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Low-Maintenance Houseplants That Are Perfect For Black Thumbs

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Decorative items are great for sprucing up a home, but there’s still nothing quite like seeing plants inside a space. It’s like bringing nature into your home. Here are some low-maintenance plants you can use to add oomph to every part of your home.

Aloe Vera

Perfect for: Your desk or home office

This plant is not only able to make a space more inviting, but it also contains a gel that is a very good home remedy, especially for burns and small wounds. The aloe vera plant is easy to maintain: It only needs to be watered once every two weeks and placed in an area where it will receive ample sunlight.

Snake Plant

Perfect for: Your kitchen or hallways

Another easy-to-maintain houseplant, snake plants are perfect for anybody who considers themselves black-thumbed. This plant can grow well in areas with indirect sunlight and don’t need to be watered often since its leaves store water well. There’s just one important reminder: Snake plants are prone to rot, so make sure to get free-draining soil mix for them.

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Spider Plant

Perfect for: Your bedroom

The spider plant is known to be easy to care for, since it can easily adapt to any environment. Its long dangling leaves look just lovely when placed in a hanging pot. If you decide to put a spider plant in your space, however, you have to be careful about the kind of water you use for it. As much as possible, try to go for distilled water since other types can cause its leavers to turn brown. Also, transplant it in well-draining soil and make sure not to let it get too soggy, because that will lead to root rot.

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Bromeliad

Perfect for: Your living room

Bromeliads are perfect plants for those who want to add a tropical vibe to their homes. Jus make sure it is not left in standing water to avoid making the soil soggy and killing the plant’s roots. Fill the “cup” at the base of its leaves with water, and regularly replenish that water to avoid mineral build-up. Lastly, put your bromeliad in an area where it can receive medium to bright light.

Peace Lily

Perfect for: Your bathroom or bedroom

Aside from their natural beauty, peace lilies are also known for their ability to purify the air, making them great for the home. They can live in medium to low light, and should not be watered too often, since they are more tolerant of underwatering than overwatering. 

Areca Palm

Perfect for: Your dining room

If you need an interesting item to jazz up your dining room, why not go for an areca palm? This plant, which can grow up to around six to seven feet high, is not very difficult to care for; all you need to do is to place it somewhere it will receive bright, indirect light, and to plant it in well-draining soil. Let the top of the soil dry in between waterings, and remember to repot it every two to three years.

Philodendron

Perfect for: Your living room

Put it in a location with bright, indirect sunlight. You’ll know your philodendron is getting too much light if its leaves are simultaneously turning yellow. Second, water it regularly. If its leaves become droopy, then you might be watering your plant too much. Finally, make sure to give it enough fertilizer. The amount of fertilizer you’re giving your philodendron may be insufficient if it’s growing too slow, or if its leaves are small.

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Source: House Beautiful

This story originally appeared on Realliving.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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