Beginners guide to low-maintenance house plants

If like me, you’re wanting to fill your home full of beautiful plants to liven up the space but are scared you might not be as green-thumbed as you think, have no fear! Here’s five of the best low-maintenance plants that can thrive in any environment.

Devil’s Ivy (Pothos Epipremnum)

Don’t be fooled, this plant is far from hell to look after. Devil’s Ivy is definitely the top choice of plant for those of us who weren’t born with the gardening gene. You can place this plant just about anywhere, second to a succulent in terms of toughness. Just make sure you remember to water it when the top few inches of soil start to feel dry, and when it starts to flourish, propagate new plants by trimming off established leaves and leaving the stems in water until new roots form!

Mother in Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)

A plant perfect for mid-to low light areas, and popular café décor, the tall, thin, succulent leaves can grow between 50cm – 120cm tall. You don’t need to worry too much about under-or over-watering these guys but they do prefer to have soil that’s a little more on the dry side in winter.

Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica ‘rubra’)

Tipped to take over the Fiddle Leaf Fig as the trendiest of all house plants, with its dark green and burgundy hues, this specimen will grow as big as you let it. Want it to tower over your couch from the corner? Get a big pot. Want it to look cute on your plant shelf? Opt for a compact pot size. They prefer a well-lit room but keep it away from extended direct sunlight and make sure the soil stays moist.

Polka Dot Plant (Hypoestes Phyllostachya)

Available in pink, red or white to suit your aesthetics the hypoestes basically looks after itself. It can grow in any type of light (but its colour usually thrives best without direct sunlight). You should water the plant just enough to keep the soil moist.

Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

This plant needs room to grow – initially dense and bushy, it will start to stretch out over time spreading its leaves. Simply trim back the vining branches if you’d prefer to keep the plant compact. The Monstera loves humidity and will thrive in your bathroom or laundry, but a quick hack is to regularly mist the plant leaves. Make sure you let the top few inches of soil dry out before watering this plant to avoid over-watering.

Now that you know some plants to look out for, get out there and embrace the inner-green thumb you’ve always wanted!

Written by Alannah Andreini

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