My journey as a plantita all started with a plant I accidentally killed. In 2014, my former boss from Glamourbox where I worked as a marketing manager gave our whole team a succulent each. That time, I had no idea what I was doing. I thought that watering it every other day was a good thing. But it turns out that succulents shouldn’t be watered frequently, so I ended up killing it! Two years later, feeling renewed and inspired at my new job as an Editor-in-Chief, I bought a snake plant for my office desk. I made sure to read about how to take good care of it. Spikey became its name and is now the oldest plant I own. It’s been repotted a few times because its leaves kept growing. And it was Spikey that inspired me to take care of more indoor plants in the Philippines!
My Plantita Journey
I guess my Editorial Assistant at that time noticed my growing love for plants. So during our company Christmas party in 2018, she gave me a cactus, which I named Aragog. In 2019, an online plant shop sent me more indoor plants to take care of: a money tree and another snake plant. I named the money tree Sasha, and the other snake plant Bayley—inspired by two favorite WWE Superstars. In 2020, I received two more plants: a dwarf snake plant from a plantita kabarkada which I named Dopey, and yet another snake plant from our condo unit owner which we named Madison. Madison was our unit owner’s parting gift when we moved out of our studio unit in Makati. We aptly named it after the condo where we stayed: Greenbelt Madison.
When we moved into our forever home, the #FraggyHome, I thought having six plants would be more than enough to decorate our space. But I realized that I needed more plants—bigger plants! Luckily, my cousins own Raiz Plant Hub, so I started buying more plants from them. If you’re looking for indoor plants in the Philippines that are easy to take care of, check out my current selection below!
Benefits of Indoor Plants
I’m no plant expert and the plants I’ve been taking care of are mostly low maintenance plants. More than anything, the reason I wanted to fill our home with plants is because of its benefits. Indoor plants produce oxygen, remove toxins, and purify the air. If you have allergic rhinitis like me, it helps to have natural air purifiers! Indoor plants also increase productivity, help create a relaxed environment, and foster happy vibes. This explains why so many people started collecting and taking care of plants during the pandemic.
Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
Ready to become a plantito or plantita? Here are some beginner-friendly indoor plants I’ve been taking care of.
Snake plants are probably one of the easiest indoor plants to take care of. I mean, Spikey is living proof! Our home has a total of four: Spikey, Bayley, Dopey, and Pureblood. Pureblood was the latest snake plant I got and is also the biggest. I bought it from my cousins to place at the entrance of our home. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’ll probably get the reference. Snake is the animal representation of Slytherin, and Pureblood is the password to the Slytherin common room!
Snake plants are deemed as good luck because they absorb toxins in the air and exude strong protective energy to shield residents from negative Chi. NASA research has shown that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside homes clean.
My cactus is named after another Harry Potter reference: Aragog. When I first got it, it was small and rounded. But as I kept repotting it, it grew a nose and became longer. I’m hoping that it continues growing so it can look like the giant cactus plants in my aunt’s California home.
Sasha, my Money Tree, used to be shorter than what you see in the picture. It had fewer leaves, too! Another common name for this plant is the Good Luck Tree. Like snake plants, they’re known to purify the air and are an effective filter of harmful pollutants. They’re pet-friendly as well. I don’t have to worry about our cat, Bellatrix, climbing the table and sniffing it.
Fiddle Bambino, Selloum, and Fortune Plant
The Fiddle Bambino, Selloum, and Fortune Plant are the trio I placed on the landing area of our stairs. Since there’s a huge window beside them, they’re able to get indirect sunlight, which they like. I only water them once a week since overwatering can be bad for them. It’s been so fun and fulfilling seeing them grow new leaves. I put them all on plant stands that I bought from Deco Creates on Facebook to prevent Bellatrix from sniffing or eating them because they’re mildly toxic.
This plant was named after Roberto Burle Marx who was the first architect to use native plants in modern landscape designs. Like most indoor plants, the Burle Max prefers indirect light. Its soil should always be moist but never drenched. I usually water this plant once or twice a week—but I make sure to check on its soil frequently. It removes toxins from the air around it as well.
The pothos, also known as Devil’s Vine or Devil’s Ivy, is almost impossible to kill. It can thrive in low light and doesn’t need to be watered often. When placed against a wall, it can crawl up and grow even more. It helps eliminate odor and purify the air of formaldehyde, benzene, and carbon monoxide. According to some studies, a pothos plant can alleviate eye irritation after long hours of staring at screens.
Those are currently the indoor plants in our home. I’m looking to add more once it’s safer to head out. I really want to check out the plant selections in Quezon City Memorial Circle. For now, I don’t mind just buying my plants online from Raiz Plant Hub, Plantooky, or Plants Haven PH. If you’re looking to buy indoor plants in the Philippines, I highly recommend them! If you have any plant care questions, feel free to send them in the comment section. I’ll be sure to answer them right away. Hope you enjoyed and learned a lot about the Fraggy Home’s plants!
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