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We've all been there. You're excited to put life into your home with houseplants. The problem is that they keep dying. Whether you have a jet black thumb or just a brown thumb, it is hard for you to find plants that will last long enough to get their benefits. There are different things to take into consideration with this challenge, including watering and soil type and quality, but lighting is specifically one of them. Here are a few ideas that do not require much light.
Also called Swedish Ivy (it is neither a creeper or an ivy; instead it is a trailer), this plant may be among one of the most forgiving for plant novices and those with black thumbs. Creeping Charlie plant thrives in a variety of conditions including light, water, and soil combination making it very low maintenance. Another special thing about this plant is that it grows very well in hanging planters giving you options on where to put it.
Many different fern plant options
Ferns thrive in low light conditions. A couple of varieties of fern are the Maidenhair and Silver Lace. The Maidenhair fern has small, delicate leaves that set it apart from the typical house plant with the usual broad, thicker blade. The Silver Lace has a leaf that is long and skinny with a graduated light color to it.
Mosses are great options for low light as moss varieties are known for thriving in low light conditions. If you have a place that you want to put a plant that only gets glimpses of sunlight, then this could be perfect for you. This type of plant can go into terrariums that you can get pre-made, in a kit or you can put together yourself.
If your kitchen is where you are looking to put a low light plant mint might be just the thing for you. You will be able to harvest fresh mint for teas and such. Plus this plant gives off a pleasant scent to brighten the room.
All the benefits with the expertise of a professional to help you
Plants give the advantage of a little life, fresh air and pleasant aroma that can help make your house feel like a home. If you need answers or additional help finding the plant that will be right for you and your home, visit a local garden center where they will be able to assist you.
Houseplants are a great way to make your home feel more comfortable, colorful, and--in the winter--to bring a bit of living nature back into your life until spring arrives.
There are houseplants that will thrive in just about any location of your home. Plus, you can find houseplants that are low-maintenance or ones that are a bit more rewarding as you care for them and watch them grow.
In today’s post, I’m going to list the best houseplants for each room of your home. I’ll cover “impossible to kill” low-maintenance plants and some that require a bit more work. I’ll also cover large and small plants, as the size will often depend on the available space in the rooms of your home.
Read on for the list of the best houseplants for each room of your home.
The bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation. You don’t want anything too high maintenance or too big and bright. Lavender gives off a calming scent that is perfect for your cozy sleeping space.
Lavender is relatively low-maintenance, just be sure to water sparsely in the winter time, and only when the soil has dried out completely to avoid root rot.
Lavender works in other rooms as well, such as on a kitchen windowsill where it can be used for cooking.
The bathroom tends to be a humid place without much spare room. A single aloe vera plant near a light source can be a great accent.
Extremely low maintenance and useful after a day out in the sun, the bathroom is a perfect home for aloe vera. Simply snap off a leaf and use the gel inside for your burn.
There are a few choice places for plants in the home office. A large snake plant in the corner of the room is a great way to add some life and color. Similarly, a money tree is easy to care for and fun to watch grow as you braid its stem (and what’s a more fitting place for a money tree than the place where you make your money!?).
For the desk, a small cactus or succulent will do the trick, as you don’t want it to take up too much room.
For the living room, we can finally start talking about some of the bigger houseplants on the list. A Norfolk Island Pine looks like a small pine tree (though it technically isn’t one) and it can grow several feet high indoors. This is a great choice for homeowners in colder climates who don’t want to fill their house with unfitting tropical looking plants.
Palm and Yucca, on the other hand, are perfect for homes in warmer climates. They can grow several feet high and fill up empty spaces in a large living room with ease. There’s a reason these are used in so many hotel and office building lobbies--they’re easy to care for and can grow large enough to fill the void in a big building.
Most plants will need at least indirect sunlight to stay healthy through the year. But, if you have a windowless room in your home that you want to brighten up with a houseplant you have options.
Dracaena, snake plants, and creeping fig all grow well in little to no light and are easy to take care of.