Hard to kill houseplants

Posted on: 09 March 2020 by 50connect editorial

If you think you can't look after houseplants, or if your houseplants die on you, don't despair.

Azalea

Having plants around the house is one thing, keeping them alive is another thing altogether. If you find your spending a small fortune You don't necessarily have black fingers instead of green ones!

You may have the wrong environment in your home for the plants you chose, or you may just have picked plants requiring specialist care. Here instead are some foolproof plants to try, which always put on a good show!

If you have a hot sunny room, or if you forget to water your houseplants:

cacti

Cacti and succulents

Lots of shapes and sizes to choose from; unusual; very suited to modern loft-style décor.

Kalanchoe

Vivid candy-coloured flowers throughout the year, and juicy green leaves

Geranium (botanically called Pelargonium)

Colourful rounded leaves, bright blowsy flowers; sometimes scented too.

Bromeliads

Bromeliads or urn plants

Guzmania, Nidularium, and Aechmaea are easiest to care for, if not to pronounce; long stiff striped, spotted, coloured or grey-blue leaves in a rosette; bright flower spikes; just keep the central well of the rosette topped up with water.

Mother in law's tongue (Sanseveria)

Tall, firm, stripey sword-shaped leaves, sometimes with gold edges; trouble-free.

If you have a dark, cool room where you think nothing willl grow:

Peace lily (Spathiphyllum)

Large glossy leaves which droop when it needs watering; pure white spathes, or flower 'cloaks' throughout the year; improves air quality too.

Aspidistra

The Victorian's favourite, and not called the cast-iron plant for nothing; impressive strap-like leaves in a fountain shape.

Dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)

Vibrant stripy tufts on long bamboo-like trunks; loves being potbound; doesn’t mind drying out if you forget to water.

resilient indoor ivy

Ivy

Generally puts up with most conditions, including underwatering, and prefers being cool.>

If you always over-water your houseplants:

Arum (Zantedeschia)

Glamorous cone-shaped flowers and arrow-shaped leaves.

Papyrus

Grassy umbrella tufts on long stems; originates from the floodplains of Egypt; the source of the first paper.

Ferns

Don't like wet soil so much, but do love a regular mist with a spray over their leaves.

Azaleas

Hate drying out; a dilute feed in the water will ensure prolonged flowering too.

Images: Azaleas Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay; Manja Vitolic and David Clode on Unsplash

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