Don’t have any experience caring for plants? You don’t have to worry about it, because there are many that do not require special care, nor frequent watering, but nevertheless they will be very useful to decorate your interior. And it is that, that they are easy to maintain does not mean that they are ugly, often -if not always- they are quite the opposite!
So if you’re looking for long-lasting houseplants that also look good, Discover the ten species we recommend while you learn a little more about them.
Aspidistra (Aspidistra elatior)
Aspidistra is a very grateful plant, which grows up to 60 centimeters in height, and is very beautiful in the living room or even in the bedroom. It requires little attention; actually just it must be watered every 3 or 4 days in summer, and once a week the rest of the year. Likewise, it is important that it be planted in a larger pot at least twice in its life, when the roots come out of the holes in it.
Adam’s rib (delicious monstera)
Adam’s rib is a climbing plant that develops large leaves, often up to 90 centimeters long by 80 centimeters wide when mature. Luckily, it doesn’t grow very fast and it also tolerates pruning, so it will be easy for you to control it. Of course, if you have dogs, cats and/or small children, you should take into account that it is toxic if ingested. Otherwise, it requires little care: you have to put it in a room where there is a lot of light, and water it two or three times a week in summer, and every 7-10 days the rest of the year.
Dracaena marginata (Dracaena reflexa var angustifolia)
Dracaena marginata is a very interesting shrubby plant: although it can reach 5 meters in height if planted in the ground, it remains much smaller in pots. In addition, it has green leaves with lilac edges, very thin. And the best thing is that you can put it in rooms where there is little light, although we recommend that you put it in a room where there is a lot of light so that its colors are more vivid. Besides, it should be watered once or twice a weekdepending on the season of the year (in summer it is necessary to water more often than in winter), and change the pot every 3 or 4 years.
Imperial Philodendron (Philodendron erubescens ‘Imperial’)
The Imperial Philodendron can have green or reddish/brown leaves depending on the variety. In any case, we are talking about an evergreen climbing plant that reaches a height of 6 meters and needs light -but never direct- to be beautiful. Besides, It is enough to water it about twice a week during the summer and less the rest of the yearand plant it in a larger pot every 3 years.
ivy (hedera propeller)
Ivy is an evergreen climbing plant that can exceed 5 meters in length, but it is so resistant to pruning that it is constantly recommended to decorate, for example, the stairs of the house or the arches of the doors. You need to water it little, only a few times a week during the summerand the rest of the year when you see that the land is dry.
the Kalanchoe blossfeldiana It is a non-cactus or succulent plant that reaches an approximate height of 35 centimeters. It has fleshy, green leaves and produces orange, white, red or pink flowers in fall and winter. The most interesting thing is that it also blooms indoors, but for this it is important that it is placed in a room with a lot of light, but far from windows because it cannot give it directly. In addition, you need to water it only when the soil is completely dry (or when the pot weighs little).
Kentia (Howea forsteriana)
Kentia is a very slow growing palm that develops a single thin stem (false trunk) and dark green pinnate leaves. It can exceed 10 meters in height, but for this it must be on the ground and for many, many years. For this reason it is one of the most grown indoor palms as it takes a long time to reach the ceiling. To give you an idea: a newly germinated seed will take about 10 years to grow into a 1.5 meter high plant. So enjoy your kentia indoors: place it in a room where there is plenty of light (but no direct light), and water it twice a week in the summer and once every 7 to 10 days the rest of the year.
If you love ferns and want one that is very, very easy to care for, we recommend Nefrolepis. There are about 50 varieties, although the easiest to obtain are the Nephrolepis exaltata and the Nephrolepis cordifolia. Both reach a height of about half a meter, although in a pot they stay lower. These are plants that should be placed in rooms where there is light, and should be watered every 3 days in summer.and once a week the rest of the year.
Sanseviera is a versatile plant, perfect for beginners who want to get started in gardening. It has fleshy leaves, almost flat and wide or cylindrical depending on the variety. It’s so easy to maintain, it really is just put it in a room with plenty of light and only water it occasionally, since it resists very well to drought but fears waterlogging. Therefore, if you water it once a week in the summer, and every 10-20 days the rest of the year, that will be more than enough for it to be perfect. Of course, remember to plant it in a larger pot every 3 years with a substrate for succulents.
Zamioculca is a rhizomatous plant that reaches a height of about 1 meter. Its stems are almost cylindrical and have glossy dark green leaves. Its growth rate is slow, but even so it may need a bigger pot every 2 or 3 years. This is a beautiful and curious plant that looks great, for example, in narrow hallways or in the living room. It needs light to grow, and little care, just occasional watering.
Which of these sustainable houseplants did you like the most? Do you have someone?