Yes, even you can be a top gardener without the green thumb! A beautiful plant can brighten up and bring joy to your home, but sometimes taking care of plants is daunting. Here’s a list of healthy plants you can easily grow to increase the aesthetic.
Succulents and Cacti
These fleshy-leaved plants are native to the desert and come in dozens of beautiful varieties. They are slow-growing and can withstand harsh environments, but are best with bright light, well-drained pots, and little water. Both succulents and cacti have become increasingly popular and you’ll see them flooding into garden centers and grocery stores!
ZZ (Zamioculcas Zamiifolia)
Originating in drought-prone Africa, the ZZ is a semi-succulent and has attractive, dark green/smooth leaves that create a lavish look in your home. This plant is accustomed to long periods of dry conditions with bursts of rain and accepts low light conditions. It retains as much water as it can absorb and usually grows slowly to a height/width of 2 to 3 feet, making it an easy plant to transport for frequent travelers.
Golden Pothos Vine (Epipremnum pinnatum ‘aureum’)
These lush plants grow extensively and are one of the most popular hanging plants. Fortunately, this house plant will grow with minimal care, cascading out of your pots or trailing baskets. The Pothos vine usually confines itself to about 6 to 10 feet in containers, and thrives in ordinary potting soil (preferably with a slightly acidic pH). Also, be sure to let their soil dry out completely between waterings.
Another perk according to the Spruce, is their purification of indoor air chemicals such as formaldehyde, trichloroethene, toluene, xylene, and benzene.
Don’t let the creepy-crawly name fool you – spider plants have beautiful trailing leaves and are the easiest to grow! As the plant matures, it will also create plantlets on long stems, which can easily be potted up to create more spider plants in the future! The best perk? Spider plants are not picky about water, light or temperature.
During the summer, you can water them liberally and feed them weekly with liquid fertilizer. During the winter, you simply cut watering back and don’t let them fall below 50 degrees F. See? Easy peasy!
Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
Known to many as an important part of feng shui, lucky bamboo plants are seen as good fortune and make a great gift option! The tall stalks can withstand even the harshest conditions of sparse water, poor air quality, and even minimal light. You can either place the lucky bamboo in vases of pure water or in containers of soil. These plants have a long life and will enhance the surroundings in your home.
Now you can be the gardener you’ve always aspired to, while putting your shovel and gardening gloves aside!