Generally, people have a hard time keeping houseplants alive. A few, though, seem to have been born with a talent for growing things. It can be a very difficult task to grow plants indoors. If you’ve tried this and failed, you’d know just how real the difficulty is. In any case, don’t be dismayed; you can always try again. Houseplants offer a wide range of benefits, from cleaner air to natural beauty. Not all plants, though, require much attention; in fact, some plants are surprisingly hard to kill. If you want to get your place a sturdy houseplant, whether you’ve killed plants in the past or are shopping for your very first one, there are three that top every homebody gardener’s list.
If one were to come up with a list of the hardest plants to kill while being both useful and attractive, topping that list would be the aloe vera plant. The fluid inside aloe vera leaves can work as a natural skin moisturizer, making it very useful. It also helps heal sunburn and minor cuts. Aloe vera is a succulent, which means that it needs very little water to grow. Even with very minimal care, the aloe vera will flourish on its own.
When growing aloe vera plants, never overlook their need for bright but indirect sunlight. Remember to keep them away from sunny windowsills. It is a good idea, however, to keep your plant safely tucked away in designated areas out of your pet’s reach, since aloe vera is toxic for animals. Lastly, if you plan to use the leaves, be careful not to remove more than a third of the plant at one time. Aloe vera is a very durable plant, but cutting too much away could still spell trouble for this hardy species.
If you’re a houseplant lover but have killed more than a few houseplants over the years, another option could be lucky bamboo. Bamboo grows well in bright light, but can also easily tolerate low light conditions. Don’t hesitate to add more water to your bamboo if you think it’s needed, especially because bamboo is first grown directly in water. Bamboo can also be trained in beautiful bends and spiral shapes, making it an appealing addition to any room.
Keep your lucky bamboo healthy and active by planting it in the soil after the roots are fully developed. Since lucky bamboo grows best when it’s allowed to dry out between watering, do so once you’ve let it settled into good soil. Noticing your lucky bamboo slowly wilting? No worries. A little water will usually bring it right back to life.
As the name implies, the cast iron plant can survive even under poor conditions. This hard-to-kill house plant has a reputation for enduring hardiness and actually prefers low light. Cast-iron plants are known to flower indoors. It can survive long periods without water, making it easier for preoccupied houseplant owners to keep it alive. The leaves of this plant are long and pointed, like a sword, making it a visually appealing addition to your home.
These durable plants are a brilliant choice for just about any home. If you are houseplant-challenged or new to houseplant ownership, obtaining one of these plants may be the key to your green thumb success.
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