Are you someone who loves nature but is fearful to invest in plants for your home out of fear of killing them? Do your friends jokingly say you have a “black thumb” as you tend to kill everything you touch? These comments may make you want to give up or never even try to cultivate plants, but you shouldn’t let them. We have cultivated a list of some of the best low maintenance plants.
There are many different factors that go into propagating plants and different plants have different needs. Bonsai trees may seem small and low maintenance plants, but they are notoriously one of the hardest plants to keep alive. On the other hand, The Bird of Paradise plant is a very tall and imposing plant that is quite easy to take care of. For a full guide on how to care and cultivate one of these, check out this blog from Soltech Solutions Bird Of Paradise Plant Grow Guide: Tips To Grow A Big Bird.
With Christmas right around the corner, consider getting your family members, friends, or even yourself a nice house plant. As summer finally exits out the rearview mirror, we inch closer and closer to winter. And with winter comes dull, grey days with no life outside. Naked trees surrounded by their dead and brown former leaves. Those lucky enough to live around plants and trees that remain green year round often find those same plants covered by snow. It can be difficult to get any sort of natural injection into your life at this time of the year, so why not let a house plant do the trick?
What are the best low maintenance plants?
There are plenty of low maintenance plants, but here are 5 of the best.
The Snake Plant is a great plant to start an indoor garden.
Snake Plants are one of the more popular houseplants. They are very versatile, being able to survive in low, medium and high light areas. They also are able to thrive in different humidities so the placement of this plant is purely up to you. Soltech Solutions has a great guide on the snake plant if you would like to learn more about it.
Succulents are one of the easiest plants to maintain in your home.
Succulents have risen in popularity in recent years. These plants tend to be on the smaller side, so they are often given as gifts as they don’t require massive amounts of space. They do need about 6 hours of sunlight a day, but make sure that you rotate your succulent so one side doesn’t get burned. Watering succulents is also simple. Just water until the soil looks damp, and then wait to water again until the soil is dry. The main two reasons these plants die is too little light and too much water. Being diligent with both of these will allow your succulents to live a long lifespan.
Spider Plants are very popular and for good reason, they’re easy to take care of and give any room a bit of a “jungle” feel.
Spider Plants are another common plant. You may see them in schools or businesses as they take up a lot of space without taking up a lot of space. What I mean by that is that the plant itself is on the smaller side so a huge pot isn’t needed, but the way the plant grows causes it to look very dense. This high amount of foliage adds fresh greenery to any room that it’s placed in. Due to how this plant grows, it also does well from hung pots. As seen in the picture above, their leaves tend to grow downwards, only furthering the idea that it takes up more space than it actually does. As for watering this plant, about once a week will do. The spider plant can hold water in its roots as backup incase of infrequent watering. Check out this blog from Soltech Solutions to learn more about spider plants.
African Spear Plant
African Spear Pants are a funky variation on snake plants that could provide a good compliment to a vast array of plants.
You may think that the African Spear Plant looks similar to the Snake plant, and you’d be right! The African Spear plant is otherwise known as the cylindrical snake plant. Its unique pointed tips and cylindrical shape gives it its name of “spear”. These are low maintenance plants that will survive a wide range of conditions. You’re actually more likely to harm it by giving it too much water than too little water. The spear plant is a type of succulent so they don’t need much pruning as well.
Pothos give off an ivy style look without needing much maintenance, making them great indoors.
A tropical plant, it is best to keep this plant indoors especially during the colder months. They thrive in low light and can survive neglect. Another durable candidate for your indoor garden, their hanging style means you can house them in pots that are higher up to allow their cascading to be on full show.
How can I fit care into my busy schedule?
The first response you might hear from people when they give reasons as to why they can’t be a good plant parent is their schedule. From work to school, taking care of kids and much more, life has a way of making the days fly by. This may cause you to feel like you don’t have time to take care of plants. However, it is quite simple to get into a routine. If you struggle to get into routines, try to find a trigger for plant care. Whether that be right after you brush your teeth, wash the dishes or get home from work, having a daily trigger to remind you to do your task will allow you to get into a routine. Here is a great blog from xoxoJackie.com that helps you make and keep a great routine for yourself and your plants.
What do I need to take care of my plants?
There are a few things that can help make your life easier.
Depending on the season or the amount of sunlight your rooms get, your plants may not be getting enough light. This is typical of rooms in big cities, where the giant skyscrapers can block sunlight for large portions of the day. Growlights are a great way to either add light or supplement the natural light that plants already get. Soltech Solutions offer a great selection of growlights, from the Aspect to the Vita and Highland, they likely will have one to suit your needs.
Where a plant is held is just as important as how much water or light it receives. Having the right pot for your plant will help it thrive. You don’t want it to be so small that the roots get cramped. Your pot also needs to have the proper amount of drainage as it will allow the plant to get the correct amount of water. Check out this blog from Soltech Solutions on the Top 10 Eco-Friendly Plant Pots to find the right pot for your home.
Hopefully, your fears about having a “black thumb” have been alleviated. From getting easy to maintain plants to establishing a care routine, anyone can be a successful plant parent. As long as you do your research and put in the effort, your plants will thrive.