Mother’s Day is approaching and it can be tricky to find that perfect gift for busy mums. One great option is hardy houseplants! Not only do they make beautiful, living gifts, but they can also help to purify the air and bring some of the beauty of the outdoors inside the home. Below we’ve listed five hardy indoor plants that can make fantastic additions to the home or workplace of people who are always on the go.
The peace lily is a super cute and hardy plant, perfectly suited for brightening up a home or office. They make great plants for areas that don’t get a lot of light, as they prefer to be kept away from direct sun. Places with high humidity are no dramas for peace lilies, and they enjoy being misted to help promote the growth of healthy leaves. If positioned on a window sill, but out of direct sunlight, the peace lily tends to sprout beautiful white flowers. This plant was also listed as one of the top 10 houseplants for air cleaning by NASA! Peace lilies are toxic to cats and dogs if ingested, so if you have pets it’s best to either keep these plants in a spot they can’t access or choose one of the many non-toxic houseplants to grow.
Succulents are well-renowned for being resilient, making them an excellent choice for those of us who don’t have the greenest of thumbs! Succulent family include various types of cactus, aloe vera and jade plants, as well as the many varieties of echeverias, just to name a few. Succulents love the sunshine and being desert plants, don’t require a lot of water to be content. The best spot for a succulent is somewhere they can get several hours of direct sunshine each day. Many types of succulents may flower when in the right conditions, while other varieties have leaves that change from green to red when given ample sunlight. Some succulents such as aloe vera can be toxic to pets if ingested, and as such, it’s best to double-check if a succulent is safe for cats and dogs before introducing them to your pet’s home.
Due to their resilient nature, these little palms make great houseplants for those with busy lifestyles. They love brightly-lit areas, but make sure to limit their direct sunlight to two hours a day to ensure they stay happy and healthy. If given enough space, some parlour palm varieties can grow to nearly five metres, although they usually only reach around a metre in height indoors. They are slow growers, so don’t expect them to outgrow their pots very quickly. Parlour palms can tolerate humid regions and like to be misted occasionally. These plants are also non-toxic to cats and dogs, making them a great addition for homes with pets!
Lucky bamboo is an interesting plant, as it can be grown in water and pebbles, as well as soil. This means if you have a mum who doesn’t like the idea of dirt in the house, but loves plants, a lucky bamboo could be a great option! Lucky bamboos are popular plants for bathroom counters, as they can stand a bit of humidity and like to be kept away from direct sunlight. Their lucky name comes from Feng Sui, with claims that these plants help to bring good luck and good health into the home. If you choose to grow your bamboo in pebbles, it’s best to feed the plant liquid fertiliser about once every two months. Lucky bamboo can be toxic to pets if ingested, so be sure to place it in a spot that pets can’t access.
These pretty plants come in a range of colours; some sport leaves with pinkish-red hues while others have green leaves with flecks of yellow. Crotons love the sun, and it’s good to position them in a sunny spot where they can get at least a couple of hours of direct sunshine each day, as this also helps the leaves produce brighter colours. As they are native to tropical regions, these plants enjoy humidity and love to be misted daily where possible. Although gorgeous, crotons can produce a sap that may lead to skin irritation, so be cautious when handling the plant with bare hands. They also aren’t great for curious pets and can cause issues if ingested, so are best kept out of the way of furry family members.