Houseplants Even The Worst Gardener Can’t Kill

Well….that may be a bit of an overstatement. If you try hard enough, you can probably kill just about any plant, but we don’t recommend you try. After all, plants are our friends, right? Even if you have a black thumb, these five plants are for you. They are tough, low maintenance and will brighten your home.

Spider Plant

The great thing about Spider Plants is that they produce more Spider Plants which means your indoor oasis can expand. The long, thin, arching foliage is light green with a white strip. Large plants look fantastic in hanging baskets. Smaller ones will brighten any coffee table or window sill. Spider Plants are known for the air purifying quality.

How To Grow:

Light – Bright to moderate, indirect

Soil – Well draining potting soil

Temperature – 55 to 80 degrees

Water – Prefers moist soil, do not let it dry out

Aloe

Aloe Vera is a very attractive succulent for indoors. In fact, it may be the easiest of the easy plants to grow. Aloe’s thick leaves fan out from the center of the plant. One of the biggest benefit of this plant is that the juice from the leaves can be used to relieve pain from scrapes and burns when it is applied topically.

How To Grow:

Light – Bright and sunny.

Soil – Well draining potting soil with perlite or coarse sand mixed in.

Temperature – 55 to 80 degrees.

Water – Once a week.

Mother-In-Law’s Tongue

Talk about tough. This plant can literally be ignored for a month and it will be fine. An evergreen with long, stiff, and vertical leaves that are dark green with light green bands, this is a beautiful plant to grow. It is also sometimes called the Snake Plant.

How To Grow:

Light – Direct sunlight.

Soil – Well draining potting soil.

Temperature – 55 to 80 degrees.

Water – Once a week.

 

Jade Plant

Two interesting things about Jade plants is that they can often resemble miniature trees and they can love a very long time. Jade is a succulent plant with thick woody stems, oval shaped leaves and, your guessed it, they are jade green in color. Because of their somewhat ancient appearance, it may be nice to plan them in an interesting container such as an old terra cotta pot.

How To Grow:

Light – Full sun for at least 4 hours a day.

Soil – Well draining potting soil with perlite or coarse sand mixed in.

Temperature – 65 to 75 degrees.

Water – Moist but not wet.

Pothos

If you are truly new to houseplants, this may be the one to start with. It’s dark green leaves can be splashed with shades of yellow, cream, or white. Pothos is a vine and can grow as long as 10’ or more so it looks great in either a pot or a hanging basket.

How To Grow:

Light – Tolerates low light but grows well in medium and high light as well.

Soil – Well draining potting soil.

Temperature – 55 to 80 degrees.

Water – Once a week or when top inch of soil is dry.

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