Some easy houseplants can look after themselves. In fact, your biggest issue may be deciding what to deal with all of the tiny plants they’ll generate. Almost all of the plants discussed here can be cultivated in indirect sunlight from a window and prefer the same indoor temperatures that most people do (55 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). A few will require a little more TLC, but nothing too extravagant.
Houseplant pests such as aphids, scale, spider mites, and whiteflies are a constant threat to any plant. However, root rot from overwatering is a condition you are likely to encounter. As a result, the indoor plants detailed here are also ideal for someone who frequently forgets to water their plants.
The sap of aloe vera plants is used to hydrate the skin, heal minor cuts, and relieve sunburn. It is both a useful and a lovely plant.
It requires relatively little water because it is succulent and enjoys bright but indirect sunshine, especially in lower temps. In the same container, an aloe plant can live for years. If you want to use part of the leaves, don’t take more than a third of the plant at once.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra relation)
The cast iron plant got its name by surviving in the harshest of environments, including thick shadows outside. It prefers dim lighting. The sword-like, pointed leaves are about four inches wide and two feet long. The cast iron plant grows in clumps and flowers on occasion indoors.
A variegated variant with white stripes is available, and ‘Milky Way’ is studded with white dots.
Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutated)
The Chinese evergreen plant is quite adaptable and can tolerate most indoor circumstances, while it does not tolerate draughts or temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period.
It enjoys light that is low or indirect. Allow the soil to dry for a few days before watering again. Most types have variegated leaves, which makes them even more appealing.
Cactus for the Holidays (Zygocactus or Schlumbergera)
The Holiday cactus is a trailing cactus that blooms in early winter with rich pink or red blossoms. This is the type of plant that appears to thrive while ignored. It tolerates low light but produces more blossoms in bright light. After blooming, prune the houseplant to keep it bushy and lush.
You may compel your Holiday cactus to bloom in December by placing it in total darkness for 12 hours per night starting in mid-October. Allow it to grow in the dark until buds form. A simpler technique is to expose it to cool temps (50-55 degrees) beginning in November. When the heat is turned off and you are at work, place the plant on a windowsill at home. Flower buds should appear in a few weeks.
Dumb cane’s variegated leaves can be very appealing, and it’s not a difficult plant to grow. It like warm temperatures, so keep it away from windows and draughts. When planting this plant near pets or children, exercise caution.
The sap can irritate the skin and, if consumed, can cause a temporary inability to speak. Plants that are safe for pets, such as cats and dogs, should be grown to avoid potential problems with pets. Choose plants that are safe for children to cultivate.
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
The jade plant is one of the most popular indoor plants because of its thick, glossy leaves. Jade plants require enough sunlight to grow lush and healthy, so place them in the brightest room in your home.
The most difficult aspect of growing jade plants is giving the proper amount of water. Their roots will decay if they receive too much water. They will drop their leaves if there is little water. Allow the soil to completely dry before providing further water, but don’t leave them thirsty for too long.
The Bamboo of Fortune (Dracaena sanders)
Dracaena has traditionally been the focal point of container gardening. One spiky dracaena is caught in the heart of red blooming geraniums in a half whiskey barrel in urban container gardens spread across America. However, there is a lot of variety in the dracaena family, and most of them make great easy-care houseplants.
Dragon tree (Dracaena marginal), which resembles a little palm tree and may reach heights of 10 feet, and fortunate bamboo (Dracaena sanders), which isn’t bamboo at all, are two excellent possibilities.
Both features stem that can be bent or spiraled. Clusters of delicate arching leaves with narrow purple edges adorn the stalks. They thrive in bright light and when allowed to dry out.
Lucky bamboo is commonly grown in water, but once considerable roots have been established, it thrives in soil. Even if left to wilt, dracaena will recover after watering, however, the leaf tips may become brown. Dracaena can endure low light levels.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria)
These are low-maintenance houseplants. The snake plant can tolerate low light levels. Water in moderation or it will decay.
Depending on the humidity level, just one or two waterings are required indoors throughout the winter. Variegated varieties require more light and can be more difficult to cultivate. The bird’s nest snake plant, Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Hahnii,’ is a low-growing, compact variation.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
The peace lily’s most noticeable feature is its blossoms. The white blossoms are made up of a long, thin white pannicle encircled by a white leaf-like structure known as a spathe.
The spathe begins dazzling white and gradually fades to yellow or green as it ages. While the peace lily enjoys warm, humid conditions, it may be made to be comfortable in your home if it is not placed near draughts or in areas that are left unheated for lengthy periods.
Pothos is one of the simplest houseplants to care for and nearly difficult to destroy. Pothos are trailing plants that can reach heights of 10 feet or more. Pruning will maintain the plants fuller at the base, and each cutting can be rooted in water to produce additional plants. Pothos plants prefer to dry out between waterings, but if allowed to dry out for too long, the leaves droop and eventually wilt and fall. They are extremely light tolerant, even under artificial office lighting. You can either let them fall or tie them to support or trellis. Many variegated and golden variants are available.
Prayer Plant (Maranta)
Plants in the Maranta genus have some of the most colorful foliage you can imagine. Although it is not picky about growth circumstances, it will thrive in a sunny location with regularly warm temperatures.
Prayer plants can also attract interior pests, so keep an eye on them and catch any problems before they become a problem. Cleaning the leaves regularly will help keep them moist and pest-free.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum homo sum)
Spider plants never cease to amaze. A spider plant with no babies is unusual. Spider plants are commonly cultivated in hanging baskets and can grow to be two to 2 and half feet wide and 3 feet long. Because their roots tend to fill the pot, repotting the houseplant every couple of years may be essential. When the dangling kids begin to grow roots, carefully take them from either the parent plant to generate new spider plants.