5 Indoor Plants That Are Hard to Kill
Do you love indoor plants, but have a hard time keeping them alive? Here are 5 indoor plants that are hard to kill. They are easy to care for and may even survive a little neglect.
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My mom has a beautiful yard full of gorgeous plants and colorful bushes. When I was a little girl she had a bookshelf full of books on plants and gardening. I’m pretty sure she knows everything there is to know about any kind of plant, bush, or tree. I’m sad to say that her green thumbness (is that even a word?) did not pass on to me. I can kill just about any plant there is.
If you are like me and have no green thumb, there might just be some hope for us! Today I’m going to discuss 5 indoor plants that are hard to kill. These plants are very easy to take care of and will even surprise you and survive some neglect.
5 Indoor Plants That Are Hard to Kill
We had an aloe plant when I was growing up (my mom still has one). That plant was the best thing in our house. Whenever we’d get a minor burn, we would just break off a piece of the aloe leaf, squeeze it a little until the juice came up to the top and then rub the gel right onto our burn. Immediate relief! Did you know that you can also take that leaf and seal it up in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator for a few days? Cold aloe gel feels even better on burns.
Aloe plants are members of the succulent family. They only need to be in a room with bright light, such as a kitchen near the window (where my mom keeps hers). Just remember to water them every two weeks or so.
2. Spider Plants
Spider Plants have long stems that have “babies” and flowers at the end, which go out all over the place! They just keep going and going, so you have to remove some of the “babies”. These plants only need to be watered when they’re almost dry, usually every 10-15 days. While they prefer bright light, lower light conditions also work well.
Another huge benefit to Spider Plants is that they clean the air around us. They actually take in the toxins that we don’t want to breathe in, essentially making them air purifiers. How cool is that?
3. English Ivy
I personally think this is one of the prettiest of the ivy plants. I love those older brick houses that have ivy creeping up the sides. They remind me of houses in fairy tales! English Ivy can also be grown indoors and looks beautiful on a windowsill or a shelf by a window. Or perhaps an indoor ivy wall!
English Ivy needs bright indirect light and moist soil. It needs to be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. Just like the Spider Plant, English Ivy is also an air-filtering plant. However, this plant is poisonous to cats and dogs. So if you have pets this might not be the plant for you.
Begonias are a very popular houseplant, mainly because of their large, beautiful blooms and and striking foliage. They should be placed somewhere where they will get bright, indirect sunlight and plenty of humidity. If they air in your house is dry, like mine gets in the winter, put your plant in a terrarium. A shallow tray filled with water and pebbles makes a gorgeous terrarium.
Begonias don’t like heavy watering, so the soil should be a bit dry before the next watering. Be careful! Begonias don’t like getting their leaves and stems wet. They are a bit of a diva.
The most popular Philodendron houseplant is the Heart-Leaf Philodendron. It is super easy to grow and care for and adapts well to almost any indoor setting. They will survive in low-light conditions, but will produce more leaves and grow faster in medium or bright, indirect light. Because of their tolerance to low-light they can easily survive on bookshelves or draping over a fireplace mantel.
Philodendrons should have moist, but not soggy soil, so good drainage is crucial. When the top inch of the soil becomes dry to the touch, it’s time for some more water.
Where to Buy Indoor Plants
Lowe’s and Walmart are my go-to places for indoor plants. Their plants are inexpensive and you can find indoor plants on clearance a lot. These plants look neglected, but with a little love and care you can easily nurse them back to health. I love going to a nursery to look at all the beautiful plants they have, but sometimes they can be pricey and I don’t want to spend that much money on something I might kill.
I personally love having plants indoors. It’s like bringing the outside in! And it’s so helpful that there are plants out there that are hard to kill. I need all the help I can get when it comes to plants!
Do you have any indoor plants? What is your favorite plant to have inside?
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