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As we continue to spend time in our homes, more people are trying their hands at indoor gardening, but is your thumb green?

Posted at 1:40 PM, Jan 28, 2021

We're all spending more time indoors and houseplants are becoming more popular because of that.

So, how do you give them enough love and no neglect?

We turned to a pro for some foolproof indoor plants and tips to make anyone "grow" a green thumb.

USU Extension Associate Professor Michael Caron says he recommends starting with a plant that's pretty easy to take care of.

Some of those include the ZZ Plant, Tradescantia, and the African Spear Plant.

The ZZ plant is a newcomer on the market and thrives in lower-light conditions, so it will even grow in basements.

The Trattisgangia will live for a long time, even if you forget to water it for a while.

The African Spear Plant only needs watering every week to every other week, so it's another great option.

Michael showed us the best watering technique, which is to only water a plant when the soil is dry. He says when the soil is light brown or when it starts to pull away from the sides of the pot, it's time to water.

Water it thoroughly, and if you use a saucer or basin under the plant, let it sit in that extra water for a few minutes to let the soil soak up all the liquid, and then toss that water out.

Michael is teaching some virtual classes through USU Extension. Find more at or