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6 Die hard houseplants for brown thumbs

Epipremnum pinnatum.

Epipremnum pinnatum 'N' Joy Pothos'.

Pothos Epipremnum aureum Pothos are easy to grow, very forgiving and pretty. They

are called ‘devil’s ivy’ because they are hard to kill. These vining beauties aren’t dainty like English ivy, they are solid leafy vines with waxy, heart-shaped leaves that will thrive in almost any poor location you place them. They are often used in offices as they will even survive under florescent lights. If you have a corner that needs cheering in a low light area they should be your first choice. In addition to providing a cheery atmosphere they are

one of the most efficient houseplants for cleaning the air. Indoors they can grow up to 10 feet, but have been

known to reach lengths of over 40 feet. Pothos look best when they are thick and bushy so a quick trim every now and then will keep your plant looking lush. Don’t throw out the trimming, place it in water to root as these plants are easily propagated. Pothos will grow happily in water for quite some time or easily take to transplanting. Try placing cuttings in a vase in the bathroom! There are different varieties of pothos if you can’t stand

the common stock Epipremnum aureum. Scindapus pictus with its alligator-like silver leaves is pretty and just as hardy. Pick one that suits your fancy, or if you’re still not sure of your abilities, ask someone for a cutting.

Sansevieria trifasciata. Sansevieria trifasciata 'Jiboya'.

Snake Plant Sansevieria For the absolutely hopeless, the serial houseplant killer kind

of helpless, there are snake plants. These plants are impervious to death, people have tried to kill them and have not succeed- ed. If you’ve actually managed to kill a sansevieria you just may need to hang up your gardening gloves for good. You’ve probably seen snake plants while walking through

the mall, in hotels or office buildings. The leaves look like twisted and tough upright swords and are usually green and variegated. Snake plants are almost ambivalent regarding light. Stick

them in a dark corner or in front of a brightly lit window and they will thrive. They are wonderful for those who have a tendency to forget to water as they prefer drier conditions. While they will tolerate neglect, a well-cared for plant placed in a bright light location may reward you with a tall stalk of white or greenish heavily scented flowers. Dwarf varieties work well for tabletops while most others

need floor space. Place these plants in a clay or other type of heavy pot to avoid them toppling over.

Epipremnum pinnatum. 20 • Dreaming 2016

Sansevieria trifasciata mini.

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