Hey, everyone!

So I love having plants in my home. They really bring a nice freshness to a space, but sometimes I struggle keeping the dang things alive. :)I am so excited to have Jennifer Riner from Zillow guest blogging here today. She is going to school us on the best indoor plants…plants that are nearly impossible to kill. Yesss!

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4 Plants that Thrive

By Jennifer Riner of Zillow

Interior gardens bring life indoors and refresh bland spaces
while helping homeowners develop their green thumbs. However, some individuals
lack the time to devote to maintaining healthy houseplants or may not be fully
prepared to take care of natural life on their own.

With minimal immediate care required, these four types of
plants are great for busy or beginner gardeners.

1. Snake Plants
Snake plants are best known for their green-banded,
sword-like leaves. They’re also famous for their ability to clean formaldehyde
from the atmosphere, and only require semi-regular irrigation. Technically,
snake plants don’t require much light to grow, but prefer bright light or at
least some natural sun exposure. Make sure to repot snake plants with fresh
soil at least once a year, preferably in springtime. Showcase snake plants on
floors and table-tops, moving them regularly for fresh, multi-dimensional looks.
2. ZZ Plants
ZZ plants are shiny, slow-growth plants that resist disease
and insect problems. They don’t need special soil to grow indoors and can hold
onto water for weeks at a time, rendering them practical options for beginner
indoor gardeners. Avoid harsh, direct sunlight and over-shaded corners. However
tempting it may be, do not overwater any low-maintenance plants, as they typically
are accustomed to dry conditions. The soil needs time to dry between watering
or plants will rot. For best results, water ZZ plants about once a week. Check
the soil to determine necessity – if it’s still moist, wait a few more days.
3. Rubber Plants
Named for their elastic-like appearance, rubber plants grow
well indoors next to east-facing windows or those covered with sheer curtains
that allow indirect sunlight. They tend to thrive in more humid conditions, and
are viable options for homes in
and other tropical climates. Rubber plants can grow up to 10 feet
tall, so place them in rooms with ample ceiling space to accommodate full-grown
trees. Wipe off leaves regularly with damp cloths to keep them moist throughout
growth periods. During dormant stages, water rubber plants about once or twice
a month. Take notice of drooping leaves, as they indicate lack of water. Increase
irrigation slightly until leaves bounce back to their normal state.
4. Cast-Iron Plants
Cast-iron plants work well indoors because they don’t
require bright lights, regulated temperatures or consistent watering. The dark
green leaves grow directly from the soil at extremely slow rates and mature
plants grow about 3 feet high. So they can develop deep roots, water cast-iron
plants regularly during the first growth cycle. Slowly decrease watering frequency
once roots are established. Cast-iron plants are highly resilient and can even
thrive outdoors in temperatures above 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

It’s virtually impossible to kill any of these
species, but don’t completely neglect indoor plants. Any radical change in
appearance could be due to overwatering, dehydration or poor climate

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