Easiest Plants to Grow if You Don’t Have a Green Thumb
It is so nice having plants around us. Beside being visually appealing, studies have shown that plants can increase concentration and productivity by up to 15%. Whoa! Plants can also help reduce stress levels and will help boost your mood. Incorporating plants into our spaces will help to improve mental health, increases creativity, and even improves memory function.
If you want more plants in life but feel like you don’t have a green thumb, or simply have no idea where to start, try these plants! They are low maintenance and forgiving.
Air plants are really easy to take care of. Some people like to mist them every few days. I like to give them a bath for 10 minutes every month or two in the winter time and once a week in the summer. These can shoot out little babies fairly easily. If you keep them really happy, they’ll present you with a flower.
Zamioculcas zamiifolia. Or the ZZ plant.
These plants are a top go-to choice when there is very little light available. When it comes to watering, it’s best to err on the side of caution and under water. These are prone to root rot. At least allow the top couple inches to dry out in between waterings, and avoid letting it sit in water.
Sansevieria, which is commonly called Snake Plant or Mother in Law’s Tongue, is really easy plant to take care. These come in so many different shapes and colors. These are really fun to decorate with because of all the different textures these have.
Snake Plants can handle moderate to filtered light. These will do fine in rooms with north or west light, which is the least amount of light. These are also very easy to propagate which can be fun to do.
You can get away with watering these once a month or so. If you’re gone a lot or tend to forget watering, this is the plant for you.What just until you start to see it come out the drainage hole.
Sansevieria can flower, but they don’t often. If it produces a flower, it’s a small white or yellow flower that grows straight up.
Rubber plants get their name because the top sides of the leaves feel rubbery. These come in fun colors besides green, like a dark red almost black leaves and variegated leaves that are light green, white, and pink. This is a type of ficus tree. It may best to start with a smaller plant, as these are trees and can grow up to 50 ft tall.
Well drained soil is best for rubber plants. These plants prefer to have their soil kept moist, but not drowning. If you water too much, the leaves with turn yellow and brown and then fall off. During the winter, it may need only need to be watered once a month or so. If you start to notice them drooping, but not yellowing or falling off, try increasing the water slightly.
These do best with bright indirect light. You can help it get more light by wiping down the leaves every so often.
Orchids are quite easy to take care of. These don’t need much care at all.
They prefer to be placed in an east or west facing window.
Watering once a week will suffice when it’s not in bloom. It will require even less water when it is flowering. You may have hear of people using the ice cube method to water – this is not advised. The intention is to give you the idea of how much it needs to be watered, but the problems lies in the fact that orchids are tropical plants, and ices cubes are water with arctic temperatures.
When you repot or fertilize, it is important to stick with soil and fertilizer that is specific for orchids.
Peace lilies, or spathiphyllum, make a great indoor plant because they are quite easy to care for. These are not actually lilies but are a tropical perennial. They produce a flag-like white flower. They also help to purify the air!
These spaths do not require a lot of light, however if they they won’t bloom much if at all if they don’t have much light. If you place them in bright, indirect light, you’ll enjoy frequent blooms. BE sure it’s not in a drafty place; they are sensitive to cold temperatures.
Spaths prefer to live in soil that is pretty consistently wet. They don’t like to sit in standing water, so a good rule of thumb is to water whenever the top inch of soil is dry. If you’re afraid you’ll over water, water over the sink until it starts to drain out the bottom. Once it stops draining, place back on the saucer until the next watering. These ladies will can be a little dramatic when if they get dried out.
Don’t forget to feed about once a month.
Aloe vera plants are low maintenance and make a great indoor companion. This succulent prefers bright indirect light, and while it prefers infrequent watering, it likes a deep watering when it’s time. Once every three weeks should be sufficient. If it’s summer and the plant is outside, it may need to be watered a little more often. These do not handle sustained direct light very well. If it gets too much sunlight, the leaves could start to turn yellow.
Well drained soil is ideal for these. Look for a cactus mix, or add some perlite to your potting soil. Adding an inch of pebbles at the bottom of the pot can also be a good idea to ensure adequate drainage. Terracotta pots are ideal for these plants since they help the water evaporate throughout; it helps the roots to dry out in between waterings. Be sure to get a pot that has a drainage hole in the bottom to allow the water to drain. Aloes can get root rot very easily if it’s stays too wet for too long. It will essential drown the plant.
A bonus to having aloe veras in the house, is that they have medicinal properties. Aloe vera juice is very healing and helps with burns. Many people keep this in the kitchen for those times touching a hot pan. Slice an aloe leave and spread the gel on the burn.
Philodendrons have been used seen in interior gardens for awhile because they are very adaptable and forgiving. These are fun because they get traily. some people like to let the tendrils grow and grow around the room, others like to give them hair cuts every so often.
Philos like bright indirect light. It is normal for older leaves to turn yellow and dry up, but if you’re seeing several yellow leaves at the same time, it may be getting too much light. However, if you notice there are several inches in between the leaves or are small, especially with the newer growth, it probably isn’t getting enough light.
These prefer will drained soil. It’s best to let the top inch of soil dry out in between waterings. If you see the leaves looking droopy, double check before you water again. It’s common to associate droopy leaves with a plant being dry, but sometimes it’s a sign of over watering. When a plant gets too much water, it can throw the hydro-static pressure out of equilibrium. Luckily, philos are very forgiving, and they will bounce back quickly after any time the watering schedule gets adjusted.
Pay attention if you notice the leaves are coming in small and it’s getting enough light. This can mean that it needs some fertilizer. A general indoor plant fertilizer every month or two should suffice.
Spider Plants is a very tolerant plant. It’s very adaptable, low maintenance, and forgiving for those that don’t have the greenest of thumbs. It will grow in a variety of conditions, and rarely suffers from anything other than brown tips. It gets its name from the little off-shoots, or spiderettes, that hang down from the mother plant like little baby spiders hanging from a web. The leaves can be green or variegated, green and white, and it will get little, white flowers.
These plants will thrive in well drained soil and bright indirect light. Spider plants prefer to dry out in between waterings; if you over water, it can cost root rot. Watch for leaves turning yellow and drooping – that means it’s been over watered. If they are underwatered, the leaves will start to look grey and begin to shrivel slightly and fold in on themselves. Either of these problems are easily reversible with some patience. Time of year can affect how often to water. It’s easy to have to water every day or nearly every day when it’s summer and the temperatures are higher. Especially if you move them outside or if they are in clay pots; clay pots are very breathable, and can allow water to evaporate more easily. When it’s winter, the plants are inside, the temps are lower, and the days are shorter, 1-2 a week can be ideal.
Spread the love and share your spiderettes with your friends! The baby spider will produce small roots while being fed by the mother plant. Once the root mass is about the size of a marble or a little bigger, you can snip them off and place them in a little dish of water for a little bit. The water will hydrate the roots, and they will begin to grow. Once the new root growth is 1-1.5 inches longer, you can pop them in some soil.