We’re not all born with green thumbs. Some of us seem to have a hard time keeping houseplants alive, even with the best of intentions
If you relate to this, you may just need to be choosier with your houseplants. Some are simply easier to take care of than others, and if you choose low-maintenance plants, you’ll finally be able to experience the sweet taste of success.
We’ve put together a list of five of the most low-maintenance indoor plants to help you find the plants you can live with peaceably.
Although it looks tropical and exotic, philodendron is one of the easiest plants to grow and keep happy. It comes in loads of different varieties, shapes and sizes, so you’re bound to find a philodendron that works well for your home or office decoration.
All you have to do with a philodendron is to remember to water it occasionally--and we mean occasionally. If you water it more than once a week it will probably die. So this is a perfect plant for someone who isn’t interested in a daily relationship with a plant. Philodendrons shouldn’t be placed in direct sunlight, so find a nice quiet corner, and your plant will thrive.
Aloe isn’t just a sophisticated-looking succulent; it’s also helpful! If you’re a person who doesn’t like to be surrounded by a lot of useless knick-knacks, you might find a soulmate in the humble aloe plant.
This plant doesn’t require much love. In fact, if you give it a good soak once every couple of weeks, you’ll be giving it everything it needs. Best of all, when you burn yourself on the stove, you can snip off a piece of the plant, place it on your burn and allow it to soothe and comfort you.
Calathea is a plant known by many names, probably because of its attention-getting foliage. You might also recognise it as Zebra Plant, Peacock Plant or Rattlesnake Plant.
Whatever you decide to call it, give this plant small amounts of water about once a week. Direct sunlight can fade its hallmark leaf markings, so find a nice spot for it where it can soak up indirect sunlight. This plant is a real showstopper--some varieties have pink, purple or red leaves.
4. Peace Lily
One of the best attributes of the peace lily is that it tells you when it wants to be watered! When you see the peace lily’s leaves start to droop, that’s when you should give it a drink. It’s an easy-to-please plant. Shortly after you water it, the leaves will perk right back up again.
Peace lilies are especially good at cleaning toxins out of the air, so if you’ve been wanting to freshen up your home or office, find a nice spot for a lily. They like a bit of sunshine, and some varieties can grow up to six feet tall.
5. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Would you believe that this plant actually thrives on neglect? That makes it the perfect plant for most humans. It can actually go for a whole month without being watered.
Mother-in-law’s tongue has stiff, upright leaves, and you’ll find it in many different colours and varieties. Don’t water it until the soil is dry, and water around the edges of the plant rather than right in the middle.
Of course, some people prefer no-maintenance to low-maintenance plants, and if you find yourself in this category, then artificial plants are the plants for you. With artificial plants, you can ensure that your plants will always be green and lovely and just the right size, and you’ll never have to plan watering or fertilising into your schedule.
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