Not everyone is blessed with green fingers ... and that's perfectly okay! With a variety of low-maintenance houseplants available, even those who struggle to keep them alive can experience the beauty and health benefits of indoor greenery.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria):
Snake plants are ideal for beginners and those who don't have time to tend to their plants. They are incredibly resilient and can thrive in low light conditions. They are also known for their air-purifying properties, removing toxins and improving indoor air quality. Added to that they require minimal watering and can tolerate neglect. Perfect!
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia):
Another robust and low-maintenance option that can tolerate a range of light conditions. Its glossy, dark green leaves add a touch of elegance to any room. They store water in their rhizomes, enabling them to withstand periods of drought. Watering them sparingly and allowing the soil to dry between waterings is the key to keeping them happy.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum):
Also known as Devil's Ivy, this a popular choice for novices. This trailing vine is hardy and forgiving, thriving in various light conditions. It is an excellent choice for hanging or placing on high shelves, allowing its long vines to cascade. It requires infrequent watering, and its heart-shaped leaves add a touch of greenery to any space.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum):
A classic indoor plant that is both attractive and easy to care for. It produces "pups" or babies, making it an excellent option for propagating. They prefer indirect light and can tolerate occasional neglect. Regular watering and occasional misting are sufficient to keep them happy.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum):
A beautiful flowering plant known for its elegant white blooms. It can thrive in low light conditions and prefers to be slightly underwatered rather than overwatered. They are also effective in purifying the air, removing common indoor pollutants.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema):
Known for their attractive foliage and ability to tolerate low light. They come in various leaf patterns and colours, adding visual interest to your living space. They prefer to dry out between waterings, making them suitable who forget this weekly ritual.
Inch Plant (Tradescantia zebrina): Easy to care for with colourful foliage of silver, purple and green. This trailer in bright to medium light conditions. To maintain the most striking contrast of vivid colours give it bright diffused light.
You can read more about how greenery has the power to positively impact your physical and mental wellbeing in my blog post here.
Be aware that many house plants can be toxic to pets, so do check before buying.