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Perks of Having a (Tough) Wallflower

Many people like to decorate with indoor plants, but it’s a sad fact that only the chosen few can manage to keep them alive – or so we’re led to believe. You think it’d be easy. Add soil, water, light and then watch the magic unfold, right? Yeah, well for whatever reason some plants don’t respond kindly to the minimum level of care. They want <em>more</em>, which makes you wonder how they got this far in the first place … Then there are some plants that just won’t die. They are the Dirty Harrys of the indoor plant world and we love them for it, because we can rely on them for beautiful living décor and the feel of greenery throughout the entire year. Which are the most hardcore of indoor plants? Let’s take a look. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>1.       </strong><strong>Bamboo</strong></li> </ol> You see these in little pots at the gas station, but what you may not realize is that they’ve been sitting there for months, gathering dust and absorbing petrol fumes while they continue to somehow magically sprout leaves. This plant will probably not die on its own no matter how much you neglect it. If you want it dead you may have to murder it, which will probably bring you many lifetimes of bad luck. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>2.      </strong><strong>Cacti</strong></li> </ol> These prickly plants are made for hard times. Just look at ‘em! They get <em>angry</em> when you love them. Put them in a sunny place and then leave them alone, because if you get too close you might regret it. If you want, you can double down on your succulents by keeping an aloe plant on hand. That way, if your angry cactus pricks you, you can use the aloe plant to speed the healing. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>3.      </strong><strong>Spider Plant</strong></li> </ol> People call them spider plants because, much like the insect, they’re impossible to kill on the first try. Just kidding. They're also sometimes called airplane plants or ribbon plants, so names apparently don’t mean much to these potted wonders or the people who keep them. Spider plants are fairly tough, but the coolest part about them is that they produce plantlets or “spiderettes” at the ends of their flower stems that come complete with roots and can be planted to grow a new plant. <ol style="list-style-type: none;"> <li><strong>4.      </strong><strong>Snake Plant</strong></li> </ol> Sometimes referred to by its fancier Latin name of <em>Sansevieria</em>, the snake plant features tall, green sword-shaped leaves that grow directly from a central clump that sits low in a pot or <a title="Decorative Planters" href="http://www.atgstores.com/decorative-planters_830.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">planter</a>. They don’t need much of anything save for being repotted when they decide to take over your house. Another unique feature of the snake plant is that it’s reputed to be an excellent air filter, particularly when it comes to formaldehyde particles from cleaning and personal care products. <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> welcomes you to comment on your own favorite indoor plants and to make recommendations about other hardy, hardcore varieties.
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