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Happy National Houseplant Day! (Contest)
Wednesday, January 10th, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Margaret Rucci!

My office is in the basement. No windows, no natural light. I keep a “grow” light on one corner of my desk for my two favorite plants—my African violet and my Christmas cactus. In another space, I have a huge curling spider plant on the floor with another light hovering overhead. Come Spring, when the last of the freezes occur, he’ll go back outside to my covered porch.

Those are the only plants I have. We live in the country and maintain bushes and flowering bushes outside. When I was younger and living in an apartment, my place looked like a greenhouse. I kept Ficus trees, bromeliads, ivy, ferns, potted roses… Not that I had a particularly green thumb, but I did hover over and worry about my plants and tried to keep the cat from peeing in the Ficus tree.

Houseplants are not only a lovely splash of green in your environment, but they also filter toxins from the air. If you’re afraid you’ll kill your plants, get something extremely easy to keep alive like a lucky bamboo plant. All you have to do is give it water and very rarely a little bit of fertilizer.

So, today’s word search contains some of my favorite houseplants. For a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me about your favorite plants!

22 comments to “Happy National Houseplant Day! (Contest)”

  1. Margaret Rucci
    · January 10th, 2024 at 8:57 am · Link

    My favorite plants are the orchid. I have at least 20 plants. I worry about them all the time. I love watching the leaves get strong, and searching for the new shoots to come out. I move my plants around often, so they look well rounded. My favorite thing to do is try and remember what color they will be. LOL Continue loving your plants, and if perchance you have a south facing window, get yourself an orchid plant, they never disappoint. Oh, and do not water them with ice cubes, just room temp water when they are light and airy, then soak them and have them drip dry.

  2. Delilah
    · January 10th, 2024 at 9:22 am · Link

    Margaret! Orchids are so lovely. My favorite flowering plants! But they completely defeat me. I once had a monthly subscription that delivered a new orchid every month—which arrived just in time to replace the dying plant.

    One other note. My grandmother had an orchid that never bloomed. After her death, we moved the plant into the main house and one month after she died, it finally gave us a single bloom–before it, too, died.

  3. Dawn M Roberto
    · January 10th, 2024 at 10:00 am · Link

    I have a rubber plant that my son gave me, a small clipping her potted for me as I tried to keep succulents and they die. *sighs*
    So far, it’s been alive and well for months and I am following his instructions to the letter.

  4. Laura Bowles
    · January 10th, 2024 at 10:58 am · Link

    I have so many house plants I water them in shifts. Monday the main family room on Friday the library and the bathroom. I have pictures on my facebook

  5. Pansy Petal
    · January 10th, 2024 at 11:44 am · Link

    I have a philodendron that has moved with me for the past 14 years. I find they are almost impossible to kill. Water and the occasional fertilizer. I even started another from it about ten years ago, so I have two now. I also have a spider plant that as only move twice. Hardy too. Small space right now so that is all I currently have.

  6. cindy
    · January 10th, 2024 at 12:13 pm · Link

    Besides 3 wayward Thanksgiving cacti (you can tell which they are by their leaves) that bloom when THEY feel like it and never go outside, I have 8 others that I take outside and inside when the weather changes. One is a dragon tree I call Logan (no idea why), 2 spider plants, 3 short leaves snake plants, and 2 monstera plants. All of them are at least 10 years old.

    Once a team leader at the law firm I temped for had a papyrus plant. We called it Cleopatra and kept it in a bowl filling it every day because it soaked up the water. I made a cartouche that said Cleopatra that we used as a marker in the pot so we knew we turned it to change position in the window light everyday. It grew like crazy. I often wondered how she got it home.

  7. Colleen C.
    · January 10th, 2024 at 12:26 pm · Link

    Not sure why, but whenever I try to keep a plant inside it lasts only a few months… 🙁 But if I grow stuff outside it is fine…

  8. Wendy Vest
    · January 10th, 2024 at 1:57 pm · Link

    I’m terrible at getting houseplants to grow!! I baby them and read how to take care of them and they still die. But I insist on still trying. I have another succulent right now and it’s lasted the longest of any I’ve had in the past.

  9. Jackie Wisherd
    · January 10th, 2024 at 3:03 pm · Link

    My favorite house plant is philodendron because when the need water they look droopy. I tend to overwater other types of houseplants.

  10. Jennifer Beyer
    · January 10th, 2024 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I like easy plants so succulents are at the top of my list.

  11. Mary Preston
    · January 10th, 2024 at 7:34 pm · Link

    My daughter has a couple of orchids, one flowers annually, and a whole pile of succulents. They live in her work office, but come home for the holidays.

    She tends to kill them with kindness.

  12. Beckie Lowe
    · January 10th, 2024 at 9:01 pm · Link

    I love plants, and gardening. My favorites are African violets, Ivy, and (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter) Cactus. Most things I can grow from cuttings. Love green, and flowering plants 🪴

  13. BN
    · January 10th, 2024 at 11:00 pm · Link


  14. Debra Guyette
    · January 11th, 2024 at 8:07 am · Link

    I like plants but I kill them so I crocheted some.

  15. Beth
    · January 13th, 2024 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Never heard of a snake plant. Need to look that one up.
    We have more that a dozen plants in the house, including two Christmas cactus that don’t know about the ‘Christmas’ part of their name. They flower usually three times a year and never in December.
    As for bamboo being easy…both my mom and I had some. And they are the only plants in the last few years that we haven’t managed to keep alive and mostly thriving.

  16. Becky Ward
    · January 14th, 2024 at 9:57 am · Link

    My favorite plant is African violet besides orchids. Since I moved I lost my African violet and I haven’t replaced it yet. I have 2 spider plants and a Christmas cactus right now.

  17. flchen
    · January 14th, 2024 at 9:03 pm · Link

    I’m really quite terrible about keeping plants alive! We did have a little Christmas tree in a pot that we managed to haul around for a decade, but aside from that, we mainly do those little waxed bulbs that bloom all on their own…

  18. Pamela Reveal
    · January 16th, 2024 at 3:43 pm · Link

    I do not have a green thumb
    I have one plant and I’m trying my hardest to keep it alive but it’s barely grown since I got it but I’ll keep trying it was from my dad funeral I had 5 in the pot all died but 1

  19. kerry pruett
    · January 21st, 2024 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I am horrible with houseplants. I even killed an ivy! I am scared that if I even got a cactus I would kill it.. I have a brown thumb even though I love them

  20. Mary McCoy
    · January 21st, 2024 at 4:13 pm · Link

    My favorite plants are my tomato plants that I grow on the deck in the summer. They are easy to raise and give yummy tomatoes.

  21. Jackie Wisherd
    · January 21st, 2024 at 4:20 pm · Link

    My favorite plants are geraniums because they are hardy and I can’t kill them like I do all other plants. I do not have a green thumb. They are colorful and smell nice

  22. Delilah
    · January 23rd, 2024 at 9:20 am · Link

    Thanks for sharing, everyone! I’m making a list of plants I want to add to my office!

    The winner, chosen by a random number generator is…Margaret Rucci!

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