Hail, low-maintenance indoor plants. Known for adding lovely green space inside the home, science has long demonstrated houseplants benefits right along with beauty. From filtering toxins to producing more oxygen for an oxygen-rich environment, house plants also release moisture and improve overall air quality overall.
But you have a brown or black thumb, you say? Here are a few low-maintenance indoor plants for the plant care-challenged. In fact, some of them do better without too much attention!
Healing Aloe Vera
An easy-to-care-for succulent, the Aloe Vera plant is probably best known for its “medical benefits.” Like all succulents, they love sunlight yet are undemanding when it comes to water. Plant in sandy, dryer soil and water occasionally – about every couple of weeks, or until soil is completely drained and dry. While they love bright light, make sure they don’t get too much without relief. Once planted and thriving, sit back and enjoy their green, pulpy leaves, while imbibing in medicinal benefits from the soothing gel that heals cuts and burns.
Snappy Snake Plant
Also in the ‘easy houseplants’ category, the Snake Plant stands tall and strong with it’s dark green leaves with subtle yellow edges. Also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue,” the Snake Plant does well in multiple lighting environments, happy in direct sunlight but fine in shaded areas too. The Snake Plant makes a great addition in offices as they require less light than other plants. They can easily go up to three weeks between watering, making them ideal for those with busy lives. Snake Plant benefits? The Snake Plant is particularly good at absorbing toxins, especially nitrogen oxide, while pumping out oxygen after the sun goes down.
Want a little romance in a plant? The Pothos sports heart-shaped leaves rich in deep greens, or greens and yellows, releasing chlorophyll in abundance. Whether choosing the climbing or crawling variety, these beauties do just fine in sunlight but also in shade or partial sun. Water weekly or when soil is dry to the touch and these easy-care houseplants become fast favorites. Like all indoor plants, the Pothos is a great little air cleaner, particularly removing formaldehyde and benzene, absorbing environmental odors in the process. Restaurants love them, as do bedrooms and home kitchens. The Pothos is great for first time inside gardeners.
Serene Peace Lily
The Peace Lily’s lavish green leaves support their famous hooded white or light green flower, usually blooming two to four times a year. They are very low maintenance as potted flowers go and make wonderful additions to large rooms. Because the Peace Lily is also considered one of the low light houseplants, they can be set on the floor in a great room, even in the middle where there’s less light. While requiring water weekly, they prefer cool rooms. A premier air-cleaner according to NASA, the Peace Lily extracts benzene, formaldehyde, mold spores and additional toxins, leaving the air happy and healthy, right along with your lungs.
Cleansing Rubber Plant
Known for their over-large glossy leaves, the Rubber Plant looks almost fake with their green and shiny couture. While a large plant, they are also unassuming, as if hiding behind their tree-like ambitions. They make great space delineators with their bark-like stem that provides a canopy of green, adding a serious plant presence that can partition rooms when placed in groups. The Rubber Plant needs plenty of sunshine and requires warm, dry environments. Easy care though they are, they need regular watering although can tolerate interludes of dried out soil between drinks. They pump out massive amounts of oxygen and absorb many environmental toxins such as formaldehyde and ammonia.
Saucy Spider Plant
Whether suspended from on high or gracing the floor or countertop, the Spider Plant is an indoor plants favorite with their abundant but narrow leaves. They get their common name due to offshoots that resemble baby spiders scurrying off just after hatching. Prolific yet nimble, the Spider Plant’s leaves are medium green with white piped edges. Some varieties come with purple edging as if royalty, and can sprout petite flowers when thriving. While requiring frequent hydration, it’s okay to let soil dry out before adding more water. Other than that, they are low-maintenance houseplants. Prolific multipliers, it’s easy to cut shoots, place in water, plant in loam soil and give to friends and family–the plant that truly keeps on giving.
Spunky and self-contained, the Cactus is fun to have around. Whether large or small, grouped or singular, those in the cactus family are very easy to care for. There are many shapes and sizes to this species–short, squat, tall, barrel-style, some almost leafy-looking like the Christmas Cactus. Many have spikes while others do not. Cactus plants need sandy soil to live in–well-drained–and require watering only about once a month. While cacti don’t clean air to the degree that conventional green, leafy plants do, their low-maintenance properties, along with an independent “personality” make them a favorite for many home and business owners.
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