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Green thumb? Not me. My mother has the most beautiful yard. My girlfriend has a landscaping company. Me? I have established perennials and a few half dead succulents. Every year I buy some hanging baskets and promptly kill them. That said, I really like the idea of having houseplants, so I thought I’d do some research. It turns out I’m not the only serial killer of all things green! The plants shown below are what I found in my searches. Some of them even act as little air purifiers! Who knew?!
Snake Plants – How cool are these? They enjoy low light and are drought tolerant, lol. Sounds like the first plant I found is my ideal plant.
Philodendron Monstera- Sounds scarier than it looks – Another drought tolerant plant with beautiful deep green leaves. I am catching on to the key to houseplant survival: drought tolerant.
Dracaena Green Stripe Compacta- The description of this lovely striped houseplants states this plant “prefers infrequent watering.” So many perfect plants, I wish I’d thought to do some research years ago!
Aloe Vera Hedgehog- Ironically, I texted Hubby yesterday to ask if I could get a hedgehog. (I agreed to run pets past him prior to obtaining them after picking out Surprise Puppy a few years ago.) Not surprisingly, he said no. This plant is probably a good alternative to my whim.
It is a succulent, so low water requirements, and it supposedly grows beautiful coral colored flowers.
Aloe Vera- The standard variety of aloe vera is dual purpose, being decorative and also producing skin-saving properties to help with burns and cuts. These seem a little more persnickety as they prefer bright light and only like to dry out a little bit between watering. This is a “pass” for me, but if you haven’t historically killed every. single. houseplant. you’ve owned, it might be for you….
Spider Plants- Another promising description: These plants do well with minimal care. Sounds good to me! They also develop shoots, so if you don’t kill it, you can replant the shoots and give them to others who struggle keeping plants alive.
Ponytail Palm- This is a fun one! To quote the listing description, “As long as you don’t overwater it, the plant is virtually indestructible.” Challenge accepted.
Rubber Plant- These plants have lovely, large, dark green leaves and can grow to 8′ tall, assuming you don’t kill them in their early years. They prefer to be watered 1-2 times per week in the summer and 1-2 times per month in the winter. With fewer than 50 waterings a year, if you have the space, the Rubber Plant may work for you!
Silver Satin Pothos- What a pretty plant! Great for beginners, these plants prefer indirect light and not a lot of water.
Aglaonema Silver Bay Chinese Evergreen- I am really liking these grey & green leaves! This aglaonema requires little to no maintenance, making it my kind of houseplant!
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Happy indoor gardening! (And good luck!)