Easy plants to grow: Indoors vs outdoors
We’ve all seen the idyllic images in magazines and on social media: floor plants flourishing in perfectly manicured apartments, fronds trailing stylishly down bookshelves. So why don’t our homes look like that? For most people, the main stumbling block is knowing where to start and, most importantly, which plants to select. In this blog post we’ll identify some of the easiest plants to take care of so you can get started on your journey to plant parenthood, pronto.
Those lucky enough to have a garden, and the time to devote to it, know that plants and flowers provide endless opportunities for adding colour and foliage. Gardening is hard work but infinitely rewarding, especially for people with green thumbs. However many of us live in apartments without access to outdoor space yet we want to bring nature indoors. Or we would simply love to add more greenery to our interiors. And many of us are aware that plants are also beneficial not just in our homes but in our workspaces too. They have been proven to increase a sense of wellbeing and levels of productivity.
What is an easy to care for indoor plant?
The simple rule to identify the easiest houseplants is to ensure they don’t need to be watered too frequently or fed with special nutrients. They should also have the ability to flourish in warmer indoor conditions.
How to cultivate easy indoor plants
The best tip for growing easy indoor plants is to choose carefully. Find the plants that need the least effort on your part and you can more or less sit back and watch your indoor garden grow.
Some easy plants to grow
The following list is a good selection of easy care plants to choose from:
Aloe Vera is both a popular house plant increasingly known for its health-giving qualities. Among other properties, aloe vera is good for heartburn, relieves sunburn, and helps heal wounds. It doesn’t require much attention and some people say they thrive on neglect.
The Cactus plant grows easily and comes in a variety of shapes and colors. There is no problem with growing them indoors, but you should place your cacti where they will receive plenty of sunlight – between four and six hours a day.
Chinese evergreens, originally from Asia and New Guinea, do not enjoy direct sunlight, although they can tolerate neon light. They are highly ornamental and easy to grow. They also act as an efficient air purifier.
The Chinese Money Plant is easy to care for and attractive; it could also bring fortune in its path. Feng-Shui experts claim that the owner of such a plant will find good luck and money heading their way. The money plant prefers bright light (although indirect) and to be watered weekly.
Peace lilies, also known as closet plants, are frequently found in many homes and offices. They come from the Americas and Southeast Asian forests and need both sunlight and moist soil. Peace lilies should not be overwatered and should be kept out of draughts; keep them at a temperature of 70°F (21°C)
The Snake Plant, also known as Mother-in-law’s tongue is a succulent with thick waxy leaves. This plant has become a trendy addition to modern office spaces. They have an unusual look – with yellow tipped leaves and the ability to grow flowers.
Spider Plants are an old favourite and are extremely popular as a houseplant. They will survive even if conditions aren’t entirely ideal but flourish best in semi-tropical conditions. They look great hanging down from a height and have the added advantage of keeping the air lovely and fresh.
Succulents are considered easy indoor plants to grow because they are true survivors. Unlike many other plants, dry air is not a problem for them. Because the plants are thick and fleshy, they manage to retain water in arid conditions. Go for samples with a pleasing shape and plenty of foliage.
The ZZ plant (or the less pronounceable Zamioculcas Zamiifolia) originates in Africa, where it grows profusely even in drought conditions. It’s a great plant to grow because you can neglect it, forget to water it, and leave it in low light. However, it can be poisonous if consumed so best to keep pets and children at a distance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the easiest plants to take care of?
Succulents would always be a strong recommendation because of their indifference to dry air.
Which plant is the easiest to take care of?
The Hedgehog Aloe plant – part of the Aloe Vera “family”– seeks out sunshine and can even be kept outside during the summer. This low-maintenance plant saves time and effort because it requires very little water.
What is the best plant for beginners?
As well as the plants we have mentioned, why not try the Heartleaf Philodendron? This plant is easy to grow, doesn’t need too much light, and doesn’t need watering until the soil around it has gone dry.
What is the growing season for most house plants?
In plant nurseries, plants start growing in the early spring, becoming ready for sale to the public in the early summer. In the winter, plants tend to rest and live on stored food until spring.
When every plant is easy to grow:
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