Have you tried growing a plant here in Doha and failed miserably? I have. I managed to kill a Cactus. And they're supposed to last for years. But since then, I have successfully managed to keep several money plants alive. So there is hope for you as well. .
Plants have a lot of benefits; the biggest one being that they filter the toxins in the air in your house. Plants also help reduce stress, strain to your eyes and are great for your well being. And, they are a great addition to your home decor.
This is a great opportunity to experiment with something new and expand your horizons. If you have kids, it would be a good summer activity or a good learning curve in general. And worry not, it's completely okay if you don't have a green thumb. Keep reading to find out which plants you can grow indoors in Qatar's summer heat. Also note that all of these plants can be purchased from pretty much any nursery here in Doha.
The money plant is one of the easiest plants to grow in Qatar. Even a toddler can keep this one alive. Okay, maybe not a toddler. But you get the gist. It’s a vine plant found mainly in North Australia, Malaysia and South Asia. It is said to bring good luck and prosperity inside the house. It is also known as ‘Pothos’, ‘Devils Ivy’ and ‘Silver Vine’. The cool thing about this plant is that it can be grown in water alone as it can survive on the naturally occurring minerals found in water.
Scientific name: Scindapsus aureus, or Epipremnum aureum
Where to buy: Lulu Supermarket, Landmasters, other local nurseries.
Water: When top 2-4 inches is dry. If growing hydroponically, change the water weekly.
Sunlight: Keep in bright indirect sunlight for optimal results.
Cost: QR 30 to QR 130
The great thing about this one is that you can neglect it for weeks and it will still live. So, for all us expats in Doha with travel schedules, this one is a winner. It can, however, rot easily so make sure to have free draining soil. Most common name is ‘Mother in Law’s tongue’. It filters Benzene, Xylene, Formaldehyde and Trichloroethylene.
Scientific name: Sansevieria trifasciata
Where to buy: The Garden Centre, other local nurseries
Water: Once every 2-3 weeks.
Sunlight: Indirect sunlight.
Cost: QR 65 (42 cm)
This was on NASA’s list of Top Ten Household Air Cleaning Plants. They remove harmful toxins like Ammonia and Formaldehyde, Benzene and Richloroethylene from the air and will not only look pretty in your home, they will keep the air healthy as well. It is a very low maintenance plant that can grow in shade if your flat doesn’t have a lot of windows.
Scientific name: Spathiphyllum
Where to buy: The Garden Centre, Other local nurseries
Water: Once every week, keeping the soil moist.
Sunlight: Partial shade.
Cost: QR 35 - 55
Everyone not only knows about this plant but also it’s multiple medicinal properties. It is used in food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries and has an estimated annual market value of $13 billion globally. It has antioxidant and anti bacterial properties. You can also use it to heal burns and use it in beauty masks for hair, skin. Some people like to drink it for the benefits it provides. According to studies, it is known to lower blood sugar and help in digestion. You can also buy individual Aloe leaves from supermarkets like Carrefour Qatar to use them for natural skin/hair care remedies.
Scientific name: Aloe Vera
Where to buy: Floranza International Nursery, Other local nurseries
Water: Every three weeks.
Sunlight: Indirect sunlight.
Cost: QR 45 - 100
This one helps clean toxins like Benzene, Xylene, Carbon Monoxide, Formaldehyde and Toluene from the air. It’s a tough plant that can tolerate the harsh summer weather in Qatar and is perfect if you are new to caring for plants. The best part is that it’s safe for your pets, too.
Scientific name: Chlorophytum comosum
Where to buy: Landmasters, other local nurseries
Water: Once a week.
Sunlight: Bright indirect sunlight.
Cost: QR 15 - 35 QR
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