Plants die due to multiple reasons. Undoubtedly, it is heartbreaking for every plant-lover to see their beloved plant succumb to death, despite all their care and efforts. If you are one of those people who seem to kill every indoor plant, don’t despair. You just need to switch to hardy indoor plants which can withstand neglect and other damaging factors.
Why Do My Indoor Plants Die?
Here are different reasons that explain why your indoor plants die:
- Neglect in watering or lack of proper indoor plant care such as nutrient management and aeration
- Misinformation or poor understanding about the optimum growing conditions for different types of indoor plants
- Choosing outdoor plant varieties and forcibly growing them indoors
- Under-watering which leads to drought conditions and over-watering that leads to water-logging – failing to meet optimal water requirements
- Failure to observe signs that your indoor plants are unhealthy and taking necessary actions on time
Daily watering may seem like a good idea at first blush, but it actually kills many indoor plants. To determine the best time for watering your indoor plant, bury your finger up to 1 inch in the topsoil of the plant’s container. If no soil particles stick to your finger, it is time to water the indoor plant. Otherwise, do not water!
We have put together a list of hardy indoor plants which can survive long spells of neglect, require low-maintenance, and add appeal to your space.
10 Hardy Indoor Plants For Ever Gardener
The prayer plant has beautiful patterns of ribs and midribs arching through its leaves. This plant likes to bathe in indirect sunlight, so use a filter curtain to shield it from direct sunlight. Keep the soil moist but not necessarily. You will be interested in knowing that even placing a bowl of water close to the plant will do the trick for you. This plant grows particularly well in a large plant container, filled with ordinary, well-drained potting soil.
Pothos are very popular for their hardy nature. It is almost impossible to kill this plant, unless you really want to. They do not need direct sunlight and can grow perfectly well under any source of indirect grow light . If you are using natural soil then, minimal fertilization is needed. However, in case of potting soil, get a good plant fertilizer for monthly or bimonthly fertilization. Goldon Pothos like humid conditions, so a plant humidifier at home will earn you extra green points.
Dieffenbachia, popularly known as dumb cane is another hard-to-kill but easy-to-grow plant on our list. The big, bright green leaves of Dumb Cane are favorite of people who are way too much absorbed in their lives and are unable pay attention to plant care. This plant is small-sized and grows well inside small clay pots. It can be hung from the ceiling or placed in a pot on a shelf.
Dumb Cane does not need to be watered regularly and grows absolutely fine under indirect/filtered sunlight.
Barrel cacti are famous because they catch the attention of everyone who lays their eyes on them. These globular, spiky plants are succulents, so they can store water inside them. They are great for indoor decorations. If you want to add a more natural look, place barrel cacti inside a container, and fill it with some polished gravel or small rocks to provide better anchorage. They grow well in bright sunlight, so you should place them near a window pane to get optimum growth.
On the first look, Boston ferns look like a fountain of small green leaves oozing out of the pot. This beautiful, creeper-like plant is small in size, so it can be grown inside a small pot. They can easily survive a spell of cold weather. However, it is the kind of plant which enjoys warm, humid and cozy indoors. Make sure that Boston Fern receives indirect light. Their soil requirements are a bit high, so it is better to use soil mixed with organic material and use liquid fertilizers or fertilizers pellets to provide nutrients to the plant in the growing season.
String of Pearls
Their name is pretty much self-explanatory of what this plant looks like. When hung with the help of strings from a shelf or ceiling, Spring of Pearl plants spare you the investment in a chandelier to decorate your house. They also prefer indirect sunlight, so avoid placing them in direct sunlight. These beautiful, cascading succulents have low water requirements. You will need to water them every fortnight.
Gasteria plant, commonly known as Ox Tongue, is another succulent on the list. Ox tongue have beautiful, layered leaf pattern which looks absolutely unique, when the plant is placed on a shelf. They grow best in cool sunlight, so avoid placing them under bright sunlight. They have very low watering requirements and you will need to water them occasionally. Annual fertilization in spring and some outdoor time in a cool shady place during summer will guarantee maximum growth.
Zebra plant showcases zebra-like stripes on its pointed, thick succulent leaves. It is another common household succulent. It grows best in partial sunlight. You can place it in a corner of the house which gets brief sunlight during morning. It does not have extensive water requirements and moist soil with good fertilizer will stimulate maximum growth.
Burro’s tail is a misnomer, as it produces long and sweeping stems adorned with thick, green and fleshy leaves. It grows equally well as a hanging specimen and in well-drained containers. Plant hangers are cheap and easily replaceable option for adding Burro’s tail in your space.
Try not to overwater it. The fleshy leaves of the plant store water to withstand long spells of no watering. Keep it in a cool place with partial, indirect sunlight and this succulent will grow like a charm.
The dark purple leaves of Oxalis triangularis contrast sharply with any other plant. It looks absolutely charming when placed in a mixed container with silver or white foliage of Dusty Miller or Spider Plant. It is perennial, so it goes dormant once in a year. Unlike some other plants on the list, Purple Shamrock loves bright sunlight and a mix of potting soil with some vermiculite will create perfect growing conditions for this plant.
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