Easy To Grow Houseplants
Easy To Grow Houseplants
Spring is a great time to start gardening; the sun has started to peek through, the weathers getting warmer and everything is blooming into colour. Even if you don’t have a garden, houseplants are a great way to bring the outside in.
Have you been unsuccessful with houseplants in the past? Not to worry! Below is a selection of affordable and easy to grow indoor plants, and whether you are growing from seeds or sprouts, you’ll get amazing results with very little effort!
Let’s start easy!
Cacti are incredibly low maintenance, needing very little water due to storing it all in their leaves, and as they are usually found in desserts, they are used to dry environments. As long as the cactus has plenty of light, and you let the soil dry before watering again, it is very unlikely that they will die. To ensure the soil is able to dry, make sure the pot has plenty of drainage holes to allow excess water to escape.
As for tips for getting the best growth out of your cactus, fertilise during its peak growth season, and give it lots of natural light, rather than artificial.
Like cacti, aloe plants are succulents, meaning they are used to dry conditions, therefore don’t need a lot of watering! Similarly, the soil needs ample drainage, and be left to dry before watering again. If you’re growing cacti, you should also try growing aloe as well, as you can treat them the same.
Most importantly, aloe plants need lots of bright, natural light, so placing them next to southern facing windows is best. You can also cut off the leaves, peel them, and make so many things from the aloe vera gel inside, including face masks, juices, and moisturiser!
Herbs are great plants to start growing - they smell nice, look nice, and can be used in your cooking! Firstly, think about which herbs you’d like to grow, as there is such a huge variety. Is there a recipe you often cook which uses a certain herb? Is there a herb that you love the smell of? Growing something you like is a great place to start.
Herbs need slightly more attention than succulents, however as long as they get lots of light, and you water them every day, they’re sure to grow. Sow seeds of leafy herbs such as basil, coriander and mint from January to early April, then they can be planted into bigger pots as soon as they have sprouted enough for you to pull them out by the roots. Herbs are used to being planted out, but as long as the pots are big enough, they will grow fine in the kitchen.
A lot bigger than herbs and succulents, yucca plants need big pots with lots of soil, but work great as statement features in any room of the house. They need plenty of drainage from their pots, but need infrequent watering due to their waxy leaves. It’s important to prune these leaves often, especially as they go brown and die. This leaves room for new leaves to grow.
Luckily, these plants don’t always need full sun, so they are able to grow well in corners of rooms and away from the direct sunlight of windows.
Spider plants are excellent for purifying the air, and look wonderful in hanging baskets as the leaves cascade down the side. As with most of our easy to grow houseplants, they like even soil moisture, and to do out of direct sunlight, making them a breeze to grow.
If you are growing the spider plant from seeds, only water occasionally to begin with and as they grow, start to water them more. During the warmer months, it’s important to water more often to ensure the soil doesn’t dry out.
Fun fact! The baby spider plants that sprout off the long stems are called “pups,” and will grow alongside white flowers off the plant. .
Peace lilies are most commonly found on forest floors, so it’s important to replicate this environment in the home. This means that they need constant moisture, but don’t need too much sunlight. They also thrive in humidity, and love to have their leaves misted, so keep a spray bottle of water nearby and keep them away from draughts and windows.
One of our only houseplants that grow flowers, with good and consistent care, they will bloom in the early summer.
Important! All parts of the peace lily plant are poisonous, so make sure they are kept well out of the way of children and pets.
There are many different types of begonia, so before you start to grow, research into the ones that you like the look of the most. In general, begonias are happy to grow in the shade, and will come back year after year as they are a super hardy plant!
Begonias start their lives as bulbs, meaning when they finish their season for the winter, the leaves will still gather nutrients and come back stronger in the spring! As your begonia will be spending its time in the shade, it needs watering so the soil is damp, but never so it’s soggy.
The flowers that grow can be cut off and used as decoration around the house, as long as they are placed in water.
As the name would suggest, rather than blooming in the spring like other plants, the Christmas cactus blooms during the holiday season.
Growing a Christmas cactus is very different to other plants. Firstly, we need to start the growth of this plant in October, and not in sunlight like other plants! It needs to be planted in near complete darkness (think a cupboard or box room with no windows) to start it’s growth cycle properly. Check on it every day, and as soon as buds start to sprout, it can be brought out of the darkness. However, avoid drastic lighting changes, as this can shock the plant.
As long as you are checking and watering the cactus often, and keeping it in a shady area, it should bloom around late December. These beautiful pink flowers are a gorgeous feature of any room.
String of Pearls
Bright light and plenty of space will make these interesting plants thrive - like the spider plant, it looks great as the pearls hang over the edge of a pot or basket. Try putting it on a window sill and allow the pearls to cascade down your wall, creating a stunning feature wall. Alike to aloe, it is a succulent, so will survive in dry soil. However, it is still important to water occasionally to keep that growth growing and the plant healthy.
To ensure the plant stays healthy, make sure you trim any dead or dying stems to make room for new ones.
The Kentia Palms are everything you could ever want from an easy to grow houseplant. It loves the shade, requires infrequent watering and will grow metres tall to create a stunning feature in any room.
You only need to water the Kentia Palm weekly, allowing the soil to dry in between waters. It prefers warmer temperatures but can survive in a chill. An easy way to know if you are over or under-watering is to look at the leaves - brown means under-watering, and yellow tips mean over-watering.
All plants are different, but as long as you remember water and sunlight, they’re very likely to flourish and make your home into an outdoor paradise, indoors! Houseplants are great for cleaning the air, boosting productivity and bringing life into the home, so even if you start small, it’s a worthwhile hobby to start.