Clean & Green

In Retreat, September 2018, Stuff by Raleigh MagazineLeave a Comment

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Indoor plants not only help clean the environment, they are a quick decorating solution too. Most people believe their thumb is brown (not green) but growing indoor plants is easy and low-maintenance. In honor of national indoor plant week (9/17-21) we asked Home and Garden Specialist Brandon Duncan for a few houseplants that anyone can keep alive and thriving.


  1. Overwatering is the most common reason houseplants die. Try not to ‘love them to death’. Only water when the top of the soil looks dry.
  2. Place houseplants in a location that is away from cool drafts (from an AC vent or exterior door) and where they will receive indirect light.
  3. Houseplants enjoy a vacation outdoors when the weather is warm (Spring/Summer). Place in a shady location and increase the amount of watering (frequency and volume) with warmer temperatures.

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm is unique-looking and thrives on benign neglect.

Z Z Plant

If ever there was the perfect plant for the ultimate brown thumb, the easy ZZ plant is it. This virtually indestructible houseplant can take months and months of neglect and low light and still look amazing.

Snake Plant (aka Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)

Snake Plant is a hardy plant that can grow just about anywhere and absorbs toxins in the air.

Split Leaf Philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron  is a tropical, low maintenance plant; it grows rapidly and often has leaves that are up to 3 feet long and 2 feet wide.

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