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Low Light Indoor Plants Resilient to Neglect

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Make your indoor gardening simple by choosing any of these durable, easy-to-grow plants. Indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool. We found 5 indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving even during the winter months.

Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you, these plants can survive the winter and so can you! It won’t be long till springtime and you can feel the warmth of the sunshine and hear the birds chirp in the morning again. S.A.D. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — SAD begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you’re like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody. Using a light box can help with that, and taking care of something else can help you take care of yourself, just by having something to change your focus can lift your mood.

These would also make a great gift for someone who needs their spirit lifted, recovering from an illness or loss. It helps with feeling low after the busy holiday season to have something to care for, but when you are busy you can just smile at them when you walk by.. I think they smile back!

 

1 Zebra plant – Haworthia attenuata

Zebra plant – Haworthia attenuata

This plant multiplies prolifically, and often with multiple varieties and cultivars.  Lacking a stem, Haworthia attenuata matures into a striking cluster of spiky leaves of, quite possibly, varying colors and stripes.  Height remains below 6 inches.

Light:  Partial shade/sun to Full Sun.  The brighter the light, the deeper the shades of green.  In full sun, the green in a Haworthia attenuata will turn an alternately beautiful reddish-purple.

Water:  Drought-tolerant but susceptible to overwatering.  Let the soil dry before watering again.  As mentioned above, when in question opt not to water Haworthia attenuata.  This plant loves neglect!!

Blooms:  Late Winter/Mid Winter an antenna will emerge from the center with small white blooms.  Snip off when bloom fades.

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Photo: Amy via Flickr / CC-BY


2 Pothos Vine

Pothos Vine

 

One of the all-time easiest plants to care for, pothos plants are also super easy to propagate and rarely have any problems with houseplant pests. Pothos are perfect for growing in hanging baskets, or just allowing the vines to cascade. Pothos plants are perfect houseplants for beginners!

Light:  Partial Sun

Water:  water regularly, once a week

+propagation is easily done through cuttings+

+this plant is poisonous if ingested+

Photo: My site – Sparkles of Yum

3  Snake Plant

 Snake Plant

These plants can be neglected for weeks at a time; yet, with their strappy leaves and architectural shape, they still look fresh. After they have been propagated, the care of snake plants is very easy. Put them in indirect sunlight and don’t water them too much, especially during the winter. In fact, it’s better to let these plants dry out some between waterings. A little general purpose fertilizer can be used if the plants are in a pot, and that’s about it.

Common Names: snake plant, mother-in-law’s tongue, bowstring hemp, devil’s tongue, jinn’s tongue, snake tongue

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Photo: Flower Factor via Flickr / CC BY-NC

4 Prayer Plant

Prayer Plant

Prayer plant is a good houseplant: It’s easy to grow, has fun foliage, and is a hardy indoor plant, ensuring you can be pretty successful with it! Prayer plant is a low, spreading plant that’s often grown in hanging baskets, but will also grow horizontally along a tabletop or other surface. It’s a slow grower, so no matter where you have prayer plant, you don’t need to worry about it growing out of bounds.

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Photo: James Stutzman via Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

5 Ponytail Palm Plant

Ponytail Palm Plant

Ponytail palm’s best quality is how easy it is to grow: As long as you don’t overwater it, the plant may seem virtually indestructible. It’s a slow grower that’s perfect for just about any room of the home, especially bedrooms. A small ponytail palm looks fabulous on tabletops. It has a spare appearance that makes it fantastic for contemporary and modern interior designs, but ponytail palm also looks great in more casual settings, such as country and eclectic looks. Basically, you can grow this houseplant anywhere.

Native to arid regions in Mexico, the ponytail palm, in its natural habitat, can tower over houses.

As a specimen plant indoors, it is extremely unique.  Ponytail palms are most attractively planted in shallow dishes.  They can grow to about 6 feet indoors.  This interesting plant will occasionally sprout little offsets. These can be removed and planted individually, however a mature clump of ponytail palms growing atop one another is a highly prized possession among plant enthusiasts.

Light:  Ponytail Palms enjoy bright light and can be acclimated to full sun.  Keep in a bright to sunny spot

Water:  During the growing season (spring/summer) water weekly.  In dormant times (fall/winter) water sparingly – once a month.  Water is stored in the bulbous trunk so it is drought tolerant.  Do not overwater.

+So easy to take care of!  This plant can take lots of abuse – it is a Palm Room favorite+

+no parts of this plant are known to be poisonous if injested

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Photo: Forest and Kim Starr via Flickr / CC BY

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