As a houseplant guru, today I am presenting to you some of the easiest houseplants to keep alive. I promise, even the least experienced houseplant owners can handle these!
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The Easiest Houseplants to Keep Alive
You’re in luck! It turns out this useful plant is also beautiful and hardy. Plant your Aloe Vera in a terracotta pot with well-draining dirt, and then placed in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. Every one to two weeks, check the soil. If it’s dry, give your Aloe a good soak; if the soil is still damp, let it rest a few more days.
Since the plant is native to the desert, over-watering can cause root rot. You’ll know you need to back off on watering if its leaves go limp or turn brown.
Cast Iron Plant
The Spruce refers to this one as “nearly indestructible” — and if you’re reading this list, that’s reason enough to give it a chance. Whereas most houseplants can be finicky about watering or sunlight, the Cast Iron Plant is a more roll-with-the-punches type. It thrives in low light and dry conditions (hot, preferably, but it doesn’t balk at winter weather), and insects and diseases aren’t likely to waste their time.
To get your Cast Iron Plant started, look for potting soil with a pH of 5.5 to 6.5. This plant is drought-resistant, so don’t fuss too much; just water it when the soil has gone dry. I use this Soil pH meter to check our soil levels.
These lovely succulents are easy keepers, although they’re slightly more finicky than some others on this list because they don’t like the rigidity of schedules. Jade Plants require full sun and should be watered when their top layer of soil becomes dry to the touch. For the best growth, Jade also requires a fertilizer treatment every six months.
Peperomias are regarded as a good beginner plant because they’re adaptable — tolerating low light to direct sun exposure in doses — and only need to be watered once a week. They come in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your style. As an added benefit, their foliage cleans the air.
Great news for dog owners! Peperomias are non-toxic for dogs!
If you’re a believer in the adage, “If you can’t take me at my worst, you don’t deserve me at my best,” then the Spider Plant is for you; it will accept you for the person you are, no matter the color of your thumb. All this forgiving plant requires is a pot with well-draining soil, bright (but indirect) light, and occasional watering.
Tillandsia (Air Plant)
These plants are so named because they get most of what they need by absorbing nutrients through the air around them. Air Plants don’t need soil, they adapt to a wide range of sun exposures or artificial lighting, and their watering requirements are minimal — so even a brown thumb should be able to keep them thriving in any environment. To care for your Air Plant, soak it for 15-30 minutes once a week and then allow it to dry thoroughly before returning it to its resting place. If you notice that the leaves on your plant begin to curl or dry out, increase the frequency or duration of waterings.
Last, but certainly not least, ZZ Plants are another of the highly-adaptable, willing-to-accept-your-abuse variety of houseplant. They’re drought-resistant, do fine in low-light environments, and slow-growing. Like Peperomia, ZZ Plants help filter toxins from the air, making them a great companion in-home or office settings. No specialty soils are required for this contender, but they need a monthly fertilizer treatment to thrive. ZZ Plants should be watered as soil dries out, but they’ll survive even if you forget about them for a while. The one drawback? They’re poisonous, so be sure to situate these lovelies out of reach of children and pets.
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