Been wanting to get a new hobby during Covid? We’ve got you covered.
Spending more time at home might have made you realise your house needs a little more greenery, or you might simply want to pick up a new skill like gardening. Well, we’ve rounded up some plants you should consider growing because they’re just that easy.
Whether you’ve got a green thumb or not, here are nine hearty plants that will thrive with very little attention, especially in Singapore’s tropical weather.
Aside from having one of the most glamorous flowers around, orchids are easy to grow and need only two or three tablespoons of water every two weeks.
2. Swiss Cheese Plant
If you prefer big, lush leaves, this evergreen plant is a great option as it can grow virtually anywhere indoors, even in more shady spots of your home. Also known as the monstera adonsonii, it just needs watering once a week!
3. Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum likes to be kept in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight. Give it a weekly watering, plus a spritz in between.
This is probably one of the easiest plants to care for. Just ensure soil dries out completely between waterings, and choose a position in bright filtered light.
Plants that grow in dry, arid climates that are nearly uninhabitable? Succulents are as easy as can be. You can find them in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colours and their spiky leaves will instantly add a sense of funky hipness to your digs.
6. Snake Plant
Otherwise known as sansvieria trifasciata, or mother-in-law’s tongue, this one’s super easy to look after, and only needs one spray of water a week. It prefers bright light, but is also tolerant of warm shady spots. Group this with other plants!
7. Aloe vera
This plant only needs watering when its soil is completely dry, and in Singapore’s humid weather, that means once every three weeks. You do your thing while aloe vera does its thing.
8. Guzmania Bromeliad
If you’re after a flowering plant without the high maintenance, this is the one for you. Keep it in a shady spot and water it once a week. Too easy!
9. Zanzibar Gem
These plants with their shiny waxy leaves are called gems for a reason – they’re practically indestructible! They’re also known as ZZ plants or welcome plants. Be careful of giving them too much water – once a fortnight is enough.
By Kathleen Siddell + Melodi Ghui, April 2019 / Updated by: Kirstie-mae Baptist, September 2020
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