Eight Easy to Grow Indoor House Plants
Indoor house plants not only provide restful niches of greenery, but they also alter the air in the house to one of a better quality. Even if you are not blessed with the proverbial green thumb, you can still grow some types of house plants which can withstand some abuse, like forgetting to water them, without too much damage being done.
This is a short list of some low maintenance house plants and their minimal requirements.
1. Aloe Vera
The aloe is well known for its thick succulent leaves which when broken, release a gel that works wonder with burns and insect bites. It thrives best in bright light and can go for about 3 weeks without any watering. It flourishes well in all kinds of soil and tends to grow very big; sections of it may then be transplanted to another pot.
2. Christmas Cactus
This type of cactus has no thorns or other prickly element. Just like the aloe it can go for 2 to 3 weeks without watering and flourishes best in moderate to bright light.
3. Wax Plant
This is a climber and makes a good hanging basket plant if supported with a trellis to climb on. It thrives best in temperatures of around 50 to 70 degree F, medium humidity, full sunlight and a good soil that drains well. As regards watering, the soil has to be drenched and then barely moist when watered again. Wax plants are poisonous if ingested so keep away from small children.
4. Snake Plant
Popularly known as Mother-in-Law’s tongue, this plant requires low to moderate amounts of water, and medium sunlight. It will thrive even if isn't watered for months on end.
5. Spider Plant
Like the snake plant this plant will survive and thrive anywhere and anyway, but it prefers to have not too much water and a minimum of sunlight. It is also a prolific plant, producing endless offshoots which can be repotted to grow into adult spider plants.
6. Peace Lily
This is another no problem plant, that will droop when it needs to be watered, so you can’t really go wrong. It only needs low to moderate sunlight.
This is a plant that you can grow in water, if you don’t like messing around with soil. It only needs, occasional refreshing of the water in the bowl in which it is housed, which will be preferably made of glass. There are many varieties and all require little sunlight because they will grow even in artificial light.
8. Wandering Jew
This is a plant which can be grown in moist soil or water; it is of a purple color and very popular.
There are endless other plants that are easy to grow in the house, and you can find hundreds of pictures and descriptions on the Internet. If you want to become more deeply informed, check out the many specialized books on house plants. Pick the plants you would would most enjoy caring for and living with and watch them flourish.