The Easiest Plants to Maintain

Friday, March 14, 2014

If you do not have a green thumb, or you have very little time to spend on maintaining house and garden plants, but you nevertheless love plants, here are some suggestions for low-maintenance plants that you can grow in and around your house.

1. Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants:

Pothos Plant

  • Pothos: This is the most common. Keep it out of direct sunlight and out of the dark basement, water it only when it's totally dry, pour off excess water, and it will reward you with vines that trail all over your house.

  • The spider plant: Water it only when it is totally dry and give it some light but not direct sunlight. It likes hanging from a pot.

  • English ivy: It wants its soil to be moist (not wet), and it likes any lighting conditions (including fluorescent light).

  • Peace lily: Water it only when it is totally dry and keep it out of direct sunlight. It does well in low light if you have a room in the house that gets no sunlight.

  • The ZZ plant (or Zamioculcas zamiifolia): It grows well in different lighting conditions and needs little water.

2.  Low-Maintenance Outdoor Plants:

  • The basic principle is this: indigenous plants planted in indigenous soil require the least maintenance. In Canada this means woodland plants in low sunlight areas, meadow and prairie plants in sunny dry areas and wetland plants in moist areas.

  • The Gaillardia, or blanket flower: Their orange flowers are on display in summer and fall. They do well in heat, poor soil and they need little water. They are thus ideal for the Prairie Provinces and are beautiful flowers to cut and place around your house.

  • Adiantum pedatum or the maidenhair fern: These are known to be almost indestructible and grow well even on Newfoundland’s Table Mountain where almost nothing else grows. They can survive in heat, cold, dry and moist conditions.

  • The creeping Japanese sedge: It grows in shade or sunlight, and wants to be watered only every two weeks or so.

  • Another option is to buy and plant any of a wide variety of indigenous flower plants, like zinnias, petunias, primrose, snapdragons, French marigolds, strawflowers, geraniums and cosmos. Plant them some distance apart, since they grow. They need about two centimetres of water a week, but otherwise grow quite effortlessly.