Okay, even the toughest plant is not indestructible, but with a few expert tips you can beat the odds. “You can kill anything,” says Sharon Nejman, senior horticulturist at the Chicago Botanic Garden. That includes giving a potted friend too much sun or H2O. “The roots can’t handle the absorption and start to rot,” she adds. Your best bet: Setting plants in gravel-filled saucers so they’re not sitting in extra water and built-up salt.
The spiky projections bring to mind succulents, but the waxy plants thrive in more humid conditions. Bring ’em work too — the species even flourishes under fluorescent lights.
Place this beauty by a curtained window, protecting new leaves from extra sun. With filtered light, the showy plant is one happy camper.
What’s better than one spider plant? Lots of spider plants. The fast-growing shoots actually produce little “babies” you can repot for added greenery elsewhere. Just stick to well-lit spots, and don’t forget weekly watering.
Peace lilies can grow between 1 and 6 feet tall, so check the variety’s estimated height before you buy. Bonus: These powerful plants can also filter toxins from the air, according to NASA.
Those spiraling leaves certainly look cool, and they’ll really thrive on your desk or bedside table. Aloe loves indirect light, plus a good soak every week or two.
Save some room on your windowsill and tuck this low-light variety in an unloved corner. Just be warned: Dracaena marginata is toxic to both dogs and cats, so keep pets far away.
“Peacock plants” are grown for their foliage alone, and it’s easy to see why. The purple, green pink and red leaves put on quite the show. For the best display, keep the plant moist (not drenched) and avoid bright light.
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