General May 09th2014

The five best low maintenance house plants for your home

The five best low maintenance house plants for your home

Having plants in the home is a great way to turn any room or conservatory into a relaxed, stress-free space.

While you may think that keeping house plants is time-consuming and difficult, there are ways to make it easier. If you’re looking to introduce greenery into your home without the hassle, take a look at these top five low-maintenance choices…

1. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra Elatior)

This robust species is known for its ability to tolerate light, dry air and a lack of watering, making it a perfect low-maintenance option. Whilst this attractive species, with its long, flat green foliage does prefer bright light, it also does very well in shady spots and rooms without access to the sun. In fact, the only real way to harm Aspidistra Elatior is by over-watering or re-potting too often.

2. Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

This slow growing plant gets its name from the sharpness of the evergreen, sword-like leaves that attractively extend out in an upward fashion. The plant’s tolerance for low and high levels of sunlight and ease of watering make it easy to care for: over-watering and/or exposure to very cold temperatures are the only chinks in Sansevieria Trifasciata’s armour.

3. Dragon Tree (Dracaena Marginata)

The dragon tree is a household favourite, known for growing into a very attractive, palm tree-like plant. This species doesn’t care much for direct sunlight or over-watering, so it’ll easily survive the odd day without water. Some Dracaena Marginata have been left for more than six months and still returned to their full glory after being re-potted and housed in a light double glazed conservatory.

4. Corn Plant (Dracaena Fragrans)

A corn plant always looks good within a domestic setting, as its wide hanging green leaves make for a great focal point to your kitchen or conservatory. This plant is a cinch to care of, happily surviving with fleeting access to light and water.

5. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)

The spider plant, with its lovely long green and white leaves that grow elegantly up and out, is a great option for busy residents, as it grows quickly yet doesn’t require much in the way of TLC. The main things to remember with spider plants is that they don’t care much for direct sunlight, and that they can start to look untidy if they’re left to their own devices for too long.

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