There has been a rise in the botanical home trend ever since Pantone named Greenery as their Color of the Year for 2017. A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery symbolizes a reconnection with nature & encourages us to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
One of the simplest ways to reconnect with nature and to bring this must-have hue into your own home is by investing in a selection of houseplants. Whether large or small, potted or hanging; we’ve outlined 10 of the easiest houseplants to care for those who aren’t blessed with green fingers…
1. The Spider Plant
One of the easiest houseplants to grow, the Spider plant only needs to be watered once a week & can grow in a wide range of conditions. Provide your Spider plant with well-drained soil, lots of indirect, natural light and watch it flourish with little to no effort on your part.
2. The Aloe Plant
The Aloe plant is a staple in many interiors thanks to its many health benefits. Cutting off a piece of the plant’s leaf and applying the gel on cuts, rashes or burns will provide instant relief and can even speed the healing process. Known to thrive under virtually any condition, the Aloe plant requires indirect light and watering every two weeks to thrive.
3. The Rubber Plant
A fabulous statement plant, the Rubber plant has lustrous foliage and can grow to become a true focal point in the home. Well-drained soil is important, and it grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight. The plant’s water needs vary; in the summer it needs to be kept moist and in the winter it will only need watering once or twice a month.
4. The Philodendron
The plant synonymous with tropical interiors, the Philodendron is one of the most vibrant yet durable houseplants on this list. To keep your Philodendron flourishing, keep it out of direct sunlight and do not water more than once a week.
5. The Pothos Plant
From low light to bright, the Pothos plant can thrive in a range of lighting conditions as long as it is kept out of direct sunlight. Featuring heart-shaped leaves, it is perfect for many rooms from the bedroom to the bathroom and requires watering only once a week.
6. The ZZ Plant
The ZZ plant is a tropical plant native to Eastern Africa. One of the most durable houseplants on this list, the ZZ (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) plant is drought resistant thanks to its rhizomatous roots. It can survive for months without water, but to help it grow faster simply water every time the soil is completely dry.
7. The Snake Plant
The Snake plant can be neglected for weeks and still survive, so it’s an especially good choice for those who travel often. The Snake plant can thrive in most levels of light, except for direct sunlight. Simply place the plant away from harsh sunlight and water once every ten days in the spring, summer and fall and once a month during the winter.
8. Air Plants
An air plant can grow without soil, getting all the nutrients it needs through its leaves. A clue to caring for this plant comes from its name; it needs constant air circulation in order to thrive. Keep the air plant away from direct sunlight and soak in water every 2-3 weeks for two hours. If your plant needs watering in-between baths, mist it with a spray bottle to keep its foliage fresh.
9. The Calathea Plant
Whilst the Calathea plant is more demanding than others on this list, it has striking markings on its leaves making it a firm favourite amongst homeowners. The Calathea plant needs lots of indirect light (direct sunlight can cause the markings to fade), a warm, humid environment (15 to 21 degrees Celsius) and the soil needs to be moist at all times.
10. The Cactus
The Cactus is one of most sought-after interior plants of the moment. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, the Cactus is simple to care for as it can be placed in direct sunlight, depending on the type, and requires watering once a fortnight.