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Not everyone is born with a green thumb, but that’s okay. Anyone can get a head start at becoming a plant parent in training if they decide to start with these plants:
1. Aloe Vera
The sap from Aloe Vera plants can be used as a moisturizer, help with sunburns, and help heal cuts. Along with being a very useful plant, it’s also nice to look at. As a succulent, it requires little water, however, it prefers bright, but indirect sunlight. If someone does decide to use this plant’s leaves, they shouldn’t remove more than a third of the plant; this could hurt/kill the plant, only use one at a time.
2. Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant earned its name for being tough as nails when it comes to its conditions, being that it can survive in heat and cold. It mostly prefers low light. The leaves on this plant can grow up to two feet in length and four inches in width. Owners should water this plant when the top layer of soil is dry; if this plant is overwatered, it will die.
3. Chinese Evergreen
The Chinese evergreen can adapt to most room conditions, although it does not grow well in the cold. This plant prefers low or indirect sunlight. Owners should let the soil dry for a couple of days between watering, it should be dry to the touch. Some varieties of this plant have different shaped leaves which some prefer when looking for these kinds of plants.
4. Lucky Bamboo
These plants grow quite easily and as the name implies, as the plant grows, so does the owner’s luck. They grow best in bright indirect sunlight, but they can tolerate low light. Lucky bamboo is often grown in water, but once substantial roots have formed, it grows much better when planted in soil.
5. Jade Plant
The Jade plant is one of the most popular indoor plants. To grow strong and healthy, the Jade requires plenty of sunlight, so the brightest room is the best to place it in. The only difficult part when it comes to Jade plants is watering routines. Too much water can cause the roots to rot. Too little water causes the leaves to wilt and fall off. The soil must completely dry out before giving them more water, but owners shouldn’t let them sit thirsty for too long.
6. Snake Plant
These are long-lived, easy-care houseplants. The snake plant is very tolerant of low light. However, owners must water this plant regularly or it will rot. Varieties of this plant need more light and can be more difficult to grow. There is also a dwarf variety of snake plants called Bird’s Nest.
7. Peace Lily
The pure white flowers of the peace lily make a great view. This plant can grow up to four feet if taken care of properly. The peace lily only needs to be watered once a week. While the peace lily prefers warm, humid conditions, it can be made comfortable in any home, as long as it’s kept away from the cold.
Pothos is almost impossible to kill. These are plants that just keep on growing, 10 ft. or more. Pruning the plants will keep them growing healthy and strong, plus if the trimmings are wet stem down in the water it can grow more. Pothos plants like to dry out between watering, but if left dry too long, the leaves may wilt and fall off. They are very tolerant of all types of light conditions, even artificial lights.
9. Spider Plant
Spider plants make way for an endless cycle of sprouts. A spider plant that doesn’t have babies attached is a rarity. They tend to be a plant that keeps giving. When these babies start to form roots, they can be cut off and planted on their own. This plant enjoys medium sunlight and light mists with water.
10. English Ivy
Whether plant owners like ivy spilling over the edge of the pot, in a hanging basket, trained to vine around a loop, or up a support, this ivy is a great air purifier and adds a touch of forest style life to the bedroom. Keeping it moist and setting it in a place with medium sunlight is the key to growth.
Happy growing and remember if the plant dies, it doesn’t necessarily mean it has a bad plant parent, some plants just hate growing.