Forget me Not: 9 of the best Houseplants for the Forgetful Homeowner.Published on 19th April 2015
It might have just been National Gardening Week, but not all growing needs to be done in the garden. At Apropos we’re big fans of house plants – after all, there’s no more perfect place to grow them than in a conservatory or orangery – but we understand that although there’s often the will, there’s not always the way. We all lead busy lives and remembering a little thing like watering a plant on a regular – but not too regular – basis can often fall by-the-by, leaving you with a sad brown husk in a dried up pot.
Plants bring no end of benefits though; they purify the air; aid concentration; make us happier; reduce environmental carcinogens; and provide a point of interest. The trick is to find the right plant for you, so this is the Apropos guide to…
Houseplants for the Forgetful
- Cacti – Available in all shapes, sizes and colours, sometimes producing flowers, cactus plants are among the least demanding species. Often slow-growing, they will happily sit in a bright room, requiring only occasional watering. If placed on a windowsill it will need turning once in a while, to stop it from leaning towards the light.
- Jade Plant – This impressive succulent starts small and really just wants to be left alone in a sunny spot. Water it when you remember to, dust it occasionally and fertilise in summer, and it will grow and grow, eventually becoming a small tree.
- Lithops (AKA Living Stones) – One look tells you where they get their common name, but while Lithops may look like stones or little brains, they need a large pot and bright light to grow. During the winter they can manage without any water at all.
- Bromeliads – Part of the pineapple family, bromeliads produce vibrant blue alien-looking flowers. They do need watering, but they’ll be happy with a drink once a month.
- Spider Plants – They may have been an 80s phenomenon, but Spider Plants were popular for a reason; they need very little care.
- Aloe Vera – Another desert succulent, Aloe plants are veritable medicine chests with roots, but they have a bit of a Greta Garbo complex and like to be left alone. They’re slow growing, but can reach around 3 feet in height and diameter, so may need space in the long run. They like bright conditions.
- Sago Palm – Perfect for the conservatory corner, the Sago Palm can grow up to 5 feet tall, with deep green, feathery fronds. It needs little attention and loves to sunbathe.
- Mother-in-Law’s Tongue – A fabulous oxygenator, this sculptural plant has beautiful variegated leaves and is equally happy in low or bright light.
- Air Plants – All they need is the air that they breathe and for you to love them! Keep them in a light, bright space, don’t let them get too cold, and give them a spritz from a spray bottle in hot weather. They will thrive, purifying your air and looking lovely.