Flooding your house with green is not only trendy right now, but it can also do wonders for the mind, body, and soul. Who doesn’t like a makeshift tropical jungle in their living room?
If your green thumb isn’t so green yet, we’ve saved you the trouble and went hunting for 10 indoor plants that thrive on neglect. They’re not impossible to kill, but we think that even you could manage to keep them alive!
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Who could resist a resilient, good looking plant with practical applications?
Keep one at your desk or in the house for daily boost in mood swings, as it’s known to help the body adapt to stress, and you’ll be reaping the benefits before you even get the chance to water it. Snap off a leaf and use the gel to help with minor burns – you can even refrigerate the leaf in a plastic bag for up to five days. Just remember not to leave your aloe plant in direct sunlight, and give it a good soak every couple of weeks.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
2. Boston Fern
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This pretty fern has frilly leaves and dangly fronds that will amp up any home or office space. It loves a bit of humidity, but doesn’t enjoy direct UV. Perfect for the corners of the room that sunlight doesn’t immediately reach. These ferns adjust very easily to changes in weather. If they start to look a bit droopy when winter hits, don’t panic. Find a nice stream of sunlight and let the fern live there a while. Then soon you’ll have your healthy, beautiful fern back! Water your ferns regularly, moistening the soil but not getting it too damp.
Sometimes called the Peacock Plant, Zebra Plant, or Rattlesnake Plant, the amazing foliage of these plants will instantly dazzle you. They require a little more maintenance than some of the other plants on this list, but with a bit of care, they’ll definitely become a favorite. Avoid direct sunlight as it can fade the leaf markings, and keep the Calathea somewhere with high humidity. The soil needs to be moist, but not overly wet. A small amount of water once a week should do the trick.
4. Jade Plant
Also known as “money plants” or the “Friendship Tree,” Jade plants are easy to care for and can last for ages if treated with a bit of love. If the top of the soil is dry to the touch, give your jade plant a little drink. The last thing you want to do is over-water your jade and make the soil soggy. They retain water in their leaves, so they can handle a bit of neglect. They’re you-proof.
5. Fiddle Leaf Fig
These trendy trees don’t only have lush foliage going for them, their hardy disposition is capable of adapting to most bright locations. Water it generously in the summer, and forget about it come winter. Now that’s very easy, isn’t it?
6. Chinese Money Plant
Although it also goes by the adorable nickname “Pancake Plant,” Pilea peperomioides prefers a shady spot, one reminiscent of a winter windowsill. It only needs to be watered once a week. And it comes with a bonus: you can replant the offshoots that sprout from the base of the stem and spread plants all over your house.
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The secret to a happy yucca is easy: sun, sun, and more sun. Water sparingly and plant in a deep container to prevent the top-heavy woody stems from toppling over. That’s all it takes!
8. Air Plant
This must be the easiest plant to have and care for. The Tillandsia doesn’t even need dirt to grow. All you have to do is dunk it in water for a couple of hours every 10 days or so. Can you even believe it?
9. Dragon Tree
Save some room on your windowsill for other sun loving plants and tuck this low-light variety in an unlit corner. The only thing to keep in mind, besides watering it once every week, is that Dracaena marginata is toxic to both dogs and cats, so keep your pets far away!
10. Snake Plant
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And lastly, the Snake plant, also commonly known as “Mother-in-Law’s Tongue.” The snake plant may be the most popular one on the list. It has long and dense leaves that add height to any space and comes in a variety of beautiful shades of green. Show off your snake plant by putting it in a well-lit area and water when the soil is dry to the touch. Water along the edges of the pot and avoid watering directly in the middle of the plant.