Easy Houseplants to Keep Alive
Dracaena (Dragon Tree)
Also known as the dragon tree, the dracaena plant is one of the most popular house plants. The dracaena marginata makes a fantastic beginner plant because of its robustness in low-water conditions. In contrast to other indoor plants, dracaena will survive when you sometimes neglect to water it. At maturity, your dragon tree will reach a height of two to three feet in height. House plants such as the dracaena facilitate air purification by removing harmful chemicals from the air.
You will find that the dracaena can grow and thrive in medium to bright light, though they can also thrive in shadier environments. Avoid putting your dracaena in direct sunlight since it will scorch and die. Your dracaena needs a well-draining potting mix with enough space for roots. Make sure that you do not overwater the plant. Dracaena plant thrives in high heat, typically 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Soil must become slightly dry before watering, and filtered water must be used. Keep your dracaena hydrated by misting it every so often if you live in a house that doesn’t experience humidity.
Dracaena is extremely poisonous to cats and dogs . If there are pets in your home, it is best to keep them away from this plant.
A lucky bamboo plant is technically a dracaena, but has a very different plant care requirement. This bamboo plant can survive in a variety of environments. People who own these plants are supposed to be blessed by the plants they own. The bamboo houseplant is able to survive both in damp and dry conditions, and they do well in various lighting levels.
Your bamboo will scorch and die if exposed to direct sunlight. Your lucky bamboo makes its best growth in bright, indirect sunlight. If placed in too dark an environment, you may notice some loss of color. Several methods can be used to grow lucky bamboo. One method is to place the lucky bamboo in water and pebbles. You should fill your bowl with filtered water at least 1 inch deep, replace it every week. Lucky bamboo can also be grown in soil. Bamboo should be planted in moist, well-drained potting soil. Keep it in an elevated room between 65 degrees and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you see yellowing on your lucky bamboo, it would indicate either too much light or too much fertilization. Make the appropriate adjustments accordingly to reduce the yellowing.
Because it is toxic to cats and dogs, lucky bamboo should not be kept near them. If you must have it, make sure it is placed somewhere it will not be easily accessible.
Cast Iron Plant
Ownership of this plant is justified through its name since it is virtually indestructible. A plant like this does not require a lot of sunlight, so it can be grown in places that typically cannot accommodate plants.
Plants grown in semi-shady areas, such as in wooded areas or shaded areas, can survive in bright light, but should not be placed directly in the sun. It is important to keep the ground constantly moist, but not soggy. Cast iron plants dislike temperatures that are below 60 degrees Fahrenheit and shouldn’t be placed in temperatures lower than that. Plants that put up with extremes in temperature and the dark can survive very well with this plant, however, if it is over watered, they can die. Care should be taken not to flood the soil.
Plants made out of cast iron are completely safe for homes with pets, including cats and dogs.
The philodendron plant often gets confused with pothos. Like pothos, the philodendron plant grows long vines that can spread throughout a room. For beginners, philodendrons are an excellent houseplant because they adjust well to their surroundings and thrive indoors all year round. They require almost no care.
It is important not to direct sunlight to your philodendrons. If you notice the yellowing leaves, your plant is likely getting too much direct sunlight. Make sure your plant doesn’t get too watered. As a general rule, wait until the top inch of the soil is dry before watering. You should fertilize philodendrons if they are growing slowly and if the leaves appear pale. Small leaves indicate a lack of calcium and magnesium, essential elements of the plant.
The heartleaf philodendron contains insoluble calcium oxalates, making it poisonous to cats and dogs. Ingesting philodendron will cause swelling of the mouth, excessive drooling, vomiting, and difficulty swallowing.
One of the toughest houseplants, the Chinese evergreen is perfect for any room in the house. Your Chinese evergreen will thrive as long as you provide it the right growing conditions, even in inadequate lighting, under watering, and lacking humidity. This is why many people choose to have Chinese evergreens as pet plants. The leaves are usually variegated, which means the leaves are colored in different hues.
Keep your Chinese evergreen in a medium to low light environment, avoiding direct sunlight. Make sure the temperature is above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s in a relatively humid environment. Put your plant near a drafty location where it will become brown and the soil will need some time to dry. You need to avoid an overabundance of water on Chinese evergreens, since it can lead to root rot.
A Chinese evergreen is toxic to dogs and cats as well as cats, because it contains poisonous calcium oxalates.
When choosing a hardy houseplant, consider these ten indoor plants. When making your decision on which houseplants to keep alive, think about your specific living conditions. The best houseplants for homes with pets are cacti, cast iron plants, snake plants, and some varieties of succulents. If you don’t get a lot of natural light in your home, you should probably avoid choosing a cactus. Decide what works best for you, don’t be afraid to read up, and enjoy your new plant!
In conclusion, after reading this blog I hope you found the information and resources necessary to make an informed decision about which houseplant is right for you in your home.