The best houseplants for the forgetful

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) — Have you ever bought a houseplant just to have it die on you? Did you forget to water it often? Some plants require more maintenance than others and for the very busy and/or forgetful that can be problematic. The solution to dying houseplants is decorating your home with those that require minimum watering and little maintenance. The three listed below are perfect and will make your life so much easier.

1. Crassula Ovata also known as Jade Plant or Money Tree 

Jade Plant
Jade Plant/Photo:Fil.Al/Flickr

This plant requires little watering, but if the leaves are wrinkly that’s a sign it needs water. You can water this plant every couple weeks and it will survive. Overwatering is more likely to kill the plant than underwatering. However, giving this plant adequate light is important.


Mother-in-law's Tongue
Mother-in-law’s Tongue/ Photo: Max Wei/Flickr

2. Sansevieria Trifascia also known as Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue or Saint George’s Sword

Sansevieria Trifascia is another plant that requires little water and minimum light. Watering this plant every two to three weeks is sufficient. This plant grows smaller versions of itself often, so keep in mind if you choose this plant you will end up with many more.


Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus. Photo: GHR2009/Flickr

3. Schlumbergera also known as Christmas Cactus

Schlumbergera is a plant that requires very little watering. When the leaves start to wrinkle that’s an indication that watering is needed. Overwatering can kill this plant.


There you have it, a list of three different plants that you can manage to keep alive. Good luck!

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