I am in love with indoor plants. Not only are they interesting and fresh element, but also purify the air. What else can you ask for? I guess if they watered themselves, it’d be just perfect. However, not all of us live in one of those dream-like, Pinterest worthy houses: huge and full of enormous windows; with the soft breeze of spring caressing your skin and the light inundating the place like a silk veil. You know what I mean, right?
In real life, there are plants that won’t endure the lack of light, the excessive humidity of poorly ventilated places or the lack of thereof caused by air conditioning and heating. That’s why I’ve put together a list of really though plants that will endure any indoor environment: tiny studios in big citys, student dorm rooms, small flats with little light…
A small palm tree native from Mexico that fits in every corner and is extraordinarily easy to take care of. Direct sunlight doesn’t make it very happy, but it will tolerate various degrees of diffuse light (leaves will be darker or lighter according to the amount of light). With respect to water, it is better not to flood it. I water a bit when the soil starts to feel dry when I touch it. It also tolerates several degrees of humidity. Tough girl, this Mexican.
Maranta leuconeura var. Kerchoveana
This plant comes from Brazil and its leaves are more beautiful than any flower. Its natural habitat is tropical, growing under the forest canopy, so no direct sunlight for it. Light must be diffuse and not excessive in order to maintain the spots on the leaves. It also requires high humidity (it’s tropical!) so, if you live in a dry place, the bathroom is going to be this plant’s favorite spot. And by the way, don’t get confused by the “tropical”: the soil must be humid, but never flooded.
The alpha and the omega of indoor houseplants. It comes from southeastern Asia. It can take almost everything. Water it thoroughly (but no flooding) when you notice the soil dry and voila. If there is too much light or direct sunlight, leaves will appear more pale, but in general, this plant is almost indestructible.
This plant can grow up to a pretty big size, and has precious inflorescences that last for long. It grows better with a lot of diffuse light (no direct sunlight). It can tolerate darker spots, but it won’t flower. It’s not bothered by low air humidity, but we’ll have to water it a lot (no flooding!) when the soil starts to dry. What I like the most about this plant are its clear signs before drying out: its leaves will start to look droopy. Water it and wait a while until it’s fresh and lush again.
(Swiss cheese plant)
This Central American tropical plant is the queen of Pinterest. And I totally get it, those holey leaves are almost sexy. As this plant’s natural habitat is similar to the Maranta’s, its requirements are also similar: high humidity, moist, but not damped, soil; and low diffuse light. Monstera deliciosa. Yum.
These are the five plants I recommend, because they are tougher than Chuck Norris and have been tried and tested in my house for a long time, but there are many more. Do you know any more tough guys? Tell me!