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Wow, the response I received last week about my 5 favorite low light house plants was unexpected! Even if you have a black thumb, these 7 plants are easy to keep alive and growing — I promise. As a kid, my grandma would cut off a piece of her aloe vera plant any time I got a sunburn way too often. Now that I have one, I do the same! This plant is virtually indestructible, too. If you break off a leaf, a new one will grow in.
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I picked up my Aloe juvenna from Ikea as a 3cm stub wrapped in plastic 10 years ago. It was one of my first houseplants and survived several moves from Manchester to Peckham to Putney to a narrowboat, and is now living happily on my bathroom windowsill in a pot I found on the street.
It has grown into a beautiful, trailing succulent and has survived variable watering and chunks breaking off during the house moves — nothing seems to bother it. Ellie Edmonds, student, Surrey. Jane Perrone says: The only real way of killing the tiger tooth aloe, Aloe juvenna, is swamping the roots with water, especially in winter.
The wonderful thing about many succulents including Aloe is how easy it is to root new plants from cuttings, and it is always wise to have a few new plants coming along as a security in case the mother plant goes south.
This is my Flaming Katy. It was originally bought in January using a wellness voucher from my employer, given to remote workers. Despite everything, it thrived and had very pretty pink flowers. We have three. The front of the plant snapped off when my cat landed on it and took half of the plant out; I assume it was a pre-emptive strike of some sort.
Since then, it has grown more of the pretty pink flowers than ever! Flaming Katy 1, cat 0. Rich Bennett, commercial director, Swansea. Most people chuck them away once they have flowered but it is possible to keep them going for years. Many houseplants are poisonous to cats and dogs so it is worth doing your research if you have pets that nibble leaves.
We moved into our current house inIt was previously owned by the directors of a seed company and attached to the house was a conservatory and plant room. This plant is a survivor from that. We chopped it back to tame it, but each year it springs back anew, and with seemingly unbridled vigour. It is, we believe, a Bolivian fuchsia.
For long periods it has gone unwatered, suffered sub-zero temperatures in winter and degree heat in summer if we forget to open windows. We truly think it is indestructible and thrives, even, on harsh treatment.
We have decided to co-exist but are somewhat fearful of it taking over. David Footitt, consultant neurologist, Cumbria. I suspect the plant has got its roots nicely ensconced in the rocky ground and is so well established that it will bounce back from any setbacks.
Just hack it back at your convenience and enjoy, David. We bought this pale pink Japanese anemone about 20 years ago. It is very robust and has never suffered from any disease or pests.It has a profusion of cheery blooms on elegant tall stems, and a long summer flowering season.
It also loves sun but will battle on in shade: ours grows directly beneath an established cherry tree. Graham Jones, painter, Bedford. It is one of those plants that you find at plant sales because people are trying to get rid of some of their anemones that have popped up in the wrong places. That said, they bloom in late summer and early autumn when the rest of the garden is starting to run out of steam.
My durable plant is the Sea campion. It is a wild plant I introduced to my garden three years ago using seeds taken from the shores of Orkney, and it now flourishes in several flower beds, to my delight. It is a modest plant with white flowers that has a similar growing habit to aubretia and flowers in May or June.
I am especially happy that I decided to grow this little plant, as it thrives so well in my free-draining, stony garden which has to endure drought, ice, high winds and salt spray.
It seeds freely and is easy to grow. Morag Bramwell, retired, Scotland. Sea campion Silene uniflora , as the name suggests, thrives in coastal gardens, but would be deeply unhappy in a heavy clay soil.
This British native would also do well in a gravel garden. I have an Aspidistra houseplant I inherited as a seedling about 20 years ago. It lives in the corner of our downstairs loo, and receives low levels of light through the opaque window. It thrives on benign neglect, with an occasional dust and watering. I recently gave it some much-needed TLC and divided it into eight separate pots, which I have gifted to friends. I expect George to be with me well into my 70s, as they live up to 50 years.
