No Fuss Plants!

 Many of us love the beauty of houseplants but at the same time have the notion they are difficult to take care of. Here are a few houseplants which are no fuss plants and will give you much joy for a very long time. Don't let them scare you; relax, enjoy and reap the benefits of cleaner air.

Spider Plant

I love spider plants. They’re weird, kids love them, and they’re ridiculously easy to grow.

Put a spider plant in an elevated spot where its runners can dangle happily. It will tolerate almost any light condition, needs to be watered every week or so and boasts tiny white flowers that you’ll miss if you’re not paying attention.

NASA considers spider plants to be one of the top air cleaning plants. They will suck carbon monoxide, xylene and benzene out of any room it’s in. Put them beside new furniture, electronics or a smoker to help purify the air.

Show kids the magic of plants by pinching off a runner and floating it in a glass of water. Check on it every now and then with your little one and watch the roots grow and wrap through the glass at astonishing speed (in plant terms, that is). The child can plant it and start his or her own spider plant.

Mass Cane

Sometimes big tropicals can be very, well; big for the average room. They’ve also required a reputation, thanks to a few finicky species (I’m looking at you, Fig trees) of being hard to manage. The Mass Cane or Corn Plant breaks the stereotype.

Native to Central Africa, Mass Canes are in the drought tolerant Dracaena family and only need a splash of water when the soil is dry to the touch. They rarely need fertilizer and can tolerate high or low light conditions.

Mass Canes’ tall, slender growth habit make them ideal for narrow spaces (like that living room corner you’ve been wondering what to do about). They will stay fairly narrow as they grow, even as their wide, glossy leaves bring a tropical ambience usually reserved for larger plants.

Formaldehyde is the most common airborne carcinogen in household air. Everything from furniture to building materials to personal hygiene products emits it. Mass Canes gobble it up, making it a healthy, as well as, a beautiful household addition.

Orchids

No, that’s not a typo. Despite their recent surge in popularity, orchids haven’t been able to shake their stereotype of the finicky prima-donna. While many collector orchids are in fact, devilishly difficult, the elegant moth-flowered beauties adorning store shelves everywhere are amongst the easiest and most rewarding houseplants around.

Select an orchid with as many buds as possible; don’t be fooled by the siren song of full blooming flowers. Make sure the plant isn’t water logged and that it’s wrapped against the cold for the ride home.

Once home, it will thrive in the light and temperature of the average household room. It rarely needs to be fertilized, needs to be watered every week or so and will bloom for up to 6 months non-stop. You read that right: orchids bloom for months on end with almost zero maintenance!

Once the orchid has finished blooming, resist cutting the stem off until it’s shriveled and dried up to a brown colour. It often spikes again from the original spike, treating you to another long period of near effortless beauty.