For novice gardeners there is nothing more discouraging than buying an attractive looking plant only for it to wither and die within a few days of bringing it home. The houseplants on this list are all low maintenance and so will forgive and forget if you miss a weekly watering. Being low maintenance does not mean that they are boring plants. On the contrary there are some impressive specimens as you see from the photo above. These ten high-impact houseplants are described in an article by Lauren Dunec Hoang which comes from the Houzz website.
If you?re a beginning gardener or haven?t had much luck keeping houseplants alive in the past, bookmark this list. These 10 foolproof plants will boost your indoor-gardening confidence with their forgiving growing habits and stylish forms and foliage. We have the usual easy-care suspects ? looking at you, air plants and succulents ? as well as varieties you may have seen in the nursery but have never grown before.First Take a Look Around
Before you purchase a new houseplant, evaluate your interior space for light exposure and temperature. Scout out spots that receive direct sunlight, those that receive bright, indirect sunlight (a favorite exposure of many houseplants) and spots with little sunlight. See what size of plant (small, medium or large) and form (upright, loose filler or trailer) would work best in each space. Locate your heating units and plan to keep plants away from these areas.
1. Staghorn Fern
(Platycerium bifurcatum)Think of staghorn ferns, also called elkhorn ferns, as the antlers of the plant kingdom. These epiphytes, also known as air plants, need no soil to grow and will thrive mounted to a wood block with some sphagnum moss. They?re great for filling blank spaces on walls or bookshelves where they receive bright, filtered light. Grow a single fern or mount a trio side by side for more impact.Care tips: Mount the fern to a wood block on a wall with bright, indirect light. Submerge it (wood block and all) for a few minutes weekly in water, and mist every few days.2. Split-Leaf Philodendron
(Monstera deliciosa)Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, this decorative vine has dinner-plate-sized glossy leaves riddled with splits and holes. Use this large-scale beauty to add tropical drama to any room with moderate to bright light. Split-leaf philodendrons thrive in moist environments such as steamy bathrooms.
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