Low maintenance succulents: Aloe and Sansevieria

Always wanted to add a touch of nature to your home, but afraid you don't have a green thumb? Aloe and Sansevieria might change your mind, as they are low maintenance, so they are ideal for beginners or busy gardeners.

Aloe : beauty and simplicity

Aloe is a succulent plant that is highly valued for its aesthetic appeal and medicinal properties. There are over 500 species of Aloe, some of which are very popular, such as Aloe Vera, often used for its moisturizing and soothing properties in cosmetics and herbal medicine. These plants are also very easy to care for, making them an ideal choice for people new to the world of houseplants.

Sansevieria: the infallible plant

Sansevieria, also known as "mother-in-law's tongue," is another perfect succulent for those looking for a low-maintenance houseplant. Belonging to the Asparagaceae family, it is native to Africa, Asia and Oceania. Its long, erect leaves and ability to withstand low light conditions make it an ideal choice for indoor spaces. In addition, some studies suggest that Sansevieria can help purify indoor air by absorbing toxins.

Location and brightness

For these plants, choose a bright location, but without direct sunlight, as this could burn their leaves. If you have little light in your home, don't worry: they can adapt to low light conditions. However, too little light could slow down their growth and weaken the plant, especially the variegated varieties that produce less chlorophyll.

Watering and drainage

Water your plant only when the soil is completely dry, usually every two to three weeks. These are drought-resistant plants, so it's better to water them less often than too often. To check if your plant needs water, stick your finger in the soil up to the second phalanx. If the soil is dry, you can water. When watering, baste your pot so that the water soaks all the potting soil and never leave standing water in the saucer or pot cover to prevent the roots from rotting.

Fertilizing and potting

Aloe and Sansevieria do not need much fertilization. Aliquid fertilizer for cacti and succulents or a seaweed fertilizer diluted in the water once every two waterings, from March to October, is more than enough. As far as repotting is concerned, it is generally necessary every two years, when the roots start to fill up the pot and run out of space. These plants need a well-draining soil to avoid root rot. Choose a special soil for succulents with a lot of pumice.

Parasites and diseases

Indoor succulents can be attacked by pests, such as mealy bugs or aphids. Inspect your plants regularly and treat them with a suitable insecticide in case of infestation. Fungal diseases, often caused by excess moisture, can also affect succulents. Prevent these problems by respecting the watering needs of your plants and ensuring good air circulation around them.

A few varieties to discover

    Sansevieria hahnii Sansevieria masoniana Sansevieria francisii

     Aloe hybrid Thai Aloe 'Blue Elf Aloe 'White fox

In conclusion, Aloe and Sansevieria are ideal succulents for people looking for low maintenance houseplants. Thanks to their ability to adapt to various light conditions and their limited water and fertilizer needs, these plants will beautify your home without requiring much effort.