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It's not easy to know which indoor plants are the most resilient.
Checking the resilience of a plant before you buy it will save you time. That's why I made a list of 14 indoor species that have successfully passed the resilience test (in my own flat and at other indoor gardeners' too). These are the easiest plants to grow and maintain on the long run because they can adapt to a wider range of conditions. Perfect for beginners and busy urban dwellers.
Number 1. to 6. prefer dry soil, so they can thrive on neglect. Number 7. to 14. prefer having soil generally moist.
1. Rubber Plant
The Rubber plant is by far one of the easiest house plants I have, and the most rewarding. It's my new favorite! It virtually needs no water at all to do well. Its large waxy leaves have been showcasing a steady deep green in our bedroom for 3 months now. I watered it 4 times so far. Keep soil dry and it will thrive.
2. Wax Plant
A climbing beauty! Slow-growing, twining specimen, most popular in the form of vines. Wax plant has thick waxy leaves that are able to store water, so no need to water it much at all. Keep soil dry and enjoy.
3. Cast-Iron plant
Easy and flexible plant, which can adapt to almost any spot (shady to bright indirect light) and dry conditions. So it will do well even if you forget to water it. Allow soil to dry out between waterings.
4. SNAKE PLANT
The snake plant is ideal for beginners and busy people. It can live on neglect and prefers a dry soil. Easy to maintain on the long run, we've had it at my office for 2 years now and it keeps thriving while adding its decorative presence to the room.
5. Zeezee plant
(a.k.a. Zanzibar Gem)
The Zanzibar gem virtually needs no water at all, since it naturally grows in dry and shady regions of its native African habitat. Perfect for beginners, it requires no attention. I water it 4 times less than Golden Pothos, that is approximately once a month. Keep soil dry.
6. DUMB CANE
Really easy plant in my experience, which can adapt to almost any spot (shady to bright indirect light) and requires little watering. Keep soil dry. The specificity of this specimen is that the leaves will wilt when it's time to water it. They will turn yellowish/brown if you water too much. If that happens, prune the dead leaves and make sure the soil is not drenched. Root rot is the last thing you want to be happening to your plant!
7. Fruit Salad Plant
(A.K.A. MONSTERA deliciosa)
Plants from the Monstera family are really hardy species, they can adapt to a wide range of light and temperature conditions. Keep Monstera Deliciosa's soil generally moist, but it's totally alright to allow soil to dry out before watering again.
8. PRAYER PLANT
Magical evergreens, prayer plants have enchanting moving foliage that closes at night and opens in the morning, performing a graceful dance every day. Keep soil generally moist, but it's totally alright to allow soil to dry out before watering again.
9. Arrowhead Plant
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, arrowheads are perrenial herbs that grow in shallow lakes, ponds, and streams. No surprise you will have to keep soil generally moist, but it's totally alright to allow soil to dry out before watering again.
10. GOLDEN POTHOS
(a.k.a. Devil's Ivy)
Golden Pothos has been with me for 3 years now. It's my first indoor plant, and it seems to feel good about my weekly watering. It does not require a lot of light, so you can have it further away from the window, even in the shady corner of the room. It's very resilient, so if you forget to water it from time to time, you'll be easily forgiven. Allow soil to dry out completely between waterings.
11. SATIN POTHOS
Satin Pothos is just as easy to grow as its relative, Golden Pothos, which also made it to this list. The leaves are immediately recognizable, heart-shaped and spotted with silvery grey. Keep soil moist and humidity high, and pick a spot that's getting bright - but indirect - sunlight. That's the best way to look after it. If you deviate from these ideal conditions, it won't let you down either, since it's really resilient. The leaves will just start to curl, which would be a sign to increase moisture. I've had it for a year and it's growing at a steady pace.
12. Peace Lily
Easy-growing, vigorous tropical herbs, peace lilies are extremely easy to care for. They will do well even if you forget to water it every now and then. Allow soil to dry out between waterings.
13. Queen of Hearts
14. Swiss Cheese vine
(a.k.a. MONSTERA OBLIQUA)
Like their cousin Monstera Deliciosa, the Swiss Cheese vines also like soil generally moist, but it's totally alright to allow soil to dry out before watering again.
Bonus: Cacti and Succulents
With cacti and succulent plants (like Aloe Vera or Echeveria), you want to keep soil dry. These plants do well without water, so they make the perfect companions for forgetful hosts. Water succulents infrequently (once to twice a month) and cacti even less.
Recap: in my experience, indoor plants can be categorized into 2 types: the Dry type and the Moist type. As a rule of thumb, you need to water the Moist types once a week and the Dry types only once a month. The ratio of 1-to-4 (4 times less frequently for the Dry type) works well for me, because it's easy to remember: weekly for Moist, monthly for Dry. These figures are just guidelines, you will have to adapt these to your specific conditions. You can use the same watering techniques for both. Cacti and succulents require a special type of soil that drains moisture out quickly. More on this topic: see here. [Coming Soon]
Thank you Jason! Inspiration for this article comes from a seasoned indoor gardener, Jason Chongue. You can find a description of his new book, Plant Society, here.
I Hope you'll have a lot of success with these easy, yet beautiful, indoor plants. ENJOY!
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