Top 10 Easy Uncommon And Affordable Houseplants

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Here’s a list of my favorite top 10 easy uncommon and affordable houseplants. These plants might be common for you in your area, but in other areas these plants are rare. I’ll also. be sharing care tips for each plant. Let’s get started.

Lithops “Living Stones”

This strange looking plant is called Lithops or Living Stones. These plants are insane looking and grow so easy in the home.

  • Water. Water when the plant starts to look shriveled up or puckered. Typically once every 2 weeks or so.
  • Light. Bright indirect sunlight near a south facing window or under plant grow lights. Can also tolerate direct sunlight.
  • Fertilizer.
  • Humidity. No special humidity requirements. Thrives in regular household humidity.

Lithops “Living Stones” Plant Care Guide

Boobie Cactus

If you love cactus, you’re going to want this Boobie Cactus. This unique plant is a relatively fast grower in terms of cacti and it’s so fun to see new boobies appear.

  • Water. Water Boobie Cactus when the soil is completely dried out. Typically once every 2-3 weeks.
  • Light. Place in bright indirect light. This plant can also manage some direct sunlight.
  • Fertilizer. Feed your plant fertilizer during the active growing season (March-October). Feed every watering or bi-weekly or once a month.
  • Humidity. This plant does not require special humidity

Boobie Cactus Plant Care Guide

Begonia Maculata

This polka dot plant with the red backing is known as a Begonia Maculata. This plant looks quite intimidating at first but it’s one of those plants that will survive almost any kind of care. And it grows super fast!

  • Water. Thoroughly water your Begonia Maculata when the top two inches of soil are dry.
  • Light. Place Begonia Maculata in a spot getting bright indirect sunlight. This would be near a south, east, or west facing window.
  • Fertilizer. Feed your Begonia Maculata during the active growing season (typically March-October).
  • Humidity. Begonia Maculata does not need high humidity. My plant lives in regular household humidity of about 20%.

Begonia Maculata Plant Care Guide

Hoya Polyneura

If you haven’t gotten into Hoya’s yet, you need to check out the Hoya Polyneura. This mermaid like foliage grows very quickly and every leaf comes out perfect.

  • Water. Water Hoya Polyneura when the soil is basically completely dried out. This is typically once a week.
  • Light. Place in bright indirect sunlight (south, west, or east facing windows) or under plant grow lights for 12+ hours per day.
  • Fertilizer. Feed your Hoya Polyneura with a high quality fertilizer like Dyna-Gro Grow.
  • Humidity. Hoya Polyneura enjoy high humidity in the 50%+ range. I keep mine right at about 50% and it’s loving it.

Hoya Polyneura Plant Care Guide

Philodendron Squamiferum

Check out the Philodendron Squamiferum’s fuzzy stem. This is one of my favorite qualities of this plant.

  • Water. Let the soil almost completely dry out before watering your Philodendron. I find that while these are tropical houseplants, they don’t need to be kept constantly moist all the time.
  • Light. Place your Philodendron Squamiferum in bright indirect sunlight but also know this plant can tolerate lower light.
  • Fertilizer. Feed your plant high quality fertilizer during the active growing season.
  • Humidity. Philodendrons are tropical houseplants that enjoy high humidity, but they also thrive in regular household humidity so don’t worry about misting your plant.

Philodendron Squamiferum Plant Care Guide

Manjula Pothos

You’re likely familiar with Pothos already, but maybe not the Manjula Pothos. This Pothos is stunning and grows the most beautiful white variegated leaves.

  • Water. Water Manjula Pothos when the top inch or two of soil is dry. Use a moisture meter to determine if your plant needs water. Keep your soil on the moist side but never let your plant sit in water.
  • Light. Manjula Pothos survive in a variety of light conditions but prefer bright indirect sunlight. This is near a south, east, or west facing window.
  • Fertilizer. Fertilizer during time growing season and pause during the dormant (typically winter) months.
  • Humidity. Manjula Pothos is a tropical plant and thrives in higher than average humidity. This is a hardy plant and can live in a variety of humidity conditions. 50%+ humidity is ideal but not necessary.

Manjula Pothos Plant Care Guide

Philodendron Silver Sword

If you love houseplants because of the beautiful foliage colors, you’re going to love the Philodendron Silver Sword. There’s really nothing like the color of a Silver Sword plant.

  • Water. Philodendron Silver like to stay moist. Water this plant when the top inch or two of soil is dry and make sure to water thoroughly.
  • Light. Philodendron Silver Sword enjoy bright indirect sunlight. Do not place this plant in direct sunlight as this can scorch the foliage.
  • Fertilizer. Fertilize Philodendron Silver Sword during the active growing season which is typically spring through summer with a natural or synthetic fertilizer.
  • Humidity. Philodendron Silver Sword are tropical plants and love humidity at around 60% but can live in lower humidity conditions.

Philodendron Silver Sword Plant Care Guide

Monstera Siltepecana

Monstera Siltepecana gave me some problems at first. I don’t think it liked being in the soil it was in. So I transferred this plant to a mason jar of leca + water and it’s been thriving ever since. This plant produces some crazy beautiful foliage and it’s so much fun to watch grow.

  • Water. Since the Monstera Siltepecana is a tropical plant, it prefers to stay moist, but not flooded in water in order to prevent root rot.
  • Light. This plant can grow in shade, but prefers to be in bright indirect light without any direct sunlight hitting the leaves. South, east, or west facing window is best.
  • Fertilizer. Fertilizer during growing season (when the plant is showing new growth). Once a month, fertilize your plant with a liquid fertilizer or use slow release granlues that fertilize overtime.
  • Humidity. This is a tropical plant so it’s best to replicate that environment. This plant prefers humidity ranges from 60%-80%.

Monstera Siltepecana Plant Care Guide

Monstera Dubia

Monstera Dubia is a plant I got thinking it would be one of my most difficult houseplants. It’s been my easiest, fastest growing houseplant. This plant can get expensive if you buy a large plant, so start out with a small cutting for under $10. It’ll grow fast. Monstera Dubia has some satisfying growth patterns that produce shingle-like foliage.

  • Water. Monstera Dubia are resilient plants. Water when the top two inches are dry and give your plant a mist any time you water.
  • Light. Monstera Dubia’s thrive in bright indirect sunlight but can tolerate lower light conditions. South, east, or west facing windows is a great spot for this plant.
  • Fertilizer. Fertilize your plant during the active growing season (March through October) with a diluted non-organic 20-20-20 fertilizer. If using an organic fertilizer like a 2-2-2, you don’t have to worry about diluting the fertilizer.
  • Humidity. Monstera Dubia’s can live in a variety of humidity condition. Mine lives in regular household humidity of 25%.

Monstera Dubia Plant Care Guide

Peperomia Hope

This fun plant is called the Peperomia Hope and grows quite fast. This plant is so much fun to watch and grow in all different directions.

  • Water. Peperomia Hope prefer to be kept slightly moist in the summer and dryer in the winter. I let my plant almost completely dry out in the winter and water it more often in the summer.
  • Light. This plant thrives in high or medium light conditions. No direct sunlight. A south, east, or west facing window is best.
  • Fertilizer. Fertilizer during growing season and pause during the dormant (winter) months.
  • Humidity. Though it’s said this plant likes higher humidity, I have this plant growing in a low humidity area in my home (about 30% humidity) and it’s doing great and spitting out new growth.

Peperomia Hope Plant Care Guide

Final thoughts

I hope this post inspired you to bring a new plant home that you might’ve never seen before. If you can’t find any of these plants in person, Etsy has great options, along with local Facebook houseplant groups.

Let’s get planting!

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