Hard to kill houseplantsPosted 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.
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 and succulents
Lots of shapes and sizes to choose from; unusual; very suited to modern loft-style décor.
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 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.
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.
Generally puts up with most conditions, including underwatering, and prefers being cool.>
If you always over-water your houseplants:
Glamorous cone-shaped flowers and arrow-shaped leaves.
Grassy umbrella tufts on long stems; originates from the floodplains of Egypt; the source of the first paper.
Don't like wet soil so much, but do love a regular mist with a spray over their leaves.
Hate drying out; a dilute feed in the water will ensure prolonged flowering too.
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