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Three Low Maintenance Houseplants for the Novice Plant Owner

It’s no secret that houseplants, fake or real, are one of the best ways to decorate your home since they are usually budget-friendly and make for perfect housewarming gifts. But, if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, no worries, here are three low-maintenance houseplants you need.

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Did you know that January 10th is National Houseplant Appreciation Day? We figured there was no better time than now to make the transition from the faux greenery to the ones that actually need some TLC. It’s no secret that houseplants, fake or real, are one of the best ways to decorate your home since they are usually budget-friendly and make for perfect housewarming gifts. But, if you’re anything like us, you’ve decided to finally rid your home of the dust-attracting leaves that fake plants are known for and transition into a responsible adult– a plant owner. So, to help you celebrate National Houseplant Appreciation Day, whether you have a green thumb or not, we’ve rounded up three low-maintenance houseplants that even the most novice plant owner can keep happy and healthy!

Philodendrons

Water: Water only when the soil surface is dry to the touch, making sure not to oversaturate. Philodendrons are prone to rotting when they sit in wet soil, so make sure your pot can drain. 

Sun: Bright, but indirect sunlight, or partial sun, depending on the variety.

Fertilizer: In warm months, incorporate a liquid fertilizer into watering once a month. In colder months, reduce application to every other month.  

Snake Plant

Water: Water only when the soil feels thoroughly dry, every 2-6 weeks depending on the environment.

Sun: Bright, but indirect sunlight; can also do well in low-light areas. Keep them out of direct sun.

Fertilizer: Not needed, but if desired use a liquid fertilizer watering during the warm months.

Cacti and Succulents

Water: Sparingly during “rest” months (late fall, winter), once a week or more during growth periods (spring, early summer, early fall); make sure water doesn’t pool within the pot.

Sun: Bright, but indirect sun

Fertilizer: Only use diluted fertilizer during periods of growth.

 

Aesthetics aside, houseplants are also proven to boost mood and clean the air in your home. With so many benefits, we think National Houseplant Appreciation Day is the perfect time to treat yourself to a new addition to your home decor. (Specific plug to another HDC-related feature?)

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Audrey is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator at Homes.com, with a master's degree in strategic communication. A lifelong arts aficionado, she's also a part-time dance teacher in Virginia Beach. Wife to aerospace engineer Ryan and fur-mom to rescue pup Lucy, she's the self-declared World's Greatest Pizza Lover who lives for chocolate and a sunshine-filled day at the beach.

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