One of the biggest trends for 2020 is to bring nature inside. One way of doing so is by placing a lot of plants into your home. Not only are they very decorative but they also create a cozy and relaxing ambiance. They also add some color to your interior and above all that, some plants are even capable of purifying the air. However, if you’re not really blessed with some green fingers, then chances are big that all your plants will end up in the bin after a while…So, Suryani made a selection of some beautiful plants that don’t need a lot of care so you too can enjoy some indoor greenery.
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The Monstera is one of the most trendy and popular plants at the moment and you’ll probably have seen it already in tons of cool Instagram interior pictures. With it’s big, beautiful leaves it is a real eyecatcher.
It grows best when you put it a spot where there’s a lot of natural light. Never put it in direct sunlight though or the leaves will burn. However, when you notice that it doesn’t grow during the summer months – there should be 1 or 2 new leaves every week- then you’ve probably put it in a space that is too dark. Between October and April, the Monstera won’t grow so don’t worry if you don’t see anything moving anymore!
How to take care
Make sure the soil is always moist but never too wet. Before you water it, just have a quick feel if the soil is dry or not or you can also use a wooden skewer: if there’s any soil sticking to it, it means that the lower soil is still wet and that you don’t have to water it again. Another trick is to learn the weight of the plant. Sometimes the water evaporates quicker or slower according to the room temperature. If your plant feels heavy but you haven’t watered it for a while then the soil is probably still wet. Giving it more water will only cause damage. Rainwater is actually the best for your plant but tap water will also do the trick.
It’s super easy to grow your own plant! Look for a spot where 2 leaf stems come together and where there’s an aerial root underneath. Cut it and put the leaves in a little vase for 2 weeks. When the roots are well branched out, you can plant in a flowerpot and you have 2 plants for the price of one. Don’t be worried if the leaves don’t have the typical holes in it since they only appear once your plant gets older.
2. Cacti and succulents
Cacti and succulents have a lot in common. In fact, all cacti are succulents but not all succulents are cacti. This means that they store their water supplies inside of them. They look good in every interior and they come in all sizes, shapes and colors so you can really mix and match to have your own, unique collection.
How to take care
It’s best to put them in a dry and bright space in a South-facing position. However, don’t put them in direct sunlight since this can make them turn into a yellow color. It’s also a common misconception that they don’t need a lot of water. In the growing season – spring and summer- you’ll need to water them at least once a week. Give them a good pour and let the excess water drain away. Allow the soil to dry before watering again. If you’ll overwater them, this will stunt their growth. They’re also quite sensitive to root tot.
During autumn and winter, most succulents enter a rest period so you can reduce the watering. The regularity of the watering depends on the environment e.g. room temperature and also on which plant you have. I would look for some real desert plants since you don’t have the water them at all. Easy peasy!
3. Air plants
Even though they’re small, air plants can make a big statement. Since they don’t need any soil, you can basically do whatever you want with them: you can put them on a (wooden) stand, you can hang them on the wall or you can place them up in the air in some nice pendants. Their leaves often have the most beautiful colors so they are really decorative. Above all that, they’re very strong and disease-resistant so this is really the perfect plant if you have absolutely no green fingers whatsoever.
How to take care
Although they don’t need any soil, you do need to water them roughly 1 time a week. There are 2 ways how you can do this: you can dip them into a bowl of water or you can spray some water over them. Since not all air plants are suitable to dip into water, it’s safer to just spray them if you’re not sure. Other than water, they also need light so place them in a bright room.
4. Rubber plant (Ficus Elastica)
A rubber plant is actually a tree-like plant: in their natural environment they can grow up to 30m but as a houseplant, they grow up somewhere between 1m 80 and 3m. With its impressive height and its dark green, shiny leaves, this plant definitely will add a major pop of greenery to your home.
How to take care
These plants thrive best in a room where there’s a room temperature between 15 and 23 degrees and medium to bright light. Like most plants, direct sunlight must be avoided since this will scorch the leaves. You can place them nearby a window with a sheer curtain to give it just the right amount of sunlight. During their growing season (summer), more water is required. The soil must always be moist but never wet. If the leaves are starting to droop, then you need to give your plant some more water. You should also wipe the leaves with a damp cloth. This will keep them moist and will help the plant to absorb more sunlight. If you don’t want to wipe every leaf, then it’s a lot easier to just spray some water on it.
Make sure to always wash your hands after you took care of this plant. Especially when you came in contact with the sap as this can cause skin irritations. Moreover, it’s also toxic, so be careful if you have pets or small children because when consumed this can lead to diarrhea or even vomiting.
This plant, also known as Snake plant or Mother-in-law’s tongue, is a real classic amongst the houseplants. With its upgrowing leaves, which come in a whole range of colors and patterns, it adds an interesting, sculptural touch to your interior. Is also has white, little flowers but they only rarely grow. Above all that it will also purify the air.
How to take care
It doesn’t get much easier than this. This plant can survive in most conditions. In fact, you’ll almost have to kill it to get rid of it. Low light, bright light and almost any normal room temperature will be just fine. The only thing is that the air should be somewhat dry, as should the soil. This plant is perfect to put in the bedroom for example.
This is yet another classic houseplant which comes in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It’s an evergreen species and has distinctive, sword-like leaves which gives it a tough appearance. Since it has its origin in the desert, it doesn’t require much care making it ideal for students, offices or just for people who don’t want to spend a lot of time taking care of their plants but still want some green in the house.
How to take care
A Yucca plant is a big fan of sunlight so put it in a spot where it gets approximately 5 hours of sunlight. If you have a window that’s South-orientated, place it 1m or 2m away from the window. If the window’s North-, East- or West-orientated, you can place it directly next to the window. When it comes to watering, you do need to water it on a regular base but it doesn’t need a lot of it. During winter it can even go a few weeks without water. When the summer starts again, it will need some more water but make sure that the upper layer of the soil is always dry. If you overwater it, the stem will turn rot.
A good trick to know if your plant has enough water is not to feel the soil but the stem. If it doesn’t feel firm anymore, then wait a few more days to water it again.
When having pets or small children, take caution because, just like the Rubber plant, the Yucca is toxic when eaten.
Are you blessed with some green fingers? If not, then you should definitely get one of these plants! Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.