Easy To Care For House Plants
What are some house plants that don't want or need attention? Why might they be the best for peope who have difficulty keeping plants alive?
How's your green thumb? Did it wilt and turn brown? Well, fear not. There are some plants out there that even you can not kill. Here are a few that need only minimal watering and light.
a.. Aspidistra - this one's tolerance for neglect is so well known it's called the "cast iron plant." It has tall, dark green four-inch wide leaves and grows to two and one-half feet high. It's striking brownish-purple flowers hide near the bottom of the leaves.
Care: Water only when soil begins to dry out. Keep in a window with northern or eastern exposure since it requires low light.
b.. Dracaena - this one's ideal for hot, dry rooms. Sometimes marked with red or creamy white stripes, its sword-like leaves arch gracefully out of a strong central stem and can grow up to five feet high.
Care: Needs only a warm spot with strong light. Water weekly or when soil starts to feel dry.
c.. Philodendron - this one looks like a plant but is considered a vine and can be grown as a hanging plant. Caution-its leaves are poisonous if accidentally ingested.
Care: It can thrive in medium light and even moisture or tolerate dryness and poor light. Believe it or not, it grows best when its roots are cramped.
d.. India Rubber Plant - this one will survive anywhere, but will grow quicker if it has light.
Care: Does not like drafts, wants to be kept evenly moist and likes weekly misting.
e.. Spider Plant - this hanging plant needs little care. Its long, skinny, green-and-white, grasslike leaves grow in small clusters or plantlets on long, thin stems.
Care: Bright but indirect light and even temperatures is what this one prefers. It also likes soil that is kept moist but not wet. If you see a brown leaf, feed it a teaspoon of lime.
Now you're ready to turn your home into a greenhouse!