Recently, my son and his girlfriend asked me to help them decorate their apartment with some house plants. It definitely didn’t take me long to say YES! How exciting is that?! They’re both working full-time and have 2 dogs to take care of, so I knew I needed to find them some easy maintenance house plants.
I had already given them some succulents and cacti from my collection, but they were wanting some foliage plants for the kitchen and living room. They don’t have a lot of space or great lighting in their apartment so I was going to stick to 5 of the easiest house plants to maintain in low light environments.
Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane) –
This beautiful bushy plant can accommodate to bright indirect light or low light situations. The variegation on the leaves will be more visible when in brighter light. Maintain moderately moist soil. Water thoroughly and then not again until the surface of the potting medium is dry to the touch.
Sanseveria (Snake plant)-
One of the most popular house plants for a very good reason, it’s so durable and easy to take care of. Check the soil with a moisture meter or finger to see if top 1″ or 2″ of soil is dry, then water thoroughly. Let water drain through drainage holes and then repeat process when soil is dry again. Don’t over water or root rot will occur. This plant can live in low light easily and still thrive.
Feeling lucky? You will when you realize how easy this plant is to take care of. It may have the name Bamboo, but it’s actually part of the Dracaena family, Dracaena Braunii is it’s horticultural name. A clear container works well for water and will show off your plant and pebbles, but make sure that you keep it out of direct sunlight, bright to moderate light is perfect. I check the water level weekly and add if needed, but change the water completely every couple of months. Make sure roots are covered with water.
4. Pothos (Golden) –
Basic Pothos care is very easy. These plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They do well in bright indirect light as well as low light and can be grown in dry soil or in vases of water. They make a great table plant or as a hanging plant to show off their trailing nature. Macrame hangers are making a huge come back now, to get more inspiration you can also check out DesignRulz and their post; 20 Macrame Plant Hangers
As a general rule check the soil. Water the plant when the top inch of soil feels dry. When watering any indoor plant make sure to water the complete root ball and not just the top. Ensure the water drains all the way through and don’t let the plant sit in water or soggy soil, that’s a sure way of killing it.
5. Zamioculcas zamiifolia (zz plant) –
ZZ plant care starts with a lack of care. In fact, ZZ plants will do better if you leave them alone.
Much like cacti, they need less rather than more water. Water the plant only when the soil has dried out. The rare way you can kill this plant is to over water it. A ZZ plant turning yellow means that it is getting too much water and its underground rhizomes may be rotting. ZZ plants do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will do fine in extremely low levels of light also.
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