12 Common houseplants I am currently in love with

I have not done a plants post in a while so what better way to catch up than share some of my favorite plants? There are plants at every corner of our tiny house and I honestly love them all. However, there are some that I just go nuts over every time my eyes land on the leaves. Check them out below and tell me I am crazy.

1. Norfolk island pine

This is the first thing you see when you open the door of our tiny house. It is tall but the leaves are not long enough to poke you in the eye as you walk in. I got this from our priest friend just a month ago and it adds a stunning vertical element to our space.

2. Philodendron pastazanum

I smile every time I walk past this plant to go inside the kitchen. I adore it to pieces. The large, textured leaves are so cool and I cannot wait for it to grow even larger. My aunt gave this to me also last month.

3. Scindapsus pictus

From four or six single leaf cuttings from my sister last December, now we have several tubs of scindapsis pictus. These plants are gorgeous. I love the blue and silver on the leaves. I know these are different varieties but I cannot tell which is which. I do not care. I love them all! Do I need to say that they grow fast? 

4. Dracaena kiwi

Unfortunately, this is not the original kiwi we have. It died after I placed it inside the house and possibly overwatered it to death! I did not lie when I said I am not a plant fairy. Fortunately, my mother’s friend gave this one to me and I am so happy. It looks like a pineapple, doesn’t it? It is hard not to think of a party when I see this plant. I will not kill it this time – prime time sun in the balcony and a better watering schedule.

5. Monstera adansonii

How is this monstera adansonii so gorgeous? The leaves are amazing. I love the holes and it is grows so fast! This small baby is a recent propagation from my original plant that came from my sister, I think last October. As you can see, my plant has a broken leaf but it is still green and attached so I am leaving it be!

6. Butterfly snow pea

A tiny house icon, Markus and I bought this enormous butterfly snow pea in June last year, one of the only two plants we paid for. Here it is colonizing the side of our tiny house. The flowers are edible and we make tea out of it. I have grown so many new babies off this one plant. The seed grows so fast and easy and everyone who comes by our tiny house asks for a small plant! Can you blame them?

7. Neon pothos

My sister bought two neon pothos plants in December last year and I got one as a present. Of course, I propagated mine very quickly and that small, one vine plant with five leaves is now two bushy but still small plants. I am not complaining – it is so pretty!

8. Philodendron erubescens

I confuse this plant with the heartleaf philodendron. Anyway, I have several of these and look at the size of them! The dark, green, massive leaves are so beautiful and their stem and aerial roots are so chunky. We have some climbing on trees, on a trellis, on pots, and inside our toilet. There is no stopping this plant from growing and it is so rewarding to have.

9. Aglaonema wishes

Who needs flowers when you have foliage like this? My heart. Wishes is one of my first plants that came from father’s neighbor, I think from last summer. It has grown so much and it flowered once! I have had three fights with mealy bugs on this one and I am just happy I am able to catch them in time. If something happens to this plant, there will be a big drama show.

10. Dracaena Masoniana

You already know this whale fin because I cannot stop talking about it. Another early plant of mine from father’s neighbor, this whale fin is every bit a statue than a plant. I mean, look at it and its pretty patterns. It is so stately and gorgeous and I can just stare at it all day. I wanted to split this pot originally, but I am always anxious about it. Then, it turned out really nice on this basket on the side of our stairs so I am very happy I did not rush into dividing it!

11. Golden pothos

If my bestfriend was a plant, he would be golden pothos – ubiquitous, beloved, reliable. It is cool that he is also obsessed with this plant. Everyone needs a golden pothos in their lives. It is so rewarding to grow. I have big ones, small ones, trailing ones, in water, in soil – I cannot get enough of these pothos! I love their variegation and how easy-care they are. Bonus: pothos are super affordable and they propagate like a charm.

12. Dischidia oiantha

Look how long these vines are! Dischidia oiantha are native to The Philippines and father has always grown them. They are incredibly cute with their little round leaves and long vines that could rival Rapunzel’s hair. I have propagated a lot of these, just that people tend to ask for them when they visit. We have them outside the house, in the garden, and even inside our toilet. They are no-fuss like that.

