Here are my top 5 Hardiest houseplants:
Someone just asked me what the easiest indoor plants are. If you are busy or don't have a green thumb, these plants won't let you down. They made a reputation of being extremely easy to look after, and they can adapt to various lighting conditions. Hardy houseplants, I want to thank you! My interior is much greener all year long with you.
1. Cacti and Succulents
Water? No thanks! They can store water like camels and come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.
Cacti and Succulents are capable of storing water in their thick leaves to survive brighter and dryer conditions. If you forget to water your plants on a regular basis, cacti and succulents are made for you. As a rule of thumb, the thicker the leaves the less water the plant needs. In a semi-shady spot, a bi-monthly watering will do the job with succulents, and I water cacti much less frequently than that. Cacti and succulents are quite unique in their ability to tolerate bright and direct sunlight, which most species won't like. Place your cacti or succulent next a bright window and they will thrive, provided more frequent watering. Many people adopt the Jade plant or the Aloe for they are easy-care succulents.
2. Snake Plant
Ideal companion for the bedroom, with a stunning sculptural look resembling flames
Snake plant: hardy specimen with individually rooted leaves, perfect for year-round indoor decoration, with quite some style s'il-vous-plaît! Minimum effort required. Water less than monthly if kept in shady to semi-light spot.
Ann Sanders, passionate gardener with passion for organic living, tell us all about Growing And Caring For Sansevieria Plants a.k.a Snake Plants on her blog. Check it out if you have a snake plant or plan to get one!
A tropical specimen that's hard to kill (also air-purifying)
Pothos is my favourite because it's a resistant-but-agile climber, and it keeps surprising me. This specimen is nearly indestructible and highly rewarding thanks to a rapid growth. Water weekly, keep in shady to semi-bright spot. It will love the moistness of your bathroom but will also thrive in your main reception room. Since it's my favorite, I'm going to tell you a few more exciting things you should expect from it : 1 - expect to see baby leaves coming to life every other week. 2 - Pothos is really easy to propagate, just take some cuttings and place the stems in water until mature roots are formed. Change water twice a week to oxygenate. Kids will love seeing the root systems grow and potting them can be a nice Sunday activity. Only thing to keep in mind is that humans and pets can be ill if leaves are ingested. 3 - The jungle effect. Pothos has the power to create a lush effect in any dark and dusty corner of the house, bringing large and generous leaves that fall down or climb up in vines. Play with vertical space by hanging pothos from a basket or from the top of a cupboard and get an instant rainforest atmosphere! For all of these reasons, Pothos was my first plant and is still my favorite. 2 varieties stand out from the crowd for their resilience: Golden Pothos and Satin Pothos. And they both deserve an article on their own.
4. ZZ Plant
Zeezee plant: elegant and low maintenance plant, bringing style and structure to your house. It's perfect for the living room on a side or console table. I like that its waxy leaves are attached to the stem in a very organized way. It does not demand anything else than a bi-monthly watering during growth period. When not growing, it can thrive with less water than that in a shady spot, thanks to its high tolerance to shade. Avoid placing it under direct sunlight. Also good to know, wash hands after touching the plant, as it's poisonous. I'm still amazed by its spectacular growth, and that's one of the least demanding indoor plant I know. Really hardy and low maintenance!
5. Palm Plant
Palm plants: resilient tropical plants that can be grown indoors. Their outdoor cousins are famous for their fruits (coco nuts, dates) and for growing on white sand sunny beaches. They will bring a sense of the tropics to your home with low effort, that's probably why some many of us adopt them. Palm plants for the indoors come in a variety of sizes and can adapt to different environments, from bright indirect light to a shade. Water weekly in winter and increase that in summer. Dust off the leaves occasionally if you want to play it like a pro. That's all! Palms grown indoors will produce the large fan or feathered leaves depending on species.
BONUS: another UN-KILLABLE house PLANT
...because it's you (and also because I couln't choose only 5)
6. English Ivy
Resilient and stubborn, perfect for the indoors (also air-purifying)
English Ivy: English ivy has proved to be both a stylish companion and a hard-to-kill specimen. Listed as invasive plant in the outdoor world, it can thrive indoors even in difficult situations, such as low-light, low moist or cold. Make sure you get one with these white and green marbled leaves for a successful decorative effect. Since it's originally from Europe and Western Asia, it prefers cool environments, so you will keep it away from heat sources. This species is also known to purify the air from pollutants. I'm a big fan of climbing plants, such as ivy and pothos, because they bring such a lush effect if potted in a hanging basket.
So if someone is asking you to name some of the most invincible house plants, you will be in the know.
Photo credits from top to bottom:
- Photo by Brina Blum
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- Photo by Mark Solarski
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- Photo by Sylwia Pietruszka
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