If you struggle to keep your houseplants happy, then today’s blog post is just for you! You’ll discover five different types of Commitment Free Plants which, apart from the occasional water, are able to tolerate very little attention.
With their dramatic foliage, Philodendrons have been popular as houseplants since Victorian times. There are two main types, climbing and non-climbing.
A well-known climbing variety is Philodendron scandens. It’s also known as the sweetheart vine, named after its heart-shaped leaves. If you plant it with a mossy pole, its stems will root themselves into the pole as they climb. Without support, the stems trail downwards, which also gives a lovely effect. Philodendron bipinnatifidum is an example of a non-climbing type.
Crotons are certainly attention-grabbing houseplants with their exotic, vividly coloured leaves, in red, orange, green, yellow and even purple, and varied leaf shapes too. Codiaeum variegatum pictum is the main variety and its apt common name is Joseph’s Coat!
With its leathery, glossy foliage, held on umbrella-like stalks, the Umbrella Tree is a very reliable plant. Naturally, it grows upright. But if you’d like to keep it bushy, simply pinch out the shoot tips.
Sometimes botanically referred to as Scindapsus aureus, whilst also as Epipremnum aureum, Devil’s Ivy is another houseplant that climbs or trails depending on whether or not your give it support. Make sure to provide variegated varieties with plenty of light to ensure that their markings are at their best.
Also known as Mother-in-Law’s-Tongue, the Sansevieria is a very tough plant and is virtually indestructible, unless it’s over-watered! As well as its resilient nature, it also has the wonderful benefit of cleaning the air from harmful toxins found indoors. The best known variety is Sansevieria trifasciata laureate, which has sword-like, mottled grey-green leaves edged with creamy-yellow.
Care wise, all these commitment free plants are very easy to look after. Keep them in good light but out of the scorching midday sun.
When they’re actively growing from spring through to the autumn, water them regularly, keeping the compost just moist. In the winter, when growth slows, allow the compost to dry out partly before water sparingly.
Feed them regularly during the summer growing season. And it’s also a good idea to keep the leaves clean by occasionally wiping them with a damp cloth.
So, if you’d like a low maintenance houseplant or two, look out for the varieties in today’s blog post.
* This post is brought to you in collaboration with The Flower Council of Holland. All the words are my own.
(Images : The Flower Council of Holland)