Houseplants are the perfect gift for anyone and especially at Christmas time. They brighten up the home, improve the air quality and are easy to care for with the minimum of fuss.
Most houseplants require the same environment to survive successfully. Water them when the soil is dry, place them in a well-lit room but not in direct sunlight and avoid heat sources such as radiators.
5 houseplants which are easy to care for
The Umbrella plant (Schefflera) is a very easy plant to care for. Place the plant in a light, warm room and water when the soil is dry. Apply a good houseplant feed during the growing season. Schefflera can grow quite tall or be trained to stay at a chosen height by pinching off the top shoot growth. The spread of luscious green leaves makes the umbrella plant ideal for air purifying and there are different varieties to choose from which vary in colouration of the leaves.
The peace lily (Spathiphyllum) is a great beginner plant. It has dark green foliage and elegant white bracts which look like white flowers sitting on top of stiff green stems. The peace lily is another air purifying plant and is extremely easy to care for. Place your spathiphyllum in a light, warm room and keep the soil moist. Peace lilies enjoy a little humidity so giving them a light misting occasionally will make your plant happy. The great thing about peace lilies is that you can divide them when re-potting therefore creating more wonderful plants for your home or to give away as gifts.
Dracaena is a large genus of trees which vary in leaf size, colour and trunk size. They are very easy to care for as houseplants and in some climates can be planted out in the garden. The Madagascar dragon tree is one of the most common dracaena houseplants. It has long, slim leaves with a green centre and red and yellow stripes along the edge of the leaf. They are also known for being one of the best air purifying house plants. Dracaena are very easy to care for when placed in a bright room with indirect sunlight.
It should be noted that all dracaena plants are toxic to cats and dogs and care should be taken to keep the plant out of reach of family pets.
The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) is one of the most popular houseplants. It is super easy to care for, will survive is most conditions and are easy to propagate so you can grow even more of these stunning hanging plants. Spider plants will thrive best in bright rooms with moist soil and enjoy a light misting of water to create a comfortable level of humidity. Hang your spider plant in a hanging basket and when it matures it will reward you with a profusion of hanging plantlets with small white flowers. These plantlets can be snipped away from the plant when they show roots growing and can be re-potted.
The Boston fern is an impressive plant that is easy to care for, great for purifying the air and easy to propagate. This is a stunning bushy plant with drooping feathery fronds which make it an ideal hanging plant. Being a sub-tropical plant, they perform best in indirect sunlight with moist soil and a good level of humidity. These plants can be propagated by separating the runners or dividing the plant.