8 houseplants for the busy plant parent

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Using plants as part of the décor does more than just beautify your home – it is soothing on the eyes as well. (Rawpixel pic)

A touch of greenery can do wonders in sprucing up a home and creating cosy and inviting corners in your living space.

While many people love having plants in their homes, they often lack the knowledge on how best to care for them. Others simply don’t have the time to water them especially if they lead busy lifestyles or have too many demands on their day.

If you’re among those who feel guilty and disappointed when your plants wither and dry up right before your eyes, take heart – there’s still a way around this.

Here is a selection of plants that require minimal care and are perfect for people on the go.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera packs quite the beneficial punch. (Pinterest pic)

Aloe Vera is jam-packed with healing benefits but it also adds a touch of elegance to any countertop or if placed near a window.

How to care for it: Aloe Vera does not need to be watered religiously. Once in two or three weeks will do. Place the plants under bright light instead of in direct sunlight as they are vulnerable to burn.

2. Chinese bamboo

Chinese bamboo can grow in water without soil. (Pinterest pic)

Best known as lucky bamboo, as the name suggests, this bamboo plant is believed to bring good luck, prosperity and happiness when grown indoors in your home, for instance.

How to care for it: Lucky bamboo can do just fine in water with no soil required. Remember to replace the water every so often so mosquitos do not make a home in it.

3. Jade plant

The oval leaves resemble jade, which indicates prosperity. (Pinterest pic)

Like Chinese bamboo, the jade plant is believed to attract good luck and prosperity when kept at home or in the office. This plant is also known as a humidifier and helps to retain indoor moisture.

How to care for it: Place it in a spot where it gets bright light. It does not require frequent watering as it retains water – once in three weeks will do.

4. Money plant

The money plant helps to improve indoor air quality. (Pinterest pic)

The money plant is commonly known as devil’s ivy. It is said to help to reduce harmful radiation when placed indoors. This plant is an excellent choice for the beginner as it is easy to care for.

How to care for it: It’s quite a versatile plant; it can live in the sunlight, low light and even fluorescent light, and you only need to change the water once a week.

5. Cactus

Many varieties of cactus can be grown indoors. (Rawpixel pic)

A wide variety of cacti can be grown indoors, such as the bunny ear cactus, old lady and Easter cactus. Cactus is also known for its ability to eliminate bacteria.

How to care for it: A cactus retains water, so it does not need regular watering. It can thrive in the scorching sun although it can get a little drier, but don’t worry, watering it once a week will do the trick.

6. Snake plant

The snake plant is also known as ‘Saint George’s Sword’. (Pinterest pic)

The snake plant is sometimes called mother-in-law’s tongue due to its sharp, sword-like leaves that grow upright.

The snake plant can help curb foul odours, leaving the home smelling pleasant.

How to care for it: The snake plant is probably the hardest plant to kill. It only needs watering when the soil is almost dry. It can grow under any sort of light but preferably in bright or low light spots. Avoid keeping it in the shade, as that can inhibit its growth.

7. Peace lily

The peace lily beautifies a room, which makes it the perfect gift for a housewarming. (Pinterest pic)

The peace lily is one of the most popular decorative houseplants. Its exquisite appearance can jazz up a dull room.

But the peace lily is not just a pretty face, it can help reduce mildew in the surrounding area. Excessive moisture indoors leads to mildew, which can cause chronic health issues.

How to care for it: If you have children or pets at home, the peace lily is one of the safest plants you can have. It contains neither poisonous nor toxic compounds. It can grow just fine in limited light and you will only need to water it once a week.

8. Spider plant

A spider plant adds a touch of lushness to a room and is safe for children and pets. (Pinterest pic)

The spider plant is great for new plant parents and fur parents as well.

It is non-toxic so you need not worry about curious children taking a taste. If you have poor air quality, the snake plant is exactly what you need – it is an excellent air purifier.

How to care for it: To grow well, the spider plant needs to be kept in a bright or medium-light spot. You can water this plant sporadically, but avoid over-watering.