While a good number of people have a hard time keeping houseplants alive, there are quite a few who are born with a talent for growing things. Have you ever tried and failed at growing plants indoors? If so, you’d know full well that the task is anything but easy. But don’t give up, keep trying until you succeed. Houseplants offer a wide range of benefits, from cleaner air to natural beauty. One good feature of a number of these houseplants is that they 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.
Not all plants make it to the list of the hardest plants to kill while being both useful and attractive. One, however, sits at the top: the aloe vera plant. The fluid inside aloe vera leaves can be applied as a natural skin moisturizer. 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 forget that they need bright but indirect sunlight; so, 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. Finally, 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.
For houseplant lovers who have killed more than a few houseplants over the years, lucky bamboo might be a good alternative. Bamboo grows well in bright light but can also easily tolerate low light conditions. Because bamboo is first grown directly in water, it’s obvious when more water is necessary. Bamboo can also be trained in beautiful bends and spiral shapes, making it an appealing addition to any room.
Once the lucky bamboo is ready, you will need to plant it in the soil after the roots are fully developed, to ensure it lives long. After you transfer it to good soil, allow the lucky bamboo to grow best by drying it out between watering. What happens if the bamboo starts to wilt? A little water will do the trick — it usually brings it right back to life.
As the name reveals, 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 regularly flower indoors. It can survive long periods without water, making the task of keeping it alive a lot easier for forgetful houseplant owners. The leaves of this plant are long and pointed, like a sword, making it a visually appealing addition to your already elegant house.
These durable plants are a good option for just about any house. Perhaps you’re part of the majority of us who are houseplant-challenged or new to houseplant ownership; consider getting yourself one of these plants. They just might be the key to your green thumb success.
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