Having plants in your home is good for your soul. Not only do they help to clean the air around you improving the air quality, they also are proven to boost your mood simply by looking at them.
Plants help increase energy levels and work performance due to the positive state of mind they induce and some can also be used to treat ailments at home.
Sounds good right? But what if you are the type of person who only has to look at a plant to kill it? The trick here is to pick plants that will survive a certain level of neglect and fit in with your busy lifestyle. Here are our favourites:
Kalanchoe (Flaming Katy)
These colourful house plants need very little water, let the soil dry out before watering again and place on a bright windowsill to watch them bloom. Flowers are often orange, red and pink.
Don’t discard your plant when the flowers die. If pruned and watered infrequently the plant will rebloom the following year.
This pretty plant is amazing at removing carbon monoxide from the air, they’re also perfect for bathrooms because they like humidity. Water weekly to keep your spider plant perky.
Chinese Money Plant
Money plants grow best in low light. They require weekly maintenance and a bonus is that offshoots from the base of the stem can be re-potted and given as gifts to really demonstrate how green fingered you are.
Let’s just say this plant relishes neglect. It grows in low or medium light and can go for long periods without taking a drink. It’s the perfect plant for those who want a plant but for the most part will fail to maintain it. The snake plant comes in all shapes, sizes and colours so you can pretty much put it anywhere in your home. If possible, place them in a position with bright, indirect light.
Calling all black thumbs! This beauty has earned the nickname “devil’s ivy” for its ability to withstand nearly pitch-black conditions as well as under and over-watering. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water.
It looks like a money plant, it behaves like a money plant but it’s a philodendron! With a literal translation from Greek meaning love tree. It’s low maintenance combined with fast growth rate means it is the perfect combination. You are going to need a big pot for this one. They prefer to be on the dry side and don’t mind a shady corner.
Succulents need the least amount of water of any indoor plant. Ideal if you want a plant but want near to no maintenance. You literally cannot kill these things. Succulents thrive in dry sunny conditions so although you are not likely to water it often, do it a favour and place it somewhere where it can get plenty of sun.
The ‘You Can Have It All ‘ Plant
If you are looking for something that looks amazing and has no effort whatsoever there is one plant that comes in all shapes and sizes and will withstand no effort on your part. We call it, wait for it … the plastic plant. For those who really can’t handle being an inch of green but want the look :).
Which ones do you have in your home and which are your absolute favourites? Let us know!
Midlands based mum of one with a love of science and nature. I have always had an interest in the natural world but becoming a mum has pushed me to strive for ways to live a cleaner, sustainable and ethical lifestyle. Trying my best in my everyday life to choose and take the environmentally friendly option because I believe we can all play our part no matter how small.