If you don’t have a green thumb and plants seem to wilt when you glance in their general direction, then this is the list for you. Whether you tend to forget that they’re there (that twig in a pot was once a flower, you know) or kill them with too much love, we promise that there is a plant out there that is right for you.
Simply breaking up with a high-maintenance plant and opting for a retro-tastic spider plant or trendy Swiss cheese plant could even lead to a new passion. Plus, plants help to make your space a bit more cheery and serve as a great backdrop to your Instagram shots.
千亿体育官网If you’re thinking about branching out and adding some new greenery to your life, we have some suggestions for the best indoor plants that basically thrive on neglect. We spoke to , Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, to get her input on which greenery would make the best plant pets.
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All you have to do is keep it well watered in the summer, then scale back its moisture in the winter. Misting the leaves every so often to increase humidity and keeping it above 7°C will ensure a happy plant and all you have to do is repot it if it thrives a bit too much.
“The fast-growing shoots actually produce little ‘babies’ which you can propagate giving you more spider plants to share with friends, says Kirsty Wilson, Herbaceous Supervisor at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
It’s an impressive plant with its large, glossy, heart-shaped leaves, which develop their distinctive perforations as they mature. The plant likes a bright position in the home — but not direct sun — as well as damp soil, but not too wet, so go easy with that watering can.
Monstera comes from tropical rainforests where its roots help it climb into the tree canopy, so if you want yours to be a prime specimen, “gently push the aerial roots into a moss-covered pole,” Wilson says. And don’t forget to show off its progress on Insta, obviously.
A snake plant needs a big pot because it’s a fast grower, likes a light spot shaded from the sun, and loves a bit of central heating.
“This plant is originally from the desert so don’t give loads of water — allow the soil to dry out thoroughly between waterings,” Wilson says. “Better too little water than too much.”
plants are popular on Instagram and look great in a macramé hanging basket. The plant itself is fast growing but you can easily trim it back if it becomes too straggly to make it look good on a perfectly curated shelf.
String of hearts love to be in bright light (but out of the direct sun) and away from drafts. Wilson says: “String of hearts is extremely easy to look after and very tolerant of neglect, but give it too much water and kiss it goodbye.”
“It’s a quirky looking plant referred to by some as a friendship plant because it propagates so easily and quickly,” Wilson explains. The little plant will keep growing coins if it’s kept out of strong sunlight and drafts, and isn’t left sitting in water. So the best way to keep it alive is to let the soil dry out between waterings. Unlike with saving money, less is more here.
To propagate the babies, use a clean, sharp knife to cut out the offshoots, then pot in clean, moist soil. It should take root within a few days.
As well as being pretty, the plant filters toxins from the air, so why not pop one on your desk and takes some deep breaths? Peace lily likes a bright spot (but not in full sun) as well as warmer rooms.
A plant spray or mild shower will make the peace lily think it’s back in the rainforest and you should remove wilted flowers to encourage the plant to bloom for longer. It’s definitely a pretty pick.