3 Indoor Plants for Black-ThumbsOn July 30, 2018 by Vlad5 min read
We might be new to homesteading, but I’ve been a gardening enthusiast all my life and my love for plants didn’t stop at vegetables. Before we got the chance to buy our land, I’ve spent years growing tens of species of indoor plants in my rented apartment. Today I want to share part of my experience with all of you plant lovers out there who want to grow beautiful indoor plants.
By now you’re probably aware that plants are difficult to manage when it comes to growing them inside your house or your apartment. This, of course, is due to the highly restrained environment with limited lighting and air flow. To add to this, many of us have no idea how to care for our plants, which only makes it worse.
But growing plants inside your apartment has only benefits. It is scientifically shown that some plants filter out toxins like formaldehyde, xylene and toluene from the surrounding air. And a plant can not only make your home look more beautiful, but it also helps reduce stress and symptoms of depression.
But if you’re new to this it’s best to pick the right plant that can fit your schedule, the amount of daylight available and the amount of time you plan to dedicate taking care of it.
Top 3 easy-to-grow indoor plants for black thumbs
The Jade Plant
The Jade Plant, also called the Money Tree, is the perfect plant if you are searching for something that doesn’t require a lot of watering. This beautiful succulent can live up decades with little access for water as long as it has some bright light and a room-temperature environment.
The Money Tree is one of the easiest plants to grow indoors and it’s strange branches and thick leaves give it a unique look that is certain to make your home look more beautiful. It basically looks like you have a small sized tree growing inside your house and that is what it makes this plant so interesting.
The Jade Tree thrives in bright light so naturally, the best place to put your Jade Plant is near a window. Ideally, you should keep your Jade Plant in a room that’s around 18°C – 24°C (65°F – 75°F), but you can go as low as 12°C (55°F) in the winter time. As I said earlier the Jade Plant doesn’t need a lot of water, so keep soil relatively dry.
You can get a small Jade Plant on Amazon for just $8.50. It might be small now, but in 5 years you’ll be proud to say you grew that yourself from just a few leaves. Or you can get an older, nicely potted Jade Plant for around $20 if you don’t want to go through the trouble of repotting it yourself.
The English Ivy
The English Ivy is a vine, a climbing plant that can grow up to 20 or even 30 m. You might’ve seen this ivy growing on old house walls and in gardens, sometimes uninvited, thus it being labelled by some as an invasive species.
But don’t worry. Put one of those in a nice pot and it will instantly bring extra elegance to your home and a touch of… English. Guaranteed to make you feel posh! If you’re one to enjoy a vintage and stylish look, this is the perfect plant for you.
It was also shown that the plant can filter from indoors formaldehyde that can be found in household products. It also removes the benzene, which is a very bad chemical found in cigarette smoke.
If you plan to get an English Ivy you’ll be happy to know that all it needs is a moist soil and cool room temperatures. If you want it to keep growing, add a small amount of liquid fertilizer every 3 weeks or so. Follow the instructions on the packaging to get the right concentration depending on what you use.
You can order a small English Ivy for just $3 on Amazon. And trust me, there’s no reason to get a larger plant, this one grows like crazy!
The Snake Plant
The Snake Plant, also known as “Mother-in-law’s Tongue” or the “Impossible to kill plant” is a succulent that can tolerate neglect… pretty well. If you are looking for a plant to put in your bedroom and forget about it this is the one.
Put this one in your bedroom because it converts carbon dioxide during the night and it removes the toxins from the air. Depending on your taste you can get it in different shapes: tall, short or in a bird’s nest formation.
Give the soil time to completely dry between waterings and keep it at normal room temperature. The Snake Plant likes to have plenty of light, so try to keep it behind see-through curtains near bright windows if you can, but don’t worry it can tolerate a little bit of shade.
It can make your home look more stylish because of its architectural sword-shaped leaves and interesting look. A Snake Plant will run you down $20 on Amazon, but you won’t regret your decision.
There it goes! These are, in my opinion, the most easy-to-grow plants out there! But there are tons of other great options out there. I might do a follow-up article on more indoor plants for beginners and tell you more about other amazing options like Aloe Vera, White Peace Lilly or the Spider Plant.
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We (Vlad & Greti) are building a home on a homestead in a rural area of Romania in Western Europe and sharing our story as two passionate gardeners who ditched the city for a simpler, better life.