We all love gardening and planting different plants don’t we? But with our busy schedules and fast life we fail to spend time on gardening or planting and taking care of the plants that we like a lot. Plants are not only beautiful themselves but they also enhance the beauty of our house and gardens. Just because we stay busy doesn’t mean we will have to deprive ourselves of these beautiful creations. So, here are some plants that are extremely easy to grow and also which beautifies our house:
10. Snake plant
The Snake Plant or also known as the related Mother-in-Law’s Tongue are architectural plants with stiff, upright leaves up to 3 or 4 feet tall. The Snake Plant has green banded leaves, while the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue features a yellow border. These plants are among the toughest of all houseplants—they can withstand virtually any conditions, from dark to bright.The snake plant prefers bright light with some sun. They can adapt to full sun. You can place them in a loose, well-drained potting mix. They will do well in sandier soils. Water the snake plant thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil surface. Allow the soil to become barely dry to your touch before you water again from spring through fall. Water them only about once every two weeks during the winter. Fertilize in the spring when new growth.
09. Spider plant or chlorophytum comosum
Spider plant is one such plant that can be found in most houses. Most people have owned or lived with this one or the other time. These are very easy-to-care kind of plant. It usually grows up to 60 cm. They require very little care and can prove to be a pleasant decor for your house. All you have to do is just supply them with adequate water (do not over water them) and sunlight and at times prune them. There are two kinds of spider plant: – i) chlorophytum comosum vittatum (the ones with green leaves and a white stripe in the center ii) chlorophytum comosum variegatum (these have a darker shade of green leaves and white stripes on the edges). Small star-shaped flowers appear in loose clusters on the stems. Spider plants not only look pretty but also it help in reducing air pollution. Amazing isn’t it? So just place them in a hanging pot on your balcony or garden or lawn and let them enhance your house’s beauty.
08. Cactus (desert)
Desert cacti hail from throughout the arid regions of the America’s and surrounding islands. Despite this, many people envision cacti growing in pure Sahara Desert sands with practically no water. This common mis-perception should not be in your mind when you are preparing an environment for your desert cacti. We’ll explore the requirements for growing healthy desert cacti. Plant them in a pot containing a mixture of pear lite, pumice, potting soil, rocks, sand, peat, coir, and gravel. Some people use earthworm castings for extra nutrients. The notion that cacti do not need water or that they actually must avoid water in order to survive is unquestionably false. They do need little bit of water, watering them at times will be good.
Always make sure that your pots have good drainage holes and that no water is able to sit in the bottom of the pot. Unlike the jungle cacti, desert cacti typically prefer a lot more light; but even if potted plants are established, full sun should be avoided. This is because the sun will heat the roots in pots to temperatures much higher than roots in the ground.
07. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is among the widely known and planted plants. Aloe Vera has variegated leaves that flow out from its center base. Aloe can be kept in a pot in the kitchen near a window for everyday use. Growing aloe plant is very easy just plant them in a pot, with a well draining facility, and place them in indirect sunlight or artificial light. Water aloe deeply but then allow the soil to dry at least 1 to 2 inches deep between watering, in order to discourage rot.It has tons of medicinal properties and it does make a beautiful ornamental plant. It not only helps cure skin problems, but also clears air. It is used in many skin care products. The juice from its leaves will relieve pain from scrapes and burns.
06. Peace lily
Originated in South America peace lily plant is very popular nowadays and easy to grow also, which is one of the reasons behind its popularity. Being a very easy-to-grow plant they require sunlight (remember do not expose them to direct sunlight as it can damage the leaves) and water (keep the soil moist and allowing it to dry slightly near the top is enough). To be very precise a mixture of light and shade is perfect for them. With these simple steps being followed peace lilies will look great with its spathe-the white lily flower and its yellow or white spadix in the center and the glossy green leaves. And as per a study performed by NASA these plants play a significant role in reducing pollutants.
Basil plant or tulsi, as popularly known, comes from a sunny and humid climate, which is ideal for its growth. Tulsi needs watering every six or seven days, don’t over water. In summer and winter it is nice to spray Tulsi with water using a spray bottle to provide optimum humidity to its leaves. Basil is a tropical plant but it still dislikes direct sunlight. So, do not keep your basil plant at a spot where the sun is beating down. Indirect sunlight is best for basil plants.
Pansies are extremely colorful and beautiful. They are hardy annuals whose flowers have “faces.” These plants offer colorful flowers for any season in your garden. They have one of the widest ranges of colors and are good for containers, borders, and ground covers. You can plant them in moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil and place them where they can get adequate sunlight. And watering them regularly will be good for them. In case of fertilizers a general, all-purpose fertilizer around your pansies can be used which will help them grow.
The sunflower is an annual plant native to the Americas. It possesses a large inflorescence (flowering head), and its name is derived from the flower’s shape and image, which is often used to capture the sun. Sunflowers are one of the most attractive flowers. Growing sunflowers are very easy, all they require is sunlight, sunlight and only sunlight. Sunflowers grow best in locations with full sun; they prefer long, hot summers to flower well. Most sunflowers are remarkably tough and easy to grow as long as the soil is not waterlogged. Watering them often will be good. And applying fertilizers will also be an added benefit. They make excellent cut flowers and many are attractive to bees and birds.
02. Money plant
Money plant is a widely grown plant. It is very easy to grow and require very minimal efforts to maintain this plant. It’s presence in your house is great for your health as it is very effective in removing formaldehyde from the air and people associate its growth with money also. It is said that if money plant grows well in your house it will bring wealth. It would be better if you first grow the new plant in water. Once the roots are evolved then you can shift it to a pot. Watering this plant once every 2-3 weeks in winter and 7-10 days in summer will definitely be beneficial to its growth (but remember not to over water). Alternate sunlight and shade is ideal for the fast growth of a money plant. A wooden or plastic pole warp with husk is suitable for climbing the plant up and foster faster growth. Tie the stems as it grows up, till it reaches the top progressively. Money plant can use almost any type of common fertilizer. Trimming it will give a beautiful look to it.
Among the annual plants no flowers are as cheerful as the marigolds. These flowers are the spendthrifts among annuals, showing a wealth of gold, copper, and brass into our summer and autumn gardens. The flower’s popularity probably derives in part from its ability to bloom brightly all summer long. Indoor marigolds will grow best in a sunny, south-facing window. Marigolds need lots of sunshine. They can be grown on almost any kind of soil. Do not fertilize marigolds as too rich a diet stimulates lush foliage at the expense of flowers. Marigolds bloom better and more profusely in poor soil. Marigolds do not need to be pruned; rather they should be deadheaded. Deadheading is tearing off the dead flowers; close to the base but not at the base. The marigold flowers also enjoy water but should not be watered more than twice a week and even less if it is rainy.