house plants anyone can grow on the green divas

15 to 18 good sized houseplants in 6 – 8″ pots
improve air quality in an average 1,800 square foot space.

We have posted and talked about the amazing benefits of houseplants and their role in mitigating indoor air pollution. But what if you’re one of those people who feels like they have a black thumb? As part of our recent conversation with Summer Rayne Oakes, we talked about some of the top easy-to-grow houseplants.

Listen to the latest 50 Shades of Green Divas to hear Summer talk about her Brooklyn homestead, which has literally hundreds of houseplants in it as well as her new book, Sugar Detox Me: 100+ Recipes to Curb Cravings and Take Back Your Health

The following is a post from Summer Rayne Oake’s website,

8 easy-to-grow houseplants

Plants are living creatures. If you don’t give them some level of soil, water, proper humidity and sun – and a little boost of nutrients from time-to-time, then chances are they won’t survive. It just so happens, however, that some plants are more resilient than others—making them far easier to care for. These are my top recommendations of plants that are best for beginners:

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

Chinese evergreen is an attractive variegated foliage plant that grows well in low to medium light. I first got my Aglaonema for my bathroom so I could add some green to the last room in my house that was lacking foliage. The soil should be evenly moist but can survive bouts of dryness. It’s important to note that the plant has a sap that is an irritant, so it’s best to keep away from curious pets and children.

Snake Plants (Sansevieria sp.)

Snake plants are a tough, leathery succulent with sword-shape leaves that are either edged with yellow or mottled with gray spots and squiggles. They grow best in bright light but can tolerate low light conditions. Although I’m not a fan of the snake plant aesthetic, it is an incredibly resilient plant and encourage anyone who feels as if they have a “black thumb” to try growing this plant.

Zeezee plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

I first came across the Zeezee plant after asking my local…