As winter arrives in Georgia, our options for growing plants outdoors dwindle. But not everyone is born with a green thumb. Many of us long to have plants liven up our living spaces, but we either lack the time or the skill to take care of them. Thankfully, several plant species have adapted to harsh climates, making them easy to take care of in your home. If you ever wanted to own a house plant but were scared you would kill it, here is a list of some of the hardiest houseplants out there.
Jade is a beautiful plant and is easy to care for. Jade plants are perfect for decorating your Georgia home or office and are considered symbols of good luck. But you don’t need to be lucky to be able to keep a jade plant alive. The most important thing to consider when caring for jade plants is to make sure that you water them correctly. Never let a jade plant dry out completely but do not water it too often either, as this can cause root rot. Novice gardeners think that plants need to be watered every day, which is hardly ever the case. Do not water your jade plant on a schedule. You should only water your jade plant when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. If your plant is losing leaves, it is probably caused by not having enough water.
If you are looking for something with a little more volume, consider the heartleaf philodendron. This plant is attractive because of its heart-shaped leaves and wall-climbing vines. It’s the perfect plant for an old study or office. If you let it, the vines of the heartleaf philodendron will climb up anything or droop below if it’s in a hanging basket. If you want to contain your plant, just pinch the vine off after a leaf node. The best part is that the heartleaf philodendron doesn’t need to be watered very often, and it will be quite comfortable in most light conditions.
English ivy is another creeping vine that fits perfectly in any pot or hanging basket. English ivy can even be planted outdoors as a ground cover, or it is welcome indoors as an indoor climber. Keep an eye on it. English ivy is a rapid climber, so be sure to trim it when necessary. English ivy looks great draped over a mantle or an air purifier in a stuffy bathroom. English ivy is excellent at filtering out airborne particles. When watering English ivy, be sure to let the soil dry out first and place it in a spot that gets plenty of sunlight.
Spider plants are evergreen, perennial herbs that are grown for their long arching foliage. They come from the tropics of Africa and are known for adapting to a wide range of conditions. The spider plant gets its name from the way its long green frond-like strands drape down like the legs of a spider. The spider plant is a good choice for those with little to no gardening experience. Water spider plants only when the soil is completely dry and places them in a spot that receives indirect sunlight.
If you are looking for the easiest plant to take care of, you can’t find one much easier to care for than the snake plant. Snake plants have stiff green leaves that range from six inches to eight feet tall. The most common variety, known as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, features a yellow border along the edges of the leaves. Snake plants are tolerant of very low levels of light and can endure drought conditions.
Another Georgia household favorite is the peace lily. The peace lily is an exotic-looking plant that comes from the jungles of Central America, where it dwells in the shade on the forest floor. This makes peace lily a perfect indoor plant. Take care of it, and in the spring, it will thank you with beautiful cup-shaped flowers. When it comes to watering, keep the soil moist, but not too wet. Peace lilies can handle short periods of dry soil but will start to brown if neglected for too long.
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