Pet Plants: A Houseplant Guide is something that I created for you, so you can get to know my plants better. It will also help you to get to know your houseplants better too, by giving them a name, favorite spot, and personality!
Wish you could have a cuddly, furry pet but have allergies? Same! That’s why in the last few years I created my pet plants collection. Most people look amused when I tell them that I name all my plants and that I talk to them, but the truth is, plants really do make the perfect pet.
Throughout the years I have had a lot of different exotic animals as pets. I’ve had a pet stingray for a short spell, a bearded dragon, hamsters, a ferret, a finch, as well as a few other pets here and there. My dream pet has always been to have a pot-bellied pig. I think they are the cutest thing ever, but I’m not sure I could deal with the time-consuming care I was told I’d have to give. Then, a few years ago, after my pet bearded dragon died, I started collecting plants.
I found out that plants really do make great friends and confidantes! It also started with Matilda, she’s my biggest pet aloe vera plant. I started talking to her one day, using a rose quartz crystal to do some inner healing, and I swear my heart was healed that day! After that, I named her Matilda, because that’s what felt right to me.
Hint: You can see Matilda in a lot of my pictures stretching her arms and doing yoga poses on this site!
There are a few different kind of houseplants that I have preferential treatment for. These are aloe vera plants, cactus, air plants, and succulents. Aloe vera plants are my absolute favorite though!
Aloe Vera Plants – They have a lot of personality and are easy, breezy low maintenance to care for! They are the healers of the plant family. They are especially known for healing the heart and listening to problems and absorbing them so they no longer exist. Aloe vera plants will also give you their blessing to use their bladed leaves for gel. You can use aloe vera plant gel for healing superficial wounds and burns, as well as healing your body on the inside by drinking it. You can drink it with aloe vera juice (yum!) or by using it in juices and smoothies.
Aloe Vera Plant Resources
- Aloe Vera Plant First Aide Kit
- Instant Aloe Vera Plant Facial for Anti-Aging
- Aloe Vera Plant Energy Healing Smoothie
Cactus – I was born and raised in the Mojave Desert of Southern California, so I definitely have a fondness for cacti. They have prickly personalities, which means they have to warm up to you. Once they do, they are yours for life! Cactus is very easy to take care of, no matter what kind. While they aren’t necessarily considered a healing plant, cactus is great for unveiling the truth. They are blunt and if you ask them a question, you’ll always get an instant honest answer and the solution to your problem. The only catch? You have to get them to warm up to you first. You can do that by spending time with them and talking to them just like you would a friend. You can use prickly pear cactus, the fruit and the pad of the plant, to eat or in a juice recipe. Stay tuned! I’ll be featuring a prickly pear recipe on the blog soon.
I don’t have any cactus resources on the blog right, but as soon as I do, I plan to update this post.
Succulents – Succulents make a great friend when you need someone to suck the dark or negative energy out of the air! Succulents will literally suck it in and blow out clean, clear air and fresh energy. Succulents, in my experience caring for them, are more delicate than cactus and aloe vera plants. Succulents come in many different sizes, shapes, and colors and they all have unique personalities. They are the cool kid of the houseplant if you will! They can sometimes remind you of a head of lettuce, but the only ones that are edible are sedums and that’s in moderation. They have a bitter, peppery type of flavor and are an acquired taste, to be sure!
I don’t have any succulent resources right now, but have plans to make a recipe with sedums in the near future 🙂
Air Plants – Air plants are awesome for cleaning the air. Not of energies, like the succulents, but of dust, mold, and allergens. They act as a natural filter. They are easy-going, gentle in nature, and fun loving. They like to spend time solo or in clusters with their family. For a habitat, they prefer something natural such as a seashell, a wooden log, or on a tree. If you bring them indoors, be sure to use a natural habitat to make them feel at home! Apart from improving air quality, air plants are known as natural mood stabilizers and good vibe plants. You feel better just being around them!
At this time, I don’t have any resources on air plants. As soon as I do, you’ll be the first to hear about it!
- Donkey tail is footloose and fancy-free! It’s a very happy plant to keep around.
- Spider plants are great for filtering the air and making a house feel like a home.
- Philodendron act as a natural air filter and bring a peaceful glow to the house.
Winter Plant Care
Winter plant care is a highly important matter where you live. I live in Florida where it doesn’t snow and pales in comparison to other cold states. Even in Florida, I make sure to bring my plants inside when the weather is harsh. Hard to believe, but we do have those days here!
A great rule of thumb is to pay attention to wind chill factor in the warmer states and snow in the colder ones. You can use your windowsills as a garden for your houseplant collection. Choose windows with abundant lighting during the day, where your plants will face the sun. You can see how I’ve done this in the very first picture of this post!
If you live in a warmer climate like I do, you might still be able to get away with taking care of them outside on certain days. Just bring them back in towards evening and your good to go!
What’s your favorite pet plant and why?