I'll admit that when picking houseplants, I'm pretty shallow and only get them for their good looks. In the past, this has not worked out so well for my ego. I mean the only thing more depressing than a house with no plants at all is a house with a new plant dying a painful death on your dining room table. That is what failure looks like. There have been a few happy exceptions to my terrible track record— Long lasting, Easy Care Plants For Black Thumbs — but even those lasted just a few months. However, the Philodendron Selloum is a different story altogether.
I bought a large plant for a whopping $12 from Home Depot last winter, and kept it indoors in a room that gets a decent amount of filtered afternoon sunlight. When the weather warmed in April, I moved it outdoors in full sun where it thrived throughout the spring, summer and early fall without me doing a single thing except watering it once a week. During that time, I snipped cuttings and placed them indoors where they lasted for months (!) without even changing their container. At this time I was practically ready to marry the plant. It came back indoors in late October where it has happily moved from room to room depending on my mood. I water it about once every week and a half, and it has seemed to thrive in every room, even those with relatively low natural light. Aside from continuing to sprout new leaves like a champ, it generally brings an upbeat tropical vibe to any space that it graces.
And, as it turns out, it's not only a pretty, easy-care rockstar, it's also on NASA's shortlist of best air-purifying houseplants. So basically, there is no reason you shouldn't go out and invite one of these beauties into your life.
(Images: Leah Moss)