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Consider your water use.
The West is experiencing the worst
drought in modern history.
Low-water indoor plants let you
maintain flora without tapping
precious resources or flouting local
water restrictions. Bryan McKenzie,
who runs the gardening blog
Bumper Crop Times, recommends
succulents, palms, and other
" plants with meaty leaves " that
conserve moisture. Air plants such
as spider, snake, ZZ, and tillandsia,
as well as orchids and pothos, are
highly resilient. If you already own
thirstier species, use clean water
that might otherwise go to waste.
For best results, let any tap water
you collect settle for 24 hours
before giving it to plants.
5. Assess your level of
commitment. Some plants need
more than occasional watering to
thrive. If you're just not that into
care and feeding, look for sturdy,
hard-to-kill greenery, including
aloe vera, lucky bamboo, jade,
spider, and monstera plants.
" The easiest plants to take care
of depend on the type of plant
parent you are, " says Reagan
Kastner, a houseplant stylist and
TikTok influencer. " Someone who
likes to 'set it and forget it' should
look for plants like snake plants
and ZZ plants, which are happy in
a variety of light situations and
tolerate [being given] very little
water. " Someone who enjoys the
ritual of watering, she adds, may
want to try a philodendron or
pothos, which can get by without
much moisture but can also be
watered more frequently. (See
No. 3 if you have pets or young
children.) A low-maintenance
way to go is to make or buy a
closed terrarium. This type of
self-sustaining ecosystem, which
encloses plants in a container
to produce moisture through
condensation, has been known
to survive more than 50 years
with only one watering.
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