6 house plants to consider this year

6 house plants to consider this year


Posted 18th January

There's currently a real emphasis on having houseplants

Not only do they help to keep the air clean but with the botanical look being super-hot, they can ensure your home remains on point.

However, we're not all naturally green-fingered. In fact, many of us will buy plants and then completely forget to water them or leave them in the wrong place. After all, life gets in the way.

However, there's some good news here - there are some low-maintenance house plants that you can opt for which could give you the perfect option, as the experts at Gardeningexpress.co.uk explain...

1. Cast iron plant

The 'cast iron' in the name should be a bit of a giveaway here - it can tolerate the shade, a lack of water and neglect, which combine to make it one of the toughest household shrubs there are.

There are dark green leather leaves are a symbol of its chance to survive with very little attention and can even grow in poorly-lit conditions. It will only need watering once every two to three weeks.

2. Spider plant

The greenery on this plant can adapt to a whole number of living conditions, all while remaining a durable and easy-to-care for house plant. The wild long leaved shrub will only require watering every ten to 15 days instead of depending on the brightness and warmth of a house.

It's also a rare piece of foliage that is non-toxic to pets - this means that should an animal accidently nibble it, without it falling ill.

3. Aloe vera

A popular house plant due to its contemporary good looks and its low-maintenance needs, the aloe vera plant has gel inside the plant which has numerous healing properties. As such, you'll recognise the name from a range of care products - ie, burn creams.

Only requiring watering twice per month, the succulent will need to be kept near a kitchen window, so it gets indirect sunlight.

4. Barrel cactus

This plant can survive in a desert, so chances are it will be fine on your window sill. It's one of the easiest plants to keep alive, firstly as it only needs a little maintenance, and secondly because it will only need watering every two to three months. Make sure you don't overwater it though - that's one of the few ways that you can kill this prickly customer off.

5. Snake plant

This plant is basically pot bound, and is fine being left alone - the foliage will require little care to survive. The long rigid leaves can be left alone for weeks, while still remaining fresh - it can also adapt to both low or high levels of sunlight, and can be watered every six weeks.

6. Jade plant

A symbol of good luck, this low-maintenance shrub is able to bring some good fortune to households up and down the country. It will need four hours of sunlight each day, but only one soaking of water each month to make sure it stays alive and healthy.






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