Are you one of those people that can’t have a garden because you’re afraid you’d kill every plant you tried to grow? While everyone doesn’t have a green thumb, you can get good practice with a houseplant. And the winter is a great time to start because you will be spending most of your time indoors anyway. Indoor house plants are very easy to take care of and require little attention from you. Here’s a list of the best houseplants for beginners.
The parlor palm is a staple of any indoor potted garden. The parlor palm is related to coconuts and dates and will certainly fill your home with a tropical vibe. It grows very slowly and can go years without pruning. If you re-pot in larger pots it will grow up to six feet tall. The parlor palm thrives in medium to full indirect sunlight so keep it away from direct sunlight. Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. As for temperatures, the parlor palm is comfortable at whatever temperature you are comfortable with (65°F- 85°F).
When taken care of properly the jade plant could live to be as old as you. Jade plants are known to live up to 70 or 80 years of age. They don’t need that much attention and don’t require too much watering. Jade can tolerate most indirect levels of light but does not do well with direct sunlight. Water every two weeks in the spring and summer. In the fall and winter, jade can go up to a month without water.
The peace lily has long been a favorite among those without a green thumb. The peace lily is known for its dark green waxy leaves and it’s a white cupped flower. This is a great indoor plant because it can clean the air of formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, and a host of other airborne toxins. Peace lilies can thrive in sunlight ranging from full indirect to none. In their native habitat on the jungle floor of Central America, these plants have learned to make do with the little amounts of sunlight they receive. If you are a person who has to travel a lot for work, then this plant is a great choice as it can go weeks without watering.
Snake plants are perfect for the person who can’t grow anything. These plants can grow up to six feet tall and make a room feel attractive. Snake plants can tolerate very low light and are built to withstand drought conditions, so go ahead, forget to water it for a few weeks. It does have one downside; The plant is toxic if ingested so keep out of reach of curious pets.
Another plant known for its hardiness is the ZZ plant. This plant can go weeks without a drop of water and can survive in very little light. Place in low to bright indirect light, and water when fully dry. It is also very resistant to diseases and pests. It also is a great air purifier removing xylene and benzene from the air.
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