It’s safe to say houseplants have made a real comeback in recent times. And rightly so – they’re beautiful, they clean the air and they add a perfect touch of greenery to any home!
This trend has seen many rush to their nearest nursery in a bid to find the perfect plant for that perfect space indoors. There’s just one problem… Despite being marketed as ‘easy care’, some of us (not mentioning any names) tend to find it more difficult than others to keep their beloved leafy friends alive and well.
Never fear, we’ve got the inside scoop on the top 5 hardiest houseplants for your home.
1. Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ah, the fiddle leaf. A popular and robust plant with violin-shaped leaves. The Fiddle Leaf adapts easily and can grow up to 6-feet tall when looked after properly! Make sure to place it in a well-lit area and water regularly during growing season, and let the soil dry between waters during the winter.
Part of the succulent family, the cactus comes in many shapes and sizes, and is a mainstay in bohemian-style interiors. An extremely robust plant, some say the cactus thrives on neglect, and needs very little water to sustain it. Make sure your cactus is in an open and free-flowing pot, as it can be easy to drown your plant if you over-water it. The amount of water needed depends on its type, so make sure you identify the particular cactus species before you take your new friend home.
3. Monstera Deliciosa
Monstera Deliciosa are a beautiful and very easy houseplant to look after that need space to grow. A native to the jungles of Southern Mexico and Guatemala, Monstera plants prefer a warmer climate and require very little sunlight as they’re used to being shaded by the canopies of taller trees. Water your Monstera once per week at the most, and let the top soil dry out between waters to prevent root rot.
4. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue
Despite the scary name, Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is a beautiful long, thin succulent that grows between 50 and 120 centimeters tall. This plant does best in moderate to well-lit areas, and requires very little water. Be careful not to over-water as this plant prefers soil that’s on the dryer side.
5. Dragon Tree
The Dragon tree has tall, thin stems that are crowned with long slender leaves of varying colours. It is a fairly drought-tolerant plant that doesn’t like soggy soil, so be sure to only water when the top soil has completely dried. This foliage plant looks lovely all year round, and loves to live in bright but indirect sunlight.
Until next time, happy planting!
(Image credit: Better Homes & Gardens)