5 Undemanding Indoor Plants That Almost Don’t Need Care
Most houseplants need something more than just watering. As a rule we need to know how much light, what temperature and humidity they need, how to take care about their leaves and what fertilizers they would prefer. For those of you who are not ready to drill into botany we have prepared a list of undemanding indoor plants that can green your home without any hassle. They require minimum attention: no fertilizers, no transplantations, OK with dry air and watering from time to time. So, here they are…
Sansevieria is one of the champions in producing oxygen among potted plants. At the same time it consumes many harmful substances contained in the air we breathe. Most commonly this flower is known as a mother-in-law’s tongue. The shapes and color of sansevieria’s leaves can be very different, but their laconic image looks especially good in beautifully decorated pots.
Sansevieria needs infrequent watering, especially in winter-time. Besides, unlike most indoor plants, it doesn’t need much sunlight and you can safely put it in semi-dark parts of the room.
The above-mentioned sansevieria is also a succulent. In fact this group includes a wide range of plants that are able to store water in their fleshy leaves – from aloe to cacti. But compact species are getting especially popular nowadays. They are beautiful, versatile and don’t need special care. They can even grow without soil, in small pots and during winter-time can be watered just once a month.
This plant has big leaves with a very decorative pattern. Maranta feels good in dark rooms, but being a tropical plant, needs more water than desert-growing succulents. Though if the air in your home is humid enough, the volume and frequency of watering can be safely reduced, especially in cold months.
Nephrolepis is a species of ferns that adapts well to indoor conditions and does a great job in cleaning the air. It should be better kept in a light place, but not in direct sunlight and not too close to radiators. In summer it feels well on the balcony and needs moderate watering.
Commonly called a “spurge”, this plant is similar to cacti. It can survive in most harsh conditions, but you should know that it’s not benign. The thing is that the milky sap it produces contains a poisonous substance that can cause burns. So you’d better not pick it in case you have kids or pets.