Toughest Houseplants That Anyone Can Grow
The past few months have been so crazy, especially with the COVID-19 crisis and the quarantine throughout the world, that most of us have been staying at home most of the time, and some are even working or attending their classes at home.
With that said, people, especially in the PH, have already found a new trend of being a “plantito” or “plantita” or being a plant parent! Growing indoor and outdoor plants has been there for a long time, but the craziness of it all has just been growing ever since the start of the quarantine!
In this article, you are going to see 10 of the toughest houseplants you can grow indoors! Everyone can do this, even the ones who have a busy schedule or are just too lazy to check on their plants regularly.
1. Snake Plant
More commonly referred to as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” the snake plant is a great plant to grow indoors!
First, it looks good wherever you put it, great decor for your home! Second, it’s low-maintenance! It doesn’t need to be watered every single day or checked on every few hours! You can water it at just the right amount whenever the soil is too dry and! It can also live under low-light conditions, meaning it doesn’t need to be put in the sun all day long. It can survive without sunlight just as long as indirect sunlight or partial sunlight is facing it. Lastly! It purifies the air inside your homes! It can convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen at night. It can absorb cancer-causing pollutants and toxic air pollutants like benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene, and it helps filter indoor air and regulate health airflow!
The Sansevieria trifasciata (scientific name of snake plants) is not just for the outdoors but also in! In Asian countries, snake plants have been used as a welcome offering for businesses and events, signifying a strong relationship that can endure all difficulties. The plant is also on NASA’s list of air-purifying plants!
2. Peace Lily
Also known as Spathiphyllum wallisii, the peace lily has been known to be a great plant indoors! It has this unique growth that it not only produces long green leaves but also flowers! Flowers that start off as white then turn a bit yellow or green as it grows older.
This peace lily is also an air purifying plant; it’s even listed on NASA’s air purifying plants! This plant has been known to absorb excess moisture, which prevents molds and mildew from growing especially in your bathrooms! The plant is also known to absorb many volatile organic compounds, which have long-term harmful effects on humans.
This plant only needs a tad more attention by watering them about two times a week; you’ll know when to water them when the leaves start drooping. It can also thrive happily in a low light environment or in a shaded spot! Indirect or partial sunlight is, and short watering is all it needs!
Another air purifying plant that’s super easy to take care of! It doesn’t need too much sun exposure, and it doesn’t need to be watered daily! Pothos grow with beautiful colors and into a tangling form. It’s also one of the easiest houseplants to grow and propagate!
The plant doesn’t need a lot of sunlight, it can survive under low light conditions, and it can also live with dry soil! It only requires the right amount of water, then you can water them again after a few days.
You’ll know when your pothos has too much sun exposure when its leaves are looking paler than normal (bright green). It’s also best to keep them away from pets (if you have one).
4. ZZ Plant
If you’re someone who’s only just starting to grow plants or a beginner, this is one plant you can easily start with!
The Zamioculcas zamiifolia or ZZ plant is one of the excellent plants to start growing, especially if you’re always on a busy schedule or too lazy to check on plants! This plant is known to be drought-tolerant because it can live up to 4 months without being watered! Why? We’ll get to that later on! The plant also survives in low light settings! Indirect or partial sunlight is what it needs. Too much sun exposure can cause scalding and can even turn its leaves yellow. Its strong and glossy leaves also make it an attraction because they fit in anywhere you put them!
You don’t need to overwater because if the roots are always wet, it can rot! It can hold up to 4 months without water because they grow from rhizomes (located in the roots). Rhizomes resemble potatoes, and they store water. That’s why ZZ plants don’t need to be constantly watered. Keep ZZ plants in a pot with holes, allowing for drainage.
ZZ plants are also air purifiers. In a NASA study, researchers found out that ZZ plants remove copious amounts of toxins such as benzene, toluene, and xylene from the air! It’s also best to keep these plants out of reach for children and pets since these plants are poisonous when consumed.
5. Spider Plant
The Chlorophytum comosum, more commonly known as snake plant, is a perfect plant, to begin with, especially for newbie planters! The great thing about this plant is that it doesn’t need that much attention to live. It needs bright indirect sunlight, which means you can place it a little farther from your window! It can even survive low light conditions! This spider-look-alive verdure doesn’t even need too much watering! It’s said that you can water it once a week; for some, they water it once every 10 to 14 days.
The plant is also an air purifying plant that produces oxygen while absorbing carbon monoxide, xylene, formaldehyde in your home and offices! It also absorbs the ozone in the air produced from office machines such as laser printers, photocopiers, and other machines. The spider plant is also non-toxic and, in fact, edible; they are safe for pets and children!
The extracts from this plant are even used as a potential prebiotic for healthier digestion and waste excretion. The extract has also been used as traditional medicine for bone fractures and burns.
