hand, much easier in my opinion. You can place them in brigh indirect light, low light, medium light, it will adapt. Just not direct light. You can also forget to water it, but not for too long or it will start to curl up and dry.

Umbrella Plant

  • Light: Medium to Bright Indirect
  • Water: Medium
  • Temperature: Average
  • Humidity: Average
  • Pet-Friendly: No

My husband surprised me with this Umbrella plant and it's so pretty and big! I have it in a corner with low indirect light and it seems to be doing great. As with the other plants, don't overwater it. I have come to learn that the biggest mistake we make when it comes to plants is overwatering. If you think it might be time to water it, wait a few more days or stick your finger in the soil as far down as you can. Sometimes the top will be dry, but the bottom will still be damp. Another option is a moisture meter, but I'll have to get back you on that because I haven't tried it.

A little disclaimer! All images are from my favorite website to buy plants that happen to be owned by my favorite YouTuber, Planterina! The links are NOT affiliated links. I have purchased plants from Trader Joe's, local nurseries, and Home Depot. The quality and health differences are HUGE! Although my plants from Home Depot are still alive and healthy, has been the best so far.

Are you a plant lover as well? Let me know what your favorites are over on my Instagram!





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