8 Hard to Kill Houseplant
Bringing nature indoors is a great way to enjoy the beauty of garden plants that will add that much-needed flavor. I have seen firsthand what indoor plants can do for the home environment working as an interior plantscape designer for many years.
Indoor plants will not only bring change but the mental and physical impact of indoor plants has so many benefits. I have heard many people say they just can’t seem to keep their plants alive and then there are those who just haven’t got the time for plant care but desire to spruce up their interior with garden plants.
If one of the two describes you then stick around because you can still have success with growing indoor plants by choosing these favorites that are hard to kill.
1. Mother-in-law’s tongue
Yeah I know what you’re thinking and you are right, the name of this plant does sound interesting. I have been working with mother-in-law’s tongue which is also referred to as snake plants for many years both out and indoors.
What I can tell you about this plant is that it is very hardy, the mother-in-law’s tongue can be classed in the same category as desert plants. This beautiful plant has long narrow erected leaves and can either be a full green or green with yellow margins. This garden beauty loves medium to low light and survives on very little water.
2. Zamioculcas zamiifolia
The name of this plant is a real tongue twister but not to worry though because this garden beauty is also referred to as ZZ plant. The ZZ plant can also withstand harsh conditions and will go to work for you, the leaves are tiny and so what oval shape with a gloss. This is a medium to low-light plant that survives on very little water.
3. Ponytail palm
The ponytail palm as the name says is a very beautiful plant that has long slender leaves that are tough and fall over or grow towards the ground. This garden beauty loves bright indirect light and prefers soil that is somewhat moist but more on the dry side, the ponytail palm will work wonders flavoring your interior with its beauty and charm.
4. Aloe vera
The aloe vera plant is best known for its healing effect, aloe vera is used in many health as well as hair care and skin products. A former neighbor I knew had a yard full of aloe vera plants, in fact, his backyard looked like a mini-farm.
Be careful however when handling this plant because of the tony sharp edges, the aloe vera plant will grow in medium to low light and thrives in soil that’s somewhat moist.
5. Rubber plant
The Indian rubber plant has made a name for itself, what I love about this plant is its broad oval-shaped leaves that are a smooth dark green purplish color. Once the leaves are clean the rubber plant will show off its beauty. Indirect bright light will have your rubber plant growing at its best. This is a low-maintenance plant that can survive on little water or the soil should be somewhat moist, not waterlogged.
6. Boston Fern
There are many varieties of ferns Boston ferns are one species, ferns can become very invasive when planted in outdoor gardens but growing ferns indoors from a container or hanging basket looks really great.
Boston ferns require very little attention and grow best in indirect bright light. Direct bright light however will cause the leaves to burn. Keeping your Boston fern moderately moist keeps it growing healthy.
One of my favorites that I have worked with so many times on indoor garden projects is the aglaonema, there are many species of aglaonema. Aglaonema is a hardy plant that can withstand a certain amount of drought.
This drought-tolerant plant needs indirect bright to medium light, the soil can be kept somewhat moist at all times. The leaves of the aglaonema are variegated and can be dark to light green with a mixture of silver to whiteish. The aglaonema siam however is a mixture of green and yellow with a red to pink margin.
Bring your interior to life with bromeliads, there are said to be some 2,700 species of bromeliads that make this family huge. I love these garden beauties because they can really light up or give you a colorful world. Bromeliads are of different colors the leaves and the flowers giving you the best of both worlds.
Bromeliads can survive on very little water and do great in indirect bright to medium light. These garden beauties are worth the investment and will go to work for you surviving on little water or the soil should be kept somewhat moist.
The benefits of house plants
Here are the benefits of growing indoor plants.
1. Indoor plants will transform the interior that is so inviting.
2. A study has shown that indoor plants will clean the air that we breathe by improving air quality and removing toxins from the air.
3. Indoor plants are a stress reliever.
4. Will make the room more comfortable
5. Can help to encourage healing.
6. The sight of beautiful plants can put you in a better mental state.
7. Indoor plants help to increase humidity.
The final word on hard-to-kill houseplants
Growing and maintaining indoor plants is possible by installing these hard-to-kill garden plants. You can now go ahead and begin to bring that much-needed change to your interior by choosing a few of these hard-to-kill house plants. Go for it and connect with nature by bringing nature indoors. You will be so happy that you did as you see the transformation and experience the many benefits.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.