Indoor greenery adds a little extra to any home, but what happens if you don’t have a ‘green thumb’?
Well, help is at hand with some fabulous easy-care indoor species that require very little maintenance to keep them looking great!
Here are 10 plants that can tolerate a bit of neglect, so you can skip the guilt trip and enjoy their beauty without stressing to water them all the time.
Pothos earned its popularity by being practically indestructible—it tolerates low to bright light and drying out between waterings. So easy to grow this gorgeous plant has the ability to clear toxins from the air, allowing you the chance to breathe deep and relax. And as a bonus, you can start new plants just from the cuttings.
Originating in Africa and sometimes nick-named the ‘corn plant’ due to its long leaves resembling corn leaves, Dracaena also comes in variegated varieties and it is an easy-care indoor plant, that bounces back quickly if you do forget to water it. Happiest in bright light, but it can also tolerate low light areas. The perfect accessory to filling up space in just about any room or around the pool and they’re also known as great air purifiers as they remove toxins from the air.
Cast Iron Plant – Aspidistra elatior
Practically indestructible, as its name implies, this plant generally has broad, dark green leaves, but there are also variegated versions. They can tolerate low light, low humidity and infrequent watering making them perfect if you struggle to keep indoor plants alive. They are also great in outdoor gardens, but don’t enjoy areas of frost or below zero temps.
Snake Plant – Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
This low-water plant is one of the toughest houseplants and is perfect for anyone who says they kill every indoor plant, as it only requires watering once, about every two weeks.
Growing up to 1.21 metres tall, snake plants have a bold look with sword-like, dark green leaves, sometimes with variegations of silver, white, cream or yellow and they can tolerate most indoor conditions. They like to fully dry out between watering and are known to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen during the night time, so add a Snake Plant to your bedroom for an additional air boost and a peaceful night’s sleep.
This spiky grey-green leaved succulent is famous for its healing properties, particularly with regards to sunburn. The margin of the leaf is serrated with small teeth.
Requiring little water, you can basically wait till the soil is dry before watering. Slow growing, it enjoys plenty of indirect sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight and rotate the pot once or twice a week so your aloe gets equal lighting.
Looking artificial with its shiny, leathery, plastic like leaves the ZZ plant is a great, slow growing, long living, unfussy indoor addition that likes to dry out between watering. It usually only needs water once every 1-2 weeks and loves bright light. Always wash your hands after touching the plant to avoid skin irritations or ingestion of any sap (some people use gloves when handling the ZZ) as the sap can cause allergy type symptoms and an upset tummy. It’s a good idea to keep your ZZ out of reach of children and don’t let pets ingest the leaves.
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Growing to a height of 1.8 metres, Jade plants, or money plants as they are commonly known, can sometimes look like small trees with their thick stems and robust leaves. A drought resilient succulent, you can let the soil in the pot get pretty dry before watering.
A member of the Crassula family they are best kept in hard-to-reach places, as they can be toxic to pets.
Wonderful inside, Jade plants can also thrive outside, so give your indoor Jade a boost by a visit outside in the warmer months for some sun and warmth. Start new plants simply by breaking off a piece and placing it in soil. These beauties need little attention and look stunning either on a balcony or as an indoor plant.
Another member of the succulent family, Burros Tail, has trailing, fleshy blue-green bean shaped leaves, and pink to red flowers in summer, and you can easily see how it gets its name. Simple to grow for even the novice, allow the soil to dry out before watering and keep in a spot where it gets bright light. You can also grow new plants from any leaves that fall off.
The slow growing Sago Palm can grow to 1.5 metres and will add a tropical touch to your home with its dark green fronds. Originating from Japan, Sago Palm is one of the longest living indoor plants, that can live about 30-50 years in your home and dates back to prehistoric times, hence their hardiness. It loves well-drained soil and doesn’t like to be overwatered. Just be careful with pets as they can be toxic if ingested.
Keep it in medium to bright light and only water when it’s about to dry out.
Looking like a ponytail because of its long, narrow streaming leaves coming from a single stem the Ponytail Palm stores water in its trunk much like a camel’s hump. During warmer weather, water it every couple of weeks and in winter every 3-4 weeks. Growing to 3 metres high (limit height by keeping sin a smaller pot) ponytail palms enjoy low to bright light.
Acknowledgements: BHG, Wikipedia, houzz, the healthyhouseplant.com, smartgardenguide.com