6 of the toughest Indoor House Plants and How to care for them

One of the most common questions we’re asked in store is which plants are the hardest to kill. We know caring for plants can sometimes be demanding and with the easing of restrictions throughout the UK we’re going to be seeing less and less of our plants, which is why we’ve curated this list of our Top 8 Toughest plants. 

The Workplace Hero. The ZZ is a tough plant offering air purification helping to eradicate toxins such as Xylene and benzene found in paints, inks and solvents working as an effective oxygenator that will improve the quality of your air indoors. Happy in bright light, shade and low humidity. A truly low maintenance work colleague. 

Light – Prefers filtered light, indirect light, however will tolerate lower light levels. 

Humidity – Low

Watering – Water sparingly during summer months and only when top layer of soil is dry. In winter, water once a month. 

Care – in order to maintain the flattering compact shape, trim any stem that may have gone a little leggy. But be sure to do this in spring. 

Nursery Pot Size – 15cm – due to the bulbs this is misshaped so you will need a 17cm decorative pot.

The cast iron plant is named exactly that for its near indestructability! This super hardy plant is good for all light situations (provided it isnt in direct sunlight). Apart of the lily family and native to china and japan. A slow grower you wont have to worry about this outgroing its home for some years to come. 

Light – Moderate, No direct sunlight

Humidity – Moderate 

Watering – Let your Aspidistra dry out between watering. unusally unphased by infrequency in watering. However during the growing season will happily drink regularly. Be sure to moderate watering with specifics of the light your Aspidistra receives. Low light will mean very little water is required. 

Care – Feeding your plant during the growing season about once every two or three months with a normal strength houseplant feed solution is advisable. They’re not heavy feeders so you won’t need to do it more than this. 

Nursery Pot Size – 14cm

 

This striking plant with stiff, sword like leaves is virtually indestrucible – the only way to kill it is through overwatering and cold temperatures.

Light – Warm & light, but tolerates. shade well. 

Humidity – Low

Watering – Water sparingly- about once a week in spring and summer, and once a month during autumn and winter. Feed once a month in Spring & Summer.

Care – When the plant outgrows its pot, remove and split into two smaller plants. 

Nursery Pot Size – 12cm

Considered the one of the most adaptable of house plants. The spider plant is perfect for the beginner or to restore faith in those with past casualties. The name is due to its little spidette buds dangling from the mother plant.

Light – Medium to bright, indirect

Humidity – Humidity is a bonus but can survive in less humid environments, Mist occasionally

Watering – Water well in growing months. But allow the potting mix dry out between drinks.

Care – At the start of spring do not be scared to prune back. Feed during the summer months with half strength fertiliser/plant food.

Nursery Pot Size – 12cm

Also known as Golden Pothos, Epipremnum aureum is a species of flowering plant in the arum family Araceae, native to Mo’orea in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. This is a hardy plant and perfect for beginners! Perfect trailing plant for hanging in a basket or on a shelf. This gorgeous plant is pet safe and has air purifying qualities!

Light – Filtered light or moderate shade.

Humidity – Moderate.

Watering – Ensure your plant is kept moist with weekly watering and regular misting, however the soil must be completely dry before topping up. Expect to reduce the frequency of watering during the winter months.

Care – A tough little plant. Cuttings root easily in water. 

Nursery Pot Size – 12cm

The Aloe vera handles dry weather well. The plant should occasionally be given a good splash of water and then left to dry out. This is much better for the plant than giving it a little water on a more regular basis. It is important that the water is able to drain away and not remain in the bottom of the pot. This houseplant likes plenty of light and can even handle being placed in direct sunlight.

Nursery Pot Size – 12cm

Thats six of our toughest houseplants, don’t worry we’ve got plenty more where that came from. Come in store and visit us for more advice or contact us using our chat box, Facebook or Instagram Page. In the mean time check out some more of our tough succulents. Don’t miss tomorrow’s stock drop at 5:30!

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