When I first moved into my own apartment with my partner it was an incredible feeling. We finally were alone and we could do whatever we would like without anyone judging. After a couple of weeks of living here, I decided I wanted some plants around to make the place look homier. And so I did! I ordered three real, alive plants for my house. They looked fantastic – so fresh and greener than I expected them to be. We put one in our bedroom, and two in the living room. After a while, me being me, I forget to water them. Sometimes they go for two weeks without water. Why? Because I got used to artificial plants. I had tons of them back then I was living with my parents because they don’t require any care. So I made up a schedule for watering them. They are fine now (except cats nibbling on them when no one is looking) and they even began to grow new stems!
But what if you have a lot in your mind and in your life and you simply cannot afford to have real plants as you know you’d kill them but at the same time you’d like to enjoy them in your home? Well, there are some plants that are almost impossible to kill!
Let’s start off with one of my favourites – Aloe. It is a genus plant containing over 500 species of flowering succulents. It’s mostly known as Aloe Vera. Not only it is such a good-looking plant but it has so many benefits. Aloe gel can soothe burns and treat acne as it reduces inflammation and itchiness. It has a calming effect on the skin. Also, it was shown that it can help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Aloe has not only health benefits. It was proven that it can keep your produce fresh and delay the process of ripening. The plant doesn’t require a lot of care – just keep it out of direct sunlight and soak it well every couple of weeks.
Next on my list is an Air Plant (known also as Tillandsia) – a unique looking plant that doesn’t even require soil to grow. How amazing is that? Although it doesn’t have any magical abilities like Aloe, it is perfect for giving your home a vibe of rain forest (especially if you hook it up to your ceiling and let it grow down). It looks special and only requires a water soak once every two weeks. How does that sound for all of you, forgetful plant nannies?
I’m not sure how many of you would consider having Bamboo as a household plant but let me tell you why it is so easy to grow it. Bamboo requires you to put it in the water – that’s it. Just change the water every couple of weeks for the fresh one and watch your bamboo shoots grow big and green. It also requires very little light so if you like darker spaces – this one is for you! You can’t ask for any easier plant than Bamboo. And it helps a lot wit Feng Shui feel, doesn’t it?
The Snake Plant (Dracaena Trifasciata) is the number one plant for you if you’d like to purify the air in your household. It’s one of the easiest plants to take care of too – you have to water it when the soil is fully dry which makes it perfect for all people who simply forget to water their plants sometimes. NASA found that Snake Plant goes the extra mile with absorbing toxins that none of the other plants does – benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. Buy one and you won’t be disappointed.
Another one of my favourites is a Cactus. This fleshy, thick plant retain water better than any other plant. I believe that all of us, at some point in our lives, had a cactus in their rooms. I mean, what’s not to like? It’s pretty, easy to maintain and you can get one in any shape or size you’d like. It is perfect for forgetful waterers as it doesn’t require much moisture. You can also keep it anywhere you’d like. Just water them when the soil is completely dry and then you can forget about it for good a couple of weeks.
What kind of plants do you have at your house? How often do you forget to water them? What kind of plant is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments!