We spend a lot of time caring for our lawn, our trees, and our garden that we sometimes forget about the INSIDE of our home. Bringing a little of the outdoors indoors can not only improve the look of our interiors but also the air quality. Houseplants can also be a great way to help deal with depression and anxiety. I know what you’re thinking, “ I don’t have time to take care of houseplants with my busy schedule.” Don’t worry. There are several types of houseplants that don’t require constant attention. Check out the list below for some of the best houseplants for people with busy lives.
Here is a plant that is not only easy to care for but will also grow old with you. This interesting plant can reach ages up to 70 or even 80 years of age! Jade plants don’t require a lot of water so you can forget a watering or three but it does prefer bright light and temperatures hovering in the low 70s. It’s unique round waxy leaves will make a statement in any room.
If you are looking for a great plant to have in a study or a room with tall ceilings, then check out the heartleaf philodendron. This bold vine with heart-shaped leaves will climb up anything you place it near. Perfect for bookcases or mantle pieces. The best part is it doesn’t need to be watered frequently and it will be comfortable in most light conditions.
Peace lilies grow natively in the tropical rainforests of Central America where they thrive in the shade on the forest floor. So it’s no wonder why it’s a popular houseplant. In the spring its beautiful cup-shaped flowers bloom and stick around for five to six weeks. Since they are accustomed to growing in the shade of tropical trees and go long periods without water this plant can handle abuse. It’s perfect for the frequent travelers who spend weeks at a time out of the house.
Most people will recognize this plant when they see it in your home. Its long pointed leaves not only draw the eye but the juices inside are famous for its healing qualities. Just look up the dozens of home remedies that have aloe as an ingredient. Aloe doesn’t like to be overwatered so only water it when the top two inches of soil is dry.
This popular succulent has gorgeous thick, rounded, paddle-shaped leaves. The leaves are flat and grow in layers to form a stunning rosette. During the winter, the leaves take on a reddish tint that adds a bit of interest to any room. Paddle plants are prone to rot from overwatering so water only when the soil is dry. Paddle plants can thrive outdoors in hardiness zones of 10 or above. In our area of Texas, you should bring your plants indoors during the winter months.
One of the hardiest of all houseplants is the ZZ plant. This Hercules of the plant kingdom can withstand long periods without water and very little sunlight. It’s a great addition for an office because it can be left over the weekend or long holidays without demanding any attention. It also is a great air purifier removing xylene and benzene from the air and leaving you with fresh, clean oxygen. One thing to note about the zz plant is that it is poisonous to ingest. So resist temptation and try not to munch on it no matter how delicious it looks. Oh, and keep it away from pets and children too.
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