Who doesn’t love indoor plants, especially during the colder months? This guest post by Ann Sanders of A Green Hand mentions five easy indoor plants that are great to enjoy in your home.
As long as you can water, you can grow these easy indoor plants. These five super easy plants tolerate low light, don’t require a lot of water or fertilizer, and don’t have a lot of pest problems. In fact, these houseplants are so easy that you will have to actually try to kill them!
Having indoor plants in your home is not only green, it’s healthy. Plants take in carbon dioxide and let off oxygen. They help clean the air so that you can breathe easier. By sitting plants on pebble filled trays with water, you can humidify your home in the winter, which will make you less susceptible to colds and flu.
Pothos, or Devil’s Ivy, is the easiest plant ever for low light environments. Its attractive variegated foliage adds interest to any decor. Pothos is usually found growing on totems or in baskets. It roots easily in water, so if it gets too long, you can simply cut it back, and make more plants.
Philodendrons are native to tropical forests, so they are especially wonderful in low light. Heart leaf philodendron is one of the easiest indoor plants to grow, and like pothos, easily roots in water. Sizes and leaf shapes of different varieties can vary greatly.
Ficus tree leaves can take many shapes and forms, from those with long, thin leaves to the varieties with huge leaves. Ficus don’t like to be moved, so they may drop leaves when you first bring them home, but they will recover quickly. They need bright, indirect light, so putting them near a window is a good idea. The worst thing you can do to a ficus is to overwater it, which causes massive leaf drop and can cause root rot and death.
Dracaena is a large family of plants that range from trees to dish garden sized plants. Many dracaenas have lovely, variegated leaves. Corn plants are one of the most popular Dracaenas, as they tolerate being stuck into a corner with little or no light. You do need to dust their leaves from time to time, and they don’t like chlorine, so you will need to let your water sit out overnight before you water them.
Sansevieria, also called Snake Plant or Mother-in-law’s Tongue plant, is very striking with its upright, swordlike leaves. This plant will very quickly fill a large pot, and makes an stunning specimen plant. Snake Plants come in all sizes and shapes, including some variegated varieties. They can go for long periods without water, and prefer being watered well, but infrequently.
If you’re new to indoor plants, or have never had luck with them before, try a couple of these and see how you do. You may actually find indoor plants aren’t as difficult as they seem.
Do you have any of these indoor plants or are you planning on adding these to your home? Let me know in the comments section below!