5 Pretty Plants Even You Can't Kill
If you're like me and seem to have the worst luck with keeping plants alive, you might just be buying the wrong types of plants. Are you the grim reaper of gardening? Get these five tried and true no-fail plants for the green thumb challenged.
It's time to stop wasting your money on seed packets and plants that only look good in the picture and the store. Try your luck on these five types of plants instead.
Give yourself a head start, and get your hands on a potted plant. A rose bush is one of the best looking almost indestructible spring staples. Plant a rose bush in the ground or in a large pot with a drain (hole in the bottom), add some miracle grow, and enjoy the effortless buds in the spring and blooms every summer. These rose bushes are available at Lowe's for under $15.
Succulents can live indoors and outdoors, even with a neglectful garden guardian. They store water in their leaves, so if you forget to water them, they don't need you anyway. A big reason why these independent cactus-like leafy greens have become increasingly popular in event and wedding design is because they can be left out of water for a long period of time and still look fresh. They won't leave your wallet out to dry, either. For around $16, you can get three small succulents or a 6 incher like this Hanging Basket Donkey Tails Plant at HomeDepot.com.
Cast Iron Plants
Like rose bushes and succulents, cast iron plants thrive both indoors and outdoors with minimal commitment required of their owners. They need little water or sunlight so they're perfect for shady spaces like under a deck or an herb murderer's living room. Get a 2.5 Quart Cast Iron plant for under $10 (could vary depending on your location.)
Bamboo isn't just known for bringing good fortune and luck, but it's also a plant that is notoriously easy to keep alive and maintain. Basically, you just need to make sure it's watered and change the water completely every few weeks. This 3 Layers of Luck bamboo plant arrives with sprouting leaves and ready to grow.
You might already be aware of the aloe plant's soothing properties when it comes to healing sun burns and other skin conditions. It is also known for treating a number of other medical conditions such as osteoarthritis. To use aloe, you simply break off a piece of the plant and use the ointment. However, it's also incredibly easy to maintain and just looks nice around the house. You'll find great aloe plant deals from time to time, but you can get this 3-pack for less than $15 right now at Home Depot.
Other easy plants:
- Sago Palm
- Strawberry Begonia
- Moth Orchid
Steer clear of this tough-to-care for foliage, forgetful friends:
- Vegetables: Anything edible requires constant attention.
- Hydrangeas: They dry out very easily, so they will probably die of thirst.
- Ficus: It must be misted constantly during the first few weeks with you. What a diva.
- Herbs: Some are easier to grow than others. Here are some tips if you decide to grow your own herbs.
What is your favorite plant that just won't quit? Tell us in the comment section below!