As a fellow plant lover, I know firsthand the joy and beauty that indoor plants can bring to our homes. However, it can also be easy to get carried away with buying new plants and accessories, which can quickly add up in cost. That’s why I want to share some budget-friendly tips for keeping your indoor plants looking beautiful without breaking the bank.

Start with the basics

Before you start buying new plants, make sure you have the basics covered. This means investing in quality soil and planter pots. Starting with a strong foundation is what will help ensure that your plants are healthy and thriving, which will ultimately cut down on plant replacement costs.

a group of indoor plants sit on a kitchen table

Look for affordable plant options

While it can be tempting to splurge on the latest and greatest plant varieties such as Monstera variegata 😍, there are plenty of affordable indoor plants that are just as beautiful. Look for plants like pothos, spider plants, and snake plants, which are relatively easy to care for and can be found at most nurseries and plant shops. And best of all, they cost only a fraction of the price of those rare varieties found all over social media.

Repurpose containers

Instead of buying new pots for every plant, consider repurposing containers you already have around the house. Mason jars, teacups, and candle jars can all make great planters with a bit of creativity. Just make sure you add a layer of rocks to the bottom for adequate drainage to catch any excess water.

DIY your plant accessories

Instead of buying expensive plant accessories like plant stands and macrame hangers, try DIYing your own. There are plenty of tutorials online for creating your own plant stands out of materials like PVC pipe or wooden dowels, and macrame hangers can be made using just a few knots and some rope.

philodendron plant cutting is growing new roots after being propagated in water
Propagating Philodendron in Basic Glass Jars

Propagate your plants

One of the best ways to get more plants without spending money is by propagating the ones you already have —or finding a planty friend that will share cuttings of theirs. Many plants, like spider plants, pothos, and philodendrons, are easy to propagate using stem cuttings or leaf cuttings. By propagating your plants, you can not only expand your plant collection but also pay it forward and share your plants with friends and family.

Keeping your indoor plants beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive. By focusing on the basics, looking for affordable plant options, repurposing containers, DIYing plant accessories, and propagating your plants, you can create a beautiful indoor garden on a budget. Happy planting!