If you adore pops of greenery in your home, yet are plagued with a case of the dreaded black thumb, don’t despair. There are ways around this terrible condition!
Thanks to these 22 practically immortal houseplants, you too can enjoy cleaner indoor air, and the sense of relaxation and peacefulness that plants bring to the home.
1. Aloe Vera
Known as the ‘plant of immortality’ by the Egyptians, Aloe is an incredible medicinal plant to have on hand. Use its gel as a topical treatment for minor cuts and burns, insect bites, dry skin and more. It’s also one of the top 12 plants to promote a restful slumber.
Simply leave your potted Aloe plant near a window that gets a lot of sun. As a semi-tropical succulent, it tolerates neglect well and only requires infrequent watering.
2. Areca Palm
One of the most popular indoor houseplants, the Areca Palm can reach up to 8 feet tall. Keep your tropical tree in bright indirect light, warm temperatures and water infrequently.
Don’t worry, this plant will let you know if it’s thirsty – its fronds will wilt. Once you rehydrate it, they’ll perk right back up again!
3. Arrowhead Vine
Once you see the leaves of this pretty plant, you’ll understand where it got its name! Leaf colors vary from dark green to a pattern of light and dark shades. You can prune your Arrowhead so that it retains a bush-shape, or allow it to grow wild and free, when it will form a trailing vine.
The Arrowhead Vine is happy in indirect light, although it won’t tolerate temperatures below 60 degrees. Allow it to dry out between waterings.
4. Boston Fern
One of the most popular varieties of fern with frilly leaves and long, hanging fronds, the Boston Fern is native to sub-tropical and tropical rain forests.
Mimic these growing conditions by placing your fern on a windowsill which receives lots of indirect light, and in temperatures of between 55 and 75 degrees. It likes humidity, so a kitchen or bathroom are good locations for your Boston Fern.
In warmer months, and when new fronds appear, keep the soil evenly moist, but not saturated. In the winter, let the soil’s surface dry slightly before watering.