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8 Hard to Kill Houseplants

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8 Hard to Kill Houseplants

By Marissa Ross, Intent

Ah, yes, spring. Makes me want to go outside and frolic in some flowers and enjoy some sunshine. You know, all the things our daydreams are made of! But more so than not, I am stuck inside my apartment staring at a computer screen or cleaning up after my kid (‘kid’, ‘dog’- same thing in this house!).

I am probably the least domestic person anyone I know knows. Famous for only eating frozen veggie corn dogs or blocks of cheese when left to my own devices, it’s also not uncommon to hear about me shrinking my boyfriend’s shirts or killing off my roommate’s hydrangeas. But this Spring, I decided it was high time I get some foliage to brighten up my space! So, what does the girl that can barely remember to turn in her Netflix plant in her house?

Here are some low maintenance and highly rewarding houseplants to consider:

Mother-In-Law Plant: “The plant that never leaves!” is known for its incredible life spans and its sharp, pointed tongue-like leaves. The Mother-In-Law plant is tolerant of very low light environments and actually will rot if you love it too much — only one to two waterings a week!

Christmas Cactus: This plant just loves to give, apparently more the less you give! The Christmas Cactus does well in just about any light environment although bright, indirect sunlight will give you the brightest flower blooms. Also like the Mother-In-Law, too much watering is the one way to kill this guy. You should only water it when the top third of the soil is dry.

Pothos: I like these guys because they’re great for hanging! Pathos need low to medium light and only need to be watered once a week. The only set back to this plant is having to groom them. Just give them a trim when you’re cleaning up your bangs and you’ll be fine.

Dragon Tree: For those of us Black Thumbs with a predilection to the Palm Springs motif, the Dragon Tree resembles a Palm Tree but can be trained to grow into braids or knots. They do well in bright sun and best if they actually dry out completely between waterings. And if you really are a Black Thumb and even let this resilient plant wilt, just some water will make it perk right back up again.

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2:33PM PDT on Jul 11, 2014

ty, mine is limited to cactuses & succulents & Jade plants with a Jade plant hold a leaf gently remove it put it on the window sill for a few days till the end of the leaf starts to dry not the tip of the leaf the other end and get a small jar I use tiny baby food Jars clean it good then put too tablespoons of good potting soil in it ad the leaf in the middle don't put it to deep then put a tablespoon of water in the jar put plastic wrap over the top of the jar put a elastic band around the top of the jar tightly and put it on a window sill wait 2 or 3 months every day tap the plastic on top of the jar gently and the moisture drips like rain you now have a tiny green house in a few months you will see a tiny plant with tiny leaves then you can put it in a little bigger pot ! soon it will grow into a big Jade plant ! : )

7:18PM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

Thank you :)

6:42PM PDT on Jul 8, 2014

Great information - will be trying the ZZ plant for sure. The only plants that I have been able to keep growing are the pothos, thanks Samantha.
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10:39AM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

great advice, thanks you

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6:58AM PDT on Oct 24, 2013

I can`t keep anything going! Also, like Dimitris, I don`t recognise most of the names either - they are different here in Britain

6:07AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Cool! Thanks.

1:20PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013


2:18PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Thank you for the list.

1:40PM PDT on Oct 13, 2013


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