Spruce Up Your Office Cubicle With These Hard-to-Kill Plants That Are Not Succulents
Plants have the ability to liven up any room, bringing brightness to even the most drab of interiors. In the age of Pinterest, where every home décor pin seems to be a perfectly-decorated room complete with luscious greenery, we've made it our goal to incorporate some kind of foliage into our own spaces. We've even added a few varieties here and there at the office, and they make the perfect additions to our desks.
We quickly learned, however, that picking out plants can be intimidating, especially when you don't exactly have a green thumb. Knowing when to water them, how much to water them, which soil varieties are best, and what kind of lighting they need is actually mind-boggling, and it's stressful thinking that one wrong move can do them in. But what if we told you there are some plants that are actually hard to kill?
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Believe it or not, there are a handful of greens that are known as tried-and-true survivors, and therefore great options for beginners. One of the criteria that make them so easy to care for is that they are adaptable to any lighting. Another biggie is that they don't need a ton of water, so if you forget about them every once in a while (or a lot), they're not going to drop dead right then and there. Read below for 5 houseplants we've managed to keep alive, and are sure you can too!
Aloe is easy to care for, as it does well in indirect light and doesn't need a ton of water. Plus, aloe is great for your skin and helps treat burns. You can cut a leaf lengthwise, squeeze out the gel, and apply it directly to your skin. You'll thank yourself for getting this plant the next time you have a sunburn.
This plant variety, also known as mother-in-law's tongue, is extremely hardy and nearly impossible to kill. They prefer bright light (but will do fine in darker environments, too), and need only be watered when the soil becomes completely dry.
There are many varieties of philodendrons (above is the split-leaf), and they are known for adapting well to whatever environment they're placed in. The heartleaf or sweetheart philodendron "is one of the most dependable and toughest of all houseplants," says thespruce.com.
Also known as devil's ivy, this plant got the nickname because of how hard it is to kill. It's known for being a great plant for beginners and will do well in either dim or bright light. The roots tend to be shallow, so only a small amount of water is needed at a time. Plus, it's a climbing vine, so it will hang nicely from a filing cabinet.
According to gardeningknowhow.com, "these tough plants tolerate lots of abuse, making them excellent candidates for newbie gardeners." Plus, spider plants are widely known to clean the air around them—NASA even conducted a study which proved this.