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Long-suffering plants, fake plants and accessories to put them in, picked by Lucy Dunn

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Long-suffering plants, fake plants and accessories to put them in, picked by Lucy Dunn

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Our pick THE URBAN BOTANIST

One of the most low-maintenance leafy buys you can get your hands on. Globe mini terrarium

£29.99

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  • JADE PLANTS (Money tree plants)

    If you are gifted one of these it is said to bring you riches. Water when the topsoil is dry to the touch. Watch out for contagious white mealy bugs – the only way to get rid of them is to spray rubbing alcohol (70 per cent) on the leaves.

    Amazon, £9.26

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  • BARREL CACTUS

    Apparently the easiest of all cacti to keep alive. Just don't over-water them, maybe every two months.

    Crocus, £9.99

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  • NORDIC HOUSE

    A glass bell jar is great for displaying little succulents and cacti.

    £8.50

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  • PEACE LILY

    Excellent at cleaning the air of the room they are in. Peace lilies that are placed in more light tend to flower more, while ones in low light will bloom less and look more like a traditional foliage plant.

    Waitrose Garden, £9.99

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  • URBAN OUTFITTERS

    For more house plant porn check out blogger Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants book.

    £25

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  • ZZ PLANT

    Virtually indestructible houseplant can take months of neglect and low light and still look amazing. Warning: all parts of this plant are poisonous so keep away from children and pets.

    Crocus, £9.99

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  • SNAKE PLANTS (Mother-in-law’s-tongue)

    Thrives on being ignored and likes to be in just about any light. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings during Spring. In winter, water just enough to prevent the soil from drying out.

    Crocus, £14.99

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  • ROCKETT ST GEORGE

    A big plant demands a statement pot such as this stylish waffled circular concrete planter with tray here.

    £22

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  • ROCKETT ST GEORGE

    If you can't keep anything alive, consider going faux. This artificial green lyca palm stays lush forever.

    £35

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  • CAST IRON PLANT or ASPIDISTRA

    These can handle low light and high light, but not direct sun, meaning it's almost impossible to kill them.

    Waitrose Garden, £44.99

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  • ROCKETT ST GEORGE

    Pricey, but since it's artificial it won't ever grow to an unmanageable size and neither will it need repotting. Fake potted areca palm 

    £239

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  • THE URBAN BOTANIST

    If you want something more unusual to paintings on your walls this living wall succulent planter will tick the box.

    From £99.95

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  • VELVET ERA VIA ETSY

    Raise plants on individual plant stands to create a feature in a room. Etsy have lots of vintage wicker stools like these for sale.

    £35

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  • PHILODENDRON

    Pretty heart-shaped leaves (or variations of it). Keep soil lightly moist in the spring and allow the surface to dry out in winter. If you get yellow leaves you’ve overwatered it. 

    Ikea, £10

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  • SPIDER PLANT

    One of the easiest houseplants to grow and suffers from few problems other than crunchy brown tips. Looks great in hanging baskets.

    Crocus, £7.99 

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  • THE URBAN BOTANIST

    A bold copper planter will set off a big houseplant perfectly. 

    £39.95

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  • ALOE PLANT

    Inside the leaves is a colourless jelly which can be used for healing properties. Water deeply then allow the soil to dry at least one to two inches deep between waterings. Water even less in winter.

    Ikea, £2.50

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  • NEXT INTERIORS

    A fairy bright room is best for cheese plants, although direct sunlight can damage the leaves and not enough light can slow growth down. Between watering times allow the soil to become dry to the touch. And if you still can't be faffed, check out Next's range of artificial plants here.

    Next, £65

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