Three more plants for beginners

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This article is a continuation of this previous one. Since there are so many easy plants suitable for beginners, I decided three suggestions weren’t enough. So here are three more plants that won’t die on you!

Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

This plant is very special due to its history. It was initially cultivated in China where it was very treasured in households. The belief was that the gods bestowed their qualities (long life, prosperity, intelligence and health) upon those who grew the plant.

The snake plant is one of the least fussy plants out there. It can thrive in any light condition, so it is great for those who live somewhere with less sunlight. You also don’t need to water it very often. It’s very forgiving in case of drought as well, and it is usually better under water, because root rot will kill it.

Spider plant (Chlorophytum)

I think many people are familiar with this plant. It is definitely a family staple, passed on from generation to generation. There was always at least one in my house growing up. The secret is that the snake plant is very easy to care for.

If you happen to know someone who has such a plant, ask them to give you a “pup”, the little offshoots from the adult plant. If kept in some water, it will develop roots, and then it can be planted in soil. This is how the spider plant also ends up being the cheapest plant to own. It also makes for a great gift.

The spider plant likes bright, indirect light. If you have a sunny windowsill or balcony, it can do well there too, but make sure to keep an eye on it, because direct sun can burn the leaves. If you have a “pup”, it needs to be watered quite frequently, but once it is fully grown, water it less.

Aloe Vera 

We all know how amazing Aloe is for us. After all, it is one of the most widely used medicinal plants in the world. But did you also know how easy it is to care for it?

Aloe Vera is a succulent, which means that it prefers dry conditions. When watering, make sure you let the soil dry out completely before giving it more water, otherwise you risk overwatering and the dreaded root rot. It also needs a lot of light, so place it next to a west or south facing window. Try to avoid direct sunlight, although the plant can tolerate being outside.

If you follow these simple steps, you will soon be able to cut from the plant to treat burns or make a hydrating hair mask.

You don’t need to have a green thumb to start your indoor garden!

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