Don’t let those fickle fiddle leaf figs fool you. Not every houseplant calls for a natural green thumb along with extensive gardening experience. These hardy indoor species may survive and even thrive despite severe neglect.
“Buy something that likes to live how you do,” advises Gwenn Fried, director of the horticulture treatment program at NYU Langone. When you’re working with a dim room, give low-light options like pothos, prayer plants, and dracaena a move. If too many rays has shriveled your crops in the past, elect for sun lovers like yucca, jade, and ponytail palm. Peace lilies and Chinese Shrimp may take care of the well-meaning over-waterer.
How to Care For Indoor Plants
Each specialist I spoke with started with the exact same standard mantra: Light is food for plants. “Fertilizer offers extra nutrients and water helps, but your plant needs light to survive,” says Marino. She proposes standing near the window in your house or apartment around noon and noticing how hot and bright it seems. “You should be able to gauge whether your apartment is comparatively low light, moderate light or high light in midday,” she explains. Assessing your home’s light situations functions as a manual for which plants you should choose to populate your home (or mantle, desk or shelf ).
“We think of plant buying a little like matchmaking,” says Blank. We want your plants to match your home, your style and your lifestyle.” Set yourself up for success by starting with low maintenance plant varieties, like a Marble Queen Pothos or ZZ plant, that could withstand a little accidental neglect as you travel up the learning curve.