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Easy to Care for Trees (and larger succulents)

 If you're looking for some unique and easy-to-care-for large plants, look no further. We've put together a short list of plants that are low maintenance and perfect for beginners or those with a busy lifestyle. These trees and succulents not only add greenery to your space, but they also have air-purifying qualities.

Money Tree (Pachira aquatica)

The Money Tree is a plant that is believed to bring good luck and fortune to its owner. With its braided trunk and green leaves, it adds a tropical vibe to any room. This plant can grow up to 6 feet tall and requires indirect light and watering once a week.

Cat Palm (Chamaedorea cataractarum)

If you want a touch of the tropics in your space, the Cat Palm is the perfect plant for you. This small palm requires low to medium light and watering once a week. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and has lush green fronds that can add a natural touch of green to any room.

Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

The Ponytail Palm is a unique tree that is native to Mexico. It has a swollen trunk at the base that stores water, making it an excellent choice for those who may forget to water their plants. The Ponytail Palm has long, narrow leaves that resemble a ponytail and can add a touch of whimsy to any space.

Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Schefflera arboricola)

The Dwarf Umbrella Tree is a small tree that can grow up to 10 feet tall in the right conditions. It has small, glossy leaves that resemble an umbrella, hence the name. This plant requires bright, indirect light and it only needs to be watered once a week or so.  

Australian Umbrella Tree (Schefflera actinophylla)

The Australian Umbrella Tree is a larger version of the Dwarf Umbrella Tree, growing up to 30 feet tall in the wild. It has large, glossy leaves that add a tropical feel to any space. This plant requires bright light and, like many of the other low=maintenance plants on this list, it only needs to be watered once weekly.  

Three Headed Yucca Cane (Yucca guatemalensis)

The Three Headed Yucca Cane is a unique succulent that has three heads on one stalk. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and has a desert-like appearance that adds a touch of the southwest to any space. Again, water it once a week or when the topsoil feels completely dry to the touch.

Majesty Palm (Ravenea rivularis)

The Majesty Palm is a large palm that can grow up to 10 feet tall in the right conditions. It has feathery fronds that add a tropical feel to any room. This plant requires indirect sunlight and should be watered a couple times per week for optimal growth and health.  

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant is a low-maintenance succulent that is perfect for beginners or those with a busy lifestyle. It has thick, waxy leaves that are dark green and glossy, which can make any room look a bit more sophisticated. The ZZ Plant is also known for its ability to withstand low light and can even thrive in artificial light.

Dragon Tree (Dracaena marginata)

The Dragon Tree is a unique plant that has long, narrow leaves that resemble a dragon's tail. This plant requires low to medium light and, in general, you can get away with watering it once per week or so. It can grow up to 6 feet tall and has a unique appearance that often makes it stand out from other indoor plants.

White Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai)

The White Bird of Paradise is a large plant that can grow up to 30-feet tall in the wild. It has large, glossy leaves that can add a tropical feel to any room. This is another plant that does best with indirect sunlight. It should be watered whenever the topsoil in your planter dries out completely.  

The Benefits of These Plants

These specific plants have several benefits that make them an excellent choice for any home. Many of them have air-purifying qualities, which means they can help remove toxins from the air in your home. They can also help reduce your stress and anxiety levels and improve your overall well-being.

Another great thing about these plants is that they are all relatively low maintenance. They don’t require a lot of attention or care, making them perfect for people with busy lifestyles or those who are new to gardening. With a little bit of water and some indirect sunlight, most of these plants will thrive.

General Care and Maintenance Tips

When it comes to caring for these plants, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure you place them in an area where they can get the right amount of sunlight. Some plants require bright, indirect light, while others need low to medium light. Make sure you read the care instructions for each plant to determine the best location for it in your home.

Also, be sure to water the plants regularly. Most of these plants require watering once a week, but the exact frequency may vary depending on the plant and the conditions in your home. That said, make sure you don’t overwater the plants, as this can cause root rot and other problems.

Finally, make sure you fertilize the plants periodically to help them grow and stay healthy. You can use a general-purpose fertilizer, or you can use a fertilizer specifically designed for the type of plant you have. Either way, this is a step that many beginner gardeners forget, and it can make a big difference.

Conclusion

These easy-to-care-for trees and succulents are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add some greenery to their home. They are all low maintenance, have air-purifying qualities, and can improve your mood and well-being. So, go ahead and pick one of these plants to decorate your space and enjoy the benefits of having a bit of green around you.

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