Growing plant is like seeing a child grow it needs lots of care, love and precautions and the outcome always amazes you. Just like raising a child is a give and take relationship in the same way growing plants are also give and take relation. Plants have so more to offer a great health, stress free environment and of course peace of mind!
But in this modern era when you don’t even have time for yourself, it becomes very difficult to take care of plants, the beings which can’t even say out loud their needs! Yea you will understand when you see them lifeless that you have committed a blunder! Also, a house never looks good with dead plants it actually is mirror of your lifestyle!
Save the guilt as today we are going to talk about the plants that are almost unkillable, that means even if you are a gardening virgin you can still have your chance of success! Following is the details of the best common houseplants that are unkillable!
Snake Plant: If there’s a competition and someone has to name the most tolerant plant then it will be Snake Plant aka Sansevieria. You can ignore this plant for days and yet you will see it standing strong with its beautiful strappy leaves. NASA says that Snake plants are able to keep the air inside your home clean, removing toxins like formaldehyde and benzene. In short, they’re the perfect house plants.
There are around 70 different species of Snake Plant but the most common is Sansevieria trifurcate often known as. They are evergreen and can grow anywhere from 8 inches to 2 feet high.
The most common way to grow or say propagate this plant is by dividing. Divide the shoots and plant them in a separate container. Sansevieria plants prefer a loose, well drained potting mix, it prefers sandier soils. Let the soil dry between watering. During winters, reduce watering to monthly or whenever the soil is dry to touch. Remember too much water can kill the plant. It prefers warm conditions and will suffer if exposed to temperatures. Also, remember to fertilize with a mild cactus fertilizer during the growing season. Do not fertilize in the winters.
Cast Iron Plant: If you have an empty corner and is difficult-to-fill well! You found the perfect winner to place- Cast Iron Plant or aspidistra elatior. It has a reputation of being indestructible and can groom any empty corner of your house without even paying much attention. It is always green and can handle deep shade and can survive without sunlight. It can dwell in summers and remain indestructible in winters too. And the best part is no insect comes near this hence, cleanliness and bug free zone. The only combination that can destroy this plant is overwatering or direct sunlight.
Keep the cast iron plant away from sunlight as it can burn the leaves, it is preferable to keep it away from windows. Use the soil on a compost base with a pH value between 5.5 to 6.5. The plant is drought tolerant but needs water in small amount as overwatering can result in plant death by root-rot. The plant is not picky about temperature or humidity.
English Ivy Plant: English Ivy plants are evergreen perennials and are also classified as woody vines. They can act as ground covers, spreading horizontally and reaching eight inches in height. But they are also climbers and can climb to heights of 50 feet or more. The plant can spread quickly means that they can be used to create beautiful patterns down the windows or doors or one can plant properly in a container near the trailing and the vines can hang down. Ivy will need protection from winter winds as well as the hot summer sun, so plant appropriately.
English Ivy plants can grow in shades and needs well- drained soil. You need to be very careful while watering the plant as it prefers a slightly dry soil, so let the soil dry out before you water and make sure the soil is well drained soil as Ivy doesn’t like standing water or overly wet soil. These vines are poisonous plants for humans, dogs, cats and livestock. Certain types of ivy plants contain triterpenoid saponins and polyacetylene compounds. When ingested, the irritant within the plant can cause excessive drooling, vomiting and diarrhea. So be careful!
Dumb Cane: It has broad, pointed leaves in a variety of combinations of green and white. They can reach up to five feet in height but the plant will rarely reach this size when grown inside the house. Dumb cane is also known as Dieffenbachia, the name of dumb cane comes from its milky sap, which is mild irritant and should be kept from bare skin. The sap can cause temporary loss of speech.
They appreciate bright light during the winter months. During the growing season, the plant prefers shade or indirect light. During the growing season it needs water regularly and once it is all grown up needs water like twice a week. The soil should be fast draining, it should never be left in the soggy soil as it can damage the roots. The like warm temperatures, when exposed to cold conditions it may lose lower leaves. Use manure once a month to keep the leaves in its beautiful form.
Jade Plant: They are extremely popular amongst the houseplant, known for their fleshy, oval- shaped leaves. This plant is believed to bring good luck to owner and hence is a very common house warming gift. Jade plants if given proper conditions will produce white flowers in the late winters, making an attractive display.
They prefer full sunlight so preferably keep it near a window which have maximum exposure of the sun. The plant should be watered often so the soil is moist but not wet, the soil should be well drained with pH of around 6.0. They need organic fertilizer during the growing season.