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.
Its impressively large leaves are heart-shaped, medium green, and glossy with deep, wavy incisions along the edges. This jungle giant is not only beautiful, but also a very forgiving, adaptable, and low-maintenance houseplant. It is “self-heading” meaning it does not creep or climb in a vine-like manner as some other philodendrons do. Because of this, it will grow large and bushy rather than tall and vining.
Difficulty: very easy
The Cutlass Aglaonema is one of the most resilient houseplants! It doesn’t seem to mind if you forget to water it and is an excellent choice for almost any area of the home or office because it tolerates and adapts to nearly any lighting condition.
The Golden Pothos is the ultimate easy care, low-light tolerant indoor plant. It’s also wonderfully versatile in the home or office—you can grow it in hanging baskets or on a shelf for a cascade of green, let it climb a trellis, or grow it horizontally along a tabletop or mantle. Golden Pothos have medium, green, heart-shaped leaves streaked with golden-yellow variegation.
The Golden Pothos can tolerate low light, but will revert to solid green and will not have much growth. Your Pothos will flourish and be happiest in medium to high indirect light. Don’t worry if you miss a watering or if it receives too much sun, as these plants are very forgiving.
difficulty: incredibly easy
The ZZ Plant is truly happiest when forgotten about. If Pops is new to this whole plant thing, a ZZ might be just what he needs. Requiring very little water and adapting to just about any light condition (except full sun), the ZZ is one of the most hands-off houseplants.
difficulty: easy, low maitenance
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 are climbers, so as it grows, 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’s 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!