10 Unkillable houseplants to bring the outdoors, indoors
There has been a real resurgence in the number of people wanting to fill their homes with houseplants, and we completely get it. They look great in property marketing photos, are a great way for tenants to add personality to their rental home, and many have air purifying qualities. But what if you’re not so green fingered? Here are 10 (nearly) unkillable houseplants for those who love plants, but don’t have green fingers. Find more green fingered tips HERE.
#1 Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is well known for it’s skin soothing properties, the jelly in its leaves is a good one to reach for when it comes to itchy bites of sunburn! The plants enjoy bright light, so will be happiest near a window that gets sun all day but it doesn’t need any special temperature, normal room temperature is fine. The danger with Aloe Vera is the likelihood of killing it with kindness if you’re too liberal with your watering can. Soak the soil and then leave to dry out before watering again. Despite its skin soothing properties for humans, it’s toxic to cats and dogs.
#2 Bunny Ear Cactus
Most people when they think of hardy houseplants, will call cacti to mind for good reason. They’re hardy, and very low maintenance. Despite the bright light loving bunny ear cactus being native to Mexico and the Arizonian desert, they do love a good drink every time the soil dries out in summer, but need less in the winter. They’re pretty fun-looking with their bunny ear-shaped leaves, and are perfect if you love the look of indoor greenery but feel like you kill everything you touch.
#3 Snake Plant
The snake plant is a great one if you’ve got a shady corner. It’s leaves are tall and impressively sculptural, so would be perfect stood in a dark corner of a bedroom. They also need watering less than once a month, so won’t mind if you’re a bit forgetful when it comes to watering. It’s also a great-looking plant if you find yourself needing to spruce up your home ready sell, just pop one in a decorative, floor standing pot for instant effect.
They do need watering, despite what you might think. But like the bunny-eared cactus above, you need to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. If you’re loving them a bit too much, their leaves will start to turn translucent which means they’re rotting. They much prefer a bit of neglect, so are perfect if you find it hard to remember to water houseplants!
#5 Spider plant
Spider plants like a little sun and not too much water (noticing a theme here, with the water?). They’re also a root-bound plant, so they need minimal fuss when it comes to repotting once every other year. To water them, give them a quick mist when the top two inches of soil have dried out, but don’t let it dry out completely. It’ll adapt to most indoor conditions, and is great in the bathroom with moisture from the air.
#6 Indoor palms
Perfect for bringing a bit of tropical holiday into your home, these exotic beauties are resilient and adapt to different lights. Depending on the species the leaves can be a bit more ‘fluffy’ or ‘feathery’. Water weekly, give the leaves a bit of a dust every now and then, and sip on your cocktails while looking at it to transport yourself to sunnier climes from the comfort of your own sofa!
#7 English Ivy
You might not give English Ivy a second thought when it’s outside, because it’s everywhere. However as an indoor plant, it can look really beautiful. It also has air purifying qualities and grows in difficult conditions, but prefers to be on the cool side so can’t live near a radiator. You can produce a really lovely, soft, draping effect by planting in a pot suspended from a shelf by a macramé pot holder.
#8 Devil’s Ivy (Golden Pothos)
This is a bit unfairly named! Another popular, hardy hanging plant it bounces back from being treated terribly, and trails down its pot looking really attractive with its bright green cascading foliage. It also won’t mind if you forget to water for a while. It likes indirect sunlight, but can also cope with shadier conditions so is a good option if you have a shady corner to fill.
#9 Peace Lily
Most of these houseplants don’t like too much water so are perfect for plant lovers who are a bit forgetful, but the peace lily offers an opportunity for those who are a little heavy handed with the watering can to have a plant they probably won’t kill, too. Their white flowers are the very definition of elegance, and can add a touch of tropical class to any room. It also has powerful, air-purifying properties and does well in the shade.
#10 Dragon Tree
As well as having one of the most excellent names of all the houseplants, the leaves of the dragon tree kind of look a bit like flames. It doesn’t mind whether it’s in the light, or shade making it a great plant to give as a housewarming gift, but you have to be careful not to overwater it, otherwise its roots will rot.
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