If you have plants in your home, they can help purify the air, make it more humid, relieve allergy symptoms, and even improve mental health. But some of them can be a bit too high-maintenance, preventing us from getting one and making our homes greener. Luckily, there are plants that are super easy to take care of, and they still offer all the same benefits.
We at Enlighten can be a bit lazy sometimes, so we’re glad we can still make our homes look nice without having to do too much work.
1. English ivy
Where to put it: Keep English ivy in a spot with medium to bright light.
Water: It can withstand drought, but it’s important to water it regularly and make sure it doesn’t stay wet for too long.
Problems: It rarely has pests or diseases, but sometimes there can be a problem with spider mites. It can be easily prevented, however, if you keep English ivy somewhere humid or cool. One more thing to be aware of is that English ivy is poisonous if you touch the sap or consume its leaves.
2. Jade plant
Where to put it: Jade plants should be kept in bright places. Young plants should stay in indirect sunlight, while older ones can handle more direct sunlight.
Water: During its growing season (spring and summer), it’s important to supply it with enough water. After that, wait until the soil is almost dried out before watering it again, which could be a week or even a month later. During its dormant season (fall and winter), the Jade plant needs even less water.
Problems: Diseases are very rare, but there can be a problem with mites and insects. Mealybugs are common, but you can just wipe them off with alcohol using a cotton ball.
Where to put it: Kalanchoes should be kept in a well-lit room.
Water: It can be damaged if you over-water it, so make sure the soil is dry enough before watering. Usually, that would mean doing it about once a week.
Problems: Diseases are rarely a problem. However, pests like mealybugs, aphids, and brown scale could become an issue. Simply scrape off the brown scale and remove aphids by hand.
Where to put it: Make sure to keep the peperomia out of direct sunlight.
Water: Peperomia plants prefer humid places, so you can even grow them in your bathroom, but they will do just as well in any other room in the house. Keep the soil on the drier side, as it doesn’t require frequent watering. Once every 7-10 days will be enough.
Problems: Peperomia plants are resilient when it comes to pests, but they can sometimes be affected by fungus gnats, mites, and mealybugs.
5. Chinese evergreen
Where to put it: Chinese evergreens do well in medium to low light spots, out of direct sunlight, so you can even keep them in a room with no windows.
Water: Keep the soil moist by regularly watering it, but make sure it’s not soggy and let the soil dry out a bit before waterings.
Problems: Diseases are not very common, but sometimes Chinese evergreens can be affected by mites and insects.
Light: Keep your ficus plant in a bright room, but out of direct sunlight.
Water: You can water it once every 1-2 weeks. Make sure that the soil doesn’t dry out completely between waterings and that it stays a bit moist.
Problems: Ficus are prone to foliar fungal infections. Spider mites and mealybugs can also be a problem, but you can simply wipe them off and use sprays.
7. Ponytail palm