Houseplants and trees can flourish with little effort

My husband's weeping fig tree (Ficus benjamina) left this world only last year, having lived 20 years with no fertilizer, ever, and far less water than it rightfully deserved.

Cynthia McKenney, an associate professor of horticulture at Texas Tech University, also endorses the weeping fig, rubber plant and the dracaenas, although she points out that spider mites can become an issue with the latter.

McKenney doesn't put the Norfolk Island pine in the carefree category because it requires a humid climate and a lot of light.

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