I really wish you can come by sometime and I can show you all my plants. It is relaxing and perhaps I can send you home with a plant or two. Have you taken our houseplant quiz? What are your favorite houseplants?

93 thoughts on “12 Common houseplants I am currently in love with

  1. hey guys, it was a pleasure to discover and wander around your blog πŸ™‚ and that norfolk island pine is so cute eheh have a great weekend and cheers from Portugal, PedroL

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      1. except two cactus, no more houseplants but it is something I find so interesting, so probably in the future I’ll invest my time on it… and, from what I see in your experience, it seems to be so positive, it is an extra motivation you know? eheh have a great day, PedroL

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        1. Wow, that is cool. For me, cacti and succulents are not easy! And yes, they are rewarding to grow, just do not get too many. Also plant prices around the world are ridicullus right now because of the trend sl be careful where you pick up your future houseplants and how much you pay for them. But also you can wait for me in Portugal, then I can just give you a plant.

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          1. ahah that’s really kind, you can give me a plant and a workshop about how to take good care of it πŸ™‚ have a great week and read you soon πŸ™‚ PedroL

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  2. What you have done with your plants is amazing. The butterfly snow pea is delightful. I did have a chuckle re the Norfolk Pine. I am patiently waiting for the summer to fade away so that I can get back into things in earnest with the garden. Thank you for sharing!

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      1. I guess that’s true regarding plants. I have successfully resurrected a frangipani and it flowered beautifully. I will be able to plant it out in winter.
        We are allowed to water the lawns twice a week, which I do. I start about 4:30 in the morning. I water everything else by hand each day as early as possible.
        I do get to do some minimal garden maintenance and I have rearranged a few items. Working with plants at the moment though is tricky with our heat here. Even our lovely plumbagos have browned off somewhat due to some challenging weather.
        Mind you, your post has got me thinking about what to improve inside re indoor plants.
        Right now we are having our main bathroom replaced. It is long overdue, but finally it is happening πŸ˜‚

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        1. Well, houseplants are the solution then! Minimal watering and also looks lovely. And yes to the joys from rescued plants. It is a wonderful learning opportunity, too; offers plenty of insight. I hope the bath renovation works out well and is not too stressful!

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  3. Yey for more plant friends posts πŸ’š the Norfolk island pine looks so chic and gorgeous but I think I’m in love with the golden pothos. Will definitely take one home if i can πŸ’š

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    1. Thank you. Yes, the Norfolk island pine is a stunner. Not sure what I am going to do with it as it grows into a monster though! Golden pothos should be easy to get. It is a pretty standard houseplant. I recommend picking it up from nurseries instead of flippers on social media – the prices there can be ridiculous. Better yet, you mignt find a plant friend with one, and seriously, there is never a shortage of pothos cuttings. If you ever visited, I will give you a pot.

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    1. I admire your orchids. I have a few gifted by my sister, of course, but I find that they require more daily maintenance and I much prefer easy-care plants. As for more plants for your home, maybe you can look into low-light tolerant plants and simply rotate the plants every week?

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      1. Thank you 😢 Maintaining the orchids has taught me a lot of patience and the blooms always put a smile on my face no matter what mood I am in. They are very therapeutic for me. I will definitely look in plants that can tolerate low level lighting. Thanks for the suggestion!

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        1. I can only admire your dedication. How are they doing in wintertime? And I agree, plant care is very therapeutic. Some good low-light candidates are peace lily, scindapsus, and aglaonemas. I hope you try some and enjoy more plants in your space.

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  4. All your plants are beautiful and so healthy. I want a neon pothos now that I’ve seen one. We have some straggly regular golden Pothos but that neon one is cool beans.

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    1. Thank you, Mrs. Bean. Neon pothos are just as easy as the golden pothos. Also, if your golden pothos is straggly, you can trim it and cut each leaf by the node and stick it back in the pot. It should take up!

