Six Easy-To-Grow Houseplants That Make You Look Like a Pro Gardener

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With everything happening in the world today, many people have turned to houseplants for distraction, relaxation, and even companionship. Houseplants purify the air, reduce stress, and spruce up their surroundings. What’s not to like?

For all their benefits, houseplants can be the bane of your existence if you don’t know how to care for them. If you’re just beginning your journey into houseplant parenthood, or you’d like to add a few less fussy babies to your brood, here are the top six easiest houseplants to grow.

Succulents

There are so many varieties of succulents it would take years of study to know them all. Fortunately, it takes only a few minutes a week to care for these beauties. These desert plants with thick, heavy leaves need little water and even less attention. All they need is a brightly lit window and good drainage to stay happy and healthy for years.

Succulents such as aloe, agave, and cacti are popular choices for new plant parents and anyone who wants to add a bit of greenery to their home without the worry of constant care.

  • Bright Light
  • Well Drained Soil
  • Little Water

Snake Plant

Snake plants are also called Mother-in-law’s tongue. According to folklore, the name refers to the long, sharp leaves, and this plant’s ability to stick around for a long time. These plants prefer low light and little water. Watering more than once or twice every few months will encourage rot.

The variegated forms of this plant can be harder to keep alive and require more light hours, so choose one that is one color.

  • Little Water
  • Low Light
  • Loose Soil

Peace Lily

Peace lilies are popular with plant parents for their large, unusual flowers. They thrive in humid environments but are easy to grow in any indoor spot without cool drafts blowing through. Consistently moist soil and a warm, moderately sunny window will keep a peace lily happy until warmer outdoor temperatures arrive.

Misting the leaves is a special treat for this lovely plant and its striking white blooms. Try it about once a month to keep it growing and healthy.

  • Humid Environment
  • Moist Soil
  • Moderate Light

Pothos

If you’re unsure how green your thumb is, a pothos is the best houseplant to start with. They grow long, trailing vines of up to 12 feet (3.66 m) or longer, easily propagate from cuttings, and like to get dry between waterings. Best of all, they are nearly impossible to kill.

Easily adaptable to all degrees of light, pothos even make good office plants. Pothos come in all shades of green as well as golden hues to make a remarkable addition to any decor.

  • Little Water
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Bright Light but Can Adapt

Spider Plant

These plants are a lot of fun to have around because of their funny shoots that resemble hanging spiders. Spider plants have been popular among houseplant parents for years and the trend has not slowed.

They like to keep warm, around 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (ca. 24 °C) is perfect, with moist soil and moderate light. Although they prefer bright indirect light, they adapt well to shadier spots. One caveat if you have animals – cats love spider plants, so it’s best to hang them to keep curious kitties from batting off bouncing shoots.

  • Warm Environment
  • Bright Light but Can Adapt
  • Moist Soil

English Ivy

If you’re looking for a plant that’s elegant and classy but also easy to care for, English ivy is for you. It is a perennial evergreen vine that grows so well some call it aggressive. It trails down furniture and up walls for an astonishing effect that takes little care.

English Ivy does best in partial shade or filtered sun making it even easier to grow indoors. A loose and well-drained potting soil is most beneficial with occasional fertilizer for this dainty-leaved stunner.

  • Partial Shade
  • Well-Drained Soil
  • Light watering

No matter where you live, you’ll find houseplants will enrich your life and surroundings. Find a home that’s perfect for you at Vive LA.

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