Ten extremely undemanding house plants for busy people
Easy to grow house plants that require no special care are a perfect solution for people who are busy or lazy. With this in mind, we here have put together a list of 10 great, undemanding indoor plants that can survive neglect and require minimum attention. Be sure, anyone is able to keep these plants alive and thriving!
Succulents are perennial plants with juicy, fleshy leaves or stems. These plants are well-adapted to grow indoors; they require watering several times a week, tolerate bright light and like well-drained soil.
Ficus trees are one of the most popular decorative trees grown indoors. They do not require much care, but grow most luxuriantly in locations that receive bright sunlight during the day. Careful watering is required when the trees are still young and grow intensively. You should also water the plant regularly from spring to autumn, gradually reducing moisturizing frequency in early September. During the winter months, however, ficus tree require only sparing watering (once in 10 days).
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a very undemanding plant that can grow even in a dry, dusty room. Its sunlight requirement is very tolerant as well; the plant thrives in both bright sunlight and partial shade. Since Mother-in-Law’s Tongue does not like to be in soggy soil, it needs to be watered moderately in spring and summer and sparingly (not more than once a month) in the winter.
Spathiphyllum is a favorite of many gardeners. This indoor plant is not at all picky about the light it receives. Spathiphyllum is a great choice when it comes to decorating poorly lit office or living spaces. The plant thrives with higher humidity, so the most important thing to remember about Spathiphyllum is to water it regularly, not allowing the soil to dry out.
Impatiens are a great indoor plant that have long been firmly settled in our apartments. Impatiens like moisture, so don’t be afraid to mist the soil regularly. Remember, it is always better to over-water than to not water at all. Impatiens are compact growers that do best in small containers. If you grow the plant in large pots, it will spend almost all its energy on growing tall instead of producing flowers.
Ivy is a beautiful hanging basket plant that is mostly used for vertical gardening. It is very easy to care for and grow indoors. Ivy grows well in both sunny and shaded areas, tolerating poor light, dry air and dust. You just need to make certain that the plant gets regular watering and spraying.
These evergreen plants can seemingly survive any extreme conditions. All cacti need are a little soil, sunlight and water to grow. Some of them, especially the young ones, bloom very often, but sometimes it can take 3-4 years before you see the first flower.
Possibly the most popular of all houseplants, Chlorophytum can be found in almost every home. This plant can grow in almost any soil, tolerates any light conditions and does well in containers of any shape and size. If you forget to water Chlorophytum, its leaves will start turning yellow, but the plant won’t ever wither.
Aspidistra is a popular plant most often used to decorate either office or home areas. It’s a shade loving plant that should be kept away from direct sunlight. It’s best to place your aspidistra some distance from the window but not in full shade. By the way, aspidistra blooms quite rarely in homes.
Kalanchoe has been long known for its healing properties. The plant has an anti-inflammatory and wound healing effect. But apart from its medicinal properties, many species of kalanchoe are used just for decorating and filling up the space. It’s an easy-to-grow plant that doesn’t require much attention. Kalanchoe can store water in its fleshy leaves and stems that enables it to withstand drought.
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