When it comes to gardening, are you a green thumb or a brown thumb? In other words, are you naturally just good at cultivating plants and flowers or does every horticultural project you undertake end with results you aren’t happy with?
The good news for brown thumbs is there are some indoor plants that are naturally hardier than others, which makes them perfect for people who don’t have much success ordinarily.
Here are five indoor plants you can try growing at home which stand a good chance of thriving:
1. Mother-in-law’s tongue (sansevieria trifasciata)
The humorously named Mother-in-law’s tongue is an evergreen perennial native to West Africa. Also sometimes referred to as a Snake Plant, the leaves on this plant are stiff and pointed at the ends, and can grow up to four metres tall. The best part is they are happy in both bright and dark areas.
2. Cast-iron plant (aspidistra elatior)
As its name suggest, the cast-iron plant is hard as nails. It can live in almost any environment, making it a robust choice regardless of your climate. It has dark green leaves with short stalks, and sometimes sprouts small purple flowers in the spring.
3. Spider plant (chlorophytum comosum)
The good old spider plant – which is a perennial native to South Africa – has long and thin leaves with a white stripe down the middle. They do extremely well indoors and are fast-growing so you can see them flourish in next to no time.
4. Fruit salad plant (monstera deliciosa)
Yes, there really is something called a fruit salad plant and it’s named that because the fruit it bears tastes just like fruit salad. This tough flowering plant native to the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico can grow both indoors and outdoors. However, if you like the sound of its fruit then you’d be better off planting it outside where it will have more chance of being productive.
5. Kentia palm (howea forsteriana)
The kentia palm is native to Lord Howe Island in Australia. It is a forgiving plant which can stand up to some neglect – although we obviously recommend you don’t do this. Furthermore, the fact that it’s slow growing means you won’t need to re-pot it every year.
Have you found any other plants that are particularly easy to grow? We’d love to hear about them if you have…