Here in Ohio, we are still many months away from planting season. But being cooped up in your Toledo home all winter can drive people with a green thumb up the wall. Luckily, no matter where you live right now is the best time of year to get a house plant. House plants brighten up your living spaces, clean the air, and add more interest to your homes. Don’t worry about not being a gardener. Many of the plants on this list are easy to care for and require very little attention. If you are looking to add some texture to your rooms then check out this list of amazing and easy-to-care-for houseplants.
The Jade Plant
Jade is a beautiful and exotic-looking succulent with thick waxy leaves. Jade plants make great office decorations. One of the special traits of the jade plant is that you can propagate it over and over again. All you have to do is uproot some and plant them in a different location. Jade plants will grow to fit any size container and can live for many, many decades if taken care of properly. Jade plants are easy to take care of. All you need to do is make sure that the soil never completely dries out. Do not water your plants every day. This is a misconception that novice gardeners have about indoor plant care. When considering how much to water a plant the most important thing to remember is to not overwater it.
The Heartleaf Philodendron
The Heartleaf Philodendron is native to Mexico, Brazil, and the West Indies and is one of the most common species of Philodendron sold as houseplants today. In their natural habitat, heartleaf philodendrons climb over tree trunks and anything else in their way. Its green heart-shaped leaves make it a great addition to any room. The best part about the heartleaf philodendron is that it doesn’t need to be watered often and can tolerate most light conditions.
The ZZ Plant
If you are one of those people who can’t have house plants because you forget to water them, then the ZZ plant is the plant for you. This tough plant is known for its ability to go long stretches without a drop of water. That’s because its thick, waxy leaves are like long, slender water towers that store water for the long haul. ZZ plants are great for your Toledo den or office that receives little light.
The ZZ plant is also a great air purifier that removes toxins such as xylene and benzene from the air.
The rubber plant is a unique and interesting plant that will definitely spark curiosity among your guests. The plant grows tall and can be placed in different rooms at different stages of its life. When the rubber plant is about one to two feet tall it can make a great centerpiece on a table, on a shelf, or on a windowsill. As it matures and gets over three feet tall it will look good in a study or living room as a potted tree. Like many house plants on this list, the rubber plant requires bright, indirect light. You should only water it when the soil is dry. Rubber plants have the added benefit of being one of the best natural air-cleaners out there. Place them near your favorite seating area to enjoy the fresh Toledo air.
English ivy is a creeping vine that will grow well in any pot or hanging basket. When planted outdoors, here in Toledo, English ivy can be used as a ground cover. English ivy is a fast grower and has a tendency to climb over anything in its path. This can make for a quaint indoor display or an annoyance. So be sure to prune it when necessary. English ivy looks great draped over a mantle or an air purifier in a stuffy bathroom. English ivy is a known air purifier, filtering out airborne particles in the air and leaving the air in your home healthier. Do not water English ivy too much. Only water when the top of the soil feels dry to the touch. English ivy prefers bright, indirect light and well-draining soil.
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