Keeping houseplants alive is a tough job for many, with a lot of the prettiest green additions often needing a lot of regular maintenance and care in order for them to maintain their colour.
Let’s face it, most of us have accidentally left a plant unwatered here and there or returned from a holiday to a room full of brown foliage, but some plants can really stand the test of time and will power through any negligence, whilst still looking pretty.
Express.co.uk spoke to Morag Hill, who is the co-founder of The Little Botanical, who knows a thing or two about keeping plants alive.
Morag said: “If you don’t know where to start and are new to plant parenting, it can be quite daunting, so we suggest starting with something super low-maintenance to begin your plant journey.”
But which plants should you go for? Here’s all you need to know…
A trailing green goddess and the perfect plant for beginners, which is happy in either a bright spot or a darker corner, making him easy to place in your home.
He works well in small spaces as is low growing so pop him on a high shelf and he will cascade down beautifully.
Devil’s Ivy requires watering every 10 to 14 days and will look lush and green in any corner of your home.
If you do forget to water him, he’ll let you know as the leaves will start to visibly wilt, but with a good drink, he’ll perk back up again.
The Devil’s Ivy is the perfect houseplant for anyone embarking on their journey into plant parenthood.
These are most definitely the survivors of the indoor plant world.
Almost indestructible, they cope in both a well-lit space or a darker spot in your home and look fab on a desk or coffee table.
The Sanseveria Punk is a structural dark green beauty that can be happily ignored for weeks at a time.
Water lightly once a month and he will be happy, they just don’t like to be overwatered.
This air-purifying beauty is the perfect size to pop on your desk to add some greenery to brighten up your day.
Monstera Deliciosa AKA Cheese Plant
The much-loved Monstera plant is the king of the indoor jungle, those beautiful leaves with their characteristic holes, make him an absolute must-have.
This stunning houseplant is easy to care for too – it just keeps growing!
To create that sought after urban jungle look, pop your Monstera in a bright spot, they need good indirect light and water him once a week.
He will reward you with lots of new growth, especially now as we move into Spring and Summer. We guarantee you will love watching new leaves uncurl! Welcome to plant parenthood!
Chamaedorea Elegans AKA Parlour Palm
The Chamaedorea is one tropical beauty, enjoying indirect light and a weekly watering, it’s the perfect starter plant to get newbie plant parents used to the regular routine of simple plant care.
Water once a week, rotate once a month and dust those leaves to ensure it continues to receive good light. Just be careful to not let your Chamaedorea get too much sun, as they will dry out very quickly in bright direct sunlight.
These leafy palms won’t tolerate a sunny South facing windowsill and will struggle to recover if their leaves turn grey/brown.
A weekly drink and bright but indirect light will keep them very happy.
Zamioculcas (ZZ Plant)
At The Little Botanical, we have created a super easy pick-up bundle called ‘Plant gang for Newbie Plant Parents’, which include the fabulous Zamioculcas and two little succulents.
The ZZ plant is super low maintenance and only needs watering once every four weeks or more.
This houseplant will survive well in a darker corner of your home, perfect for styling a space that doesn’t get as much natural light.
With its thick, glossy leaves, this beauty will add style to your home office or why not pop him on a shelf in your kitchen space.
The ZZ plant is used to an arid environment so just don’t be inclined to top him up with water as you pass him, always ensure the soil is dry before rewatering.
All plants from The Little Botanical include the stylish, bespoke ceramics you see them in, we’ve covered off that little hurdle for newbie plant parents – now you don’t even need to shop for a pot to fit your new green beauty.