Houseplants Published: March 19, 2012 Reprinted: Last edits:
Once you were presented with an expensive beautiful indoor flower, but immediately after the words of admiration and gratitude to the donor, you forgot about it, and remembered when, during the cleaning, they found a yellowed and dried herbarium on the windowsill. Sound familiar? For those who are not fond of breeding indoor plants, the picture is common. But there are people who are not at all opposed to flowers or trees decorating their house, but they are afraid of responsibility for them and the difficulties that will fill their life with the appearance of living plants in the apartment. It is to help these indecisive people that we offer a rating of "flowers for lazy people" that do not require special care and will not make you remember them every minute.
Will withstand any conditions (of course, within reason). Will be especially grateful for spraying on hot summer days. Asparagus care.
Firstly, they say that it brings prosperity to the house, and secondly, the fat woman is an excellent option for the forgetful. Just do not shove this money talisman into a too dark corner - the fat woman will not forgive you for this. As well as over-watering.
It will be grateful to you if you forget about it for a long time, since this plant does not tolerate any movement. Learn more about clivia.
This is a true yogi in terms of endurance from sunny Madagascar. Any soil is suitable for him; it survives both with rare watering and in poor lighting. How to grow zamioculcas at home.
Well, God himself commanded a plant with that name to be invulnerable. "Mother-in-law's language" is not afraid of drafts, drought, or lack of sunlight. But still, try not to overdo it with watering and not freeze the sansevieria.
I think most people remember this flower - the main decoration of school classrooms. And if a flower manages to survive in a school environment ... In a word, water every other day in the warm season, but even if you forget about watering for a long time, chlorophytum does not give up quickly.
This cactus is generally ideal for forgetful owners: it seems that if you do not pay any attention to it, it grows even better! He is fine in partial shade, but if you move him to a more illuminated place, he will thank you with exuberant flowering.
By the way, if you want your Christmas tree to bloom in December, starting from mid-October give it a 12-hour "dark" daily - cover it with a large cardboard box. Do this until the buds appear. Or, from November, keep the Decembrist flower on a cold windowsill until the buds begin to tie.
Lovers of large, unpretentious plants can enjoy the cultivation of rubber ficus. He does not like changes and movements, so your main and, in fact, only task is to choose the right place for the ficus in the apartment, where it will grow to itself slowly to your delight. And this place should be protected from drafts, not far from a brightly lit window, from which direct sunlight will not fall on the tree. The only whim of the ficus is the infrequent washing of the leaves with a sponge, but the child will also cope with this.
These lovely, cozy flowers will decorate any window sill, but only the one on which they will not be burned by the afternoon sun suits them. And violets cannot stand drafts. It is not at all difficult to take care of them: keep only one outlet in one pot, and if side ones appear, remove them; transplant the violet only when the diameter of the rosette becomes three times the diameter of the pot, which should be shallow and wide; the violet loves bottom watering (immersing the flower pot in a bowl of soft water at room temperature), so once a month give her such a pleasure, the rest of the time water the violet under the root so that water does not fall on the leaves; promptly remove damaged leaves and dried flowers.
So, it's time to find out if you can make a florist. If yes, then your life and your character will become more harmonious, but even if these ascetics of the green world do not take root in you ... Well, you will have to make do with artificial greenery.
We also offer you to familiarize yourself with indoor plants that bring good luck and money.
A busy hostess often dreams of growing a whole garden of indoor flowers in her apartment - this is not only beautiful, but also useful, because plants perform a cosmic role in the conditions of the planet, releasing oxygen and absorbing carbon dioxide. But how can this be done if you have to be outside the apartment all day?
To do this, unpretentious and shade-loving plants can be grown on the windowsills - they do not have to create special conditions, but during the day they can be transferred from the windowsill and vice versa in order to protect them from harmful direct ultraviolet radiation. The following is a list of the easiest home flowers to grow, which differ in properties, cultivation characteristics, and appearance.