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      1. Oh no! Poor little planty! It’s looking healthy again and free of sun burn in the photo πŸ™‚ I do! Mine are all relatively small, I have a beloved air plant, a few succulents and an array of hardy plants from IKEA πŸ˜‚

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  5. Wow, you have so many gorgeous plants! I was just googling dog-safe houseplants today and am excited to add a few more to my collection. Now to figure out what won’t wither away inside my super-dry desert home…

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    1. Thank you. Plants add so much ambience and transform a house into a home. Very relaxing. I hope you can find plants that do not need a lot of humidity, or at least figure out how to increase humidity in your home. My family has tons of plants and cats and dogs but we never had a problem with plant-related poisoning. I think animals need to ingest a serious amount of leaves before anything bad happens.

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  6. I love your photos. Thank you for sharing. I have always had a house full of healthy plants. Until this house, that is. Eight years ago we moved into a house that is oriented with an excellent position for limiting the bright AZ sunshine. So good, that I cannot grow a plant in here. Not happy about that. Fortunately, I can step outside and enjoy the outdoor plants.

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    1. Thanks! I realized I rarely post about our plants because I am not very good at taking photos of them. Sorry to hear about the lack of houseplants. Still happy that you can enjoy them outside. If you really miss plants indoors, you can bring some low-light tolerant plants in and just rotate them every week so they still get sun?

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  7. I love your plants, Micah. The monstera adansonii is particularly fascinating. My mother can make anything grow and I can make some things grow. I am not a plant whisperer like my mom though. Our garden is always very lovely.

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    1. Thank you. I wonder if it can grow in your country? I mean, it is a hardy plant that thrives in Batanes, the northernmost area of The Philippines where the weather can be seriously harsh. Also, butterfly snow pea is lovely as a tea, plant dye, or added to see-through pasta, which I dream of making one day!

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        1. I have met plenty of people who said the same and it has been my joy to give them a small but correct plant and show them that they are capable of growing plants and experience how rewarding it is. Now if you can just wait until I am able to go there. Haha!

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  8. Oh wow, those are stunning plants! I don’t know half of the names of the plants we have at home. We have a few that look similar to Aglaonema and Philodendron but I don’t know their real names.
    Plants are such wonderful things to have around at home, they make everything look all lively and new (and inculcate a sense of responsibility tooπŸ˜‚)

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    1. Thank you. Plants are so rewarding, and relaxing. I supppse it is a natural response to nature. We feel safe and nurtured. Glad to know you have plenty of plants, too! And yes, we have to take care of our plants. Did you know plants scream when damaged or needing care? It is audible through ultrasound.

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      1. Yes we do… but it’s limited since we’ve got a lot of clutter for sending home. My mother-in-law is leaving for good soon, like by March and she’s the queen of our house for 10 years… come March, I can decorate it according to my preference. I will be able to breathe —> because I will put lots and lots of plants πŸ˜€

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          1. Because of the plants πŸ˜€ So much oxygen awaiting to be inhaled πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
            True because the option was have her live in the company housing which to be fair is way better than our house because it’s got complete amenities…

            but I couldn’t bear having her stay there alone — this is a foreign land and maybe that’s a game changer….

            I never cease hearing about this from my folks and church counselors, but I love my husband more than my oxygen…
            This is the reason for my repressed statements all the months of knowing each other… we are happy in general, it’s just that, i kennat decorate!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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            1. You are a beautiful soul, and I understand. Still, I am very much excited for this new part of your life, and I am looking forward to seeing the new and improved balcony. Oh, if only I can share some plants with you!

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              1. Thanks Micah, I am also excited… I wish you’re nearby, for real…
                And I also wish that plants here are as accessible and as affordable.. but I am sure my plantita friends over here will be willing to share as well… πŸ˜€

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                    1. Less than 2 hrs… but we always drive instead of flying… it’s around 15 hrs but it’s fun β™₯️ there’s heavy duty desert along the way (with no net coverage)β€” but definitely worth the experience

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                    2. There are lots of toilets along the way… the 15-hr trip is partly KSA, partly UAE — KSA’s toilets are sadly unbearable and you will see the drastic difference once you reach the UAE territory. UAE toilets are clean and well-maintained.

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                    3. I read somewhere majority of people in UAE are expats. That is fascinating. And no, I think I will stick to flying. Not eco-friendly choice, but since I cannot walk to where I am going, I would prefer flying than a road trip.

