Most people that know me know I don’t have a green thumb. It’s more like the black thumb of death 🤣 But it wouldn’t be quarantine if I didn’t develop a new hobby or skill right? So new goal = become plant lady 😋🌿 So over the past month I’ve been researching plants that are hard to kill and good for bright & airy spaces like window sills and rooms with lots of windows in general. Read on for a list of plants I’ve added to our home and other great options you can add too!
Houseplants We Have In Our Home
While most houseplants require a bit of effort in providing appropriate growing conditions (light, temperature, humidity, etc.), growing Chinese evergreens are pretty easy. This tropical foliage plant is one of the most durable houseplants you can grow, tolerating poor light, dry air and forgetting to water it 🤦♀️😋
The Boston fern is one of the most well-known ferns and admired for its desirable traits as a houseplant. It is a relatively tough plant, and are more tolerant of dry conditions. An added bonus is that Boston ferns can be displayed in any number of ways, including on pedestals, in hanging baskets, as part of a grouping, or as lush specimen plants on the right windowsill.
The Golden Pothos, or Money Plant, is arguably the easiest of all houseplants to grow, even if you are a person who forgets to water your plants. This trailing vine has pointed, heart-shaped green leaves. While pothos likes bright, indirect light it can thrive in areas that don’t get a lot of sunlight or have only fluorescent lighting. It’s an excellent plant for locations such as offices and dorm rooms. One advantage of growing pothos is that they are high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air of chemicals such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene.
Dracaenas are a group of houseplants you just can’t go wrong with. Why? They’re among the easiest and most common indoor plants around. Young plants are small and bushy, making them perfect residents of desks and tabletops. Older dracaenas develop woody stems and can become tree like. In fact, after years and years, many healthy dracaenas can reach 5 or 6 feet tall.Grow most dracaenas in regular household conditions; they tolerate low light, but thrive in medium and bright spots, too. Water dracaenas when the soil surface gets dry; that’s often about once a week or so, but can vary depending on the size of your plant, the size of its pot, the amount of light it gets, and other factors.
The Areca Palm’s popularity is mostly because of the air cleaning experiments carried out by NASA in the 1980’s. 50 plants were tested for their ability to filter the air around us, ease of care and ability to add moisture to the surrounding atmosphere. The Areca Palm took first place scoring highly in all categories meaning it was ranked the best houseplant at cleaning the air in our homes and offices. It will accept a spot which doesn’t receive any sunlight at all during the day and equally it will accept direct sun, however it doesn’t like excessive amounts of either. Palms are tropical, so they like constantly damp soil.
Ficus Bonsai Tree
The ficus bonsai tree is a resilient species of bonsai that easily adapts to many environments. They generally produce broad thick leaves that sprout continuously from the top stems, making the bonsai tree very easy to prune. It needs lots of light – full sun is ideal, in the house as well as outside if the tree is outside. The Ficus should be watered normally, which means it should be given water generously whenever the soil gets slightly dry.
******Ficus Ginseng Bonsai plants are poisonous for pets, it can be especially dangerous if they eat the leaves. The trees should be placed out of the pets’ reach.
If a prize were available for the most tolerant plant, the snake plant is one of the winners. Snake plant care is very straightforward. These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time, yet they still look fresh. Additionally, they can survive low light levels, drought and have few insect problems. NASA research has even shown that snake plants are able to help keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene. In short, they are the perfect houseplants.
Cacti & Succulents
Pretty self explanatory. They’re desert plants, they require minimal water & lots of sunlight. I’ve had one on a bookshelf that I literally forgot to water for like a month and it’s totally still alive 😋
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The spider plant is considered one of the most adaptable of houseplants and the easiest to grow. This plant can grow in a wide range of conditions and suffers from few problems, other than brown tips. It is the number 1 plant for air purification.
Caring for spider plants is easy. These tough plants tolerate lots of abuse, making them excellent candidates for newbie gardeners or those without a green thumb. Provide them with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish. Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy, which can lead to root rot. In fact, spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.
Peace lilies are a popular choice for offices and homes. When it comes to indoor plants, they are some of the easiest to care for. Most commonly, these plants have dark green leaves and white “flowers.” But what most people think of as the flower is actually a specialized leaf. Like many popular indoor plants, peace lilies enjoy medium to low light. Which kind of light you need to provide will depend more on what you want your peace lily plant to look like. Peace lilies that are placed in more light tend to produce the lovely white spathes and flowers more, while peace lilies in low light will bloom less and will look more like a traditional foliage plants