How To Decorate Your House With Plants On A Budget

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Plants have become all the rage in the past few years and it seems like everyone has a plant addiction. With over 150 houseplants myself, I understand how this plant hobby can get expensive fast.

I’ve found so many ways to decorate with houseplants on a budget and I’m here to share them with you.

Let’s get started!

Join local plant groups

One of the best places to find affordable houseplants is local plant groups. I’ve purchased over 75% of my plant collection from a local Facebook group and it’s the first place I tell people to go if they’re looking for plants. This is because people are selling entire plants and plant cuttings for cheap.

To find plant groups in your area, go on Facebook’s search bar and type in plant group + [city you live in] and hopefully a few groups will come up. I live in a major U.S. city so we have a few groups to choose from. 

Most people in these local plant groups aren’t looking to make a profit. Instead they need to free up some room for more plants so they decide to sell plants that no longer bring them joy or they’ll sell cuttings of plants that have gotten too big.

Check the clearance section

One of my favorite places to find new plants is in the clearance section at Lowes or Home Depot. There’s always an entire shelf or two specifically for clearance plants at these big box stores. I have found so many great houseplants in this section and many were in great condition to begin with. 

However, if you find a plant in the clearance section that doesn’t look too happy, you can bring it home and rehab it. Since these plants are up to 90% off, it’s sometimes worth it to bring these plants home to fix up.

It’s important to keep any new plants you bring home away from your original houseplants. This is because new houseplants (especially rehab plants) can have bugs and diseases on them.

When you bring these new plants home, keep them in a room getting some sunlight with no other houseplants in them. Use something like Bonide Systemic Insect Control to kill the harmful bugs. You simply sprinkle this systemic granules on top of soil and it does its magic. You should also inspect the foliage and clean the foliage with a mixture of 1 tablespoon dish soap and 1 gallon of water. With a paper towel or rag, wipe off the foliage. 

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Buy cheap plants

Do yourself a favor and decorate your house with the cheapest houseplants available. I was shocked to see that houseplants can go into the hundreds and even the thousands. However, you don’t need to spend that kind of money to make your house look like a lush jungle. 

Here’s a list of the cheapest houseplants.

Visit Goodwill and thrift stores

Get creative with displaying houseplants in your home by buying items at thrift stores. Goodwill even has an entire plant section filled with houseplant decor items. These items include pots, glass containers to place cuttings in, trellises, and ways to hang plants on the wall like featured in the picture below.

All of my plant stands are from Goodwill and this is where I really get creative. I use stools, chairs, side tables, and corner shelves to display plants.

Photo by hamza Kessab on Unsplash

Upcycle old containers 

One of the coolest parts about houseplants is the upcycling part of it all. You don’t have to purchase brand new pots to display houseplants. You can use items you already have around the home to put plants in. Think about coffee mugs, jars, bowls, vases you find at Goodwill, etc.

If a container doesn’t have a drainage hole, don’t over think it. You can either drill a hole at the bottom yourself or place a few rocks at the bottom to create a space for the water to go. 

Trade plants and cuttings

One of the best things about plants is they keep on growing. This means plants can be easily shared and given away for a low price or even free. I love trading cuttings of plants because I get to add a plant to my collection that I don’t have and someone I trade with gets to do the same. 

I prepare plant cuttings by taking a stem cutting with at least one node, submerging the node underwater and waiting about three weeks for the stem cutting to grow roots. Then I’m comfortable sharing the cuttings with others.

Buy small houseplants

Another totally cool thing about houseplants is you can buy them quite small. In a year or two, a 4 inch potted plant can get huge in the home and eventually fit into a 8 inch pot and grow several feet tall. 

To give your plants the most success at getting large in the home, make sure they are getting adequate sunlight (south facing window gets the brightest, longest amount of sunlight each day), fertilizer, and regular watering. 

Stick with the easy houseplants at first 

When you first start your houseplant journey, it’s best to purchase easy houseplants. You don’t want to go filling your house with Alocasias and Calatheas – these plants are known for being hard and this is why many people think they don’t have a green thumb.

Final thoughts

Make sure to follow these tips in order to decorate your home with houseplants on a budget.

  • Join local plant groups on Facebook
  • Check the clearance section
  • Buy cheap plants
  • Visit Goodwill and thrift stores
  • Upcycle old containers
  • Trade plants and cuttings
  • Buy small houseplants
  • Stick with the easy houseplants at first

Have fun decorating your home with houseplants!

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