Not everyone has a natural green thumb, but there are plenty of hardy houseplants that can come to the rescue if you want to inject some greenery into your home.
Don’t be fooled by their delicate appearance, these plants are more durable than you might think; some can even withstand serious negligence.
Terry Smithson, biodiversity manager and ecologist at landscaping company BioScapes, thinks easy houseplants can not only brighten up your home, but also lift your spirit and mood.
He said Newsweek“Being surrounded by nature increases concentration levels, reduces stress, and improves sleep and happiness.
“These plants also provide other benefits ranging from air-purifying to skin-soothing.”
Read on for some great suggestions for bringing plants into the house to refresh your indoor space.
According to Baby Bio, the spider plant is a low-maintenance way to brighten up your interiors because “it doesn’t need a lot of watering or sunlight to thrive, making it perfect for just about anywhere in the house and ideal for beginners or busy plant parents.
A spokesperson for the plant food company added: “Spider plants are also non-toxic to pets, so you don’t have to worry about placing them out of reach of curious cats or dogs. .
“Its long, succulent variegated leaves cascade down the side of its pot and are beautiful when hung from the ceiling or placed in raised pots.
“This not only creates an attractive addition to your interiors, but also prevents the leaves from being damaged or becoming so heavy that they topple the pot.”
Since spider plants can survive in lower light levels, the bathroom or hallway is a great place to set one up.
The food will help the plant develop stronger roots and encourage even more growth, as well as lots of plant “pups”.
Susanne Lux, spokesperson for Pelargoniums for Europe, praises the merits of these award-winning flowers. She said Newsweek: “Pelargoniums make lovely decorative houseplants or cut flowers and are especially good where you want to achieve a romantic, bohemian or vintage look.
“They will bloom profusely and continuously from spring through fall in a wide range of colors and shapes that can bring a welcome splash of color to an otherwise dull corner of the room.
“You can also coordinate specific varieties with existing decor and accessories for a nice spring-summer boost to your interior.”
The plants are “undemanding of their owners,” Lux added, “tolerating high heat and temporary drought if you go away and forget to water them for a while. water, so make sure they are in a pot that has drainage holes.”
Horticulturist Zach Morgan of Fantastic Services says this succulent prefers bright light, “so you can just let it sit on the windowsill and soak up the rays.”
He said Newsweek: “The paddle plant also prefers to be drier, so it’s totally fine if you only remember to water it once in a while. The plant thrives best in medium humidity levels and room temperature average.
“Twist the pot a quarter turn every now and then to get a good amount of light on either side. Although it can tolerate low light levels, its leaves may wilt after a while. “
Samantha Jones, gardening expert at MyJobQuote, describes snake plants as “one of the easiest indoor plants to live with.”
She said Newsweek: “They need very little attention and only a brief watering once a week – and they will survive longer without water if you forget about it. Choose a species with lots of variegation to add bright patterns to your interior.”
According to Wren Kitchens, this striking green, soft plant not only looks great on your windowsill, it also has anti-inflammatory properties.
A spokesperson said Newsweek: Pinch a leaf and squeeze the gel substance on any burns you have, and it will soothe them while speeding up the healing process. Perfect for any oven accident!
“It’s a lover of bright light, so place it near a window and be sure to let it dry out before watering.”
Pothos is “virtually impossible to kill,” says Baby Bio’s spokesperson, thanks to its ability to thrive in even the darkest rooms.
They added: “It also tolerates both underwatering and overwatering, making it the perfect plant for forgetful plant parents or overenthusiastic waterers.
“When left to grow naturally it creates a dramatic trailing effect perfect for a shelf or bookcase, or it can be trained to grow moss poles. It is also very easy to propagate simply by cutting a cutting under a knot and leaving to root in water for a few weeks.
“Make sure its leaves are wiped down regularly with warm water and a cloth to remove any dust buildup, as this will further promote growth.”
Geraniums aren’t just for gardens. Lux suggests their vibrant blooms can make sunrooms and other bright indoor spaces shine, long before bedding and balcony plant season begins.
She added: “Other varieties of geranium, such as the ornamental butterfly geranium, will also thrive in a bright location indoors if properly cared for. In the long run, however, they will do best in a sunny to semi-shady location outdoors. “
Morgan advises plant parents to place the pearl necklace “in a bright place, but not in direct sunlight and watch it go down.”
He added: “Water it every one to two weeks and let its soil dry out completely between each watering.
“Make sure there is enough space for the plant to spread out. The pearl necklace enjoys an average room temperature, but does not do well when placed in areas with strong currents. air or lower temperatures. It will thrive in almost any standard household environment.”
Cissus disolor is sometimes known as rex or ivy begonia, even though it is not a begonia or ivy. It’s “fabulous for brightening up your home,” according to Jones.
She said: “Its green and white heart-shaped patterned leaves have brown undersides which make it very attractive. All you need to do is water it every one to two weeks and it will stay happy in dry soil for a while. some time.
“The type of compost you use isn’t fussy, and it can be grown around a cane or just left lying around from a hanging flowerpot.”