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The Official Top 5 Easiest Houseplants to Care For

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The Official Top 5 Easiest Houseplants to Care For

I was in an elevator the other day and I had a couple of house plants in my hand. Someone got it shortly afterward and asked if they were mine, I said yes. He said that he loved plants, but he can't seem to keep them alive. I asked him what kind of plants he had in his apartment and how much he waters them, it turns out he had little succulents and was watering them once a week. No wonder he couldn't keep his guys alive; succulents need bright light and only need to be watered once every couple of weeks at most.

If you're reading this, chances are you love being surrounded by nature in your home. Having over 100 (and counting) house plants in my living space, I've had my fair share of unsuccessful planteavours. When you sign up for a monthly subscription through Sharebloom you get a curated collection of plants that are designed for success, but that isn't always the case when you buy from anywhere. You may come across a plant that catches your eye and it becomes a must-have, but there are no instructions that come with it. Sharebloom includes all of this with your membership. So, without further adieu, here are the Top 5 Easiest Houseplants to Care For

1. The Snake Plant

Snake Plant

These amazing plants are one of the famous dozen houseplants named by NASA that purify the air in your household (and maybe space stations in the future). Not only have they been shown to remove harmful chemicals like benzene and formaldehyde under certain conditions, they are also said to boost levels of oxygen in your space overnight. So get one, or 10 of these bad boys for your space. It’s healthy. :)

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Sansevieria Trifasciata

Family Asparagaceae

Native to Western Africa

02 Plant Care

Light Moderate to bright indirect light is best, but it will manage both low light and direct light. They’re incredibly versatile.

Temperature Between 65-95°F (18-35°C). Basically, it can survive a wide variety of temperature. Once again, the Snake Plant is incredibly adaptive and versatile.

Watering Let the soil dry between waterings and during the winter only water it about once a month. Don’t water too much.

Pets Toxic to dogs and cats.

2. The Pothos

Also known as; devil's ivy, centipede tongavine, Solomon Islands' Ivy, money plant, etc. the Pothos has many varieties and names. The one pictured above is called a Marble Queen Pothos. Its glossy green leaves look like they’re  'painted' with white. It is one of the easiest plant to grow indoors. Included in the study by NASA, Pothos has been found to be very efficient at helping to clean indoor air.

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Epipremnum aureum

Family Araceae

Native to Mo'orea in the Society Islands of French Polynesia

02 Plant Care

Light Bright, indirect light is best for indoor pothos. Variegated plants can lose their leaf pattern and revert to all-green plants if they don't get enough light; move them to a brighter area to  restores the variegation. Suddenly paler-looking leaves mean the plant is getting too much sun.

Temperature Between 65-75°F (18-24°C). This plant likes high humidity but it is very tolerant and can thrive even where there is low humidity.

Watering Pothos like to have their soil dry out completely between waterings. If left continually in damp soil, the roots will rot.

Pets Toxic to dogs and cats.

If you’ve noticed your pothos is looking a little sad, try these tips:

03 Care Tips

01 Under Water

The rooting system for a Pothos is relatively small compared to other plants. Because of this, they are susceptible to root rot much easier than other house plants. They will let you know when it’s time to water as the leaves will slightly wilt. Once they do, give them a drink and they’ll go back to being happy. If the leaves are yellow, you may be watering it too much. Excessive watering may cause root rot.

02 Pale Leaves

Grow pothos indoors, preferably with bright, not direct light, although it also will tolerate low-light conditions. Tip: Pale leaves means too much sun, and loss of variegation means too little.

03 Cut Off Dying Leaves

If you notice the plants turning yellow, or brown you’ll want to cut them off immediately, then revert to the plant care tips above to diagnose the problem.

3. The ZZ

Absent-minded indoor garden enthusiasts; this is the plant for you. The ZZ needs very little light, survives long period of neglect and is immune to many pests which can affect other house plants. Its naturally vigorous and polished-looking leaves can flower in bronze during summer and autumn.

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Family Araceae

Native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala

02 Plant Care

Light It prefers lots of bright, indirect light, but it will also survive in much lower lighting conditions if it can get a little bright light in the morning or afternoon. Keep it protected from harsh midday sun if you live in a warmer climate.

Temperature Around 18-26°C / 65-79°F will encourage leaf growth and keep this plant at its optimium health. It will also tolerate cooler conditions, but no lower than 15°C / 59°F

Watering Overwatering is this plants biggest killer as its bulbous tubers are vulnerable to rot caused by a build-up of excess moisture. Water only when the top 3cm/1.5 inch of its compost are completely dry, and ensure good drainage.

4. Parlor Palm

We chose the Parlor Palm for this month's plant subscribers. Parlor Palm's are an amazing plant that you can add to, or start your collection with. They are so sustainable they can be sometimes passed from generation to generation.

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Chamaedorea Elegans

Family Araceae​

Native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala

02 Plant Care

Light Low light and shaded areas of the home. Bright filtered light is also acceptable but do not place in direct sunlight.

Temperature Average warmth 65°F (18°C) and above is fine and no less than 50°F (10°C) at night.

Watering Even moisture is ideal. Err on the side of slightly too dry rather than overwatering. Water when the top 1 inch of the soil feels dry. Yellow fronds will indicate the plant needs more water. A casual misting of the Parlor Palm will help bring it back to life if it's looking sad.

5. Radiator Plant

Peperomia

Radiator plants and other Peperomia plants aren’t just known for their beauty. They have a long history of medicinal use in South America, and this use has spread with the plant to other countries in the tropics. In the Philippines, for example, it belongs to the 'preferred list' of medicinal plants, being studied for its use in the treatment of arthritis and gout.

01 Plant Facts

Botanical name Peperomia

Family Piperaceae

Native to Central America and Northern South America

02 Plant Care

Light Avoid direct sun and extremely dark areas. Anywhere in the middle and they will be happy.

Temperature Between 55-80°F (13-26°C) Temperatures above and below that can cause damage to the plant.

Watering Let it sit in a pan of water for a few minutes every seven to 10 days from its roots. It is important especially during the winter, to not get the crown of this plant wet.

Pets Non-toxic to dogs and cats.

03 Care Tips

If you’ve noticed your Radiator Plant is looking a little sad, try these tips:

01 Propagate it!

Radiator plants are easy to propagate, so why not have more than one? The best time to propagate is during the late spring and early summer.

02 Growing Slow? They’re Late Bloomers.

As a general rule, Peperomia grow slowly. If you want to speed up this plant’s growth rate, then give it more light without burning the leaves. Fertilizing regularly may also help.

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