Oh yes, this is a thing! There is a Houseplant Addicts Facebook group of over 31,000+ members who collect indoor plants. One member even posted having 200+ plants in her indoor jungle! I had a few plants at my old house, but they did not come with me, unfortunately. During the transitions we had last year, I was given a Jade plant. This was the beginning of my collection. I have also been given Paper Whites, and Aloe Vera right when we first moved to our current home.
Succulents are by far my favorite indoor plant. This is mainly due to their thriving when neglected factor. I don’t forget about the plants on purpose, but sometimes I do forget to water them. Succulents actually do better when they are not watered often. They like dry soil and then watered occasionally, then left to dry again. I have attempted to propagate Aloe Vera, but after reading about how to do this I discovered it’s actually hard to propagate from a stem so it’s not just me! I do have one plant that produces little babies, so these have been transplanted into new pots to grow even more aloe. Aloe does like to be grouped together and thrive in a “family” setting (so multiple plants in one pot).
A recent hobby of mine, this Spring and now Summer, is to browse the clearance rack in the garden section at the store. I have found so many house plants and even plants for my flower bed here for as low as $0.95-$3 depending on type of plant, size, and original price! Several plants looked to be on the edge of death, mostly from being overwatered, but have come back to thrive beautifully!
Right now I am working to learn more about the plants I currently have so that I can make sure they are being cared for properly so they will thrive. I have a Garden/Houseplant Journal to keep notes on all my different plants saved in one place. I also make notes of when their soil has been changed, when they were purchased, and any other important notes I may need to remember for them. A journal just for my plants has been a huge help to me! I already love journalling, and this one with it’s specific purpose has been a nice change of pace from my usual journals.
I try not to move my plants around too much in the house. I typically keep them in the same locations once they have been added to my home. I have them in my living room, bedroom, kitchen, and laundry room! I wish I could put something in my bathrooms, but neither of them have windows so the one bathroom has a fake Ivy on the top of the cabinet to make up for the lack of real plants in this room.
This has been a fun little hobby for me. I really like collecting plants and finding them unique containers to put them in. I have found it’s almost necessary to have pots that are actually meant for plants, though I still have several in other containers with no drainage. These have marbles or small rocks on the bottom to allow the water to be away from the roots. This works better for plants that do not have a big root system (so my Jade, currently). Thrift stores are a great place to find containers for plants at an affordable price.
I have a Houseplant Wishlist that is slowly growing as I come across beautiful plants on Instagram or in the Houseplant groups I am in. I am currently looking for String of Pearls. I haven’t seen them anywhere locally, but a friend in Ohio saw them at her local farmers market and is keeping an eye out for some since the ones there were gone by the time she went back for them.
I would eventually like to include houseplants in my shop so that is one motivation for learning to propagate! This will take some time and trial and error before I have anything ready to offer there. And then I will also have to figure out shipping so they stay alive and thrive on the other side. It’s a fun hobby that may possibly make some money in the end, and those are always the best kind!