Houseplants are considered unpretentious if they:
This category can include not only decorative deciduous species, but also beautifully flowering ones.
There are flowers for which only well-shaded rooms are ideal. Bright light is categorically contraindicated for them. If the room has just such lighting, then choose flowers such as:
It is considered to be one of the most classic indoor plants. It is impossible to imagine the design of almost any home or office without chlorophytum. A spectacular plant, with elegant lanceolate leaves in a dense rosette, producing long lashes not only with inflorescences, but with daughter rosettes capable of rooting, belongs to those plants whose appearance is familiar to almost everyone.
Despite the fact that chlorophytum does not seem to be able to surprise, numerous new plant varieties with curly or wide leaves, reminiscent of garden chard or spinach, will delight anyone, not to mention the variegated colors of modern hybrids. Chlorophytum is good both in a pot and in ampelous culture, it will not be lost in any interior. The plants are limited to only 40 cm in height, although thanks to the famous lashes they can cover striking territories and create surprisingly spectacular cascades.
Chlorophytum crested (Chlorophytum comosum). © Maja Dumat
Chlorophytum belongs to those hardy and unpretentious indoor plants that can withstand almost any conditions. He puts up well not only with diffused lighting, but also with deep shadow. True, for this, the transition, accustoming to the reduction of light must be quite gradual: a sharp change in conditions for chlorophytum is a factor in a significant loss of decorativeness. If young plants are initially grown in the shade, there will be no problem.
Chlorophytum feels good both in hot conditions and in cool conditions, it can endure even the driest air and it is amazingly easy to care for it. The only thing that needs to be taken care of is to avoid both drought and waterlogging of the substrate, not forgetting to periodically spray the plant and carefully monitor its condition.
Lithops is a stone-like succulent plant. It grows in arid places, in rocky deserts, therefore it is extremely unpretentious to care for. It blooms with yellow or white flowers up to 5 cm in diameter.
Where to put?
The south window is best suited. Lithops does not like changing places, so once again you should not even turn the pot.
How to care?
For planting, you need a medium pot. These plants do not like loneliness, in this case they grow poorly and do not bloom. Therefore, several "living stones" must be planted in one pot at once. The composition of the soil should include leaf humus, red brick chips, river sand and clay. The surface of the soil needs to be decorated with small colored pebbles - it will be more beautiful, and lithops will develop better.
In summer, it will not hurt to humidify the air around the plants from a spray bottle at least once every few days. Watering is moderate. In late July - early August and from November to spring, lithops are at rest, at this time they do not need to be watered. When lithops begin to rest, they tarnish and stop growing.
If you love flowers, you will love this flowering plant with large, bright flowers. The bush can grow up to 3 m in length.
Where to put?
Optimal placement is on east or west windows. On the south, it requires shading on hot summer days, and can grow on the north side with good care.
How to care?
In autumn and winter, the plant should be protected from drafts. In winter, additional lighting is required - LED lamps are also suitable. In low light, hibiscus does not bloom. The optimum temperature is about 18-22 degrees, at temperatures below 10 degrees, hibiscus loses its leaves.
Watering the plant should be done as the top layer of the earth dries up, in winter - 2-3 days after the earth dries up. The water from the pallet must be drained. Spraying is recommended during flowering, in the rest of the period - as needed, to remove dust.
Once every 3-4 years, the plants are transplanted, replacing 5 cm of the topsoil with fresh soil. A versatile soil is suitable, but good drainage is needed, since the plant does not tolerate stagnant water.
It is a plant with maple-like leaves. Flowers have the appearance of a bell, can be either single or collected in an inflorescence.
Where to put?
It grows best in partial shade, but you can place the pot in the light, the main thing is not on the south window. Does not tolerate drafts. The optimum temperature is 25 degrees in summer and 15 degrees in winter. At lower temperatures, it can shed leaves.
How to care?
Watering plentiful from March to autumn, spraying is encouraged. At other times of the year - as the soil dries up. During the flowering period, it is advisable to feed with mineral and organic fertilizers twice a month. It is recommended to remove weak shoots during growth, and to trim the crown at the end of winter.