Natalie McCall, horticultural therapist, Scotland. JP: I have heard of Aspidistras that have been handed down through the generations as family heirlooms and are well over years old.They were beloved of the Victorians as they could cope with the sooty, draughty air of their homes, but it does just as well in a dark corner of a modern house. My orchids have lived happily on my windowsill for years. I soak them in water once in a while when I remember and this seems to keep them going.
They love the bathroom moisture and non-direct light. I have many more flowers around the house but my orchids are the easiest to care for. Monika, nurse, Medway. JP: There is a good reason why Phalaenopsis AKA moth orchids sell by the million: they are well-suited to the steady warmth of modern homes.
Monika has got the right idea, as they love moist air so do well in bathrooms and kitchens, and an occasional thorough soaking is better than daily dribbles of water. I found a sweet potato in the bottom of a drawer at the beginning of the first lockdown.
It was clearly beyond eating, so I shoved it in a pot and boom! It took off and has shown no sign of slowing down since.
Dale W, Chicago. JP: There are so many fun things you can grow from kitchen scraps, including the sweet potato Ipomoea batatas. The tuber will sprout easily if fresh, and the resulting plants have attractive foliage. In fact, breeders have produced ornamental cultivars of this species, with attractively coloured leaves in lime green or purple. I can remember buying the bulbs for my pink stargazer lily plant: I was with my mum in a garden centre in when I saw them on sale.
We both adore stargazer lilies and I thought it would be lovely to try and grow my own. I planted them then promptly forgot about them until the first summer when they grew tall and bloomed beautifully. I was so proud, I took a photo to show mum. Sadly my mum passed away in but those lilies keep blooming every single summer, and they always make me think of her. They come back year after year despite getting little or no attention from me.
June Shannon, medical journalist, Dublin.JP: The wonderful thing about flowering bulbs is that they pop up every year to put on a show, but when they are not flowering you can just forget about them.
They tend to get better and better as the bulbs increase in size. I bought this Zamioculcas zamiifolia inSince then, it has outlasted three relationships and five jobs. I have gone entire lockdowns without watering it and I have never repotted it or changed its soil.
It seems the more I neglect it, the more aggressively it thrives. I cannot relate. I am now scared to care for it properly in case the sudden shock kills it.
Of the 34 plants I have crammed into my flat, this ZZ is by far the most low maintenance, the most hardy, and the most excellent. I hope it comes to my funeral. Louisa Austin, student, Surrey. There are accounts of people locking ZZ plants in a windowless cupboard for several months only to find the plant looks exactly the same at the end of its stint in darkness.
It grows from fleshy rhizomes which can store water and nutrients when times are tough. I moved into my house 24 years ago and was given this Christmas cactus.
Many years later, it is still alive. It bursts into bright pink and white flowers despite our erratic care and inconsistent watering, and wholly deserves its nickname. Anne Grogan, charity manager, Ireland. JP: Keeping Christmas cactus Schlumbergera in a terracotta pot is a great idea, as the porous material allows plenty of air to reach the roots. This species is an epiphyte in nature — in other words it grows in trees — which means it is used to water draining away quickly from the roots, and likes an airy potting mix.
We have had this money plant since and it has flourished in all conditions: direct sunshine, shade, and now as an indoor plant. It has proven highly adaptable and low maintenance and is often the subject of conversation with visitors.The lush green leaves keep multiplying, and I have moved some of the vines into glass bottles to keep on window sills. The plant seems happy to wrap itself around the moss stick and enjoys all the attention it receives.
The pot is a bit wobbly after all these years, but I would not risk changing it for now. Jacquiline Roberts Singh, researcher, India. Few people realise that the heart-shaped leaves are just the juvenile form of the foliage: when mature, the leaves grow up to 75cm long and develop splits. Forget green fingers! Readers on 12 hardy house plants for terrible gardeners.
Also known as a sweetheart plant, heart-leaf is a wonderful indoor plant with lush green leaves and trailing vines. With a supporting moss pole to climb, this South American plant can grow up to 1. Heart-leafs like bright, indirect light and warm, humid conditions. A spot near a window not the windowsill or on top of the kitchen cupboards will give this plant the right amount of sunlight.
