Thursday, October 28

The Five Ideal Indoor Plants For Any Gardening Newbie


Today it is about everyone enjoying their plant at home, without excuses or regrets. If you feel like having one or more indoor plants, but you feel awkward with these beings in your care, do not despair! Below I compile for you some of the most resistant species -very easy to care for- but without forgetting their beauty. Here are these 5 indoor plants ideal for newbies.

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1. The poto

It is logical that you open the list with this vine, since it is undoubtedly one of the most widespread indoor species. The poto, potus or potos (Epipremnum aureum) will be the best choice if you want a “hanging plant” that cascades the stems through the pot or wherever you want. In return, it requires minimal attention.

This bush of heart-shaped leaves elegantly combines the dominant green with yellow or cream tones (variegated leaves). Also, if you don’t put limits on their stems, they can hang up to two meters. They are good arguments, don’t you think? Additionally, although it is hard, of course, that does not exempt you from a minimum of care.

You will prefer good light, although always indirect. The best place could be one that is close to a window, but without the sun’s rays falling directly on its leaves. With less lighting, it will endure you without problems, however, the beautiful nuance of its leaves will be lost.

Water in a measured way, always letting the substrate dry between watering and watering. In summer, once a week will be more than enough. If you have doubts about when to add water, it is preferable that you wait. Don’t worry, the plant will warn you by slightly arching the leaves, as if to warn you that the time has come.

2. The sansevieria

The sansevieria, ‘sword of Saint George’ or ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ (Sansevieria trifasciata) is another champion capable of resisting the lack of attention or those errors derived from inexperience. In this case it is a crass plant. Its erect and pointed leaves are painted a beautiful brindle green, framed in turn by yellow edges.

The sansevieria shows a slow growth and of contained bearing. It is always a good choice for its rusticity and its decorative capacity, but it works especially well in modern interiors or those with a minimalist atmosphere. So that the leaves do not lose contrast, place it in a well-lit place.

Otherwise the plant will live perfectly, but its colors will turn slightly paler. As you would expect in a succulent, it stores water inside. These reserves give it great resistance to the lack of irrigation.

With the sansevieria you will not have to be so aware in this regard, rather the opposite. Water it every two weeks in summer. If something is wrong, it is that he does not like some excesses. To prevent rot, use a loose substrate that contains sand. This will help to remove excess moisture.

3. The zamioculca

Continuing with the succulent plants, here you have the zamioculca (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) … also very resistant, although with notable differences with respect to the previous one. The dark, glossy leaves that emerge from the swollen stem are not really what you would expect, but leaflets (smaller parts of the same leaf); it is actually compound leaves.

This plant of African origin, although increasingly popular, is of the seen until now the most unknown. If originality is important to you, perhaps it is the best alternative of all.

The zamioculca is a little capricious species in its needs. It responds well to various light conditions, but not to direct sunlight. For the rest, it is both good and bad for him. It will grow best in plenty of light, of course, but there won’t be any big differences. It is slow growing and will not exceed half a meter in height.

Regarding the risks: as a good succulent, the zamioculca needs little water to survive; just portion them properly. In this case, as in many others, it is better to fall short than risk going over. In summer it will be enough to water once every two weeks (much less in winter).

4. The dracena

Let’s change the third. The fine-leaved dracena (Dracaena marginata), without being it at all, it seems at first glance a small palm tree. The trunk is left bare from bottom to top as it grows, grouping the leaves in its highest part (its apical area) in a similar way to the palms.

These leaves are long and narrow (linear), light green in color and often with a yellow margin. The lower ones usually hang slightly. The set provides a stylish and fresh print, suggesting a tropical or summer atmosphere.

The dracena is a plant at the height of the others when it comes to resistance. It does not care about the intensity of the light (as long as it is not direct) and resists the lack of water with remarkable resistance. Don’t water it more than once a week in the summer months (only when the soil is totally dry).

He does, however, like a certain humidity. If you detect that the tips of the leaves are drying, it will be convenient to act: pulverize them or place the handy saucer with gravel and water under the pot.

5. The ficus benjamina

For the end of this list I have left another indoor plant as representative or more than the poto itself. If there are many who have the ficus benjamina at home, it will be for something. As the saying goes, most cannot be wrong. However, this ficus is not for everyone. Needs space … Ah, surprise! it is actually a tree in its original environment (Southeast Asia). But do not be scared yet, in a covered pot it will not exceed two meters in height.

It will grow fast if the conditions are right: good light, regular (albeit moderate) watering, and some liquid compost every two weeks. That is why you must control it by light pruning. This way you will be able to stop its development, also making it grow from the bottom. You will enjoy a much more compact plant.

If you apply yourself you will have a nice bush with bright green leaves. Variegated cultivars are also very frequent: with showy cream-colored touches, like the specimen in the photograph. Other plants suitable for interiors and with more than acceptable requirements are, for example: the cheflera, the aspidistra, the tape, the indoor yucca, the Adam’s rib, the areca, the money plant or the useful aloe vera.

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