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Houseplants You Hardly Ever Have To Water

Fortunately, there are plenty of beautiful houseplants that bring bright, fresh colors into any home and are ready to live with a forgetful gal like me. While my indoor herb garden might end up withering away this summer, these plants will surely make it through. Read on to see the variety of plants that can survive with minimal watering.

1. Orchids

Part of the 6 Easy-Care Flowers To Grow Inside, these delicate beauties are native to climates with high amounts of rainfall, followed by long periods of drought. That means they're able to store water in their system over long periods of time. Only water them once a week when the weather is cool and up to twice a week when it’s warmer—only in the morning. Watering at night can lead to stagnant water and diseases. If the soil is moist, don't water, as it can lead to root rot, loss of buds, and soft, withered leaves.

2. Lucky Bamboo

Lucky Bamboo can grow in just a vase filled with water or in a pot of soil. To learn How To Grow Lucky Bamboo using the water technique, put pebbles on the bottom of the vase for support, and change the water every few weeks. Make sure that the vase always has at least an inch of water in it at all times. Fluoride in tap water can cause tip burn on Lucky Bamboo. But by letting a glass of water "rest" for a day on a countertop before adding it to your vase will eliminate the fluoride and make it more suitable for your plant to drink in.

3. Peace Lily

Peace Lilies are one of the 7 Plants That Purify Indoor Air and are more tolerant to underwatering than overwatering. Just check them once per week to see if the soil is dry to see if they need a watering. They are drought tolerant, so it’s fine to let them droop before watering again without fear of damaging the plant.

4. Anthuriums

This plant loves high humidity, so misting once a week instead of heavy watering will make its leaves look and feel better. Place a layer of pebbles on the bottom of the container before putting in soil and planting to help with drainage. Anthuriums are susceptible to root rot, but if the plant sits in a pot and becomes too dried out, the roots can be difficult to rewet.

5. Crown Of Thorns

You guessed it: A cactus made it onto this list. This flowering, prickly plant only needs to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry. In fact, too much watering can lead to rhizoctoria fungus, which is caused by excessive moisture and makes the plant look limp and unhealthy. Make sure to use gloves when handling this plant, as the sap causes skin irritation and is poisonous if eaten by you or your pet

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