We’ve all been there; that trip to Bunnings or the local nursery, followed by a momentary lapse of reason regarding our own gardening ability. The next thing you know you’re walking home with not only an indoor plant, but a vision of turning the interior of your home into an Amazonian rain forest.
Three weeks later however and your dreams of creating an abundance of diverse plant life (which will naturally offset your entire carbon footprint), is nothing more than a trip to the bin, and shattered dreams.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Below are our suggestions that are sure to handle even the blackest of thumbs. We’ve tried to provide a few different options to the standard indoor plants frequently used. Follow these tips and it’ll be a classic tale of man vs jungle, as your only dilemma becomes fighting your way to the front door every morning.
This veracious creeper has become the “Go to” plant for all budding indoor gardeners. Devil’s Ivy look best positioned on the top of a book shelf or cabinet, so the foliage can cascade down. Bathrooms are a great location as the humidity provided from the shower will provide all the water this native Solomon Islander needs to thrive. For best results, it’s a good idea to re-pot at least once a year in a slightly larger pot each time.
Sanseveria Stuckyi – Mason’s Congo or Snake Plant
Stuckyi as it’s known to its friends (which happens to be anyone with an indoor plant kill rate of 100%), is a cousin of the classic Mother-in-Law Tongue. We have 2 Stuckyi in our showroom which have never been watered, re-potted or even taken outside in nearly 3 years. And the amazing thing is, they’re not only surviving but thriving! While it’s snake-like fleshy foliage isn’t for everyone, you can’t deny it’s reliability inside the home.
Looking to bring a a small piece of everyone’s favourite cartoon bird (at least we think it’s a bird), the Roadrunner, into your living room? While this super hardy and reliable indoor plant displays a striking resemblance to the huge cacti which caused the poor old Coyote so much heartache, it’s actually a Euphorbia, and a type of succulent. The key to successfully growing Euphorbia ‘Cowboy’, which is often called the Cowboy Cactus, is neglectful parenting 101. Same as the Stuckyi, don’t water, don’t re-pot or take outside.
Golden Cane Palm
If you’re after something a little more lush and tropical then the Golden Cane Palm (GCP) is for you. This Madagascan native gets it’s name for the yellowy golden colour of it’s foliage, and the good news is the foliage will actually start to appear green if kept inside. Like all palms, GCPs enjoy a good liquid fertilise once a month and we recommend leaving the plant outside for the full day in a spot away from direct sunlight.
Ficus elastica ‘Burgundy’ – Rubber Plant
The dark burgundy coloured foliage of the Rubber Plant is another option if you’re looking for a lush and bushy plant, they also look amazing against a white wall as the foliage really pops. Our number one tip for maintaining the Rubber Plant is to never over water, which is about the only thing that’ll send it to the great ficus garden in the sky. When grown in the ground the Rubber Plant is actually a huge canopy tree which grows to 30m in height, but don’t worry as long as it stays in a pot, it’ll remain stunted.
*Please be aware that the plants on this list maybe poisonous to humans, cats and dogs, so do your research and check with your local nursery.
Above images by Hannah Blackmore