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Bringing the outdoors in is huge in decor right now, and seemingly everyone I know has a lush indoor garden full of flourishing houseplants. I, on the other hand, have a trickier relationship with the green things I bring into my home. Take a look at the list below, then see if any of these gorgeous plants could be a fit in your home. Note: Some houseplants are toxic to pets. Pothos offers heart-shaped green leaves often speckled in shades of gold, cream, silver or white depending on the variety. Ponytail palms are used to dry weather and have a trunk that stores water, explained Hancock. New one for the new year ponytailpalm. Looking for a splashed pink gift this Valentine's? Or a gift that will grow with the love? Well this is it!
By Anna Cottrell published 22 FebruaryOur selection of the best indoor plants is for absolutely everyone. Whether you're an absolute beginner and have never had a live plant at home before, or you've got a sizeable collection of house plants already and want to add something new, we've got the prettiest indoor plants that do well indoors year-round. Most house plants like a bright, warm spot by a window, but we've included several that don't mind a bit less light, or are happy living in a bathroom.
There are some plants that will survive a bit of neglect, darkness, drought or a lack of feeding.
Here are ten great indoor plants that can live life on the dry side. By Doug Jimerson. Sago Palm Any plant that has been around since the dinosaurs walked the earth is tough enough to miss an occasional watering. In fact, Sago Palm drinks very little and will suffer if you give it too much water. Place Sago Palm in a bright location and water only after the soil has dried out. To keep Sago Palm in top form, fertilize it several times during the spring and summer.
Houseplants are one of the best ways to enjoy the merits of nature indoors. However, when you have big houseplants, they not only create an impression but also make a visual statement that is simply hard to miss! Here is a list of some Best Large Indoor Plants for your home or office that will surely add a lot of oomph to your space! Fiddle Leaf Fig is a great indoor plant for rooms and offices alike. Having large, light green leaves with slender, waxy, and dark foliage, it creates quite a bold statement and pairs well with the surroundings.This is the plant to have for your living room with an attractive large, oval-shaped, dark-glossy green foliage! The best part of the rubber plant is its vertical growing nature. Native to Africa, this plant has rounded leaves and flashy green foliage.
After all, they're good for your health. David Winston, co-owner of Winston Flowers, explains, “many are effective in removing various toxins.
Fill your living space with houseplants to improve your mood and help clean the air. While you may think you need a big space to grow houseplants, nothing could be further from the truth. Just like our homes and our bodies, houseplants come in all shapes and sizes. But people who live in apartments, condos, lofts, or other tight living quarters need to think a bit harder about which houseplants are best for them.RELATED VIDEO: Indoor Plants that Flower--for Real!
Are you a plant lover, but you do not know where to start? Read on to find out which beautiful plants can easily be grown indoors, here our are top 30 indoor plants. If you have an Instagram account, you are probably already in love with them. Their large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves are filled with many naturally formed holes making them look awesome and unique. Monstera Deliciosa plants prefer warm conditions, a humid environment, regular leaf cleaning, and moderate watering. Usually, they like to be watered once every week or when the top 2 inches of soil become dry.
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When cold weather drives you inside, you can still put your green thumb to work by adding different types of indoor plants throughout your home. Here are the best indoor house plants for every room of your home. Plants that are known for their air cleaning properties are ideal indoor bedroom plants because they remove toxins from the air and help you sleep better. Depending on the location of your bedroom, you may receive low or medium light throughout the day and should choose your plants accordingly.Also, consider the size of your bedroom.
From cleaner air to creative decor — there are so many benefits of having indoor plants around your house. However, it can be hard to know which varieties of plants are suitable for indoor conditions plus how to properly care for them. Their lush green leaves with distinctive holes make a stunning statement in any room and they can grow to fit any space. Monstera plants prefer a warm climate away from direct sunlight and they benefit from regular cleaning with a soft, damp cloth.