5 Houseplants That Are Easy to Keep Alive

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5 Houseplants That Are Easy to Keep Alive
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5 Houseplants That Are Easy to Keep Alive

There's no sugarcoating it–I've got a big fat black thumb and have been responsible for sending a good number of plants to an early grave. It's tough to remember what I need to do to take care of myself let alone remember what a houseplant requires. How much water it needs, how much light it requires, what temperature it prefers, what kind of music it likes, how it takes its tea in the afternoon… you catch my drift. Luckily, I have killed enough flora in my day to compile a list of 5 species even I can make survive. Here is my top 5 list of houseplants I use time and time again.

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Split-Leaf Philodendron
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Split-Leaf Philodendron

There is a really beautiful sculptural and organic quality to this plant. It looks like it may require a lot of attention, but in all actuality it's such an easy little dude to maintain. I have one in a basket on the floor in my dark dining room and I have yet to murder him. Growing Conditions: Medium to bright, but out of direct sun. Bright, filtered light is best. Plants in lower light tend to produce smaller leaves without splits or holes. Allow the soil to dry between waterings. Size: 4-6 feet tall and wide.

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Rubber Tree
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Rubber Tree

I love the way the dark leaves look on this plant. Technically these can grown into trees, but if you keep them trimmed they will stay small and bushy. Growing Conditions: Medium to bright light; 60-80 degrees. Allow the soil surface to dry between waterings. Size: Up to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide. FYI: The milky white sap may cause irritation to people with sensitive skin.

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Snake Plants
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Snake Plants

This plant tolerates neglect extremely well. If your only success with house plants has been with the plastic variety, give the "snake plant" a try. These sculptural friends can kick it in low light but prefer brighter conditions. Growing Conditions: Low to bright light; 60-85 degrees. Allow the soil surface to dry between waterings. Size: Up to 4 feet tall and wide.

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