If you’ve had previous disasters with keeping houseplants alive, fear not, there are plant options even for the least green fingered person! All plants need a little TLC but some are more tolerant than others and will survive with minimum care.
1. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
An excellent choice for novice gardeners as they will survive minimal maintenance and are known for being difficult to kill.
Will flourish in indirect sunlight, water moderately but don’t allow the soil to become soggy (no plant likes soggy roots!).
Brown leaves could be a sign of under watering. If situated in the bathroom it maybe too humid for it.
A good option for darker rooms as they can survive in low light.
2. Umbrella Plant (Schefflera)
This is a quick growing plant that will tolerant most conditions, the worst thing you can do is overwater this plant.
Situate in a bright room or on a window sill. Water moderately - a general rule of thumb is to give it a good watering when the soil is very dry.
Yellow leaves are a sure sign of overwatering so allow the soil to dry out completely in-between watering.
Ensure your pets don’t eat the leaves, it can be toxic if eaten.
3. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
With unique foliage this plant is perfect for making an impact.
Place in away from direct sunlight, a mid indirect light is best. Water moderately, it likes moist but not wet soil. Like many plants, test the soil before watering; if it is dry water thoroughly; if it’s still damp, test again in a few days.
Yellow leaves are a sure sign of too much sunlight, brown leaves can be caused by lack of humidity.
This plant can grow! If you want to limit its growth, reduce the amount of light it receives.
4. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata
This is a succulent plant which enjoys desert like conditions.
Situate in a bright sunny spot, a window sill is ideal. It’s better to err on the side of under watering the jade plant - only water when the soil is very dry to touch and never let its roots sit in water.
Brown leaves could be a sign of sunburn so try moving it to another bright location in the summer when the sun is very hot.
Wipe the leaves clean every few months to allow it to breath and look glossy.
5. Zanibar Gem (Zamioculcas)
A very stylish plant with beautifully glossy dark leaves.
Being a desert plant it likes to be dry and warm so water infrequently and keep in a warm bright room.
Yellow leaves can be a sign of overwatering and dropped leaves is caused by a severely underwater plant
Before watering test the soil - only water if the soil is very dry 4cm down from the top.
Houseplant Care Cards
We have compiled 32 popular houseplants into a care card guide which helps you choose the right plant for your home and gives top tips about how to keep your plants happy and healthy.