Blame it on frequent travel. Blame it on the climate. Blame it on the kids, the husband, the helper or the plants themselves — they can be so fickle, requiring such delicate care.
Or, maybe it’s simply time to accept you don’t have a green thumb. Here are 9 hearty plants that will thrive with very little attention, especially in Singapore’s tropical weather.
Even if your lighting is inconsistent, you can’t go wrong with the Pothos plant. Defying all logic, it grows well in low light as well as direct sunlight. This makes for a versatile plant you can leave outdoors or take inside to freshen up any space.
NEXT: Kalanchoe →
For a pop of colour, the Kalanchoe plant is a great addition to your balcony. It requires minimal watering and zero fussing.
NEXT: Jade →
This deep green, hearty plant can add structure and colour to any spot in your home. No need for a degree in botany to care for this one — just water when the soil feels dry.
NEXT: Cast-iron plant →
The cast-iron plant is as sturdy as it name suggests. It doesn’t mind a shift in temperatures (great for those who switch from aircon to fresh air frequently) and can take low or bright light. Keep the soil moist and you’ll be friends for a long time.
NEXT: Succulents →
Plants that grow in dry, arid climates that are nearly uninhabitable? Succulents are as easy as can be. You can find them in all kinds of shapes, sizes and colours and their spiky leaves will instantly add a sense of funky hipness to your digs
NEXT: Bamboo →
If remembering to water your plants even twice a month is too much, go for Asian favourite, bamboo. This distinctive plant sits in water, not soil, so you never have to water. Dress it up by placing in a unique glass bowl with colourful pebbles.
NEXT: Aloe vera →
This plant only needs watering when its soil is completely dry, and in Singapore’s humid weather, that means once every three weeks. You do your thing while aloe vera does its thing.
NEXT: Paperwhites →
Paperwhites need nothing more than water, and perhaps some pebbles to anchor them in the vase, to grow into clusters of beautiful blooms. Just keep the water level below the base of the bulbs, but no higher, to prevent rotting.
NEXT: Crassula →
The cousin of succulents, you can get away with watering crassulas weekly or even fortnightly, as long as it gets ample bright light. The leaves ripen from a deep blue to an orangey gold and finally into a beautiful fiery red.
NEXT: Spices →
With just a tiny bit more TLC, these multipurpose plants can thrive in Singapore’s heat and humidity: basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley, mint, pandan, and chilli. (Beginners: start with rosemary, the easiest of them all. All it needs is direct sunlight and a little water (twice a month).
NEXT: Pothos →
By Kathleen Siddell, October 2017
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