Let’s face it–he has too many ties. Switch up the same old Father’s Day routine this year and give dad a gift that grows. Whether he’s new to the plant life or a certified #plantdad, here are our favorite plants for dads this Father’s Day.
One of the easiest to care for houseplants you can find, the Sansevieria is incredibly adaptable. It can withstand full sun and handle low light—though it will do best in indirect sunlight. And because the Sansevieria is native to the arid deserts of West Africa, it does not require much water.
Dad will love impressing his buddies with this fact: NASA research has shown that Sansevierias purify and clean indoor air by removing toxins such as formaldehyde and benzene.
If this is Dad’s first plant, try a Ponytail Palm. This “Palm” is actually a succulent, which means it’s incredibly low-maintenance. You can basically forget about this plant and it will thrive. Tell Dad to place it in a sunny spot, water it every few weeks, and soon his collection will rival your favorite plant Instagram account.
The colorful foliage and slow growth make this a perfect plant for window sills, mantles, or shelves that need a splash of color. The Red Prayer Plant is an easy plant—place it in a sunny spot, keep it’s soil damp, and mist it’s leaves once a week and it will flourish.
The Red Prayer Plant gets its name from the way the leaves fold in the evening because they resemble hands folded in prayer. They are native to the rainforests of Brazil, and although this houseplant is somewhat tolerant of low light conditions, the Prayer Plant prefers bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity.
Another easy statement plant is the Monstera. The Monstera originates from the tropical rainforests of southern Mexico and is extremely adaptable to indoor conditions. It loves bright, indirect light, but will be happy under fluorescent lights as well. Monsteras love to climb, so as they grow, it will want to vine out. This impressive, wild plant is also tolerant to the occasional missed watering, making it a ideal for dads on the go.
Dad doesn’t have space for a large piece of greenery? The Parlor Palm is compact yet bushy and lush, perfect for tabletops, desks, and shelves. The Parlor Palm will do best in bright, filtered light, but will readily adapt to low light, as well. Bonus: it’s pet-safe!