6. Aloe Vera
This plant is a type of succulent that’s also perfect for beginners or new plantitos and plantitas! The Aloe Barbadenis Miller (scientific name) is not known to be a “high maintenance” plant, but it does need a lot of indirect sunlight or partial sunlight! Putting the plant in direct sunlight for a long period will cause the plant to dry out and turn its leaves yellow, making them “off” for use. The aloe vera plant doesn’t need a lot of watering; it can just do good with watering 1x a week. Another great thing about this succulent is that it doesn’t need to be repotted every few months or years; the plant can literally thrive in the same container for years!
Its thick watery leaves contain a gel known to be medicinal and have lots of health benefits. The gel is used in moisturizers, in products, or even just the natural gel is used to treat skin conditions like psoriasis, acne, cuts, minor sunburns! The gel also has calming effects on the skin that reduces itchiness and inflammation and can heal wounds faster! Its extract can also be processed into aloe juice to help avoid constipation and even control blood sugar levels. Another thing! If you plan to use the leaves, make sure not to cut off more than a third at a time.
The plant should not be ingested by people or plants; it can have unpleasant symptoms such as indigestion or nausea and may even be toxic in larger quantities.
7. Lucky Bamboo Plant
The lucky bamboo plant is easy to care for plant; it can live in either water or soil and live off on indirect sunlight. The plant can also live-in light-filled homes and can even tolerate lower light levels, but the plant grows best in bright light! If you provide an adequate amount of water, it will grow even under indirect light! It’s also advisable to rotate the plant often so that sunlight reaches the entire plant evenly.
Its stalks or stems are not actually bamboo, but it is dracaena or Dracaena sanderiana, which belongs in the Dracaena family.
According to Chinese traditions, this house plant also brings luck and fortune into homes and, of course, family. Each number of stalks represent different meanings; you can look it up here! The plant also attracts positive vibes, which can be good for your family life. This household plant is also known to increase feng shui!
The Philodendron Hope Selloum (Philodendron bipinnatifidum) is one of the plants that give homes a “tropical” vibe to them! It’s an easy-to-care-for plant that only needs a regular watering routine like once a week or twice during summer months, and this plant prefers moist and not soggy soil. You’ll know if you need to adjust or change your watering routine when you find its leaves drooping. The Hope Selloum plant can thrive in medium to bright indirect light; it’s also advisable to keep the plant to get moderate, natural sunlight. It doesn’t do well in low light spaces. It can tolerate very high sunlight but may need extra care. The Selloum plant also appreciates a warm, humid environment.
The plant features lobed, shiny dark green leaves that can grow up to almost 5 feet in the correct conditions. This plant usually takes up more space than any other houseplants.
Another thing to also remember is that this plant is considered poisonous, particularly its sap can cause irritation, so be careful!
9. Money Tree (Pachira Aquatica)
This is one commonly found houseplant called a money tree! And no! It doesn’t grow money! Although this plant is a bearer of good fortune to whoever owns it or wherever the plant is placed. Aside from bringing good luck, the Pachira Aquatica (money tree) is also an air purifier! It has the ability to filter the air from pollutants and produce more oxygen, which is good for both humans and animals.
The money tree (also known as Malabar chestnut or Saba nut) is hard to kill plant! It can grow up to 6 feet depending on its pot’s size (it can even grow as tall as 60 feet in its native habitat). This plant only needs to be watered 2-3 times a week and only needs bright indirect light or a partial shade of light; it can even tolerate artificial light! Before you water the plant, make sure the topsoil is dry and make sure the pot has a hole in it so that the water can drain through and avoid the risk of root rot.
Fun fact! The money tree’s leaves and flowers are edible! Its seeds can also be powdered to flour for baking.
This is one tough houseplant you or anyone can try growing in your homes!
10. Sansevieria Bacularis
The Sansevieria Bacularis is a snake plant variety that’s also very similar to the Dracaena trifasciata snake plant. It’s also a good pick to choose for another newbie planter. The plant doesn’t need too much watering; they’ll still live even if you forget to water them for weeks! Just water them every other week, or a pro-tip for someone always busy is to water them every payday, that way, you’ll easily remember to water them! When it comes to lighting, the plant is best placed to get moderate to bright, indirect light, but it can also adapt in lower light conditions! It’s a big fan of light, so it will grow well in a bright area.
The name “bacularis” comes from the Latin word baculum, meaning stick, staff, or rod, very much similar to how its leaves are shaped. The plant can easily be classified because of its dark green cylindrical leaves with a light green striping.
This plant is also an air purifier, just like the Dracaena trifasciata! Keep this plant away from children or animals because they are mildly toxic if eaten.
Here are the 10 toughest houseplants you can grow indoors! What are you waiting for? Start your planter journey now!