Since the beginning of the spring lockdown I’ve been looking after quite a few house plants that I bought as a living room interior update, but I fell in love with them, so I wanted to get some more. I then created a little plant corner with upcycled bits and pieces as plant baskets and pots. I’ve done a little bit of research on what are the really fool-proof plants for a beginner house plant hoarders and bought those. Since I have been looking after them for a few month now – and none of them died – I’m sharing my list of easy to care for house plants with you.
So when I’m looking after them, what I really mean is water them once or twice a week and wash the leaves once or twice a month. That’s all I can manage, but these plants seem to be happy and content.
1 Spider Plant
Easy to grow houseplants as well as being straightforward (one of the easiest really) plants to care for. It’s also cheap for it’s so easy to propagate: a baby plant from the mother plant will often root with a very high success rate.
2 Peace Lily
I have a Peace Lilly in the bathroom where hardly any natural light reaches this little beauty., especially in the winter months. Yet, it keeps going with once a week watering. Even if I forget to water it and it starts to look droopy (yeah, I’m that BAD plant parent) after a big drink of water it magically springs back to life. They like the humidity and warmness of the bathroom.
3 Rubber Plant
This is an ideal plant for beginners. It has beautiful, glossy, leathery leaves – they need to be wiped down with a damp cloth every now and then, other than that, it just needs some water and light. Keep them away from sudden temperature. drops though. The plus side of this plant that it grows tall so with time it will become a true apart a statement plant. It’s also a cheap plant.
Orchids have hundreds of varieties. I have about 4 supermarket bought orchids and they were actually the very first plants I ever bought for our home, about 7 years ago. They are indestructible. Ours still live in the same plastic pot with literally no soil left in them and these amazing plants are keep going!
5 ZZ Plant
ZZ Plants are fairly newly cultivated, they have attractive, dark green leaves. they are drought tolerant, and accepts low-light conditions. Its waxy, smooth leaves reflect sunlight and brighten rooms. They grow slowly.
6 Parlor Palm
It’s a very common house plant, With these all you have to do is give them water occasionally and keep them out of the cold and away from drafts. It grows very slowly and thrives in low light and cramped space. It’s also an excellent air purifier.
7 Swiss Cheese Plant
My favourite house plant – it is also a statement sized plant! It is fairly easy to care for and maintain. It’s known for its lush green, heart shaped and glossy leaves. It can go into a great size. To grow the Swiss Cheese Plant tall, it will have to be trained, which is fairly easy when using a moss stick. (In the wild this plant grows by climbing.)
8 Wax Plant
Another popular houseplant, for the same reason. Mine has not flowered yet in the past 6 months, but normally have clusters of star-shaped flowers when it does, It’s called wax plant for its waxy-looking leaves. It survives with only the bare minimum of care, likes light though – mine sits in the kitchen window sill.
9 Cactuses and succulents
These are a no brainer for beginners – also very “fashionable” or living their revival. (Is that a thing at all?) There is an abundance of varieties of both and they need very little care. They are great for terrariums or as stand alone feature plants.