The best (and hardiest) house plants we’re lusting over right now
Lush foliage to prickly gems, indoor plants have so much natural goodness that impacts us in multiple ways. From the air we breathe to our overall mental well-being, and all with the added bonus of being an easy (and affordable) way to style up our interiors. And yes, there are many among us who struggle to keep these green beauties alive, but with our round-up of the best and hardiest house plants, you’re all but guaranteed to earn yourself green thumb status.
It seems kind of fitting that one of the toughest house plants around is also called the Mother-in-law’s tongue. Growing up to 12-feet high, the snake plant holds its upright position with impressive fortitude. And not only does it absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide, but the Snake Plant looks good too. The only trick to these beauties is to let the soil dry out in-between waterings.
They may be prickly, but boy, are these intriguing plants easy to keep alive. Cacti thrive on neglect and harsh conditions, so the only way you can harm them is by giving them too much water. And what is super neat about them, is that no two cacti are quite alike, so clustering a few together can look great. Just place them in direct sunlight, such as a window sill, and they will be content.
The Aloe Vera plant is handy to have hanging around the house because of its natural pain-relieving qualities – perfect for minor burns. And although a popular outdoor plant, as a succulent, Aloe Vera thrives quite nicely as a house plant, helping to balance air quality indoors. It just needs to be in a well-lit part of the house and have minimal watering.
The English Ivy clings to almost any surface, making them great climbers. Indoors though, English Ivy looks amazing cascading from high reaching shelves or from hanging pots, making them an easy way to bring a real lush feel to your interiors. They also have the added benefit of being helpful with allergies by filtering airborne toxins. And what’s more, they’re nearly impossible to kill.
Another top contender for the easiest houseplant, the Pothos is a real beauty with its trailing vine and heart-shaped leaves. In a terracotta pot or from a hanging planter, they add a lot of greeny goodness to the home. The best part is, you can forget to water your Pothos for weeks, and it will still thrive, purifying the air from harmful toxins while it’s at it.
Although the Peace Lily may not be the hardiest of indoor plants, it sure is one of the prettiest, thanks in large part to its white flowering qualities. They say, the more light the Peace Lily gets, the more it will flower, so when indoors, it’s best to position it in one the better-lit parts of the home. Peace Lily’s don’t require much watering, so always check the dryness of the soil before watering.
If you want to create a more jungle-like feel to your home, throw in a Zanzibar Gem or two. This plant, which is known for its lush foliage, thrives on neglect and can be found in almost every home (and office). It tolerates shady positions indoors and doesn’t need a lot of water, and one of its cooler traits is that its waxy leaves reflect sunlight, which in turn brightens the room. Plus, the Zanzibar Gem is a great air purifier.
The Bamboo Palm graces many a household interior, thanks to its luscious look. If you’re after a statement piece, this plant is a standout (literally), growing 8 to 10 feet tall, it’s a great plant to have around because of its natural defences against indoor air pollution. They’re also relatively easy to look after, simply water when the soil is completely dry and keep in a shady spot.
Comparatively, Spider Plants are a bit needier to other house plants, but they’re still an easy one to look after. Plus, the benefits of having them in the house far outweigh any extra care they need. Not only do they remove a whopping 90 per cent of formaldehyde, but they’re also edible, making them safe for children and pets. Position them in a well-lit part of the home and ensure the soil remains moist.
There’s a reason why the Boston Fern has been a popular house plant since Victorian times. Overflowing fronds with tiny, yet luscious green leaves, work their magic by adding moisture to the air - great for those among us with dry skin. The trick with the Boston Fern is not to let the soil dry out, so during hot weather, you could be watering daily, and it thrives best in the early morning or late afternoon sun.