Add some green to your home with easy indoor plants. If so, then these indoor plants are perfect for beginners, self-proclaimed brown thumbs, or anyone who wants low-maintenance indoor plants.
Starting off with easy houseplants will ensure your success as an indoor gardener. Here are a few of my favorite low-maintenance plants to get you started.
The best part is that there are so many easy-to-care for houseplants out there that you can have quite a nice collection. Heck, some of them will even flower for you if you treat them well.
THERE’S A REASON THESE HOUSEPLANTS ARE EASY TO CARE FOR.
Those plants are the easiest to grow in an indoor environment. But before I list them, I want to quickly explain the process of choosing them.
- houseplants that you can buy almost anywhere
- adapt quickly to the typical home environment
- is possible without ever having to go outside.
- don’t require a lot of light or humidity
- neglect is forgivable
- no special care is required
You can get more than one, and even put them into the same pot if you want. Another consideration is that many of these plants have the same or very similar care requirements.
15 EASY INDOOR PLANTS TO GROW
Here are the easiest ones for you to care for. I also included care tips for each one, so you can get started right away…
1. Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum) –
Spider plants are among my old-time favorites, the ones I’ve grown since I was a child. These plants are not only easy to maintain, they’re also extremely beautiful. You can hang them from the ceiling, or place them atop a shelf where the sprouts will spill over the edge.
2. Dumb cane (Dieffenbachia seguine) –
If you’re looking for a houseplant that’s easy to maintain with unique foliage, this one’s for you! Although dieffenbachia doesn’t need to sit in a sunny window, it is best placed somewhere bright so that it doesn’t get too leggy.
3. Peperomia –
Peperomia varieties are plentiful, and they are all relatively easy to take care of indoor plants. A hanging basket, or cascading over a shelf, can be created with those branches spreading over the pot. The best success can be achieved by providing bright, indirect light as well as regular watering.
4. Arrowhead vine (Syngonium podophyllum) –
You can choose from several types of arrowhead vines to add to your collection, and they’re one of the easiest houseplants you can find. This one needs average watering, but do not let the soil completely become dry. Choose a spot with bright light, but never direct sunlight.
5. Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) –
A perfect starter houseplant, pothos (also known as devil’s ivy) is virtually impossible to kill. The succulent is extremely forgiving. Forget to water it and it starts drooping? No problem! Give it a drink, and it will spring back to life.
6. Heartleaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium) –
Heartleaf philos are perfect for easy houseplants since they do not like direct sun. Plant this one in a spot where it gets bright, filtered light. It requires a bit more water than others on this list.
7. Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) –
It is not by accident that this is called the “cast iron plant”. Because it can survive some of the harshest conditions, it is sometimes known as the hardy sage. You don’t have to do much maintenance on this one, but make sure you don’t consistently overwater it.
8. Boston fern (Nephrolepis exaltata) –
The Boston fern is actually a relatively low-maintenance house plant, despite the fact that they seem like they would be difficult. It is possible for them to grow quite large with the right kind of care. Hanging plants look great, or keep them on a pedestal for best results. Make sure the soil is consistently moist and place them in a shady spot.
9. Corn plant (Dracaena fragrans) –
You can choose Dracaena fragrans if your home doesn’t get enough natural light. Keep it on the dry side, but never bone dry. Mine’s been in my kitchen next to a north-facing window for years and loves it.
10. Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla) –
One of the best things about Norfolk pines is that they can grow into large floor specimens and can live for several years. Keep the soil moist by placing it near a sunny window (but be careful not to overwater!) and talking to it every once in a while may cause it to thrive!
11. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina) –
Weeping figs, another wonderful floor plant, can grow into a small tree when well cared for. Benjamina plants grow best in bright, open spaces. If watered when the top inch of soil is dry, it will live for several years.
12. Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata) –
Snake plants are easy to grow and have beautiful foliage with spiky tips. They are also one of the tastiest indoor plants you can get. Since they require little water, they’re perfect for filling hard-to-reach places. You will have a happy plant if you keep it in a bright room and allow the soil to dry between waterings.
13. ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) –
Because you can grow these indoor plants with little maintenance, they are ideal for beginners. Keeping it out of direct sunlight is the best method for preventing it from getting leggy. Let the soil dry completely between waterings, and refrain from overwatering this one.
14. Umbrella tree (Schefflera) –
Scheffleras are not only easy-to-grow houseplants, they are also very forgiving. However, they prefer their soil to be watered consistently. There are several dwarf varieties which are suitable for smaller gardens. They can grow huge trees, but they also have dwarf varieties which can grow smaller.
15. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) –
A great thing about Chinese evergreens is that they don’t require a lot of sunlight or water. Let the soil dry out between waterings, but never allow the soil to become completely dry. You’ll be rewarded with adorable little flowers followed by red berries if you treat it right.
These easy indoor plants will add a great deal of green to your home without requiring much maintenance. Start out with the simplest houseplants to grow at the garden center, and your brown thumb will turn green in no time.
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