15 Easy To Grow Indoor Plants
Plants serve as beautiful, relaxing, air-purifying additions to your home decor. However, not all plants can survive the conditions your living space provides. If you are beginning to add plants to your space, it's essential to start with some hardy, low-maintenance plants. Your success will inspire a bright future of growing beautiful houseplants.
Fortunately, we gathered 15 easy to grow indoor plants anyone can care for. Read on, and we will give you a great guide highlighting our favorite indoor plants that are relatively easy to grow and maintain
1 - ZZ Plant
Low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and beautiful, the ZZ plant appears as one of the ideal house plants for busy people. Because they don’t die easily, even the most novice grower can grow this plant without problems.
A little neglect won’t hurt as its potato-like rhizomes store water to help the plant survive a prolonged drought in the same natural environment. Under a medium, indirect light, the ZZ plant requires infrequent watering. Think of doing it only once or twice a month.
ZZ Plants love bright, indirect light. These plants can also thrive under fluorescent lights of offices and commercial buildings. Avoid direct sunlight as it may scorch the foliage.
ZZ plants don’t need endless pruning as they grow slowly. All you need to do is remove dead leaves and those that aren’t doing well.
Warning: All parts of the ZZ plant are poisonous. Keep it away from nibbling pets and curious children. Wear gloves and wash your hands after touching it. Aside from being toxic, there are no other drawbacks when growing the ZZ plant.
If you’re always on the go, whether for regular business trips or family vacations, trust that you’ll arrive home seeing your ZZ plants alive and well!
2 - Dracaena Plants
Dracaena plants are popular ornamental houseplants. With reasonably simple care requirements, you can never go wrong with choosing a dracaena plant for your space. Moreover, they help purify the air we breathe.
Dracaena variants require less water compared to many indoor plants. Keep the leaves and the ground lightly misted as they don’t want soggy soil. Drooping and yellow leaves are signs of overwatering so if you spot this, water less frequently.
In general, Dracaenas can easily adapt to different lighting conditions. Its tolerance to low light makes it one of the best indoor plants for closed spaces like your room. However, Dracaena leaves become thicker, and the plant itself grows faster under bright, indirect light.
The best Dracaena cultivars for home decor include:
- Madagascar dragon tree (Dracaena marginata)
- Corn plant (Dracaena massangeana)
- Dracaena deremensis (Dracaena fragrans)
- Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sanderiana)
3 - Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue)
It’s not as scary as you think. In fact, this succulent is very forgiving, making it a perfect plant for beginners!
The snake plant got its name from thin leaves pointing upward with foliage that looks like irregular green banding as that of a snake’s skin. Its alluring color and appearance blend well with different pots and planters.
The snake plant has showcased effectiveness in filtering out harmful chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde, toluene, xylene, and trichloroethylene. Due to this, snake plants are one of the best indoor plants for clean air.
The snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue requires less watering. As a drought-tolerant plant, it can thrive even when watering is forgotten. During winter, water once a month.
Though it prefers bright light, the snake plant can survive low levels of light. If you love to position plants in shady corners, this plant is an excellent option.
Despite the intimidating names, the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue is a simple, beautiful, stress-free plant.
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4 - Air Plant
Air Plant or Tillandsia require no soil at all for them to thrive. If you want to take care of air plants you will find all kinds of creative planters and vessels. This amazing collection is ofter displayed with hanging planters or wall planters.
These stunning and sometimes, colorful standalone plants appear as living art species. Truly a center of attraction to anyone who steps inside your home.
Like other houseplants in our list, Tillandsia maintenance is easy however, quite different. Watering requirements will vary depending on the humidity, space, and the amount of light in its daily environment. Water (spray) your air plants 2-3 times a week during cloudy and cool seasons and 4-6 times per week during hot sunny seasons.
When it comes to lighting, place the plant within 3 feet of a natural light source. If you plan to use a fluorescent bulb, the Tillandsia will need at least 12 hours of exposure every day.
It’s incredibly easy to mount Tillandsia plants. You can use almost anything such as driftwood, coral, lava rock, manzanita, and crystals. We recommend using E-6000 Adhesive which is a non-water soluble glue.
Tillandsias make heads turn and they can live for a long time by just keeping the above important steps in mind.
5 - Red Prayer Plant
Attractive red veins crawling against the thick but soft, dark green foliage comprise the gorgeous red prayer plant. The striking presence of this indoor plant makes it a perfect match for a person of taste.
Despite being a low-maintenance plant, the red prayer plant, also known as Maranta leuconeura has specific needs. It demands a combination of well-drained soil and high humidity to thrive.
When it comes to watering, the red prayer plant requires warm water. It doesn’t like soggy soil but will do well in moist soil. Use lukewarm water and make sure to water the soil and not the leaves. Otherwise, they may acquire leaf spot bacteria.
