Houseplants add some colour and life to your home, but most of them need to be regularly watered. If you’re very forgetful, you may find it difficult to look after your houseplants and they may struggle to survive. Chan Arnold, founder of Sap Plants (@sap_plants on Instagram), to find out which plants are the easiest to look after.
Houseplants improve the look of your home while making you feel happier, less stressed, and more creative.
Not only do houseplants improve your mental health, but they also improve your physical health by helping to eliminate air pollutants and beat the humidity.
Houseplants look good and make you feel good, but they are generally temperamental and need to be taken care of.
Express.co.uk chatted to Chan Arnold, founder of Sap Plants, to find out the top 5 most low maintenance houseplants.
Cacti are a popular houseplant to buy at the moment, and that’s because they are extremely low maintenance.
Chan said: “All varieties of cacti are super easy to care for and the main reason people kill them is they give them too much water.
“From October to Early March I don’t give me cacti any water at all because this is when they enter a dormant period and any water is likely to cause root rot. This is what causes your cacti to go soggy and die.”
However, Chan resumes watering at the beginning of March so you’ll need to do a little bit of work if you decide to buy a cactus now.
She said: “Use a little water at first and then water fully during the winter months. They like lots of sun so a window sill is good!”
The Philodendron Brasil is another easy-to-care-for plant.
Chan said: This is a beautifully coloured trailing plant that requires very little care.
“Perfect for most homes as it does well with lots of light but can also tolerate some shaded spots.
“When the top layer of soil is completely dry (a few centimetres deep), thoroughly water and wait for it to dry again.”
This plant is very sturdy, so If you forget to water your Philodendron Brasil it won’t die straight away.
Chan explained: “There have been times I’ve forgotten to water mine for three to four weeks and they’ve been absolutely fine after a good soak.”
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The Zamioculcas zamiifolia plant is known for being low maintenance, so it’s the perfect plant for beginners.
Chan said: “The Zamioculcas zamiifolia, more commonly known as the ZZ Plant, grows lovely, shiny leaves from it’s stems that can reach over three foot!
“They are notoriously easy to care for as they don’t require really specific light levels, they can survive in shaded spots and only require watering when the soil has completely dried out.
“If you forget to water your plants – this one’s for you! It is very forgiving.”
Prayer Plants are a bit needy but very easy to care for when you know how.
Chan said: “Seeing this group of plants on a low maintenance list may surprise some readers, however, your Prayer Plants will stay happy throughout the year if you follow this advice.”
When it comes to caring for Prayer Plants, you must never let the soil dry out. Chan said: “This plant likes its soil to remain moist (not soggy!), if it dries out completely the leaves curl and it can be difficult to bounce back.”
You shouldn’t keep Prayer Plants in your window hanging planters or right by a window. Chan explained: “While this plant likes a lot of indirect light, direct light is a definite no! Bright, direct light will cause this plant’s beautiful leaf patterns to fade and the leaves to burn and crisp.”
Don’t panic when the plant looks a little crispy and sparse in winter. Chan explained: “This plant likes high humidity, which means during the winter months in the UK it won’t look as happy.”