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How to Care for a Friendship Plant

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Overview

Friendship plants are green, leafy plants that are generally successful when cultivated indoors. These low-maintenance houseplants require little water and only partial sunshine, making them one of the simpler plants to keep alive. Friendship plants have meaty, gray-and-green-striped leaves that store water for later use. For this reason, they can survive droughts and extreme heat. However, they are very sensitive to cold temperatures and must be kept indoors and away from drafts in the winter months.

Step 1

Plant rooted friendship plants in pots that have drainage holes in the bottom. This will keep the roots from becoming saturated with moisture.

Step 2

Water friendship plants once a week, soaking the dry soil until water runs out of the hole in the bottom of the pot. They store water in their wide leaves, and therefore do not require any more moisture than that.

Step 3

Place friendship plants in areas that get partial sunshine, such as near a window. Make sure they aren't too close to the window during the winter months. Friendship plants are sensitive to the cold, and the chilled glass could damage their leaves.

Step 4

Move friendship plants to a humid area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, during the coldest winter months. Because they are tropical plants native to Central and South America, friendship plants do require a certain degree of humidity to grow.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with a drainage hole

References

  • Fine Gardening Website: Friendship Plant
  • Calyx Flowers Website: Friendship Plant
Keywords: friendship plants, moisture, humidity

About this Author

Katie Leigh is a freelance writer and editor based in Chicago. A Loyola University New Orleans graduate with a bachelor's degree in communications, Leigh has worked as a copy editor, page designer and reporter for several daily newspapers and specialty publications since 2005.