Houseplants are the ultimate home accessory, adding color + gentle energy + fresh air to any space. And they’re easy to take care of – IF you know what you’re doing.
Michelle Slatalla, editor in chief of Gardenista, is bringing us houseplant care guides all season long, so you can greenify your home this season and keep your new friends alive!
Light Requirements: Full sun – the more the better.
Water Requirements: Let the soil dry completely before watering. Once or twice a month is often enough, and then only sparingly.
Also known as the “paddle plant,” red-tipped kalanchoe is one of the prettiest succulents around. To my eye, it looks like it put on lipstick, and a pretty shade at that. As a succulent, kalanchoe eschews water. Put it in a sunny spot, ignore it for a few weeks, and it will thrive. Don’t repot it unless you see the roots coming out of the drainage hole on the bottom of the pot.
Michelle Slatalla is the editor in chief of Gardenista, a sourcebook for practical, design-focused gardening. You can follow all of their tips + news + inspiration on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.