5 Houseplants That Anyone Can Grow
Plants can bring life and color to any space in your home. They add color, texture and even improve the air quality in your home. But if your green thumb is looking a little brown, you may be hesitant to purchase plants for your home. If you’re just getting started, here are a few options that pretty much grow themselves.
- Snake Plant- This plant can brighten any space, and it’s almost impossible to kill. It can thrive in low light, and only needs to be watered about once a month, or even less in the winter. Make sure you’re letting the soil dry out completely between waterings, and keep in mind that it does not grow in the winter. Snake plants are also known as “mother in law’s tongue”. It’s a great choice for first time plant parents!
- ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)- You’ve probably seen the ZZ Plant all over Instagram and Pinterest. It’s a great choice for your office or your home, because it doesn’t mind being neglected and can tolerate drought. But if you have pets or small children this plant may NOT be for you, as the leaves are poisonous.
- Cacti- There are so many different varieties of cacti, and they’re great for beginners. Cacti love the sun, and they do best in a south-facing window. When you’re planting your cactus, mix the soil with rocks and sand to allow your plant to easily drain excess water. And don’t forget, even though they don’t need as much water you should still be giving your cactus water regularly, letting the soil dry out in between each watering.
- Pothos- Pothos are one of the easiest houseplant to grow, even if you occasionally forget to water them. Pothos grow into a trailing vine and can survive with low light or fluorescent lighting. Pothos leaves are poisonous, so should not be ingested by animals or children. Some vines grow up to 30 feet in length and can be hung or draped on a hook. They’re also easy to clip and propogate. Just clip the stem, place in water and plant in soil once roots begin to grow.
- Prayer Plant (Maranta)- The Prayer plant gets its name from the way it moves throughout the day. That’s right, at night you’ll often see the leaves have moved and are poking up and then relax during the day. You may even get your plant to bloom, with tiny purple or white flowers. This plant is pet and kid friendly. It can also survive in lower light spaces.
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