The Best Houseplants To Give Your Teens A Sense Of Responsibility
It’s exceptionally hard to be a teen these days. The world is full of electronic devices, specifically designed to be addictive.
Teens struggle to learn how to disconnect, and who can blame them?
There’s something really soothing about gardening.
Research shows that spending just a few minutes outdoors, surrounded by grass, trees, and plants can boost a teen’s ability to focus and concentrate.
Additionally, caring for plants helps teenagers develop responsibility. They also gain a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence as they raise a tiny seed or sprout into its full-grown glory.
We’ve tracked down ten of the sturdiest indoor houseplants for you to gift to teens.
Allowing them to shift their focus away from electronics and themselves and into nurturing a new life.
This might very well be the plant for a super forgetful teen.
While most houseplants require some effort in creating an ideal growing conditions (light, temperature, humidity, etc.), Chinese evergreens can make even the novice indoor gardener look like an expert.
This tropical foliage plant is one of the most durable houseplants you can grow, tolerating poor light, dry air and drought.
Chinese Evergreen enjoys moderate watering, which means the plant should dry out some between watering.
As an added benefit, older plants will produce flowers in the spring that look like calla or peace lilies.
Performing well in a partly sunny or shady location, the Asparagus fern neither produces asparagus nor is a fern.
Asparagus ferns do require a little more effort than the Chinese Evergreen. Humidity is necessary and indoor areas are often dry because of winter heat.
Mist the plant daily and provide a nearby pebble tray to keep the tiny leaves from turning brown and dropping.
The fern may dry out to the point it appears dead; however, outdoor springtime temperatures generally revive them, so don’t give up on it right away!
It may just need a little warm fresh air to perk back up.
Fiddle Leaf Fig
Ironically, perhaps, the Fiddle Leaf fig is the ‘it’ houseplant. Just do a little hashtag search on Instagram for #fiddleleaffig to see what we mean.
Their gorgeous leaves and shape makes them stand out, and once they find their perfect spot, they can be easy and resilient. Fiddle leaves can adapt to most bright locations (minus direct sunlight).
Water generously in the summer and slow it down when winter comes, if your glorious plant begins to look under the weather, a humidifier is its best friend.
More commonly known as a money tree, the Guiana Chestnut may be the easier indoor tree of all.
It is virtually kill-proof, relatively tidy, and grows as large (or as small) as you want.
They are also pretty much immune to the most common challenge of a novice gardener – over-watering – since it thrives near swamps.
The Guiana Chestnut loves moist soil and enjoys indirect light, so growing it indoors is no problem—just position it in a fairly sunny spot.
Chinese Money Plant
If your teen is focused on riches, try the Chinese money plant, also known as Pilea or even a pancake plant.
These little guys thrive indoors, enjoying lots of indirect light but not direct sun.
They should be placed near a sunny window, but just out of reach of the sun’s rays. They also like sandy, well-draining soil and should be allowed to dry out between waterings.
As an added bonus, you can replant the offshoots that sprout from the base of the stem and keep money plants all over your house.
Another strikingly beautiful plant, yuccas are happiest when basking in the sun (something your teen may identify with).
Water sparingly and plant in a deep container as yucca’s woody stems tend to become top-heavy and can topple over.
A fun fact about the yucca is that the fruits, seeds, and flowers are often eaten.
Yucca contains high amounts of vitamin C and antioxidants, both of which can benefit the immune system and overall health.
One of the most popular houseplants in the world, African violets bloom several times a year.
They are delightfully low maintenance, perfectly happy indoors with moderate to bright light.
Keep soil moist to dry, and if you allow soil around roots to dry out before watering, and it will bloom more frequently.
Water from the bottom with room temperature water by placing the plastic grower’s pot in water, and allowing the plant to absorb the water (for no more than 30 minutes).
Watering from the top can spot the fuzzy leaves, so the bath method will keep the violet pristine.
The thick, fleshy leaves of the peperomia are what make it especially hearty.
Since there are over a thousand species of this tropical plant, you can find a variety of leaf designs, differing in both shape and colour.
Willing to tolerate benign neglect, the peperomia need a medium to bright light (fluorescent light counts!),
Keeping the peperomia on the dry side is better than saturating it. Peperomia can be happy outside in a warm summer.
This might be one of the very coolest plants on our list. Don’t worry about maintaining the perfect soil for your air plant, they don’t need dirt at all.
Air plants tend to become your very own live art installation.
The super-easy plant does well in bright, filtered light, and is best kept indoors, protected from frosts.
If your indoor air is dry, you will need (at minimum) to submerge the plant in water for 2-3 hours about every two weeks.
Extremely adaptable and easy to grow, spider plants can grow in a wide range of conditions and their biggest problem is nothing more than brown tips.
Named for their offshoots which hang down like little spiders from a web, these durable plants are virtually maintenance-free.
Your spider plant will take off in well-drained soil and bright, indirect light.
Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy; spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.
What do you think are the best houseplants for teens?