Stop Wasting Money on These Nightmare Plants

We’ve all been there. We stroll into a garden center or scroll through our favorite online plant shop and get lost in the beauty of lush leaves, vibrant colors, and unique textures.

We eagerly buy what we think will be the perfect addition to our indoor gardens only to find out later that it’s not as easy to care for as we thought.

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Well, fear not! Sheffield Made Plants has rounded up some popular plants that are often marketed as low-maintenance but end up being a nightmare to keep alive. Don’t waste your hard-earned cash on these six green nightmares:

Syngonium Red Arrow: This beautiful vine with arrow-shaped leaves may seem like an easy-to-care-for plant, but it can quickly turn into a disaster if you don’t give it the right conditions. It needs high humidity and bright indirect light but can quickly develop root rot if overwatered.

Chinese Money Plant: Also known as “Pilea Peperomioides,” this trendy plant has been taking over social media feeds for years. But its common issues include lack of drainage in the soil causing root rot and pests such as spider mites attracted by its moist conditions.

Watermelon Peperomia: The succulent-like foliage of this plant is stunningly striped resembling watermelon skin making it an attractive purchase for many collectors. However, underwatering or exposing them to direct sunlight results in yellowing of margins of those leaves leading to eventually turning black resulting from dry air impacting their health severely.

String of Pearls: With delicate trailing tendrils resembling a striking statement necklace, this sweet-looking one needs a fresh medium, especially well-draining pellet-sized gritty mix which is tough honestly at times for us beginners who usually deploy normal soils.

Kalanchoe: The red flaming Katy surely is fire look-wise yet gets extinguished pretty soon with pest infestation, brown leaves b’cze of keeping it in a humid room- not to mention its unendurable smelling flowers.

Tradescantia Zebrina: Also often known as a wandering Jewish plant because of its symbolism with the Jewish diaspora. Despite their bright purple coloration though this hardy African plant is difficult to manage indoors as they can quickly develop mildew in their atmosphere which makes them look sickly

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Q: Can I save my Nightmare Plants?
A: Yes! With some research and effort, you can revive almost any struggling plant if root rot or any other serious infection hasn’t already taken hold!

Q: What should I do before purchasing plants from now on?
A: Always investigate about your chosen new green pet and try understanding what kind of care it needs based on temperature, humidity, soil type etc beforehand so that you shall ‘not’ ruin another vegetation!


I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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