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Undemanding Houseplants for Busy Girls Who Still Want Foliage ...

By Eliza

If you're anything like me, you have a hard time keeping houseplants alive. I can't even tell you how many I've killed and had to throw away. So sad, right? However, there is lots of research showing that having live plants in your house can help keep in the air clear and make you happy. So if you have a semi-black thumb like mine, consider choosing these plants, which are easy to care for and look great in any room of the house.

1 Mother-in-Law's Tongue

green, plant, flower, floristry, land plant, It has sharp leaves - get it? Like your mother-in-law's tongue? Anyway, all joking aside, this plant thrives in shade and sun and likes dry soil so you won't have to water it all the time. In fact, you can get away with only watering it once a month in the winter time.

2 Ivy

green, flower, plant, floristry, art, Ivy looks fantastic, but it has a lot of other perks too. It's super easy to take care of and can grow indoors as well as out. Ivy doesn't need a ton of light and can survive in dry, dusty places. Just make sure to water it every couple of days and you're good to go.

3 Succulents

plant, green, flower, flora, botany, The plants are like cacti and store their own water. There are loads of varieties of succulents and they often look really cool so they can mesh with your decor. Succulents are pretty easy to grow indoors and just need regular watering.

4 Sympathizer

flower, plant, green, flora, botany, These plants are a great choice if you have a dark room that you want to keep plants in. They don't need much light and are ideal for offices and homes. You don't want the soil to dry out, but as long as you remember to water your sympathizer, it should thrive wherever you keep it.

5 Aspidistra

plant, flower, green, flora, botany, Not only can this plant thrive in shady locations within your home, but it actually prefers to be out of direct sunlight. It's great for dens, offices and the basement playroom. Cared for properly, the plant might even grace you with one of its rare blooms.

6 Chlorophytum

plant, tree, botany, agave, land plant, This is one of the most popular houseplants around and you've probably seen it in many homes. It can grow in all kinds of soil and light conditions and won't wither even if you forget to water. The leaves will turn yellow, letting you know it's thirsty.

7 Cacti

plant, cactus, hedgehog cactus, botany, land plant, Like succulents, cacti can hold water and come in a huge array of varieties and appearances. Cacti don't need a lot of water, soil or light to grow so they can survive in virtually any place you plan to keep them. If you can keep them alive for a few years, you might get them to flower.

8 Impatiens

flower, pink, plant, land plant, petal, If you want a plant that flowers, impatiens are a great choice. They like moist soil so you'll need to water regularly, but otherwise the impatiens are pretty easy to take care of. The plant likes small flowerpots and won't bloom if you keep it in a container that is too large.

9 Kalanchoe

flower, plant, lantana camara, land plant, flowering plant, Here's another flowering plant that you're going to love. They are often used to decorate spaces and can get quite a few vibrant flowers all at one time. It can survive if you forget to water, but might start losing its flowers if it gets thirsty.

10 Ficus

plant, tree, produce, food, land plant, If you're looking for something big, a ficus tree is just what you've been wanting. They like sunlight, but can thrive in low light conditions as well. They are great for indoor rooms that need some decor and are great for keeping air clean too.

What kind of houseplants do you want in your space? What else would you add to the list?

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