Unfortunately, not every one of us has a green thumb, and it may be pretty disheartening seeing your friend’s collection full of lush, green, and healthy plants if yours don’t look so good!
Well, plants like attention and if your first plant has high care requirements, the possibility you won’t keep it alive is pretty huge. Soil, light, humidity, temperature, basically anything can affect your plant.
But don’t let that discourage you. I’ll show you 5 breathtaking houseplants even you can’t kill!
Let’s get started!
1. Spider Plant
If you don’t have a lot of spare time or you’re a novice grower, the spider plant is all you need. It doesn’t need much to thrive and you can use a couple of easy propagation methods to expand your collection.
This plant species generates new pups even with a bit of neglect. Spider plants are a highly adaptable species and can tolerate different light levels and thrive in the corners of your home.
The only thing to pay attention to is choosing green varieties because variegated ones need more light to thrive.
Spider plants have moderate watering needs and will be healthy as long as you keep their soil moist.
2. Cast Iron Plant
I guess the name of this plant says it all. Also known as the Aspidistra elatior, the cast iron plant is one of the hardest plants to kill, making it perfect for those who’ve never grown a plant.
This plant has been cultivated for centuries, and imagine how hardy it must be to have survived in households in the 19th century even though it was constantly kept near coal fires, gas lamps, and cold drafts.
It’s also a suitable plant for the basement since it performs well in low light conditions.
The cast iron plant can also survive if you forget to water it from time to time. If you water it frequently you risk damaging it severely and the risk of root rot is significantly increased.
Of course, you shouldn’t completely neglect it; no matter how resilient a plant is, it’s still a living being and will perform best if you give it enough light and keep its soil evenly moist.
3. Weeping Fig
You can also have a small tree in your home. Ficus benjamina aka weeping fig is a captivating fast-growing plant species and may reach 10 feet tall with little maintenance.
Its small leaves perfectly combine with braided stems; the weeping fig plant will add a touch of elegance to your indoor space.
It will thrive in partial shade, bright indirect light, and full sun, so you can put it anywhere in your home. The only thing to pay attention to is to ensure enough moisture in the soil; too much or too little may cause your weeping fig to lose leaves.
Apart from low care requirements, this Ficus species has another benefit; it’s a plant that naturally filters the air in your home.
4. Corn Plant
No, this isn’t a plant that will give you delicious crops! It’s a breathtaking ornamental plant scientifically known as Dracaena fragrans.
The corn plant is one of the best low light indoor trees but also thrives in bright indirect light. Never expose it to full sun because it can burn the leaves and inhibit growth.
Foliage develops into a fountain-like structure and the plant can reach up to 6 feet tall if you give it a little attention.
You should keep the growing medium moist but never allow the water to accumulate because the roots of this Dracaena are sensitive and may rot in such conditions.
5. Aloe Vera
Last but not least, one of the most common and hardiest plants is aloe vera. It’s renowned for its fleshy leaves that contain powerful gel used primarily for medicinal purposes.
This is a succulent plant, which means it shows excellent resistance to drought because its leaves can store water. Therefore, don’t water it too frequently; wait until the potting soil dries out entirely and then irrigate well.
Also, choose a porous and free-draining growing medium; you can purchase a ready soil mix for succulents or make your own by amending standard potting soil with well-draining materials, such as perlite, pumice, and orchid bark.
Aloe vera tolerates different temperatures but thrives best at temperatures ranging from 55 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It performs well when put on windowsills with western exposure.
Once you put it in the right spot and add water from time to time, you’ll have a flourishing aloe vera plant and the leaves will be full of gel.
Break the stem, peel the skin around the leaves, extract the gel, and apply to sunburns or dry patches.
Under optimal conditions, aloe vera will generate a lot of pups around the main plant; simply take them out and plant them in a separate pot.
No matter how attractive some high-maintenance plants are, resist them and choose one of the plants above. Every plant looks beautiful as long as it’s healthy!