Transplant annually or every few years - the plant blooms well only when it is cramped in the pot. Grows well in hydroponics.
So, what should we plant in our "lazy" garden, which later will not require our vigilant attention and constant worries? Let me remind you once again the link to the article about unpretentious flowers - there you will find a detailed description of bulbous, flowering perennials and the easiest annual and biennial plants to grow and care for, each of which is quite suitable for our purpose. We will not repeat ourselves, let us recall those plants that were not mentioned in that material - unpretentious ground cover and decorative deciduous crops.
For a beautiful garden to require minimal maintenance, it is important to choose the right plants.
Ground cover plants are absolutely indispensable where you need to quickly occupy empty spaces. But many of them are good in and of themselves, so they can be used as full participants in the composition. It is only important to keep in mind: most ground covers are aggressive, grow well and take up a lot of space. Even in a "lazy" garden, which implies a free layout, such activity is not always appropriate. The article Stop the aggressor: how to restrict overgrowing plants will suggest ways to solve this problem.
These are amazing and very diverse plants, which cannot be said in a nutshell. We will certainly have a separate conversation about them, but for now I will only remind you of some of the nuances.
Sedum is very diverse both in appearance and in requirements for conditions. Photo by the author
The kingdom of stonecrops includes species with various requirements for conditions: among them there are exceptionally drought-resistant specimens, but some require moisture, most grow well on poor soils, but there are those that need good nutrition. Therefore, when choosing stonecrops for your garden, it is always important to inquire about the requirements of a particular plant. The article What do we know about stonecrops will help to solve this problem?
In the cold season, in some species, the shoots turn red. Photo by the author
All stonecrops grow, but everything - in different ways. Among the record holders there are false sedum and caustic sedum, which are growing rapidly. For example, I really like to "add" the sedum to the low shrubs, at the foot of which it creates a solid "rug". As a "live mulch", it is spread under the roses (where, unlike stonecropping, it does not vomit in the cold season).
The variegated forms of stonecrops are very attractive. Photo by the author
Many stonecrops bloom beautifully and attract bees during flowering. By combining different types and varieties, you can create beautiful compositions even from stonecrops alone. Read more about these plants and their use in the garden in our publications:
Urban saxifrage. Photo by the author
Most saxifrage are especially decorative at the time of flowering, when numerous buds of white or pink flowers open above them on high peduncles.
Saxifrage has graceful flowers on high peduncles
Plants are completely undemanding, reproduce well and grow quickly (but most of them are not aggressive). Can be grown from seed, however vegetative propagation (by division, daughter rosettes) is faster, easier and more efficient.
As a rule, they prefer partial shade, most species grow well on poor dry soils rich in calcium. Best of all, saxifrage will look in rockeries and rocky gardens, on dry retaining walls.
This plant (including its varieties, which are distinguished by an amazing color of foliage) is readily used by gardeners to create perennial borders in flower beds. The tenacity is appropriate both under bushes and in rockeries. In May it blooms, delighting with bright blue "spikelets" -inflorescences on high peduncles.
The creeping tenacious is appropriate in flower beds, and under bushes, and in rockeries. Photo by the author
It grows very actively due to creeping side shoots, on which numerous rooting rosettes are formed. Varietal plants may not be so aggressive, grow more moderately and sometimes turn out to be more demanding on conditions than their wild counterpart.
The tenacious can also have variegated foliage. Photo by the author
You can read more about this plant in the article Forest and field plants in the garden: the creeping tenacious, and the post Autumn transformation of the creeping tenacious will tell about what surprises it hides.
Creeping "grass" forms dense carpets, in May-June, completely covered with small white-blue flowers. Indescribable beauty! Weeds suppress (although some stubborn species make their way, but it is already easier to deal with them, because these are single plants), and if you plant Veronica on treated soil, then you can forget about weeding in this place.
