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You can’t love plants.
However, what you are allowed not to love is if you have to dedicate too much time to their care. It can get frustrating, I know. But if there are low-maintenance plants?
Especially if you’re traveling a lot, you won’t be able to do anything but think what if it dies from wanting water? What if it gets too hot?
This can, indeed, be an aggravating circumstance in plant care.
However, there is an easy fix – grow low-maintenance plants in your home instead of the high-maintenance ones.
And, if you are wondering which these might be, stay tuned to check out some of the easiest indoor plants to grow.
- Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
- Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
- African Violets (Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia)
- Gerbera jamensonii
1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
I remember how amazed I was as a kid looking at this proper tree growing inside a tiny pot! And, now, I am amazed how this same tree is growing in just a tad larger pot.
If you set about looking for a jade plant and you fail, try with Money plant, chances are you will find it under that name.
The care routine for a jade plant is rather simple. Give it plenty of sun (not direct exposure, of course), moderate water, and a small to medium pot.
It is one of those plants that work in confined spaces and to be candid, we’d all rather look at a beautiful tree growing than thinking about the web of stems developing far from the eyes.
Seriously, be moderate with water since the jade plant is not so keen on water. I almost messed up once by watering too much, but luckily, it bounced back.
Keep it in a bright space and it will reward you in ways you cannot imagine.
I made a rookie mistake by keeping mine away from a window and I noticed there was no progress. Then I placed it back on the windowsill (east-facing window) and it grew new leaves in less than a week.
To prove further that this definitely is one of the low-maintenance house plants, I will just say that once I pinched a new growth from an old plant for propagation and I was too anxious to wait for it to fully develop stems.
I kept it in water for a day or two and planted it immediately. It struggled for some time but is currently growing quite nicely.
Easy, I told ya!
2. Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera)
The list of the low-maintenance indoor plants continues with the winter beauty that is Christmas/ Thanksgiving Cactus. This prickly thing got its name thanks to the season of the year when it starts flowering.
While most of the flowering houseplants do so during summer, Christmas Cactus stands out by decorating your living space with bountiful flowers around Christmas time.
What else could you wish for?
Yes, you can wish for easy maintenance.
Well, judging by the looks of the Christmas Cactus we have back at my parents’ place, it requires no maintenance at all (don’t tell my mum I said this 🙂 )!
While some might say you should give it soil with either this or that, I will just say we potted ours in the soil from the backyard.
Watering is also a no-brainer. Do the opposite of what you do with your other houseplants. Slow down with watering over summer and increase the amount in the wintertime cause that’s when it flowers.
And, since it is low-maintenance house plants that we are talking about, there are no special requirements regarding temperature, as long as it’s normal.
Still, know that we kept ours at temperatures well above 70°F and on the other hand, it survived when we kept it for days in rooms with just a few degrees above 30°F.
3. African Violets (Streptocarpus sect. Saintpaulia)
Never knew why, but somehow, African violets are hardly perceived as easy indoor plants or low maintenance houseplants.
Here, I will try to dispense with these false accusations once and for all.
First of all, I have had mine for 3 years – yes, the very same plant – and there wasn’t a day they spent without blooming and flowering.
You must think I stuffed them with fertilizer and keep them in “ideal” conditions, but you couldn’t be further from the truth!
From the moment I bought them, I have only repotted once and in a commercial soil that was first at hand.
Having kept them at an east-facing window, I gave them plenty of sunlight, but without direct exposure.
By the way, direct exposure will just scorch the leaves.
Now, if you want your violet (or pink, in my case) violets to flower throughout the year, you need to be rewarding with water.
I can’t quite say the more the merrier; however, be moderate and listen to them.
Every 3 to 4 days is more than fine.
Sometimes, during the very hot summer days, I water them every day early in the morning. Of course, I use water at room temperature (hint – you can use tap water kept in a bottle).
BEWARE! Water them through the tray; never add water on top!
And, finally, as for fertilizer – never done that with my violets. Never!
4. Gerbera jamensonii
As we move along with low-maintenance house plants, here’s a surprise for you.
Yes, gerbera or loves-me-loves-me-not extra-large version is one of the easy to grow houseplants.
Balance is the key in this case.
Not too big a deviation in either temperature or light is an ideal condition for your beauty.
Plenty of indirect sunlight (again, an east-facing window) is the first precondition for growing gerbera in your home.
Next, try to keep the temperature constant as much as possible. They don’t like changes and will be grateful if you keep the room temperature constant.
However, I would leave mine for a few days with the heating off in the wintertime, and it’s still here. Don’t make it a habit, though!
When I repotted it, I chose the multipurpose soil mix, and so far so good. Again, have never fertilized it.
This did not prevent it from flowering each summer. Sometimes, as early as in March the first flowers start growing. Yes, flowers!
As for watering, reduce it in wintertime and increase back during the summer.
And, for you to really see that gerbera does fit in in the family of easy houseplants, I made the mistake of trying to repot too soon. I thought its root had divided so I plucked it out.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case so I potted it back convinced I had killed it. Luckily, it’s alive and kicking and as far as I can see, a flower is forming at the base.
With this, I will wrap up the list of easy-care indoor plants.
I know that you always tend to go for the ones that do not require too much of your time.
Accordingly, here you have some true beauties to choose from and if you already have them, share your thoughts and ideas with us!
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