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5 Easy Care Houseplants!

Updated: Aug 22, 2019

We're always being asked about "entry level" plants here at The Plant Den; those that require straightforward care for the novice plant-parent. (Or for those who just like to keep things simple.) With that it mind, here are our top five choices:

1) Monstera Deliciosa. A.k.a. The Swiss Cheese Plant.

We have to start with the Monstera. Not only is this big, jungly plant one of the most requested at The Plant Den, but happily it's also one of the easiest to care for. In fact, given its rapid and prolific summertime growth, it's almost embarrassingly undemanding. At the peak of the growing season and with optimum conditions, you can expect to see a new leaf unfurl each fortnight. (Gratification levels are high with this plant!) Simply water when the soil starts to look dry and position somewhere where it can receive bright but indirect light. For extra plant-parent points, gently wipe the broad leaves periodically with a damp cloth to remove dust that will interfere with photosynthesis.

2) Ceropegia Woodii or String Of Hearts.

This pretty plant is not only adaptable to a wide range of light conditions, (making it suitable for most peoples' homes) but it's extremely drought tolerant too, which ticks a box for all those forgetful waterers out there. Attractive silvery green heart-shaped leaves cascade from the pot and trails can easily reach 2 metres long. Looks can be misleading in the natural world; this delicate seeming plant is anything but.

3) Aspidistra Elatior or Cast Iron Plant.

These stately plants can cope with all sorts. Cold, draughts, heat, dust, pollution and neglect. They have a "Cast Iron" constitution!

To be kind to your Aspidistra, keep its leaves dust free and water once the soil is slightly dry. As long as it doesn't receive any direct sun, Aspidistra don't mind where you place them. High light, low light, they will soldier on regardless.

One thing to remember is that Aspidistra are slow growing and long-lived, so buy the size you want or you'll be waiting a long time for your statement plant to grow to an enviable size. Elegant and easy care.

4) Pilea Peperomioides or Chinese Money Plant.

This one probably needs no introduction, it's the plant-darling of the Instagram world. But did you know that one of the most sought after houseplants is also a doddle to care for? Pilea prefer medium to bright indirect light (direct sun will scorch the leaves) and watering once the soil has dried AND THAT'S IT. As low maintenance as they come. Better still, it offers up baby plants readily, and they can be plucked out and potted on. So before you know it, you've got a whole family of Pilea, making it the easy care plant that keeps on giving!

5) Zamioculcas Zamifolia or ZZ Plant.

The leaves on this plant resemble glossy feathers and depending on variety, your plant might be jade green or something close to black. Both are famously low light tolerant and due to clever tuberous roots, drought tolerant too, which is why this handsome, slow growing plant makes it into our Top 5 selection for "Minimum Effort, Maximum Reward" houseplants.

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