If you find yourself in that transitional period where dog-eared beer cozies seem passé, yet the idea of spending $300 on bed sheets is laughable, investing in a houseplant might be just the ticket.
Guaranteed to spruce up your home and improve the quality of air you breathe, while simultaneously sending out clear eligible signals to any ladies passing through, houseplants are enjoying something of a comeback right now. The Manual suggests getting all up in it, with our pick of the (kill-proof) bunch.
1. Echeveria Nodulos
This distinct species is part of the succulent family – low-growing, low-maintenance fleshy plants to you and me. Able to store water within its leaves, this little fella will grow steadily if left on a sunny windowsill or–if you’re feeling adventurous–in a terrarium. When watering, the trick is to keep the soil cool and damp, so a splash of water every couple of days should be plenty.
2. Boston Fern
The Boston fern is the plant equivalent of owning a really old goldfish; it just keeps on going. Its tendency to grow in relatively low light and misty conditions make it an ideal option for rental bathrooms with tiny prison windows. If you have limited space, invest in one of Bosske’s awesome sky planters – this fern is recommended as one of the best-suited species for a flourishing ceiling garden. Water sparingly every few days to avoid root rot.
3. Spider Plant
Even the most oblivious plant novice should have heard of this one. Loved for it’s far from needy nature, the spider plant will do well in a spacious pot and will sprout new ‘spiders’ as it thrives. Avoid direct sunlight and water when the soil becomes dry.
4. Mother-in-law’s Tongue
(We promise the name isn’t made up). This striking species is loved for its flame-like foliage and tough disposition. With the ability to grow in full sun or light shade, this is a great option for almost any room. Water only when the compost is dry and halve the amount of water come winter.
5. Swiss Cheese Plant
This good-looking specimen originates from the rain forests of South America, where they sprawl towards the treetops to bask in the sunshine. Another good option for a windowsill or patio door, water well once the soil dries out and let it grow wild.