5 Houseplants Even You Can’t Kill
When browsing Pinterest or home decor magazines, there is one key element in nearly every room: plants. From tall, leafy trees to tabletop terrariums, a touch of greenery can filter the air in your home or office and add some good luck to your life. Sadly, many people struggle to keep plants alive. If you want to give plant parenthood a try, consider picking up these five plants that are difficult to kill.
5 Hardy Houseplants for Your Home or Office
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This unique succulent looks like a tree with tubular, greyish-tan branches and fat, green leaves that retain water. They can be propagated by setting a healthy leaf on top of soil. In a few days, the leaf will grow tiny roots. Set the leaf in a pot with the roots facing the dirt and let it grow. Older plants can reach up to five feet tall, but that takes years! Jade requires watering every two to three weeks and does best in bright natural light. Use high-drainage cactus potting soil as this plant doesn’t like to sit in wet dirt.
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Fiddle Leaf Fig
Fiddle leaf figs feature one narrow trunk and large, waxy, dark green leaves. They range from a few inches to six feet tall or more, depending on the species. These plants appreciate bright natural light and well-draining soil that contains peat. Assess whether the fig needs water by pressing a finger into the soil. If it’s dry, add some water. It’s natural for the leaves at the bottom to fall off now and then, so don’t panic if they start to turn brown.
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Aloe VeraMany people know aloe as a skincare product that eases sunburn. This handy plant features spikey greenish-yellow leaves that spiral out from a base. Pot aloe in a high drainage cactus soil and place it in indirect sunlight, like on a table in a room with East-facing windows. These species prefer water every three or so weeks and may die if over-watered. If you use the sap for a burn, cut a small section from a leaf, and the plant will quickly heal itself.
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Air plants like tillandsia don’t require soil. Instead, they absorb moisture through their long, grass-like leaves. Place air plants on a windowsill where they can enjoy direct sunlight. Every two weeks, set the plants in a bowl of water for 20 minutes before placing them upside down on a towel to ensure all the water droplets fall off. The leaves must dry, so they don’t rot. You can set an air plant on a shelf or counter, or nest them in a container like a bowl or a cup. If the leaves seem to dry out or cave in, increase your watering frequency.
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If you’re looking for a fast-growing, leafy plant, a spider plant is a great option! These species resemble the shape of a spider with long, thin leaves branching out from the center. Purchase just one of these plants, and you’ll soon have babies to expand your collection. Spider plants range from one-inch to several feet wide and may reach their largest size in less than a year. Plant them in well-draining soil in indirect sunlight. Make sure the plant dries out between waterings by checking the soil with your fingers and only adding moisture if it’s completely dry. Soon, the plant will send out a shoot that flowers and creates babies that you can clip off. Place the baby in a cup of water until you see roots. Then, plant it in well-draining soil and enjoy your success! Spider plants thrive in regular pots or as hanging container gardens.
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