Picking out your very first houseplant can be a little challenging. Not only are there countless varieties of indoor plants, but you also need to consider how much care the plant will need and the benefits it can offer. Some plants are indeed easier to care for and harder to kill than others. But, if you’re looking for a long-time green companion, that’s not the only factor you should keep in mind.
If you’re struggling to make up your mind about which indoor plant is perfect for your daily routine – we’ve got just the solution. Take a moment to go through our comprehensive houseplant guide to understand which plant will suit your home best. You can always check our guide for the best indoor plants for your bedroom here!
Best easy-care indoor plants
As we said earlier, selecting an indoor plant will require going over multiple considerations. But, if you’re looking to make your life easier and just stick to low-maintenance plants that are effortless to care for, we’ve got you covered.
You’ll find an all-inclusive list of the best easy-care houseplants below. So, all you have to do is scroll through it to learn each plant’s particulars and make your choice. Ready?
1. Snake plant
The snake plant (aka Sansevieria trifasciata) belongs amongst the hardiest succulents in the world. The plant does well in low-light conditions and needs only a little water to survive – so it’s best to let its soil dry a little in between waterings.
The plant can grow up to 1.2 metres tall and has lovely green sword-like leaves. Plus, snake plants are renowned for their air filtering qualities as they can absorb pollutants like toluene, formaldehyde, etc., from your atmosphere. They’re also an excellent option for people who suffer from allergies.
2. Red Aglaonema
If you’re looking to add a little colour to interiors, why not opt for the red aglaonema with bright green and pink tones. Much like the Chinese evergreen, this plant doesn’t require too much water and prefers to stay a little on the dry side.
Benefits of this indoor plant include Co2 absorption, oxygen production, and the ability to absorb toxins like benzene and others.
3. ZZ Plant
Also known as the eternity plant, ZZ plants (aka Zamioculcas zamiifolia) can survive weeks without water and thrive in low light. Their thick stems and green leaves are pretty sturdy, and upon maturity, the plant can reach around 1 metre in height.
However, if you’ve got kids or pets, you should note that the plant can be poisonous if it’s chewed on or eaten. But don’t let that put you off completely because the plant can remove airborne bacteria, boost your indoor oxygen levels, and help in stress reduction.
Anthuriums can handle all levels of indirect light, but they tend to grow slower in low light. Never try and stick your anthurium under direct sunlight because this can burn the plant’s leaves. The plant also has moderate watering needs and will only need to be watered once the soil is dry. Too much water can lead to root rot. As to benefits, anthuriums have excellent air-purifying qualities.
Monsteras are famous for their tropical vibes and do well in medium light and bright light. They’re excellent for trapping dust and can help you feel relaxed. They also prefer a humid environment. However, like all the other plants on this list thus far, the Swiss cheese plants too only need watering once their soil is dry.
Peperomias have leaves that retain a fair amount of water, so they can survive if you miss a watering or two. They do well in all light levels, meaning you can place them anywhere – from the windowsill to your work desk. Apart from adding greenery to your surroundings, peperomia can also absorb pollutants like formaldehyde.
7. Spider plant
Spider plants (chlorophytum comosum) are one of the most popular houseplants. They have green to dark green arching leaves that give them a spider-like appearance. The variegated versions can feature white or cream stripes on the leaves too. They need a bright sunny spot to grow fast but can be kept in low light settings too. The plant can retain water but require moist soil in between waterings.
8. Holiday cactus
The holiday cactus is a trailing plant of the cactus family and will produce red or pink flowers during late fall and early winters. The plant doesn’t need much light but will produce more flowers under a bright light setting.
9. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera doesn’t require much water because its leaves can retain a lot of moisture. However, aloe vera does tend to prefer indirect light in cooler temperatures. If you’re looking for a plant that’ll look after itself with a minimum of fuss from you – then aloe’s your best bet.
10. Cast Iron plant
The cast iron plant (aka aspidistra elatior) is another low-light plant and can do well in a wide range of temperatures. The plant will require more moisture in its active growth phase as opposed to fall and winter. Upon maturity, the cast iron plant will grow pretty big, so you may want to reserve this one for open spaces like the living room.
11. Chinese Evergreen
Chinese evergreen belongs to the aglaonema genus and doesn’t require a lot of light to survive. It is also pretty easy on watering needs and is classified as a slow-growing plant. The plant may produce flowers at times, but they’re not too vibrant. Chinese evergreen is preferred due to its oxygen producing qualities. However, it’s poisonous for pets, so you may want to place it high or utilise hanging baskets.
12. Jade plant
Jade plants (aka Crassula ovata) are pretty adorable to look at with their fleshy little leaves and wooden stems. It has minimum to no watering needs because it retains moisture. It’s a great indoor plant for beginners, has medicinal properties, absorbs Co2 at night, and is considered lucky to boot.
13. Peace lily
If you have no green thumb to speak of but somehow are always overwatering things – then you need to get yourself a peace lily (aka spathiphyllum). One of the most striking features of this plant is its beautiful white flowers. Peace lilies will thrive in humid conditions but can survive indoors, too – as long as you don’t stick them in a cold room.
Pothos (aka devil’s ivy and not to be confused with English ivy) is so hardy that it can sustain almost pitch-black lighting conditions. And, it’s also pretty impervious to over and underwatering. It’s a trailing vine, so it’ll look great as a hanging plant. You can grow this plant in several types of mediums, such as water or soil. However, even though this plant can survive in dry environments, it’ll do best in high humidity settings.
15. Air plants
A plant that doesn’t even need soil or pots, let alone repotting. Does that sound too good to be true? Believe it or not, air plants (aka tillandsia) can survive if you allow their roots to soak in water for two or three hours every 10 days. These plants are indestructible and will live on for years, even if you show extreme negligence. However, they can really add to the decor if you place them in a terrarium and watch their sprouts fill it up.
16. Parlor Palm
Parlor palms are generally grown in little clumps, so they end up resembling palm-like shrubs. They do well in low light and can handle low temperatures. As houseplants, parlor palms grow best in a peaty potting mix, have moderate watering needs, and grow up to 4 metres in height upon maturity.
Lucky bamboo (aka dracaena sanders) do well in light that’s kind of bright. They’re grown in water initially, but once their roots have formed, you can transplant them to a pot with soil. Their watering needs are moderate. If you miss a watering or two, this might cause some wilting. However, the good news is the plant will bounce back pretty quick after being watered again.
It’s impossible to do all low-maintenance houseplants justice in one article. There are plenty of options we didn’t get the time to write about. For instance, Rubber plants (Ficus elastica), Wax plants (Hoya carnosa), Philodendrons, Fiddle Leaf Figs, Prayer plants, Ponytail palms, and the list goes on and on.
However, the seventeen indoor plants we were able to list out are some of the best out there. Plus, our guide gives you everything you need to learn about a plant’s care and maintenance routine. If you already made up your mind about the plant you want to get – congrats. Go out there and start your green adventure!