How to choose the hardiest indoor plants
Try your luck with these hard-to-kill indoor plants.
It could be the colour plants bring, or maybe foliage makes us feel calm, but the trend for greenery indoors seems here to stay. What may be shorter lived, however, are the plants themselves.
The problem lies in the term ‘indoor plants’. They don’t exist. Yes, rainforest plants cope with minimal sun, and some succulents can survive drought, but we’ve yet to breed anything that thrives in aircon and heating. You can help improve the chances of survival of the plants you keep inside by giving them a spell outside occasionally – especially if there’s light rain to freshen them up. But never put them straight into full sun.
String of hearts (Ceropegia woodii). Photo: Getty Images.
Parlour palm (Chamaedorea elegans).
English ivy (Hedera helix).
Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata ‘Bostoniensis’).
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum).