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BEST INDOOR PLANTS WITH MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

BEST INDOOR PLANTS WITH MINIMAL MAINTENANCE

As modern human beings we all are so occupied in our world that somehow we have lost contact with mother-nature. In rat race of technology we have left behind the warmth and comfort of nature’s lap. Then I came across some of the best indoor plants full of beauty of nature. So, I started taking interest in gardening recently as a novice.

As in a city we lack much expanse, I chose our compact balcony and our rooms as the place for gardening as most of us usually do. To start with I was very cautious in selecting plants that require minimal care, as I did not want to let them die. I can say proudly that I have been successful so far. Waking up early in the morning, holding a cup of coffee and sitting in the balcony with these lovely vegetation; believe me it is the ultimate way to start your day.  

Here I am sharing list of some easy to grow best indoor plants and all dos and don’ts that I learnt, with you all, who are interested in effortless gardening.

1. CROTON

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It is otherwise called ‘rush foil’. Croton is a tropical plant that prefers warm atmosphere and humidity. There are varieties of Crotons available. It has brilliant glossy foliage bearing yellow, red, purple and green shades. It can be grown both indoors and outdoors. 

It is furthermore colorful and vibrant when kept in direct sunlight for 6-8 hours a day, extra sunlight will dry out leaves

If persisted in being exposed to less sun light then leaves turns green. It can be grown in shade or indoors where it can get indirect sun. It has need of watering weekly or daily depending on situation. The soil should not be left desiccated for long. It requires fertilization once a month. Croton can acquire spider mites. Use soap water to cleanse it and wipe the leaves if it gets infested. Croton doesn’t like to be moved. It has a plant juice that can be poisonous to pets when ingested. 

        When I first brought Croton plant I did not have any clue that it will magnify charm of the house so much and it will be a focal point of attraction wherever it is kept. So if you are looking for a gorgeous plant that calls for less care and attention, then Croton is the spot on choice.

2. DRACAENA

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Dracaena, alternatively called as ‘Song of India’ is one of the most sought after plant to grow indoors and outdoors.

The name Dracaena is derived from Greek word Drakaina, that means ‘female dragon’.

Dracaena is a sub-tropical plant. It flourishes well in low to medium light in indoors, or indirect sunlight in outdoors. It is a bushy plant and has spectacular foliage, with light as well as dark green patterns on the leaves.

  It has much diversity with a spectrum of shapes, sizes and pattern. It is easiest to grow plant which can strive well even when watered once a week and fertilized once a year.

Recent NASA studies prove that it also detoxifies air. Leaves when cleaned intermittently with damp cloth breathe better and look more appealing. It is pest resistant in general, but sometimes can get infested with mealy bugs. In case of infestation, need to apply pyrethrin based insecticide spray. Dracaena may be noxious to pets if ingested.

       If you are looking for an alluring plant, that purifies air, needs least mothering and won’t die even if neglected for long then this is the plant you should opt for.

3. ALOEVERA

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Aloevera is an undemanding plant acquainted to dry and desert condition. It is an ornamental plant with medicinal as well as cosmetic benefits. Aloevera is one of the easiest to grow plant for forgetful waterers.

        It has stout leaves because of which it needs watering hardly once a week or once in 2 weeks. Fertilizing once a year is enough. It should be positioned in a bright and sunny area in both indoors as well as outdoors. The pot should have holes to drain surplus water. The soil should be dry before subsequent watering. Too much sunlight or too frequent watering or stagnant water may kill the plant. 

  Aloevera can be used for decoration. Gel inside leaves of the plant is useful for alleviating rashes, wounds or burns. It cures acne as well. So this is an imperative plant in your home as it is the easiest to maintain plant with numerous benefits.

4. SUCCULENTS

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If you are looking for best indoor plants with lowest maintenance then succulents are the one. Succulents are a set of plants with juicy stems, leaves and roots. There are varieties of succulents based on their size, color and pattern. The plants are hugely in demand these days as these are trouble-free house plants, best for forgetful gardeners. 

