Grandma taught me how to garden back when I lived with her, and now I can’t live without a few pots of green about the house. It’s a lovely memento and keeps my home looking natural and open.
If you’re looking to brighten your place with natural decor, then look no further than these 5 plants that nearly anyone can grow – even my 10 year old can do it! They’ve tolerated my over/under-watering, lack of/over-exposure to sunlight, and frequent neglect (I swear my kids are well fed and cared for).
Golden Pothos Vine
In its natural habitat, the golden pothos (Epipremnum pinnatum “Aureum”) could swallow up a tree and entangle it with large yellow and green leaves. Because they grow really fast, they are so easy to care for – they can get by with minimal lighting and watering. If you take better care of it though, larger mature leaves might show up.
Pothos are great hanging plants, so you can make them work to your favor by placing them in a way that their leaves could tumble over. They look especially gorgeous on staircases and tabletops.
Similar to the Pothos, Spider Plants (Chlorophytum) are crazy tolerable of their environments, but will burn up under direct sunlight. These are perfect for shaded and humid areas like the bathroom. Put them in a basket, regularly mist the plant when leaves get dry, and you’ve got yourself a friend who’ll weather with you.
And get this – the plant will sprout mini-versions of themselves – plantlets – on their long stems if it matures, giving a glow up to an already gorgeous plant. Good parenting always pays off, people.
Tip: You can create new “baby” spider plants by propagating them – making new specimens from cuttings.
Snake Plant & Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
My boss has a few sansevieria (S. trifasciata or S. trifasciata laurentii) planted in his office; they’re bewilderingly tough and hardy so they might be one of the few plants that could handle his verbal abuse pretty well. Joking aside, they enjoy light, but can also handle little of it. The same goes for watering so long as you don’t drown them.
The main clump can easily be divided if you’re looking to repot them The snake plant sports green bands on long tongue-shaped leaves, while the mother-in-law’s leaves have yellow margins run along them. Either way, they make for a fine collection.
Succulents & Cacti
These plants can be seen covering every inch of garden centers and grocery stores. If you want them at home, you’ll have to prepare quick-draining soil because you’d want to avoid root-rot. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have to worry too much about caring for these cute desert-dwelling gems; they actually thrive on neglect.
They’re thick with meaty leaves, some have spines, and they come in all shapes and sizes. The best part – you can grow them together! That means you can mix-n-match different colors and displays to get the garden you want. Some popular succulents and cacti include Agave, aloe and echeveria rosettes.
If feng shui’s a big deal to you or you know someone that does, then the lucky bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana) is the perfect plant to have. Traditionally, they’re believed to cure feng shui and bring health, happiness, love, and the gift of plenty for their owners. As you can imagine, these are popular house-warming gifts and thrive in homes and offices everywhere, and not just because they’re powerful good-luck charms.
They can survive extremely bad conditions and are known to grow extremely fast. If you don’t have a green thumb, then you should consider lucky bamboo for your tabletop.