I’ve been asked by so many-what kind of houseplants are so hearty, you can’t kill them? Or in other words, what are the most ridiculously easy to grow houseplants? House plants are so important in many ways.
Why ridiculously easy to grow houseplants? For our Health and for the Beauty of it!
They clean our air and add a touch of beauty and calm to our lives. My opinion. Everyone should try to grow a few houseplants. Base on my research, I found a wonderful article on Better Homes and Gardens that does just that. They contacted a nursery and asked them if they knew of these ridiculously easy to grow houseplants. Here is what I found.
Costa Farms, a wholesale grower of plants, dug into the science of tough plants. They devised a study to find the toughest of the tough indoor plants. The chief challenge for plants was a three-week stint in a lightless closet without supplemental watering. To receive a commendable rating the plant not only had to look magnificent upon retrieval from the closet, but it also had to maintain its good looks for months beyond. In short, the plant had to endure a three-week closet vacation and remain in great form.
Five houseplants met the criteria outlined in the study. These tough plants don’t mind low light (or long periods of no light!). Here are the most ridiculously easy to grow houseplant winners:
- Grasslike leaves atop a bare stem give ponytail palm delightfully dramatic and contemporary appearance. Very slow-growing, this plant is perfect for tabletops. It thrives in medium light and stores water in its thick trunk. Ponytail palms can survive for extended periods without water.
- Feathery, dark green leaves on top of a short stem give sago palm a texture-rich appearance. Often wider than it is tall, sago palm has a pronounced tropical appearance and is at home in all kinds of design styles thanks to its bevy of texture. Grow it in bright to low light and water it only when the top of the soil is dry to the touch, as it doesn’t tolerate wet soil.
- The dark green, glossy leaves of ZZ plant make some people mistake it for a plastic plant. The waxy leaves are not only part of the plant’s beauty, but they also contribute to its ease of growing. The leaves seal in moisture, making ZZ plant tolerant of dry conditions. Grow it in bright to low light and water it when the top of the soil is dry. ZZ plant is one of a few plants that doesn’t need natural light—it’ll thrive just fine under fluorescent lights. Do you have an interior office? ZZ plant is perfect for you.
- A decade-old favorite houseplant, the snake plant is especially popular today thanks to its bold, upright leaves that exude a modern vibe. Call on this slow-growing plant to add beauty and form to a tabletop or use a large plant to anchor the corner of a room. The snake plant grows well in all types of light and is not demanding when it comes to water. Water plants when the top inch of soil is dry to the touch.
- Sporting patterned leaves that are splashed or speckled with silver, gold, red, or cream, Chinese evergreen is at home in all decor styles. Young, small plants are perfect for desktops while larger plants are well-suited for growing on the floor. Exceptionally tolerant of low light, Chinese evergreen will even grow in areas with no natural light. Plants do just fine in offices with fluorescent lighting. Water Chinese evergreen when the soil is dry to the touch.
How do I grow these? Head to your local nursery and get the plants and care instructions.
I have grown all of these except the Chinese Evergreen. I personally can tell you they are ridiculously easy to grow houseplants. And are gorgeous to show off to guests, as well as those benefits I mentioned above-cleaning our air and the sheer beauty are all great reasons to head to your local nursery and grab these 5 ridiculously easy to grow houseplants. Depending on where you live, the amount of light and humidity, I recommend asking your local nursery for written instructions on how to care for these plants based on these conditions. Thank you to Better Homes and Gardens and Costa Farms for the valuable information.
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