Succulents are perennial plants which can endure desert conditions for days. These can be grown in exteriors as well as interiors. Bright sunlight is vital for its growth, but overexposure will dry out its leaves. In indoors it should be grown in a well draining pot, most preferably in desert- dweller soil. The whole idea is to soak the soil with abundant water till excess water evacuates through holes in the pot.  Water the plant when the soil is completely juice-less.

Too much dampened soil with excess retention of water can rot its roots.

Miniature new plants will grow beside the mother-plant that can be replanted in another pot to prevent overcrowding. Some succulents necessitate fertiliser once a year and some don’t even need it. 

If you are the person looking for an easy to perpetuate houseplant that is adorable and can thrive well and do not die when unmaintained then succulents won’t disappoint you.

5. SANSEVIERIA

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It is a unique easiest to grow succulent that is modern and contemporary in look. It is one of the best indoor plants.

Sansevieria has thick, long and tough leaves having light and dark green horizontal patterns on it, along with yellow edges, hence it is otherwise called ‘Snake Plant’. It is cheekily called asMother in law’s tongue’ as it is grown in almost every household.

It can be kept indoors, in balcony or can be grown outdoors too. It seems chic when kept in a white ceramic pot in living room or bedroom.

   Sansevieria is versatile as per its requirements. It can put up with low, medium or bright light. It can survive in dry as well as humid condition. It grows in summery as well as chilly temperature. Frequent watering and stagnant water is the only way to kill the plant. It requires watering once in 2-6 weeks depending on the condition. Sansevieria plant can thrive in case of extreme neglect and grows splendid if taken care of. It also propagates with ease. 

Sansevieria takes unfavorable toxic gases inside and releases oxygen chiefly at night, so keeping one of these plants in your bedroom is a healthy option.

Hence if you are newbie in gardening or you need plant that looks modish and sustain weeks without watering or you are a frequent traveler who stays away from home most of the time then Sansevieria is a perfect pick for you.

6. ARECA-PALM

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This is a genre of palm that can be placed both indoors and outdoors. It has got gorgeous green feathery fronds with hundreds of leaflets that will add an edgy and classy look to your living room. If grown in pot , it grows up to 6 feet, but when grown outdoors it can be as tall as 30 feet.

Usually it is potted in a sizable pot, not too large though, to restrict its height . The crowded roots prevent the plant to enlarge in size. The soil must be moist in summer and spring, and can be allowed to dry a bit in winters. It necessitates daily watering . Being a tropical plant it needs humid condition to flourish fully. Time release fertilizer pellet should be used once a year. The plant should be re-potted every 2 years to remove old age soil. It clings to life up to 10 years.

‘NASA clear air study’ suggest that Areca-palm breathes formaldehyde and rest venomous gas inside and purifies air.It humidifies air as well. Hence in terms of air purification it is one of the best indoor plants.

Hence if you are willing to keep a plant that will add beauty and well-being to your home then assuredly you should get an Areca palm plant.

7. MONEY PLANT

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Money plant is the customary house-plant grown in almost every household.

In Feng-shui , it  is believed to bring wealth, fortune, prosperity and harmony to home. For a beginner it the basic and easy-peasy plant to grow.

It can be grown in soil as well as water in a pot/ bottle/ jar. Money plant has got winsome heart shaped leaves with different shades of green. This plant grows as vine, hence rightfully called as “Devil’s vine” or “Devil’s ivy”. 

        It favors well draining soil i.e. half of potting soil mixed with half of river sand. It does not need recurrent watering; only once a week or once in 10 days watering is enough. Home-made fertilizer or compost fertilizer or time release fertilizer once a year is great. If using liquid fertilizer, it should be used once a month. Putting a straight stick will help it grow encircling it. The growth is swift.

Thus if you have a starter in gardening , this spectacular plant is unquestionably your first choice.These are some of the unexacting plants succeeded in maintaining. 

This is list of some of the best indoor plants that I have at my place. Is this helpful to you? You can give your valuable suggestions and share your own experience too in the comment box below.



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