Some people are born with a green thumb or, at the very least, learn how to cultivate one. I am not one of those people. Indoor plants keel over and die in my presence. And keeping greens in my apartment for any duration of time beyond 24 hours? Forgot about it.
Luckily, I did some research on plants that can survive even the most cursed caretaker. Below are five indoor plants you can keep alive with minimum care.
1. Happy Plant
Also known as the “corn plant” or the “Chinese money tree,” this plant is sturdy in size and possesses striking green leaves. Itâ€™s also not terribly difficult to keep alive. Keep it watered as much as possible when growing but relax on it during the “rest period.” Moderate amounts of light work fine and keep it in temperate conditions. (around 75 degrees Fahrenheit) Doing this will make it a Very Happy Plant.
It shouldnâ€™t come as much surprise that cacti donâ€™t need much water. It is a good idea to give them as much sunlight as possible, which isnâ€™t difficult as long as you have a decent window to place it by. Just make sure you donâ€™t accidentally prick yourself.
3. Aloe VeraÂ
Ever thought about how a houseplant could come in handy during a mild emergency? You might have a tube of aloe lotion in your medicine cabinet in the event of cuts and burns, but an aloe vera plant brings you straight to the source. Best of all, itâ€™s easy to care for. Give them moderate light and water as much as possible, but giving time for the soil to dry. Keep the plant in or around your kitchen in case of cooking emergencies.
4. Pothos Ivy
No, we didnâ€™t say “poison ivy.” The pothos ivy plant is a charming plant thatâ€™s easy to get adapted to and wonâ€™t have you itching like mad. A dimly-lit environment will work just fine for the pothos plant. They can grow in soil as well as water and in a variety of containers. Just make sure you or any other family members donâ€™t ingest it: while not fatal, pothos plants can cause intense sickness if consumed.
5. Mother of Millions
One of the joys of caring for a new plant is eventually witnessing it bloom. While certain flowers and other blooming plants require a certain level of finesse that you might not yet possess, the Mother of Millions plant (also known as “Mother of Thousands” - some people arenâ€™t as impressed, we guess) is easy to care for and blooms impressively. The best soil to use is a mix intended for cacti. Give it some, but not too much sunlight, and wait for it to bloom.
Hopefully, this has made you feel better about your plant-keeping skills. These indoor plants are all rewarding in their own ways and are easy to keep alive. Plus, once you get the hang of nurturing these, you can move on to more intermediate and advanced species.