To dull the winter pains of not being able to garden, you might want to consider purchasing a few houseplants to keep you occupied in the cold and dreary weather. Though some houseplants are notoriously hard to keep, there are 3 that are fairly hardy and even quite easy for beginners. There are many benefits to owning houseplants such as cleaner air, lower background noise from loud roads, and increase humidity assisting in the healing of dry skin. Today we will talk about 3 of the easiest houseplants to keep.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
The Pothos is considered to be a perfect starter houseplant. They survive well in lower light and can grow in soil or water. The fronds make wonderful gifts because they are extremely easy to grow. You can buy 3 colors of Pothos.
Marble Queen: This white-variegated variety grows very slowly.
Golden: Leaves and stems of this variety have a yellow hue.
Tricolor: This variety is mottled with or yellow, cream, and pale green but is harder to find.
Pothos is poisonous if ingested so keep curious pets and children away!
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
These interesting plants do well in bright to medium lighting. The room should be kept between 60 and 75 degrees. They prefer relatively dry soil so you can wait between waterings. These plants often sprout white flowers on their “spiderettes“. They are very easy to grow.
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Succulents are all the rage right now and Jade Plants are one of the easiest types of plants to grow. You can keep the Jade Plant drier but it must be kept in bright light. These plants last a very long time, as much as 20 years! You should fertilize the Jade Plant every 6 months when you water it.
What’s nice about interior plants is they will show you when they are unhappy. Water infrequently as root rot is a very common problem with house plants. In the winter when it’s dry I will sometimes give my plants a shower. Go ahead put them in the shower and with cool lukewarm water let it fall! Don’t overdo it. They love the feel of the water on their leaves which they get infrequently. Be careful not to wash out the soil.
And finally, make sure they have adequate space for roots. They do need to be repotted once in a while when they outgrow their pots. This is something we do in the late winter so let us know if you would like some help with that.
As an add-on. Get yourself some amaryllis or paperwhite bulbs. You can order some kits online that have everything you need. Simply follow the instructions and soon you will have flowers indoors!
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