Confessions of An indoor Plant Killer

Confessions of an Indoor Plant Killer

Confessions of An indoor Plant Killer

OK time to come clean, I love love love having our home filled with indoor plants, but I truly do I suck at keeping them alive.

I will usually buy an indoor plant and then not long after, leaves start to wilt, it looks a little sick and eventually it makes it’s way to my indoor plant cemetery.

Initially the cemetery was a hospital, then turned hospice, now it’s turned to cemetery I’ve had too many fatalities to call it anything else.

indoor plant cemetery
The Indoor Plant Cemetery


Why do I keep killing indoor plants?

It’s a little combination of things, sometimes neglect, sometimes too much love (oh you can over water cacti!).

Poor choice in plant selection (succulents need sun people!).

Whilst I love pottering in the garden, I often just forget about the poor indoor plants inside, and they’ve probably got more work to do providing our house with clean air than any of the plants outside.

What ever the case, I need some indestructible types.

My one true indestructible plant

Say hello to my friend Zanzibar.

Zanzibar the indestructible
Zanzibar the indestructible

I’ve had this guy now for about 4 years, never repotted, looked slightly wilted once, topped it up with water and BAM he was back again (aside from a few miscoloured leaves).

He doesn’t grow much, but I am sure if I gave him a new pot he might get bigger. Maybe it’s time I gave him some love? There is a fine line, I don’t want to give him too much!

What are some other indestructible types?

Well I’ve been doing some research and I am going to try a few different varieties and see if I can keep them alive.

I’ll keep you posted on how I go, but these are a couple that I might give a whirl:

  • Mother-in-Law’s tongue
  • Bromeliad (I have zillions of these in the garden so I am bringing some in!)
  • Ficus
  • Philodendron
  • Dracaena

Any tips for this indoor plant murderer who is trying to change her ways?


11 thoughts on “Confessions of an Indoor Plant Killer”

  1. I love your sense of humour! I’ve managed to murder a few indoor plants too and have never had any luck with ficus – they seem to be fussy about water and light. My philodendron is very forgiving and there is a good reason aspidistra is called the cast iron plant! I’ll definitely get myself a Zanzibar 🙂

    1. I have a friend who is growing ficus on her back patio, it’s out of the sun and doing very well, perhaps it’s the airflow they need? Will definitely give the philodendron a go! Thanks Caz

  2. haha I love this post! it made me laugh out loud because I am the same! I’ve had a money plant which has survived (and is now growing) and a jasmine plant which was a present from a client of mine 2,5 years ago. I thought it died, but I found with love and care (+ google), I brought it back to life! Good luck with yours xx

    1. Thanks Ariadne! I probably should just stick with the one variety that I don’t kill. I see all these beautiful indoor pots for succulents but I’ll be damned if I can get one to last more than a month inside.

  3. Guilty as charged! I too am an indoor plant murder…or maybe just an abuser…eek. I seem to be able to bring them back to life just before it’s too late. Love your humour in this post and oh my, your site is so pretty! xx

    1. It’s good to know that I am not alone!! I am obviously doing the wrong things, I think i can bring them back but I tend to make them worse! Thanks for your comments and kind words x

  4. Oh my goodness. I freakin LOVE this post! You had me at the title and I just nodded along the whole way. I am USELESS at gardening (indoor and outdoor). Seriously, if plants grew on good intentions alone I’d have the most amazing garden EVER but alas, they need other stuff like water and fertilizer and sunshine. Great post Nicki. Thank you! 🙂

    1. haha I am pretty good with the outdoor stuff, but I have the touch of death on the inside plants. I am glad I am not the only one! Thanks for your comment Sarah!

  5. I’m with you Nicki. It’s tricky keeping them alive.
    My latest success are Loriope (spelling not sure) I’ve put mine in a glass bowl so no drainage and its made it’s own little environment. I water it once a month and it’s near a window but not with direct sun. I found with bromelaids that because they hold a little water in the bracts they get a bit smelly and get little fly thingies hanging around.

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