Top 10 Plants Which Require The Least Amount Of Care

Dec 20, 2014 |

Today, almost every home owner would like to have plants in his or her home. However, before getting any plant for your home, you must consider your ability to keep it healthy and alive. For a plant to thrive well, it must be provided with its favorable conditions for growth. While many people would love to grow plants in their homes, many people do not like being tired down by plants. Therefore, it is advisable to choose plants that do not require much attention for them to thrive. There are many robust plants that are very adaptable to their environment and require very little care for them to be healthy. The question now is how do you know that a plant requires minimal care? Basically, plants that need little attention to thrive have the following qualities:

  • Can withstand a minor neglect, such as forgetting to water for a day or two.
  • Are not affected by dry air
  • Require minimal pruning, pinching and primping
  • Can do well under low light or shade for a few days
  • In case it is a flowering  plant, it should not require special attention for it to bloom
  • They should be resistant to diseases and insects

Having such a plant in your home will give you all the benefits of having a plant in your home and require minimal attention as well. As such, you will have the freedom to attend to other matters and still go home to that welcoming and beautiful environment. The following are some of the ten plants that require minimal attention for them to thrive well.

Aloe

The aloe is a succulent plant that requires very little attention for it to thrive. It has elongated leaves fanning out from a central base to form a vase shape. There are various varieties of the aloe that can be grown in the house. It is advisable to try the smaller varieties. For instance, you may go for the Aloe vera for your kitchen window. This plant is well suited for dish gardens and rooms that have a Southwestern décor. This plant can grow up to 3 feet wide and 3 feet high. It requires a moderately dry soil and bright light for it to be healthy.

Anthurium

The anthurium produces showy flowers that give your home a bright color for about eight weeks every year. Basically, this plant produces red flowers. However, you can also get hybrids that have lavender, pink green or white shades. Flower blossoms from this plant are ideal for cut flowers since they last for a long period. This plant grows up to 2 feet wide and 3 feet high. It requires evenly moist soil and medium bright light for it to thrive well.

Asparagus fern

The asparagus fern is characterized by needlelike foliage drapes. However, this plant is not a true fern. The stems of this plant grow upward and outward. This makes the asparagus fern ideal for a hanging basket in your home. The plant produces tinny white flowers that are hidden among needles. These flowers produce bright red berries which are poisonous. The plant can grow up to 36 inches wide and 36 inches high. Its optimum growing conditions are medium bright light and evenly moist soil.

Peace lily

The peace lily is easy to care of as it can do well under low light and low humidity for it to be healthy. The plant produces flowers that are spoon-shape in the summer. However, the plant has cultivars that bloom intermittently all year round. It is characterized by glossy, lance-shape leaves.  Due to the dark leaves, this plant looks magnificent in a plain pot that has a glossy finish. This plant can grow up to 5 feet wide and 6 feet high.

Peperomia

The leaves of this plant, which vary in shape, size, texture and color, make this plant beautiful to look at. From time to time, this plant may produce slender flowery spikes that look like rat tails. It can tolerate low light hence one of the easiest to take care of. This plant can also small enough for it to be used in a terrarium or on the desk. A grown up peperomia plant measures up to 12 inches wide and 12 inches high. It requires moderately dry soil and low to medium light for it to thrive.

Snake plant

This succulent plant is carefree can virtually grow anywhere. While the plant can tolerate neglect, it also responds very well to proper care. It has sword-shape leaves that ate leathery and have either white or yellow edges.  It is an ideal plant to have in the house for the beginners. However, experienced houseplant growers can also grow this plant in their homes. When provided with sufficient sunlight, the snake plant grows a tall stalk with greenish fragrant flowers. The dwarf rosette varieties 0of this plant is well suited for use on tabletops and desktops. The plant can grow up to 36 inches wide and 48 inches high when provided with the optimal conditions, moderately dry soil and low to bright light.

Cast-iron plant

Just like its name suggest, this slow growing plant can withstand low humidity, low light, neglect and a wide range of temperature variations. It is best suited for the dark corners in the house. If you choose to grow this plant, you should go for a large plant since the growth rate is very slow.

Christmas cactus

This is one of the easy-care cactus varieties. It offers the home a magnificent arching appearance with its whorls of satiny flowers and long segmented stems. The flowers of this plant can be deep rose, lilac, white red-orange or salmon in color. These plants bloom in the month of December. After blooming, it is advisable to prune the plant, preferably by pinching, to encourage it to branch.

Dieffenbachia

The dieffenbachia has arching and pointed leaves that measure up to 12 inches long. The large leaves of this plant give it a tropical architectural appearance. It can grow up to 6 feet high and 3 feet wide. Its optimal growing conditions are evenly moist soil and low to medium light.

Chinese evergreen

The Chinese evergreen is a brilliant foliage plant that can do well under for low to medium light. The plant is slow growing but can live up to ten years. The leaves of this plant are lance-shape leaves, arching and variegated with gray, green or silver shades. When provided with the ideal conditions for growth, evenly moist soil and low to medium light, this plant can grow up to 3 feet wide and 3 feet high.

Not every home owner has the time o take good care of plants in the house. While other home owners tend to hire servants to take care of these plants, it is advisable to grow plants that require minimal attention id=f you do not have the time. The plants mentioned above can withstand a certain level of neglect and unfavorable conditions for a while.

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