Bright, indoor light serves as the best lighting condition for the red prayer plant. Avoid direct sunlight as it will fade the leaf colors and burn the foliage.
Feed this house plant with all-purpose fertilizer every two weeks from spring through fall to bring out its best appearance. Avoid overfertilizing as it will cause the leaves to wither.
If you want a bushier red prayer plant, prune by cutting stems just above the leaf nodes. It will grow new shoots which will soon give a groomed shape to the plant.
Compared to other house plants in this list, the red prayer plant is non-toxic making it a pet-friendly option.
6 - Chinese Evergreen
While most houseplants in this list would require a bit more effort, the Chinese Evergreen hardy has and maintenance demands at all! But if you want it to grow at its best, you need to follow some super easy recommendations.
Chinese Evergreen loves moderate watering. Allow the plant to dry out before watering again. Consistent overwatering may lead to root rot.
Chinese Evergreen can survive many light conditions but it prefers medium to low light or indirect sunlight. It also thrives in a warm and humid environment.
Provide your plant with well-drained soil and feed once or twice a year with a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer. You can give the plant a quick trim if they grow too large or become leggy. You can even save the root cuttings and dip them in water if you want to propagate your Chinese Evergreen.
Overwatering it slightly or abandoning it for some time is no big deal, the plant can be very forgiving. So if you want something that fits a busy and sometimes forgetful lifestyle, Chinese Evergreen is the best match for you. We are big fans of this Evergreen & Plant Pot Combo.
7 - Asparagus Fern
Normally found in a beautiful hanging basket, the asparagus fern makes a good houseplant for decorating a patio or deck. During summer and winter, you can use this plant to help clean the air indoors.
In spite of the vulnerable appearance, asparagus ferns have thorny spurs. Wear gloves while taking care of them to avoid irritation.
Growing asparagus fern indoors requires a little more effort than growing it outdoors. Keep it well-watered and misted for extra humidity.
The asparagus fern loves the shade, although you can introduce it to partial light. Keep it away from bright, direct sunlight as it will scorch the foliage.
Humidity is key if you want your asparagus fern to thrive. Also, remember that the plant may dry out appearing to be dead but the temperature of springtime will revive them so don’t give up. As the spring air warms it, this perennial will return its stunning green foliage.
Overall, the feathery asparagus fern serves as a good indoor or outdoor plant option. While it requires specific conditions, it’s still easy to maintain and they won’t easily die.
8 - Fiddle Leaf Fig
This fashion-forward beauty produces the perfect contrast to neutral walls and furnishing. However, the trendy fiddle leaf fig is more than just lush, violin-shaped leaves. Their hardy nature adapts to many conditions which makes it an ideal indoor plant for beginners.
Touch the soil and make sure it’s dry before watering. Water thoroughly and let it dry out. If the fiddle leaf fig did not receive enough water, the new leaves will turn brown and fall off. When overwatered, the old leaves which sit toward the base of the plant will wither and drop.
Place your fiddle leaf fig near a sunny window as it prefers bright indirect light. Check the position of this plant every month as it could lean toward the light source.
Feed the plant with water-soluble fertilizer throughout the growing season. Always check for signs of infestation as fiddle leaf plants are vulnerable to mites, aphids, mealybugs, and whiteflies.
Fiddle leaf figs can grow up to six feet. If you plan to use this tall plant to accentuate your home, then you must check on it every once in a while and give the appropriate care as mentioned above.
9 - Chinese Money Plant
Also known as pancake plant, the Chinese money plant is definitely a wonderful sight. This eye-catching plant has shiny, thick, dark green pancake-like leaves held by thin, long stems. Although Chinese money plants don’t go over 16 inches, they work great indoors as eye-catching decor and air purifiers.
Water the Chinese money plant once a week. Give it more water during summer and less in winter. Moreover, the soil needs to dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering it.
The Chinese money plant enjoys bright light, but don’t place it under direct sunlight to avoid scorched leaves. Placing a plant in a light shade will encourage larger leaves.
The leaves tend to collect dust so gently wipe their leaves with cloth and mist every once in a while. Treat the plant with an all-purpose fertilizer during spring and summer growing seasons.
Propagating the Chinese money plant with cuttings is so easy, it’ll take over your house in no time!
10 - Yucca
The yucca, a drought-tolerant, evergreen plant is considered as the top air-cleaning indoor plant. Yucca’s appearance adds sophistication to a room but its tough versatility also makes it an outdoor beauty.
Water the yucca plant lightly by sprinkling the surface of the soil with water occasionally. A top-dressing of pebbles will help keep the moisture allowing the plant to use its small rations of water. Try to avoid letting the plant sit in puddled water for a significant amount of time and it can affect the base.
Yucca plants love lots of sun and are native to the hot, dry areas of the Americas and Carribean. Although some varieties prefer partial shade, Yuccas generally do better with ample sun.
