Low Maintenance House Plants – No Green Thumb Required!

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I wanted to share how much I enjoy having GREEN plants in my home!  Not only are house plants visually appealing, but they purify the air and can provide a selection of fresh, edible treats.  Given my minimal green thumb, I definitely go for low maintenance house plants!  Below are a few of my favorites:

  

Hydroponic Tulips & Other Bulbs

While hydroponic bulbs don’t live as long as potted plants, they certainly outlast cut flowers!  You can pick them up during spring in many grocery stores.  Bonus – you can save the bulbs and plant them in your outdoor garden!  The tall glass vases are also good for storing corks, seashells, Christmas balls or other small items at a later date.

Low Light Hanging House Plant (aka: Pothos)

This is one of my all time favorite house plants, because it thrives with low light and once weekly watering. Typically they can be found in the garden center in a hanging basket.  However, if you are looking to purchase more than one, you can buy more economically online.  If your plant comes in a hanging basket and you don’t wish to hang it, you can simply removie the ‘hangers’ or transplant into a pretty pot.  Placed on a stand, these plants make a great accent to the corner of any room!

Succulents

Succulents are hearty plants, requiring very little water.  Some appear more cactus-like while others have smooth leaves, but all are easy to grow!  You can find them in many home improvement stores and garden centers, but the most economical way is to purchase small plants online and transplant to larger pots as they grow.  You can find them in varying quantity increments depending on how many you wish to purchase – the more you buy they cheaper they are!

Terrariums

You can easily create a terrarium at home with a few simple components!  I have included below a few links to recommended resources – otherwise, feel free to pick up from your local garden center.

First, decide if you would like a hanging or tabletop terrarium and select your glass container.  There are some really neat glass containers designed specifically for terrraniums or fee free to re-use a old piece of glassware you have at home.   Once you have selected your container, layer in…

1.  1 inch rocks for drainage
2.  1/2 inch of activated charcoal for soil cleaning
3.  1 inch of potting mix to provide a base layer under the plants
4.  A selection of 1-4 styles of succulents depending on the size of your container (be sure to wear gloves if you selected a cactus variety)
5.  Potting mix to fill your glass container to the base of the succulents

If you like, you can add a little moss or other garnishes to decorate the top of the soil as a finishing touch.  Water sparesely, (only when soil becomes fully dry) and wait for your succulents to grow!

Mint & Other Herbs!

Mint can be very invasive, which in a garden is bad, but in a self-contained house plant is an excellent property!  While some herbs can be difficult to grow indoors, Mint will re-generate it’s leaves on a regular basis.  Try this mint sampler pack, containing Mojito Mint, Spearmint & Peppermint to find your favorite!  If you are feeling ambitous, you could also try this herb sampler pack of Mint, Parsley & Oregano, but be know that the others take a bit more maintence and time to regenerate.

For more information on planting herbs, stay tuned for my upcoming blog on a building an indoor hanging herb garden!

Happy planting and enjoy your green beer this evening!