Some people have a magic touch when it comes to growing indoor plants, producing lush, green beauties with seemingly little effort. However, maybe you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying all the benefits of having houseplants!
These hardy plants prefer dryer conditions and don’t like constant sun. If neglected, these plants are known to be able to go for a full month without water. Paired with their minimal sun requirement, these plants are truly hard to kill.
It’s not known as the flashiest plant around. There’s no flowering, but the trailing stems do look pretty from a hanging basket. Similar to the snake plant, watering a pothos when you remember is usually all this plant needs. Plus, pothos plants are easily propagated by just using cuttings.
This spiky green plant is a breeze to grow indoors and has countless healing properties, too! Have a sunburn? Look no further than to your aloe for skin-soothing relief. Aloe vera will put up with low light (though it prefers stronger sunlight) and thrives on infrequent watering.
Perhaps the easiest houseplant around. The spider plant is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, adaptable and durable as can be. This trailing plant has long stems, with babies and flowers at the ends. They like a bit of room to show off their arching displays.
These plants have spiky, tropical foliage that comes in a variety of colors, shapes and patterns. The dracaena plant is drought tolerant and can survive in low/medium light but prefers some bright, indirect sun. They can grow 2 to 10 feet tall, but the top can be trimmed to keep the plant shorter and bushier, if desired.
Handsome leaves and nearly non-stop blooms make this plant very attractive. Peace lilies like growing indoors, too. They don’t need direct sun, but instead prefer bright, indirect light from a nearby window.
Looking for a tough but easy going plant that can reach staggering heights in just a few years? The rubber plant is for you. While its size can be somewhat tamed, eventually these plants require some space to grow. Give your rubber plant a spot with that’s well-lit with indirect sun. They like water, but not too much. Only water these plants when the soil has dried out quite a bit.
Now that you’ve selected an easy-to-care-for indoor house plant, follow these three general tips to keep it healthy and happy:
Match plants with light conditions
Soft morning light of an east-facing window or the strong light found next to a south-facing window? What’s recommended for your plant? Find out! The better you match your plant with the right light conditions, the happier your plant will be.
Use good-quality potting soil
Good potting soil promotes healthy roots and provides a balance of aeration, nutrition and moisture-holding capability.
Don’t ever leave water standing in the catch-tray for long. That’s one way to promote root diseases, which houseplants can be particularly susceptible to. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. Check the soil moisture by sticking your finger into the top 2 inches of soil. If it’s dry, it’s probably time to water.
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