Feeding the yucca is not necessary. If desired, feed the plant with a balanced time-release fertilizer. Sprinkle around the plant and on places where you believe the roots lie.
Unlike a majority of indoor plants on the list, a happy Yucca recipe is composed of sun, sun and more sun!
11 - Peace Lily
Named for its exuberant white blooms resembling flags of peace. They flower frequently and continue to produce one bloom after another!
If you are a waterer, the peace lily seems like a good match for you. It's been jokingly said that peace lilies can almost live inside an aquarium. They don’t die easily from overwatering however, it could still hurt the plant.
Unlike some houseplants that can be used outdoors, peace lilies are built especially for indoors. They don’t need bright light but would prefer bright, indirect light which will inspire them to produce more vibrant flowers. A good area for a peace lily would be on a low plant stand next to a bright window.
The peace lily foliage accumulates dust. You can gently wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them looking beautiful. Just remember to water them if they wilt, and they should bloom beautifully again.
12 - Aloe
The aloe vera’s spiky leaves emanate a cool and perky vibe. Its appearance will always add a great splash of style on desks, bathroom tops, or breakfast bars. Plus, caring for this succulent plant is incredibly easy!
Aloe vera needs one or two good soaks every week. It's helpful if the soil has dried out between waterings although not critical. A good choice of planter like a pot made from terra cotta is highly recommended.
Aloe vera appreciates a warm environment with bright but indirect light. They can also thrive under an artificial light making them a popular office plant. Aloe plants kept in low light or the dark often grow leggy and lose their healthy thick leaves.
Fertilize sparingly and only during spring and summer. Use a balanced houseplant formula for best results.
Want to propagate your aloe vera? If you plan to use them for skincare or if you just want a home full of beautiful aloe plants, you'll love this plant. Mature plants bear offsets called pups or plantlets. You can remove and replant them to produce a new aloe plant!
13 - Jade Plant
Another unusual but popular succulent in this list is the jade plant. Its fleshy, oval-shaped leaves serve as a perfect contrast to a neutral backdrop. Jade plants were thought to bring luck and they make great housewarming presents.
Like other succulents, the jade plant goes dormant if it doesn’t get enough water. When they get watered, the jade plant starts to rehydrate and grow. However, the jade plant has shallow roots that may rot easily if you give them too much water. Keep the soil moist but not wet and reduce watering during the cold season.
The jade plant loves full sun. It grows best with sun-facing windows. This will help them receive four hours or more of direct sunlight each day.
At the beginning of the season, feed your jade plant with a time-release fertilizer. You can also do it weekly but with a weaker liquid solution. When the plant grows older, you would need to feed it with a 20-20-20 balanced fertilizer.
You can easily propagate the jade plant. Simply place the sprouts into a cacti mix, cover the dish and wait until it buds a new plant.
14 - Kalanchoe
Who would believe that the colorful, bell-shaped flowers the kalanchoe plant bears bloom with very little care? This succulent does demand a good amount of space as the plant can reach up to one and a half feet wide and tall.
The kalanchoe plant doesn’t need frequent watering. Allow the soil to dry out before supplying it with water. Also, only water the soil, not the leaves of the plant.
Place the kalanchoe plant in an area that receives plenty of sunlight. As a succulent, it prefers warm temperatures, light soil and minimal supply of fertilizers. Only provide plant food every two weeks in the growing season.
If the temperature varies for you the kalanchoe plant is adaptable. It can handle dry climates and frequent temperature swings with ease.
15 - Philodendron
A mainstay for indoor gardens, Philodendron can definitely shine in your space without huge demands. The plant itself sends signals inexperienced house plant owners can understand. Moreover, they adapt easily to different conditions making care for Philodendron plants incredibly easy.
Always check the soil with a finger to make sure that it’s dry before watering the plant. Sink your index finger in about an inch to check the moisture in the soil. The leaves may droop if it did not get enough water or if it has been overwatered. Recovery will occur soon after adjusting to the right amount of water.
The plant prefers bright, indirect light so place them near the windows. Don’t let the sun rays touch the foliage for long. If the stems appear leggy after some time, it only means that it’s not getting the light condition it needs.
Philodendron plants need a balanced liquid fertilizer stuffed with macronutrients. Apply it to the plant every month in spring and summer season. In fall and winter, feed the plants every six or two weeks.
Unlike many houseplants, the Philodendron won’t feel distressed about moving from indoors to outdoors or vice versa. Assuming you don’t overwater and you keep them away from direct sunlight, your Philodendron will thrive indoors for years and look amazing and healthy!
Now that you’ve seen these wonderful indoor plants and learned about their growing requirements, add some new houseplants, order a stylish planter for each and reap all the home and health benefits they offer!Stressed out? Check out THIS article for plants that relieve stress.