Spring has Sprung!! No joke, people are saying that this is the most mild spring in a century. Not really. I just really wanted to say that because it’s like a line in Harry Potter (“You’re the youngest seeker in a century – according to McGonagal”). Sorry. I get a little sidetracked sometimes.
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But there is no doubt spring is here! And what better way to celebrate spring than to grow something! Plus today is Earth Day (Happy Earth Day!). So its perfect!
Plants are amazing things. Having a plant can help fight pollution, help fight colds, there is even evidence that suggests that an indoor plant can make you happier and smarter! No joke! It also can be the perfect opportunity to teach your kids about responsibility of taking care of something else. Or the importance of plants in our world.
But what if you have the opposite of a green thumb?…Would that be considered a brown thumb? Maybe a black thumb? Or maybe a red thumb because red is opposite of green on the color wheel? Anyways whatever it is, red, brown, black, what if YOU have it?! Can’t grow a thing! Well I am glad you asked! Below I have compiled a list of plants, that are damn (excuse my French) near impossible to kill. (unless you really try).
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Cast-Iron Plant – These plants “like to be left alone”. The introvert of the plant world. So if you forget to water it for a little while (or a long while), they should be ok. They will probably just grab a book and wait it out until you remember. For more information including tips and a history of the plant check out castironplant.org
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Kalanchoe – Want a little color in your life? Well these are sure to tickle your fancy. Their magenta blooms are plentiful and require little care, and even can withstand temperatures as low as 45 degrees.
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ZZ Plant – The plant that gave ZZ Top its name is just as rock and roll! Haha actually I have no idea how ZZ Top got its name, but I had to include this one as it has been referred to the as “the king of indestructible plants”. Perfect for anyone who has a history of forgetting to water.
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Mother-In-Law’s Tongue – Yup you heard me right! This appropriately name planted, is tough to get rid of. Just like the critical words of the person the plant is named after. Wait what? Moving on.
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Also check out Good Housekeeping for more plants that are hard to kill…Complete with pictures!
*And for you green thumbs out there. I have also created a short list of, what I think are really cool plants, including one of my favorites. The pitcher plant. Check it out below!
Cool Plants to Grow Indoors
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Aloe – Not only would this plant be useful, but it looks so cool! Like a spiky squid! And the goo inside the leaves is so good for your skin!
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Sundew – This is a carnivorous plant, constantly looks like a dandelion that has been rained on. But those aren’t dew drops they are an enzyme that is supposed to look like nectar. It attracts bugs and once they land they get stuck and the plant starts to digest it. Maybe not the best plant if you have children.
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African Violets – The cool thing about this plant is that all you need to grow one is the leaf of another one. Plus, if well taken care of, they can bloom multiple times a year and come in a variety of colors and types.
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Medusa’s Head – This "flowering air plant" is also called the octopus plant. It gets its water from the air around it meaning it can grow in the strangest locations. It gets its name from the crazy tendrils that grow when properly taken care of. Yes, they look like snakes.
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Bonsai Tree – These miniature trees have almost a cult following. They require an insane amount of care but if cared for well the finished product is fascinating to look at. There are many many different types as well, anything from flowering ones to ones that resemble oak trees. All depends on that look that you are going for.
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Pitcher Plant – My favorite. I don’t know why but I LOVE the pitcher plant. It is also a carnivorous plant. It kind of works like a cup. In the bottom of the cup is a sweet smelling nectar that attracts bugs. The bugs fly over and lean in trying to get at it and eventually fall in. They get stuck at the bottom and dissolved in the liquid. So COOL!
So many cool plants. The list could go on and on! Now go grab some seeds and go make some adventures. And HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!