Stop! Put that faux foliage down – Home Club is here with a list of houseplants to give your grid a green-fingered glow-up and keep your house guests impressed.
Horticulture has become the accessory that our homes and hearts can’t get enough of, our hands however, may not quite tally up to the task. Although they’re less maintenance than pets, looking after indoor plants comes with its own set of responsibilities; how much water, sunlight or shade and to prune or not to prune are all margins of error that can move a plant from a windowsill to a trash can in a few short weeks.
Yet despite how easy it is to go from plant parent to plant mourner, somehow our social media feeds still look like forests.
5 Hard to Kill House Plants
Get your hashtags ready with these little-to-no-maintenance plants that boost likes and air quality all at the same time. The energy team at USwitch have rounded up some of the most Instagramable indoor plants to create your own little oasis in the middle of the UAE desert.
- Philodendron – #1,663,489 hashtags
If you buy any indoor plant, let it be as Philodendron. These rainforest natives come in a variety of different species, often with heart-shaped leaves that drape off of your furniture like pretty green necklaces. Don’t let their tropical origins deter you, the canopies of the rainforest prepped them perfectly for the dappled and indirect light that our homes often have.
Top Tip: To keep your plant healthy all year round, water when the top inch of soil is dry and place it in indirect light.
- Snake Plant – #373,160 hashtags
This plant-fluencing species is great for those who travel (and the absent-minded) as they only need watering every few weeks! They make excellent table-scaping and shelf-styling pieces given the height and subtle movement in their flowing up-right leaves.
Top Tip: NASA research has proven that Snake Plants can remove harmful toxins from the air of your homes, such as formaldehyde and benzene.
- Spider Plant – #229,505 hashtags
Another air purifier featured by NASA, the spider plant is adaptable and easy to take care of whilst looking exotic all at once.
Top Tip: Mature spider plants will produce “spiderettes” – new plant offshoots from the mother plant that you can trim off and nurture to produce an entirely new plant.
- Peace Lily – #186,280 hashtags
As a plant that produces flowers, Peace Lilies make great housewarming gifts. They commonly have dark leaves and elegant ‘flowers’ atop tall stems, however the white hood most commonly believed to be the flower is actually a leaf in disguise, protecting the yellow nobly flower in front.
Top Tip: Place your Peace lily in more light to produce the lovely white spathes and flowers or in low light to bloom less and look more like a traditional foliage plant.
- ZZ Plant – #150,573 hashtags
With a name cool enough to be initials only, this full and fresh plant has glossy leaves that deserve a snap or two. Hailing from Africa, the ZZ plant works well in tight spaces with low light.
Top Tip: These plants make for a great ice breaker as you set the challenge to pronounce their full name: Zamioculcas zamiifolia J.
Check the full report at Uswitch here and get more tips and care instructions along with a full list of low-maintenance indoor & outdoor plants. Remember to tag us @homeclubme in any houseplant pic you post and let us know if we inspired you to give #plantparenthood another go. But remember if you do, NASA suggests 1-2 plans per 100 sq. ft for efficient air cleaning – so get cultivating and watch your follower count grow along with your plants.