Seven Houseplants for the Brown Thumb
Do you, or someone in your life, have a hard time keeping houseplants alive? Not to worry. These hardy houseplants are forgiving for even the most die-hard brown thumb.
The healing properties of aloe are well-know, andthe plant's easy-to-care-for style makes it ideal for any home. While aloe does like to be put in a sunny window, it prefers dry soils and does very well for people who forget to water.
The Jade plant is a succulent with interesting leaves and branches. Slow growing, it has an extremely long life span for a houseplant, so don’t be surprised if you have the same plant for the next 20 years. Just stick in a sunny window and since it likes dry soil, water it whenever you remember.
There is a reason that spider plants are one of the most popular houseplants out there. They can act as either potted or hanging plants, and they produce baby plants to replace themselves if the main plant doesn’t make it. Make it they often do, tolerating over or under watering and bright to medium lighting conditions.
If there is one plant that actually seems to thrive on neglect, the snake plant has got to be it. Stick it in a dark corner, and it practically takes care of itself, which is kind of scary, when you think about it.
Peace Lilly Plant
The pretty peace lilly is unique because it will produce flowers even if its owners don’t provide it with bright light. Having this plant in the home has the added benefit of improved air quality.
This bamboo plant looks great and works well in dim light. Inexpensive and adaptable, it doesn’t seem to mind overwatering as long as it has good drainage.
If you turn down your heat while you are away, opt of the easy English Ivy plant, which can tolerate temperatures of low as 50 degrees without a fuss. This pretty ivy will grow quickly, trailing down furniture for a nice effect, and new plants can be started from cuttings.