Even though I am pretty skilled with outdoor landscape plants and gardening, I am not the best with potted plants. It seems that I either over water them and drown them, or I forget them and they die from neglect. But there are a few plants that I am usually able to keep alive for quite a long time and the best thing about these 3 easy care plants for pots is that they keep on giving… they multiply easily and you can fill multiple pots from just one purchase.
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The snake plants is sometimes called mother-in-law’s tongue. It is a sturdy green plant that will last forever. Indirect light is best but it will also survive in some really low light conditions so it is perfect for my dark house. Only water this plant when the soil gets dry. I try to remember to water once a month but
I never do remember sometimes it’s longer…
It is an indoor plant, although it would love it on a covered porch that did not get direct sunlight. Mine sit in a very dark foyer in a very dark room in a very dark house. I do have sidelights on each side of the front door that give the perfect amount of light for this plant. They cannot take SUN, but just need some light.
You can get the snake plant in a green version or a variegated (streaks of other colors, usually white or yellow) version. This slow growing plant propagates on its own, producing baby plants right beside the larger leaves. At any time that you want, you can dig out these baby plants and transplant to another pot. Soon you’ll be living in a jungle! These pots are really getting too full and I will soon be splitting them up.
Snake plants also comes in a shorter variety if you don’t have the space for a tall plant.
This trailing plant is a favorite of mine. It is has beautiful purple color along with the green foliage.
During the summer, I have my basket hanging outside from a dogwood tree branch. The tree leaves protect it from getting too much sun and it thrives in the light. I don’t have to do anything to it except water it frequently, because It dries out faster since it is in the wind. If you want to have it indoors, it will need very bright light for most of the day.
Propagation of this plant is the easiest ever! Just break off a piece and stick it in some dirt. Seriously! You can fill many pots from one tiny original plant. And don’t ever worry if a piece breaks off before you get it home… just stick it in the dirt. It will grow roots and you’ll have a new plant in no time.
NO NAME SEDUM
I have never known the name of this plant. My mama gave me my first piece and she didn’t know the name either. We just decided to call it that plant that grows anywhere. But for the purpose of the post, I decided to Google it and I have discovered out the name of it is Stringy Stonecrop Sedum (Sedum sarmentosum). And it seems it does truly grow anywhere! It loves it here in Alabama and my friend in Minnesota has it growing all over her garden also! Now that’s an amazing plant.
Similar to the Wandering Jew, this trailing plant is also easy to propagate and you do it the same way. Just pull off some pieces and stick them in dirt somewhere else. They will take off. I have no problem with it being invasive though. I think the heat here keeps it in check. My friend up north does have to pull up some and transplant it somewhere else. She loves it as a filler in her flower beds.
Anytime I need a pot filler, I pull out several handfuls of this sedum and stick it in the dirt of my new pot, which I just did with several bunches in this wheelbarrow. It won’t take but a few weeks for it to fill up.
So if easy care (almost NO care) is what you are looking for, try these three:
- Snake Plant
- Wandering Jew
- Sedum that grows anywhere
Have you grown any of these before?