For homeowners who do not have that magical green thumb caring for houseplants can be something of a nightmare. If you are constantly worried that you may be doing the wrong thing, then you probably are. But there is a simple answer. Choose plants from this list and they should thrive despite your best efforts. The list has been compiled by Meredith Skyer and is from the Craftsy Blog.
Don?t worry, gardening doesn?t come easy to everyone. If you?ve managed to kill every plant that has crossed your path, this post is for you.
Black-thumbed gardeners, rejoice! You can once again enjoy the act of growing plants without the heartache of killing them.
There are plenty of low-maintenance houseplants out there that will tolerate a fair bit of abuse from their caregiver. The following plants are understanding of your not-so-green thumbs, and some of them will even thrive through neglect and forgetfulness. Read on to find out which 10 plants are the most low-maintenance and difficult to kill.
1. Christmas Cactus
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The Christmas cactus loves bright but indirect light, although it can thrive in low light spots as well. It only needs to be watered when the soil has dried out. Under the right light conditions it will develop bright showy flowers around Thanksgiving and Christmas time, which is exactly where it got its name.
Gollum Jade houseplant via Meredith Skyer
Jade is the perfect plant for black-thumbed gardeners. It loves to be ignored and thrives in dry conditions. Forgetting to water this plant for a few weeks won?t hurt it at all. In fact, like most other succulents, it will appreciated being watered only when the soil is completely dry. Jade can thrive in moderate light conditions and only need to be re-potted every few years, making it a great low-maintenance plant.
Aloe is not only a beautiful and interesting plant for your home, it?s useful too. The leaves of the aloe plant can be squeezed and the resulting juice works wonders to heal cuts and burns. Like jade, Aloe thrives in dry conditions and doesn?t need frequent watering or feeding. Aloe loves bright light and can also be moved outside in the summertime, when it grows the most. Aloe goes dormant in winter and needs even less care.
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These beautiful houseplants enjoy moderate light and smaller pots. It likes the roots to be slightly cramped, so doesn?t need to be re-potted as often as other houseplants. Keep the soil moist, but don?t water too frequently to avoid root rot. Cut back on watering and feeding when the plant goes dormant in the winter.
See the other six at Craftsy
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