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Nice but easy houseplant for a teenager

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ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 13:52:12

DD has just said she'd like a nice houseplant for her upcoming 18th birthday present, not something I would ever have guessed she'd want! Reality says that although she'll have good intentions, 'thrives on neglect' may be an important criterion. Nothing which needs misting, is pest prone and which can survive with erratic watering, I think. My thoughts so far are peace lily (robust but a bit meh) or an orchid, but just thought I'd see if there were any other ideas?

clearsommespace Sat 28-Jan-17 13:56:33

Oh, clicked on here to suggest peace lily. Tis is the only houseplant I haven't managed to kill.

motheroreily Sat 28-Jan-17 13:57:38

I clicked to say peace Lilly too

tribpot Sat 28-Jan-17 13:59:02

My suggestions would be the same as yours. I've also got a peace lily that has resisted all my efforts to neglect it - in fact it's nearly 20 years old, it's as tough as they come.

The only other thing I can keep alive for any length of time is orchids. In fact now I remember I've got a bay tree in a pot that I haven't watered in months, I'm off to see if the poor thing is still alive - ds cut all its leaves off once when he was little, it bounced back!

imsorryiasked Sat 28-Jan-17 14:03:01

Orchids are pretty indestructible if you don't over water and you can get some really pretty ones now.
Otherwise how about an oxalis (eg purple shamrock)?

ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 14:07:59

Looks like my first thoughts aren't bad!grin

I don't think I've ever seen oxalis as a houseplant.

hugoagogo Sat 28-Jan-17 14:10:57

How about a cactus?

CiBi Sat 28-Jan-17 14:24:33

I'm a self confessed plant killer but was recently given a little money plant in a pot which seems to be thriving!

CiBi Sat 28-Jan-17 14:25:36

Bit sad that it's failed to produce any money though grin

Tomorrowillbeachicken Sat 28-Jan-17 14:36:03

orchids, they thrive on neglect

ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 14:42:35

I've never been keen on cacti since the time when, while browsing the houseplants in Sainsburys, I knocked one off a shelf and caught it. grin

WhingingTulip Sat 28-Jan-17 14:47:53

My 13 yo DS has a Bromeliad. Very simple.

hugoagogo Sat 28-Jan-17 15:09:04

I can imagine that would leave a mental scar.shock

MirabelleTree Sat 28-Jan-17 15:19:33

Orchid with one of those dripper things in are bombproof. DD is quite taken with our Amaryllis nicknamed the triffid as she loves seeing it almost grow in front of her eyes.

I am a bit rubbish with house plants but having great success with a reduced to £3 airplant from B and Q, as in it's still alive and I've done nothing. Aloe Vera is another tough one that only gets watered on the kitchen window about twice a year and handy to have for burns.

Another alternative that isn't bombproof but might appeal to her is a Steptocarpus as easy to do leaf propagation and she might enjoy that. I think you can get drip feeding systems or a self watering pots to get over watering issues maybe ?

MollyHuaCha Sat 28-Jan-17 15:24:46

Spider plants. Cheap, don't mind a bit of neglect and look gorgeous on any surface where they can dangle down. Plus they have babies, giving you free additional plants.

clumsyduck Sat 28-Jan-17 15:26:27

Another one with a plant killing talent
Another vote for orchid

Starman16 Sat 28-Jan-17 15:31:10

OK so feeling like a complete failure for having to ship our very unhappy orchid off to my nanny's house for rehab blush

I like money trees, they barely need watering and also grow little babies quite readily that you can pot and give to friends.

As others have said peace lilies are also lovely. They don't need much light either which is good if you don't have a spot near a window.

VivienneWestwoodsKnickers Sat 28-Jan-17 15:32:50

Peace lily or aloe vera plant. The aloe is great for the skin too!

ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 16:10:55

flowersfab. I'll probably get her an orchid and a peace lily or money plant (depending on what size available, I don't think she'd want too large) and a couple of nice pots to put them in. And I might just be tempted to get one of the other ideas for myself. smile (not the cactus!)

misblink Sat 28-Jan-17 16:11:49

Dd17 loves her cacti!

mightymouse76 Sat 28-Jan-17 17:08:30

May I recommend dracenea or flowering christmas cactus? A slight two month disparity between moving our stuff into a house and actually living there meant almost everything else gave up (even my ten year old peace lilyconfused).
I recently killed all my money plants too during house works (lack of light that time).
The dracenea have outlived everything...hard as nails!

ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 19:24:17

That's a good recommendation, but might be a bit large. I think they're supposed to be quite dog-toxic so couldn't have a floor standing one (maybe there are little ones?)

ErrolTheDragon Sat 28-Jan-17 19:24:54

dracenea, that is, obv not xmas cactus

Tomorrowillbeachicken Sat 28-Jan-17 19:35:29

lthough if dog ate cactus he would be rather bemused too

Watto1 Sat 28-Jan-17 19:37:06

The only plant I have managed not to kill is a Weeping Fig.

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