5 Very Hard To Kill Houseplants For The Vegetationally Challenged
Keeping things alive is hard – children, pets, your marriage – but we’re guessing what’s at the top of that list is your pesky houseplant! Whether you’ve reached for the stars (and failed) with the elusively blooming Jerusalem tulip or are still mourning the death of that family of figs… we’re offering you redemption.
Here are 5 very hard to kill houseplants for the vegetationally challenged:
1. Naturally beautiful and low maintenance. This oxymoronic miracle exists in the Pothos Plant. This plant is known for its gracefully cascading leaves that add a bit of forest whimsy to any space. The Pothos will thrive in low, moderate, or plentiful light as long as it’s not in direct sunlight. It’s the ideal plant for apartments or spaces that otherwise lack signs of life and can grow in water or dry soil. One note of caution, however: If you have pets or small children, keep it out of reach. While unlikely to kill, it is toxic and can make whatever ingested it very sick.
2. Next we have a true gardening amateur classic – the Snake Plant. Also known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue,” we can confirm this creature needs practically no prompting to be the most commanding presence in your house. This plant thrives on low light, rarely needs to be watered, and cleans your air by absorbing toxins.
3. If you’re looking for something adorable, go with the Jade Plant – great for those who come down with the occasional bout of baby fever but can’t commit. With plentiful sunlight and watering when the top of the soil feels dry, it too can live in your house for over 18 years. *Bonus* – the Jade Plant won’t ever steal your car or refill your clear liquor bottles with water.
4. Want to fool and amaze your friends with your houseplant growing prowess? Dieffenbachia is the “Pretty Woman” of plants. It’s tall (can grow past 6 feet), beautiful, sounds fancy and is incredibly easy to care for. The Dieffenbachia requires low to medium light and somewhat consistent watering to really flourish.
5. Given some time, the Fiddle Leaf Fig (or Ficus Lyrata) will likely dwarf you, which is great for perpetuating humility. This impressive plant feels more like a tree and epitomizes “bringing the outside in.” It thrives off medium to bright light and should slightly dry out between waterings. The “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” vibes only add to the excitement.
Unlike their outdoor counterparts, houseplants have the distinct advantage of living in conditions that we can control. Once you determine where you want your next houseplant to live and grow, simply size up the lighting conditions, ensure that it’s not in the direct path of a heating vent, and choose your favorite from our 5 Very Hard To Kill Houseplants. Or, find another low-maintenance plant companion that makes you happy! If you’re looking for more in-depth information, we highly recommend this $3.99 Kindle download from our friend Nell Foster, “Keep Your Houseplants Alive: A No Nonsense Guide To Keeping 27 Awesome Indoor Plants Alive & Kickin’.”
What’s your favorite houseplant? Tell us in the comments below!
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