But it is aggressive in earnest: the gain is very large, it is spreading extremely actively. Relatively short-lived: after 2-3 years "leaves" from the original place, and you need to resume planting (fortunately, it's easy: we take a piece of young growth, put it on loosened soil, press it lightly, water abundantly - that's it!).
It is best to plant threadlike Veronica under shrubs or large perennials instead of mulch. So, I have it thriving under an old peony, I added it to a young cherry. But it is worth keeping this grass away from the lawns.
By the way, you should also take a closer look at the "relatives" of Veronica threadlike - these unpretentious plants in the "lazy" garden will certainly like:
Plants with decorative foliage are always popular with gardeners. They will decorate the garden even at a time when there are very few flowers in it. Decorativeness can consist both in color and in the form of leaves, and a wide variety of plants belong to this group. Let us recall just a few.
This plant probably does not need a special introduction - it has long won the hearts of our gardeners. It is described in detail in the Host's article - "the queen of the shadow", and the nuances of planting are presented in the step-by-step photo instructions Step by step: choose and plant the host and in the video about planting, leaving and reproducing the host. And the article Hosts: features and ideas for use in the garden will help you choose the most successful place for this plant in the garden composition.
In shady and semi-shady corners of the garden, the host does not need any maintenance. Photo by the author
In the shady and semi-shady corners of the garden, the host does not need care, and if the soil on the site is moist enough, then this plant will survive even a severe drought without a single watering. True, it is necessary to take into account the characteristics of the varieties, which modern breeding has spawned a huge number. So, hosts with delicate light leaves are often sensitive to sunburn, and ugly yellow spots may appear on the leaves of blue hosts from moisture.
The requirements of different varieties of hosts can vary significantly. Photo by the author
The main enemy of the hosts is slugs (there are varieties that this pest bypasses), but coarse mulch (for example, from tree bark) helps them well. Hosts are harmoniously combined with many garden plants, you can use them for planting under trees, and on the edge of shrub thickets, compact species form a chic border, and "large-sized" are able to perform with a "solo party".
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The cuff is a weed, quite worthy to settle in the garden. Photo by the author
I will only add that you can attend to the search for varietal plants, or you can simply plant an ordinary wild-growing cuff in favorable conditions - it will surprise and certainly delight you. Do not forget about the healing properties of this shy girl. The only negative: the wild-growing cuff grows well and can take up quite large spaces. If the area of the garden allows, feel free to plant it among the bushes, add it to the extensive mixborders to tall perennials.
A charming spring primrose, the lungwort is one of the first to wake up in the garden. But even after flowering, it will attract attention with its variegated foliage.
The lungwort attracts attention not only with flowers, but also with the color of the foliage. Photo by the author
The flowering period of lungwort is rather short, and the flowers, surprising by the change in color, are very modest, therefore it is quite logical to attribute it to decorative deciduous plants. About the varieties of lungwort, its healing properties, cultivation and use in the garden, you can learn in detail from the article The fashionista lungwort or pulmonary herb.
Fans of unusual textures and colors of foliage will certainly appreciate this plant, nicknamed "sheep's ears". In fact, covered with silky hairs, the silvery leaves of the chanterelle resemble long ears that you just want to stroke. Read more about this plant in the article "Sheep ears" in the flowerbed.
The purist can be used as a border, or you can let it grow freely among other plants in the flower garden - it will unobtrusively shade them with its foliage. The only thing that you can do for him for the whole season is to cut the flower stalks if you want the purse to grow more luxuriantly. Or you can not do it - he will not be offended.
Of course, everyone is free to continue the presented list at their own discretion. After all, we have not yet said a word about unpretentious shrubs (you can read about them in the article Ornamental shrubs for the "lazy garden"), and we have not mentioned many perennials. I would be glad if you add your favorite plants in the comments.
There are much more unpretentious and beautiful flowers than we used to think. Having created comfortable conditions for them, we relieve ourselves of many worries and can devote time to rest and contemplation of the man-made beauty of our garden. What do you think of the idea of a lazy garden?