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The Best Indoor Plants for Guaranteed Green Thumb Success

The Best Indoor Plants for Guaranteed Green Thumb Success

When I moved into my new apartment, I couldn’t wait to get stuck in and brighten it up with a little bit of greenery. After a month, the first plants hadn’t died and I started getting cocky, handing out basic tips on putting them in the sun and not over watering them to my friends, colleagues and pretty much anyone who would listen.

Low and behold, winter hit and of the nine, only three fearless soldiers remained standing through the dark, freezing gloom. A shot to the confidence to say the least, I began my quest to find answers. Multiple YouTube videos and advice forums later, I was armed with a fresh new perspective… it wasn’t me; it was them.

A dimly lit, poorly ventilated apartment is not the ideal conditions to be raising a diverse plant family.  And in London,  limited outdoor spaces and tight living conditions mean we need to do our research before waving our cash at the first market stall we see.

While many plants require abundant space and maintenance there are a great list of options that can stand up to even the harshest of conditions. If you’ve been looking to channel your inner horticulturist, but lack the right space to do it in, consider these “apartment plants” that will set you up for a win.

  1. Monstera Deliciosa

Key maintenance tips:

  • Find an area in your house that has a nice balance between sun and shade.
  • Water about once a week or until the soil is fairly dry .
  • To curb excessive growth, avoid re-potting too often and prune regularly by pinching off new growth.
  1. Pothos

Key maintenance tips:

  • Grow indoors, preferably with bright, indirect light, although it also will tolerate low-light conditions.
  • Let the soil dry out between waterings as this plant dislikes soggy roots.
  • Grow in any well-draining potting soil.
  1. Chinese Money Plant

Key maintenance tips:

  • Keep out of direct sunlight
  • Use a pot with drainage holes to prevent root-rot
  • Ensure the soil dries out between waterings – it will require more frequent watering in warmer, sunnier weather.
  • Rotate your Money Plant at least once per week to ensure it doesn’t start to grow lopsided

Do you have any houseplants?

  1. Rubber leaf

Key Maintenance Tips:

  • Keep your rubber leaf plant in bright, indirect light
  • During their growing season (summer) these plants require more water – the soil should be kept moist but not drowning
  • Rubber plants are sensitive to temperature changes and prefer to live in areas with consistent humidity and temperature so try to keep them away from windows or doors
  1. Cactus

Key maintenance tips:

  • Water once a week or when the top half-inch of soil looks dry while growing.
  • Try and place it in a sunny area but keep out of direct sunlight, which can make the cactus look bleached or even orange.
  1. Iron Plant

Key maintenance tips:

  • Like many house plants, the Iron Plant would prefer to be too dry than too wet
  • Use a pot with drainage holes to avoid root-rot
  1. Lucky bamboo

Key maintenance tips:

  • Lucky Bamboo plants are really low maintenance as they can be grown in water!
  • Place pebbles at the bottom of your vase to support the plant
  • Place the Lucky bamboo in dim, indirect sunlight
  • Change the water every two to four weeks
  • Make sure the roots always stay covered with water
  1. Aloe vera

Key maintenance tips:

  • Aloe vera plants love bright, indirect sunlight
  • Water aloe vera plants deeply, but infrequently. To discourage rot, allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between waterings.Water about every three weeks
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