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I need some greenery in my south-facing flat. Ideally something that is fairly rugged as I often work away from home so doesn't require watering or light too much. I'd also prefer something bushy or leafy. Is there even such a house plant?



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,710

    Hi Euro Skank. One house plant that fits your needs exactly is an Aspidistra or Cast Iron plant. It will need watering now and again and a little light but aside from that it is bomb proof.

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  • philippa smith2 says:

    There are plenty available but I think you need to define "rugged" re your circumstances.  They will all require light and water - some more, some less. 

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     Hi Philippa and Ladybird,

    Thanks for your prompt replies. By "rugged" I mean able to go without water for maybe a couple of weeks and without sunlight for a similar amount of time as I have to close my blinds whilst I am away.  

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,710

    Definitely Aspidistra. Just give a decent watering before you leave and as long as your blinds are not the blackout variety, move the pot as near to the window as possible - I am assuming from what you said that you don't have a windowsill behind the blind.

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  • arneilarneil Posts: 313

    The Peace Lily would work , I killed mine by watering it :(

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  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Peace Lily hates to be in the full light.  It is ideal for a shaded bathroom.  The steamier the better.

  • NorwinNorwin Posts: 26

    HI Everyone!

    Just a question: Is it normal for an amaryllis to be flowering now? I have only ever seen them later on in the year.

  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601

    Hello, Norwin. Is it one you have kept? Amaryllis are 'forced' to flower at Christmas but if you keep them and allow them to flower when it is natural for them to do so, they will flower in summer. They will go on happily for years, the bulb getting bigger and bigger.

  • Thanks, ladies. I went to the local plant shop and purchased a Peace Lily and a ZZ plant (I think). Why will it not let me add photos?

    My room looks much better, so thanks again.

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,710

    Zamioculcas zamifolia image Great choices. For future reference, at the top right above the text box is a little camera icon so click on that and follow instructions. You made need to shrink the picture. 

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