5 House Plants You Can’t Kill … (hopefully)

March 9, 2020 1:50 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

We’ve all been here before… you’ve finally decided to buy a new plant to liven up your home. So you go to your local nursery, take an hour to pick the perfect seedling; making sure it matches the pot you’ve got in mind and also works with the aesthetic of your home. You spend the next two weeks caring for this new plant as if it was a matter of life or death, ONLY to come home from work one day and find your new little friend wilted over and turning yellow. Sound familiar…? Of Course it does!

We have put together our top ‘5 House Plants You Can’t Kill’. Or as some might like to call it – A Guide to Keeping Plants Alive for Dummies!

1. Sansevieria

Also known as the Mother in Laws Tongue or Snake Plant this is a front runner for the all round perfect house plant! It can grow just about anywhere and in any conditions; it can survive through droughts (or when someone forgets to water it for a month…oops). Not only do the pointy, sword like leaves look amazing – the NASA Clean Air Study showed that the Sanseviera removes 4 out of 5 toxins commonly found in our air spaces.

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  • POSITION – Low to moderate light requirements, can even take the harsh QLD sun that shines through our windows.
  • WATER – Very low water requirements during summer and even less during winter.
  • SOIL – Well drained, Light Mix. Let the soil get quite dry between watering.
  • HABITS – Leaves will contain green and yellow colouring – the brightness of the yellow will depend on how much light they are subject to.

2. Zanzibar Gem

You would’ve seen this little guy before in your local shopping center or parklands. Also known as the ZZ Plant this plant thrives off neglect (winning!) “It doesn’t take much water or food and it will tolerate a brightly lit spot but will also tolerate a darker spot.” The leaves give of an amazing shine and add a rich green colour to your interior. Another great thing about the ZZ Plant is that it will grow as big as you pot it, Small Pot = Little Plant, Big Pot = Growing into a big plant!

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  • POSITION – The ZZ Plant is happy nearly anywhere in the house, the only thing we don’t suggest is putting it in direct sunlight – this wont keep your little plant very healthy.
  • WATER – Watering depends on where you have your plant and how much light it receives. More light = more water, less light = less water!
  • SOIL – Rich, fertilized soil
  • HABITS – Are your leaves turning yellow? This is a common sign of over watering, don’t forget, less is more with your ZZ Plant.

3. Epipremnum Aureum

Commonly known as Devils Ivy, this could be our favourite indoor plant. A hardy plant that can tolerate poor light and erratic watering for some time – and will still maintain its gorgeous green colour. This plant thrives off warmer temperatures; growing the best between 16-30 °C – Was this plant made for QLD Homes? If you are looking for a plant that you can drape over windows or book shelves, Devils Ivy can very easily be taught to grow upwards or horizontally.

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  • POSITION -In short, this little guy can grow anywhere. It is best positioned near a window with indirect sunlight, but can also survive on a darker shelf. It is a great office plant as well because it thrives under fluorescent light.
  • WATER – Once a month is the ideal amount of water for your plant, however if you notice the soil looking a little dry – top it up. The Devils Ivy is relatively hard to kill and can deal with ‘random’ watering patterns.
  • HABITS – Leaves turning yellow? You guessed it, overwatering. The leaves are beautiful big heart shapes that can get quite distinct markings as it grows.

4. Aloe Vera

We love the Aloe Vera plant for many reasons… It looks amazing, is easy to care for but it also has amazing health benefits. Everyone has used Aloe Vera Gel at least once in their life, whether it was used directly onto a cut or to sooth sunburn after a day at the beach; it’s a very handy plant to have growing in your home.

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  • POSITION – Like many succulents this plant thrives off of sunlight, so pop it on a window sill or a shelf that gets lots of sun during the day. However Aloe Vera is also very adaptable if you want to put it in a dimly lit spot, if this is the case just remember to rotate your plant every month so you get an even grow.
  • WATER – Similar to our other favourite plants, the hotter the temp, the more water this plant needs. So when you notice the soil getting a bit dry, top it up with water. If your home is cool during winter you might not even have to water it at all.
  • HABITS – Fun Fact, your Aloe Vera plant if looked after well enough can grow up to 45cm tall. These plants tend to be very bottom heavy, so avoid planting them in a tall, skinny pot. Opt for a wide, shallow pot if you can – this will save you lots of hassle in the long run.

5. Australian Air Plants -Tillandsias

Yep, it’s exactly what your thinking; plants that don’t need any soil! Air Plants have the ability of being able to capture all their water and nutrients through tiny scales on the leaf surface. They are highly adaptable and require minimal care. While some air plants have roots, these are often used to help the plant stabilise itself rather than seek out moisture.

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  • POSITION – Air Plants should receive indirect, bright sunlight. So somewhere near the window is perfect.
  • WATER – As a general rule, a plant in a hot position will require watering every few days. In a dark, humid environment watering every few weeks can often be adequate. The best way to water your Air Plant is to mist it with a spray bottle of water.
  • HABITS – Fun Fact, you can buy these little guys for as low as $3 from your local nursery – what more could you want from a plant?

So there you have it, our Top 5 House Plants that you HOPEFULLY won’t kill. So channel your inner green thumb and let us know how your new plant additions go in your home.

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