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Houseplants are making a comeback.
Adorning your home with ferns, figs and other plants used to trigger memories of going to grandma’s house, but now it’s rolling back around as a major trend. For those who weren’t born with a natural green thumb and are catching up on how to care for a plant, there’s hope for you yet.
Eliza Blank, owner of the plant shop The Sill in New York City, is sharing five plants you’d have to work pretty hard to kill. Here are the details on each one. We promise you can handle this.
This is a popular plant mainly because it’s so easy to take care of, Blank told TODAY. Here’s what you need to know:
Sunlight: The Pothos can handle a wide range for lighting situations, from low light to bright light. Just keep it out of the direct sun and it should be fine.
Water: Give this bad boy four to six ounces of water once a week. Yes, only once a week. You can do it!
Size: Young Pothos plants are about 6-inches tall, but it sure can grow. Without trimming, it can trail 10-feet long. Trim back as you see fit for your space.
“This is the most indestructible house plant,” Blank promised. It’s thick, stores water, can stick in the same pot for years and it can thrive in dark corners. Give your confidence a boost with this one.
Sunlight: Snake plants can tolerate any level of light, except intense, direct sunlight. There really is no excuse to not have this plant in every room of your home.
Water: If you’re not great at watering, this is the plant for you. It needs to be watered with four to six ounces of water once every 10 days during the spring, summer and fall, and only once a month during the winter.
Size: While some varieties can reach up to 4-feet high, most will remain under 12-inches tall.
If you buy this plant because “Peperomia” sounds like “pepperoni,” we won’t judge you. If you buy this plant because it’s non-toxic for pets and has fun foliage, we’ll respect you. Here’s what you need to know about this beauty:
Sunlight: The Ripple Peperomia thrives in medium-to-bright light and can even tolerate low light environments. Keep it away from intense, direct sunlight and it will be happy.
Water: During the spring and summer months, water this plant as soon as the potting mix begins to dry out. You can test it by sticking a toothpick in the soil. If it's wet when you pull it out, hold off on adding more water. During the fall and winter, allow the soil to dry almost completely before watering.
Size: This plant stays small, growing only to be about 8-inches tall.
Bird’s Nest fern
Its flexible lighting conditions and periodical watering needs make this one a winner. Here’s what to know for your Bird’s Nest fern:
Sunlight: While it’s not suited for intense, direct sun, medium light will do just fine.
Water: Give this plant four to six ounces of water once or twice a week. If it is sitting in an area with more sunlight, water twice a week. Less sunlight? Once will do.
Size: The Bird’s Nest fern can grow to be roughly 2-feet tall, so trim as needed.
Buy it because its name reminds you of ZZ Top. Keep it because it's so easy to care for.
“You can literally stick this plant in a closet,” Blank said. Low light? This plant can take it. Not a fan of watering? This plant doesn’t care. Just follow these guidelines:
Sunlight: Put your ZZ plant in low, medium or bright light and it will be just fine. Keep it out of intense, direct sunlight though.
Water: You only need to water this plant once every two weeks. In fact, Blank even recommends erring on the side of dryness so you don’t overwater it.
Size: It’s slow to grow, but the ZZ plant can reach 16 to 28 inches.