5 Underwhelming Houseplants!

Alrighty then! Let’s dive into the world of underwhelming houseplants, where disappointment lurks in the shadows of greenery.

Picture this: you’ve got your watering can in one hand, optimism in the other, ready to embrace the leafy wonders that promise to bring life and beauty to your humble abode.

But alas, not all plants are created equal. Some turn out to be like a wilted daisy on a hot summer’s day, as exciting as watching paint dry or as vibrant as a grayscale photograph.

Yes, my friend, we’re about to explore the realm of five underwhelming houseplants that will leave you questioning Mother Nature’s sense of humor.

So, put on your plant-parent hat and let’s embark on this bumpy, foliage-filled journey together!

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Becca wanted to showcase these plants that she was initially excited about, but upon receiving them, she found them to be underwhelming. They didn’t capture her instant obsession, and over time, some of them presented issues, which decreased her interest. However, they are still part of her collection, even though they didn’t meet her initial expectations.

Let’s start with the El Choco Red. Although Becca loves this plant, she was a bit let down when she opened it because it didn’t have the signature red back on the leaves that she was expecting.

It was still a beautiful plant, well-packaged, and the seller was great, but it didn’t become one of her favorite plants instantly. It’s still small at the moment, so she hopes that as it grows, her interest in it will increase.

One annoying thing about it is that it tends to start putting out a new leaf, but then the leaf dries up and dies before fully emerging. Becca believes it’s due to a care issue on her part, such as not watering it enough or providing sufficient humidity.

Although she takes responsibility for this, it can be frustrating and gives her the impression that the plant is a bit more high-maintenance than it initially seemed.

Next on the list is the Rhipsalis paradoxia. Becca wants to highlight a particular specimen she recently bought, as finding a large one at a reasonable price is quite uncommon.

However, when she received it, she was disappointed because she expected it to be much bigger. She purchased it on eBay, which was a departure from her usual preference for in-person plant shopping.

Often, plants appear smaller when purchased online, which can be a letdown. Becca advises shopping from reputable sellers to minimize this occurrence.

The Rhipsalis paradoxia she received barely spilled over a four-inch pot and has remained small despite having it for several years. Although it has grown a bit longer, it still has a long way to go to reach the size of her recently purchased specimen.

Rhipsalis plants are generally easy to care for, making them suitable for those who prefer low-maintenance trailing plants.

Now, let’s discuss the Begonia maculata, a plant that had been on Becca’s wishlist for a long time. While it’s undeniably beautiful, Becca found it to be needier than she anticipated, and she wasn’t able to give it the attention it required.

Placing it at the top of her plant wall was not a wise decision, as it ended up being neglected due to other plants overshadowing it. Begonias, especially cane begonias like this one, prefer higher humidity and should not completely dry out.

Unfortunately, the neglect caused the plant to lose several lower leaves. However, Becca remains optimistic that it will recover and fill back in.

This experience taught her the importance of researching a plant’s specific needs before purchasing it, as plants have their own requirements and won’t adapt to suit individual preferences easily.

Moving on, we have the Philodendron 69686, which has been somewhat underwhelming for Becca. It’s not because the plant is lacking in any way but rather because it has been overshadowed by other plants in her collection.

Becca has many climbing philodendrons with unique leaves, and this particular plant blends in with the rest. Consequently, she hasn’t paid as much attention to it as she should have. Becca believes that rearranging plants often is essential.

Lastly, let’s discuss the Monstera adansonii, also known as the Swiss cheese vine. This plant has been a true delight for her. She loves its unique leaf shape and the way it cascades down from its hanging planter.

The Monstera adansonii has been everything she hoped for and more. It has been thriving under her care, producing new leaves regularly and adding a touch of greenery to her space. The plant has exceeded her expectations, and she highly recommends it to anyone looking for a beautiful and low-maintenance addition to their plant collection.

Becca de la Plans has had various experiences with different plants in her collection. Some have met her expectations and even surpassed them, while others have fallen short.

She recognizes the importance of researching each plant’s specific care requirements and providing them with the right environment to thrive. She also understands the need to rearrange her plants periodically to give each one the attention it deserves.

Despite encountering a few disappointments along the way, Becca remains passionate about her plant collection and continues to learn and grow as a plant parent. She encourages others to explore the world of plants and find joy in cultivating their own green spaces.


I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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