Plant Selection : The Easiest, Most Resilient Plants for Indoor Gardening
The health benefits of plants are widely praised, but sometimes starting your own indoor garden can still be a daunting task. Follow our Plant Selection Series for the easiest, most resilient plants to get you grounded and arm you with the knowledge and confidence to keep on growing.
Our first genus is the Sansevieria trifasciata, colloquially known as the Snake Plant. You might recognize this plant for its long, stripy green and yellow leaves, which is the ‘Black Gold’ variety. But this powerful plant comes in several different types, including ‘Whale Fin,’ ‘Starfish’ and ‘Cylindrica,’ each named after their distinctive appearances.
There are several traits of this genus which make it perfect for those just starting out:
Their leaves hold water. Don’t worry about leaving for a family vacation and coming home to withered, yellowing stems. This plant is especially forgiving, so even if you forget to water once in a while, it will keep going. A quick caveat is that all plants need water eventually, so if your trip is an extended one (1 month or longer), it’s a good idea to arrange for a plant-sitter or use a self-watering device.
They can handle shade. Whether you are in a dark Manhattan apartment or have North-facing windows, Snake plants can handle shade well enough to survive. Just remember that the less light the plant receives, the slower it will grow, which means it needs less water. A snake plant in a darker spot (i.e. more than six feet away from a window) will need to be watered no more than once every 2 to 3 weeks. Also, the bigger the plant, the less frequently it needs water. So, a large snake plant in a 10” pot might only need water once every 3 to 4 weeks! That said, all plants need some water, so if you have a truly dark corner, a live plant may not be the right fit.
They are strong. This plant isn’t a delicate one. The leaves are tough to the touch and will not snap easily. In fact, new leaves that come from the base of the plant can even split open a plastic pot! Just know that if this happens to you, it’s time to re-pot this trooper.
But pet owners beware. Before you get this mighty plant, take note that it is mildly poisonous to cats in dogs. If this might be a problem for you, stay tuned for our next blog installment for another green, beginner-friendly addition to your home!
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