Resilient House Plants That Will Survive Your Busy Schedule

by Trina Remedios
You needn't be a green thumb to know that a few house plants can add character to your home. Fresh, fragrant, and soothing, indoor house plants are visually appealing and are even great feng shui. Unfortunately, many of us can't commit to the time required to grow beautiful house plants. 

We suggest that you start small. Bringing home a potted rose bush or marigold plant is perhaps too ambitious. Instead, choose one of the following plants because they're low-maintenance, need very little care, are stealthily resilient, and have unique uses of their own.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera hardly needs any attention, and offers a variety of health and beauty benefits. There are over 500 species of aloe vera, but the one you should get is a miniature plant like the aloe vera white fox, or the medicinal one that's available on Amazon or your local farmer's market.
Care Instructions: Packed with a gel-like formulation, the dessert plant thrives well in warm temperatures (65°F - 75°F) so feel free to point it to the sun. Watering it once or twice a week is quite enough, and even then, do so sparingly. If you want to make use of the aloe gel harvest for your skin and health potions, watch the video that will show you how to get it together: 

Peace Lily

Even the name has an air of tranquility! For those who love flowers, make your peace with this lily, for it bears little white blossoms that smell as pretty as they look. The indoor plant helps keep the air clean by absorbing volatile organic components from its surroundings. You can pick one up at a nursery near you or at The Home Depot.
Care Instructions: It typically grows in low-humid climates at a temperature of 85°F. However, give these plants some shade because the sun will dry out the soil. As for the watering schedule, drooping is an indicator that they are low on water, so water them up when you see them hunched over. Lifestyle expert P Allen Smith shares some other care tips on peace lilies for those who want to know more.

Snake Plant

Also known as mother-in-law's tongue (no, really), they may not be the prettiest of the lot, but can actually add quite a rustic charm to a house with woodwork. The long 'tongues' clean up the air by sucking in the pollution, smog, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. On rare occasions, one may even see small white flowers blooming in their snake plants. eBay has a variety of species you can choose from. 
Care Package: It is an ideal indoor plant that grows well in any room temperature and can be nurtured in both, direct and indirect sunlight. The snake plant needs dry air and soil to flourish, therefore it is also perfect for the office. Now, while the watering schedule is very relaxed, the leaves can grow up to 48 inches, so be sure to have a pair of trimmers handy. In this video, Khang Starr shows you how to use the trims to clone another pot of snake plant.

Jade Plant

This plant is low-maintenance, very appealing to the eye, and grows at a slow pace. The jade plant is a symbol of good luck and illuminates the room with its thick, bright green leaves. If you forget to water the plant, no problem; it can go without H20 for a long time and is quite resilient. If you are a novice at gardening, this plant is easy to care of, so head to Lowe's to pick one up.
Care Package: The jade plant needs direct sunlight, but doesn’t need much water unless the top soil starts to look dehydrated. Another tell-tale sign that you need to amp-up your watering schedule is if the plant starts to lose leaves, or spots begin to appear on them. Here's a video that will help familiarise you with the process:

Shamrock Plant

Symbolic of St Patrick's Day and the Irish culture, the shamrock is a spring plant and it is interesting to note that it actually hibernates in the winters. It does not necessarily need direct sun, but will thrive well outdoors. When in full glory, the bright green leaves and small white flowers can instantly cheer up any room. Check it out on Amazon.
Care Instructions: The low-maintenance plant needs to be watered just once a week or when the soil runs dry. It is ideal to grow shamrock in cooler places and climates. This video talks about the two types of shamrock you can buy, how you can clone them, and gives you some maintenance tips as well.

What are your favorite indoor plants and how do you care for them? Share with us your tips below!
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