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If you read our post on spider plants a couple weeks ago, you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that we’ve been on a plant kick recently. Houseplants are great – they allow you enjoy a piece of spring and summer all year long. However, plant care sometimes has an emotional cost. If your care—or lack thereof—leads to a plant’s untimely demise, feelings of guilt can be difficult to shake. 

Thankfully, you don’t have to choose between owning plans and maintaining your self-esteem. There are hardy, low-maintenance plants out there that are perfect for beginners. Plants that can handle some neglect, and won’t easily go up to the big plant spirit in the sky. Here are three which, in our experience, are hardest to kill:

Aloe: This isn’t a plant that just sits around and expects you to take care of it. No – aloes give back. You can use its gel for burns, skin irritation, minor cuts and wounds, and more. That is, if you can bear to break off one of your aloe’s hard-grown stems.

Care:

Lots of sunlight

Water infrequently – once every 3 weeks. 

Keep in a pot with drainage holes. Aloes hate standing in water, and root rot is one of their main causes of death. 

Avoid exposing to the cold.

Jade: Not only is this plant easy to take care of, but it’s also said to bring good luck. Bring a jade into your home, and you automatically increase your chances of wealth and prosperity. They also have a long lifespan, meaning your new jade could become your family’s next heirloom.

Care:

Lots of sunlight. 

Keep in a pot with drainage holes. Jade, like aloe, hates standing in water. Let the soil dry out between waterings. 

Dust the leaves occasionally. Dust can hinder your jade’s ability to absorb sunlight. 

Spider Plant: I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the dear spider plant. When happy, these plants are bound to bless you with loads of babies. Inevitably, you’ll become attached to these babies and your house will be brimming with them. Trust us.

Care:

Indirect sunlight.

Water occasionally, about once a week. Try to use distilled water, as water that contains fluoride often causes the tips of spider plant leaves to turn brown.

And, even if you do accidentally murder some plants along the way, don’t fret. Learning new skills takes time. Eventually, once you gain enough experience, and once you meet the right plant, you’ll be able to spend many happy years together. 

If you’re interested in starting your collection, check out The Jungle in downtown Kingston. Located at 107-171 Wellington Street, this adorable shop has loads of unique plants that you can’t find elsewhere. They have a Facebook page, which you can check out here.

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