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                    4. I do understand you. Hubby wasn’t a fan of road trip either… Flying, in reality, is more convenient and more comfortable than road trip πŸ˜€

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                    5. I have.
                      You know, trains here are fancy because they’re relatively newer. They’re late in this aspect. Although, traveling here by train is not as fast as expected– almost the same as the car ride, only more comfortable and safer.
                      I told my husband about carbon footprint because he wanted to travel by plane last Eid vs. a 4-hour car ride… He agreed to do the long drive not because of the article i printed for him but due to the fact that he feels distressed in anticipation to hear more from Fae.

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                    6. Haha! Your trains are good, then. I am looking forward to peaceful train rides in Europe once this is all done. You mentioning Eid made me think of the food that I want to sample from that part pf the world. I seriously dream of eating my way into the Middle East.

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                    7. Oh I am excited for you! My euro tour is limited but enough to make me feel in awe… you will enjoy it especially knowing that you’d make the most out of the experience…

                      Micah, you will love the food here. Love enough to visit but not live here I guess.

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                    8. Haha! I have a good feeling I cannot live there and I admire you for being able to. How many years has it been? But trying the food there and bringing it with me is nice. Actually, the menu at Cafe Domingo is our travel diary, and I think that is cool. Hopefully, we can add to it once this pandemic is over. It is exhausting.

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                    9. The only perk is that when you’re from here, tickets are relatively cheaper to Europe, Africa and to the US..
                      It’s been since 1997.
                      Perhaps the KSA now would be bearable for you. I believe my being able to survive the old KSA is a miracle. Nevertheless, we were happy here.
                      I hope you get to visit the Middle East, any GCC country would offer you the authenticity of Arabian Food… people like you who love trying out new things would definitely enjoy it.

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                    10. Nah… tourists are exempted. But some Filipinas and most Westerns are not wearing abaya anymore and it’s tolerated hehe. Not yet legal but ok somehow.

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                    11. The normal ones are designed for Saudi heat… but there are winter abayas, they’re comfy… like today, its around 10 degrees, so it’s pretty chilly.

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  9. I love how the Monstera adansonii plant looks. Those leaves are gorgeous.
    We have a couple of Aglaonema wishes plants in our terrace garden too. And I agree with you they are so pretty. I prefer them to flowers because the flowers either wither or fall off but this one is just adds so much colour in the middle of all the greenery.

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    1. I love my monstera adansonii, too. I propagate it a lot because it takes so easy and grows fast. And yes to wishes – love how pretty it is and low maintenance. Sometimes mine goes three weeks without needing water. I also grow many other agalonema types because of their pretty foliage.

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    1. I cannot get enough of my plants. I think green thumb is mostly the ability to observe our plants and respond to their needs. I still have misunderstandings with some, and there are plants that just die no matter what I do. I tend to be really patient with my plants though. Sometimes they just need to sort themselves out and they are fine in time. Maybe your plants are sad because it is the winter?

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      1. You are amazing and it’s that energy that they feel!! Did I tell you about The Findhorn Garden? A book precisely like you and your plants.
        I think it’a lot of things and I heard back from the nursery. double the pot, repot etc.
        I think they feel my igonoring them.
        Starting today I’m gonna send them love and repot etc. ❀️

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        1. All the best with your plants! I agree with them feeling neglect. I think there is a lot to learn about plant consciousness. And thanks for the book recommendation – will check it out. Last Christmas, Markus gave me a German houseplant book and I adore it to pieces.

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  10. Your plants are gorgeous. We have a few plants, but I tend to kill everything by over-watering. John waters the plants. A couple of times a year I throw away the dried-up ones. I’ve observed that many plants can survive being dry, but drowning kills them quickly.

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    1. Oh yes, that is a common experience. It is alwayd better to underwater than overwater. Also it is best to really soak the plant when you water it and let the excess water drain out. Then you do not have to water it for a few days! Alternatively, if you are a heavy-waterer, you can pick plants that enjoy being watered daily like peace lily, alocasia, caladium, begonia, orchids, nd so on. If this still fails, there is always plants that thrive in water. We keep a few pothos like this, and some lucky bamboo.

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