Houseplants Plants Succulents We’ve see them pictures on Facebook all over the place, those lush, green indoor plants that spill out of the kitchen or living room of the metropolitan lofts. Plants and succulents have long been used by people to decorate their homes, but indoor gardens seem to be the latest trend. Urban jungles inside your home are a way to add a little warmth and charm to your home without breaking the bank.
Additionally to enhancing your home’s aesthetics, greenery helps to decrease carbon dioxide levels and boost your mood. If the idea of taking care of plants makes you feel nervous, we have compiled a list of plants that are hard to kill compared to your fingernail-biting habit from grade school.
The Aloe Plant
Not only does it have an awesome texture and look, it is probably one of the plants used in moisturizers and sunburn creams (hello, aloe vera). Being a succulent, you should water your aloe plant until it absorbs water through the bottom of the pot, then once the soil has dried a second time (this happens after about a week or so), water it again. Aloe plants undergo dormancy in the winter, which means they will require water even less frequently during those cold months.
The Snake Plant
As a result of the sharp nature of its leaves, the snake plant is commonly known as “mother-in-law’s tongue plants”. This is a great option that does not require excessive watering, and requires watering only when the soil is dry. Within the same family as dracaena and liriope, there are a number of exceptionally tough varieties of sansevierias known collectively as the trifasciata.
Watering is not too important to them as long as it is not excessive. They prefer plenty of light, however, they can endure less if necessary. Repotting is possible when the plants are in a large pot. When repotting is necessary, they can be easily divided into smaller ones. A snake plant and mother-in-law’s tongue are striking additions to a collection. The snake plant features green on green bands on the leaves, while the mother-in-law’s tongue features yellow leaf margins.
The Dracaena Plant
The Dracaena makes a great plant for a bright window sill in your office or apartment, but they can also be grown in a darker setting. This plant is ideal for removing pollutants like benzene and trichloroethylene from the air, so ensure the soil is moist to make sure it keeps providing environmental benefits. Do not fret if your dracaena is neglected for long stretches of time; it will recover very quickly if the proper care is given.
Many kinds of Dracaena are suitable for home gardens, some of which are easy to grow. The popular variety is the D. draco, which is tolerant of a wide range of conditions. It features arching leaves that are found above foliage from a wood stem. Dracaena leaves are usually green, yellow or green, or even tri-colored. They are also members of the agave family and like to be watered regularly during the summer and left almost dry during the winter months.
The Air Plant
You cannot fail to notice that air plants are the simplest plants to take care of in this list since they do not require soil at all. Yes, you read it correctly, no soil required. A plant called an air plant is considered an epiphyte, since it grows on other plants or objects and has no attachment to the soil or other sources. The magical plant does not need any irrigation, since it absorbs moisture from the air or rain. Simply spray the magic plant once or twice a week, and you’re good to go.
The Bamboo Palm
With its ability to reach anywhere between 4 and 12 feet tall, the bamboo palm is the definition of an indoor jungle. One feature that sets bamboo palms apart from other palm trees is their ability to grow even in low-light conditions.
With this beautiful hanging plant you can spruce up your fireplace or bookshelf no matter where you place it. Although it requires a good deal of light, English ivy is not so different from an aloe plant or snake plant when it comes to retaining moisture. Water the soil again later after allowing the top to dry out a bit.
Chrorophytum is an outstanding plant. The large, arching leaves of the Spider plant grow beautifully in baskets or atop columns. Among the many varieties, the variegated form is the most common. As the plants mature, they will sprout new plants on long stems forming an impressive hanging display. It is possible to easily repotter these plantlets into new specimens. Spider plants don’t discriminate between different water, light, or temperature requirements.
Succulents and Cacti
Succulents are desert plants with fleshy leaves; they have spines or do not. There are dozens of varieties flooding garden centers and grocery stores. Succulents have thick, fleshy leaves; some have spines, some do not. In addition to aloe and known echeveria rosettes, agave is a popular succulent.
A cactus typically has spines and very fascinating leaf structures, including paddles, barrels, and columns. Cactus and succulents generally have fast growth rates and can withstand a great deal of neglect. These plants thrive in strong sunlight, well-drained pots, and little water. They truly flourish with neglect in the right location.
Because of the difficulties involved in growing bromeliads, there have been unjustifiable stereotypes about these plants. It is true that growing these jungle plants in the house is a challenging task—they require copious amounts of warm, moist air and filtered light to produce showy flower spikes.
Bromeliads also have attractive leaves that attract a lot of attention on their own. Bromeliad plants are usually watered with a central cup. It does not require much fertilizer, and as there are pups on the plant, you can repotted these to increase your collection.
This perennial dracaena species (Dracaena sanderiana) is the perennial office plant most often found in very poor conditions, such as poorly lit with poor air quality with little water.
Although lucky bamboo is listed as an endangered species, it still thrives today. People consider it a great gift plant, and many believe it brings good luck and improves the chi or energy of their surroundings.