Plants, we either love them or kill them. Most of us fall into the second half of the category, and often you’ll go over to someone’s house and see a wilting ficus or a dried out spider plant as decoration. But plants, are really quite incredible. They have the power to make our air cleaner by converting CO2 to O2. They brighten our living spaces and can be very powerful for our mental health. And cost wise? They are much cheaper than shelling out for a new piece of furniture or another coffee table book that you’ll probably never read.
Imagine a room with no plants vs. one with? What makes you happier?
Breaking (back) into botany is a lot easier than you think with these simple easy-to-care-for houseplants.
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Aloe tops our list for low maintenance houseplants. Not only are they beautifully decorative, they also are renowned for their medicinal properties. Remember having mom rub aloe vera on your back as a kid?
There are many species of the plant, but you’ll usually find candelabra type is the most common in people’s homes.
Aloe plants are simple to maintain. Place in a sunny warm place and water when the soil is dry. Make sure the pot is big enough for the plant to “grow into”.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum)
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Spider plants are known for their long leaves and their tiny baby spider plants that you can often see hanging off of the “mother” plant. Spider plants do well in most conditions including low water and low light.
To maintain your spider plant, try to keep it in a warm place that faces a light. Although they can do well without copious amounts of sunlight, spider plants do enjoy the sun. Water weekly or when the soil becomes dry. Once baby plants start forming, you can start new plants from them.
English Ivy (Hedera Helix)
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English ivy is a beautiful “trailing” plant that grows into a long “chain” and can be directed to grow in any direction. You’ll often find it outdoors growing across buildings or surrounding canopies, but it also works well as an indoor plant. Ivy is also easy to propagate, all you need is a clipping of the plant and a little patience.
Ivy prefers cooler temperatures and moist soil so try and avoid direct sunlight and place in a less sunny part of the room.
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
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The Jade plant is known as a symbol of good luck. With its bright green leaves resembling jade, this succulent can grow a few feet tall making it a great decorative plant.
Jade plants do need more light and thrive with at least a few hours of direct sunlight a day. Keep soil moist but not overly watered and keep in a cooler part of the home.
These are just a few of the many low-maintenance plants that you can grow indoors with very little effort. Imagine coming home in the dead of winter to a room that is full of life and vibrancy not to mention green? Most of these plants can be found at your local plant store, but can also be propagated off other plants if you know someone who already has one.