I'm a bit of a plant hoarder. Despite leaving for New York one weekend to come home to some very unhappy plants, I'd like to think I'm pretty okay at taking care of indoor foliage.
I got really into plants after my first time in New York, where I stayed at friend's apartment and looked after their indoor plants. I couldn't tell you what any of them were, although I'm sure I could now. Plants offer life in an object that doesn't whine, isn't all that needy, doesn't have an attitude, doesn't require affection, and I'm pretty sure if they could talk would tell you that they love you unconditionally. Plus they keep your air all kinds of clean.
We have several kinds of plants in our home. Our first large "furniture" purchase was actually a nine-foot Kentia Palm, but more on that later.
I'm going to highlight our Philodendron this time around.
I've always wanted one ever since our dark little apartment, a few blocks down. Unfortunately for me, this plant loves filtered light of which our old apartment got none, so it bit the dust. Our new apartment has so much light it's slightly appalling. We got this guy at about $50 and it was our second plant purchase together. It started out medium size at best. With that already developed monstera leaf I couldn't resist. It resides on the floor, umbrella-ed by the palm near the window. We've had it for about four months and it has gotten HUGE. I can't believe it. everyday I see a new young leaf protruding. I love it - it brings a lot of character to our abode.
A few Monstera Philodendron tips:
1. They don't like to be over watered. Make sure the first few inches of its soil are dry before watering. When watering make sure to saturate it evenly. *NOTE: It's normal for water droplets to form on the leaves after watering. It is it's way of getting rid of extra water. For this reason keep a towel handy or do not put on surface that might be harmed by water.
2. They like humidity so make sure to mist every once in awhile.
3. They don't like to be moved, but it should be rotated if possible to ensure even growth. I just turned this guy around because most of the leaves were leaning towards the window and I wanted it to have room to stretch out.
4. Do not, under any circumstances, put it in direct light. It's beautiful, luscious leaves will scorch and the plant will hate you.
4. They like music. I read that all plants like music. Maybe singing to it would be nice? It's personal preference, of course.