I love the colors of our home. Deep jewel tones, rich woods, and industrial metals all create this comforting environment that makes me truly happy to be in my home.
The downside to this, though, is that our house is not brightly lit. As the dark tones soak up any light, rather than bouncing it off and illuminating the room like a white or cream room would.
Consequently, Iāve had to learn that hard way that this isnāt incredibly hospitable to exotic or tropical plants. And Iāve had to send many to the great Garden in the Sky. Now that weāre moving into Year 4 of living here, Iāve begun to get into a better groove with finding house plants that can survive in dark spaces.
So allow me to give you a tour of the plants we keep and my recommendations for those who also live in a goth house.
Plants that Can Survive Dark Spaces
I currently have 3 different calatheas flourishing here:
My prayer plant, my rattlesnake plant, and my latest one: a white fusion calathea. I usually rotate them once a month or so that they get a fuller look. Rather than all the leaves being on one side of the pot.
My English Ivy tolerates a lot of my over-loving with it, but does best when I leave it alone. It lives in the guest room which is the sunniest spot.
I currently have two: one was a gift that lives in the darkest corner of our kitchen and the other was a clearance find that lives in the dark purple bedroom. I love that theyāre slow growers and can handle a lot of abuse. Also, who doesnāt appreciate a plant known as āViper/Mother-In-Law Tongue?ā
My Monstera Deliciosa has absolutely flourished in my deep burgundy living room. Though he lives right in front of a South-facing window (with blinds). I was surprised he did so well as Monsteras are from more tropical areas. But so far so good. (Although note that Monsteras are toxic to cats. So we have to make sure Bettie doesnāt nibble on it.)
I have a few variations of pothos around the downstairs and they do SO well without my help.
Like I mentioned in my Goth plant round up, I love how idiot-proof ZZ plants are. And Iāve now collected 3 of them which all live in our upstairs spaces (bedroom and my office). Theyāre fairly easygoing and donāt need a lot from me, I usually just water them when the soil is dry.
āPetuniaā as sheās known around these parts, has absolutely gone bananas and already outgrown her 4ā pot in her first few months here. Sheās definitely a trooper.
Plants that are doing …alright
I have a temperamental relationship with orchids; I want them to love me. But they always seem reticent to do so. I usually pick them up in the clearance section of Loweās and will keep them in my office which has a west-facing TINY window. The current count is 3 orchids, but 2 of them seem to be tenuousā¦
Fiddle Leaf Fig
āGeorgeā was a clearance find and heās had a rough go of it. But Iāve tried my best to keep him happy. Heās sprouted two new leaves a few months ago, but then starting showing signs of root rot so I took him out and repotted him. George just kinda hangs out, recovering slowly.
I currently have 3 parlor palms in my living room and I canāt imagine them flourishing into giants. Theyāve handled the winters here fine. But I have to just accept that they might not ever become giant beautiful palms without more sun.
I try. Oh how I try, but they also donāt seem to trust me much.
Iāve had a poor relationship with elephant ear plants before. So picking up these two black beauties was probably not the best idea, especially since they flourish in humid, tropical zones, but Iāve stuck them in my downstairs bathroom in the hopes that the humidity will be a good stopgap to keep them alive.