Ever since the first nationwide lockdown, many homeowners have discovered new hobbies that are perfect to do inside their homes, such as baking, cooking, and caring for plants. During the quarantine, the terms “plantito”and “plantita” dominated the internet, and almost everybody wanted to try gardening or at least having indoor plants. but the problem is, taking care of plants is as crucial as taking care of pets. Plants are living things that need the right care and the regular touch of love. So the challenge starts when you start going back working on site or going out again, as you don’t get the ample time you used to have to monitor your plants. So, if you’re an aspiring plantito or plantita, and you wanted to start caring for indoor plants but are afraid to mess up the first time, no need to worry, because there are plenty of plants that can survive inside your home even with little care. There are tons of truly low-maintenance plants that are slow growers and almost thrive on neglect, and here are some:
1. Snake Plant
If a prize were available for the most tolerant plant, snake plant would certainly be one of the frontrunners. Snake plant care is very straightforward. These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time; yet, with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh. After they have been propagated, the care of snake plants is very easy. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out between waterings. Often categorized as a “retro” plant thanks to its popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, the snake plant can survive for long periods of time without water and grows at a very slow pace. You’ll see your plants produce only one or two new leaves per growing season.
2. Cast Iron Plant
The cast-iron plant has earned its reputation as a nearly indestructible houseplant, along with being a beautiful outdoor foliage plant within its growing zones. This plant can survive lots of neglect and growing conditions that will kill many other plants, such as substantial shade. It has a fairly slow growth rate, and spring is generally the best time to plant it. This plant was a Victorian-era favorite for its ability to thrive in extremely unsavory conditions within middle-class homes that had oil burning lamps.
3. Dragon Tree
Dracaena marginata, more commonly known as a dragon tree, is an attractive plant with green sword-like, red-edged leaves. The eye-catching spiky tree is known as a great entry plant for household gardeners—it's easy to care for, drought-tolerant, and nearly indestructible. This small tree will grow to about 20 feet in warm outdoor climates, but it is generally grown as a potted houseplant and kept pruned to 6 feet or less. This plant can be found as a younger, smaller plant and also as a larger floor plant that is more mature. Regardless of which size you bring into your home, rest assured that the dragon tree won’t be growing very fast. Another tip, if you have pets around the house, you might want to keep the dran tree away from their reach as this houseplant can be toxic once ingested.
This plant is called Devil’s Ivy for a reason, but don’t worry because it isn’t a bad one. Pothos can survive pressuring conditions such as being left in the dark, or being over or underwatered. Basically, it just adapts to whatever environment it is in, and that is why it’s a very ideal houseplant, especially if you aren’t usually home and you have no one in your house to take care of your plants regularly. The pothos plant is considered by many to be a great way to get started caring for houseplants. Since pothos care is easy and undemanding, this lovely plant is an easy way to add some green in your home. 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 will thrive in nutrient rich soil, but do almost as well in nutrient poor soil. Pothos plants make a great addition to your bathroom or office because they can tolerate low light. While pothos like a wide variety of light conditions, they do not do well in direct sunlight.