Easy To Grow Houseplants
I love house plants but as a busy person who works full-time mine do get forgotten about a lot of the time. It's a good job it's not illegal to neglect plants.
However, they are thriving, much more so than years ago when I was a stay at home mum pandering to their every need.
I've killed many plants over the years mainly due to over watering. (Its easier to bring your plant back to life from under-watering rather than over watering) So I thought I would share with you the plants I have now which seem to enjoy me being busy elsewhere.
- I have had my Money plant (Crassula Ovata )for many years its also known as the Jade plant as I've discovered during my research. At first it was a sickly plant and lost most of its leaves I almost threw it away. Since I have moved house and it has a new position with lots of light it has flourished in fact it is getting rather big now as you can see by the photo.
- It's a succulent which means it requires very little watering which is ideal for people like me who forget. The way to tell it needs more water is to check its leaves if they are a bit wrinkly it needs watering. Although it's probably kinder to the plant to not let it get to this stage. I usually water mine very three weeks but in hot weather a bit more. If the leaves are plump and fleshy you have a happy plant. Over watering is more likely to kill this plant than under watering.
- Another of my favourite plants is the Mother-In-Laws tongue (Sansevieria Trifascia ) sometimes known as the Snake plant. I have lots of these plants, and they just don't stop growing. They have long fleshy leaves with a sharp point hence its name. If you want to get into the plant selling business this is the one to have.
- These plants seem to thrive in any light conditions although you do seem to get brighter colours the more light they get. They are a succulent which means minimum water I usually water about every three weeks and I've never had one die on me yet.
- They grow quite quickly my tallest is about 18 inches. New shoots grow out of the soil next to the main plants. When the pot gets crowded I remove the whole plant from the pot and split off these new shoots and plant them in their own little pots then replant the mother plant.
But be warned unless you have someone to pass them onto you are going to end up with far too many plants.
- I've had many Spider plants ( Chlorophytum Comosum)they are so easy to grow, and they produce lots of baby plants hanging on long stems which you just cut off and plant. I've ended up giving away a lot of my plants as I just had too many. It needs to be kept on a shelf or window ledge so the babies have somewhere to hang or a hanging basket if you have room.
- They like plenty of light but not direct sunlight. These are another plant that don't require lots of watering I usually water once every couple of weeks. You can tell if you have forgotten to water as the leaves tend to lose their colour and look a bit brittle. It's easy to bring back from this just give more water. Over watering is not good I've lost a few plants to this in the early days as it rots their roots.
- I have had my Christmas cactus (Schlumbergera) for about six years. It starts to flower in early December right through to Christmas then has a break for a month before it starts again. So it's usually in flower at Easter too. I think I have one very confused cactus.
- It's another succulent which means very little water which is good for me. Mine sits on the kitchen window ledge and gets plenty of light with some late evening sunshine. I normally water every two to three weeks but usually when I see the leaves losing their plumpness and looking a bit wrinkly.
- It's best not to move them when they have flower buds on as this can cause them to drop. Like all succulents, it doesn't like too much water I have killed cacti in the past with over watering.
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