Don’t have a green thumb? No worries me neither. If you’re anything like me you love flowers and plants! Don’t they just add so much inspiration and beauty to any space? There’s only one problem – I’m a serial plant killer. Yup, I even managed to kill a cactus when I was in college. Now that’s some serious talent! Despite my non-talent for growing and nurturing plants, I have managed to find a few easy-care indoor plants that even the worst serial plant killers (like me) can manage.
After many failed attempts I was determined to find plants that I could keep alive. After all, they are just so beautiful and inspiring. Also, when I look around I can literally feel the calm their presence provides. Not to mention the health benefits that they offer by purifying the air. Let’s take a look at some of the low-maintenance plant varieties that I have found. Maybe it can help you, too!
“I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul, to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience, for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.”
— David Hobson
8 Easy-Care Indoor Plant Varieties
- Snake Plant
- Jade Plant
- Christmas Cactus
- Philodendron Heartleaf
- Aloe Vera
- Cast Iron Plant
- Air Plant
Easy-care indoor plants individually
I had a Pothos plant for over ten years. Believe me, If I can keep one of these babies alive for that long anyone can. Take it from me – this is one of the easiest house plants to keep alive otherwise there was no way I could have ever managed to keep it alive so long!
This plant has beautiful green trailing vines with heart-shaped leaves. There are many varieties of this plant and its color can vary from white, yellow, to pale green. The Pothos plant prefers to be in bright, indirect light but can still grow and thrive in areas with low sunlight or that only have fluorescent lighting. It’s for that reason that they are popular office plants. One really cool feature is that cuttings can be taken from the mother plant and rooted to make another house plant.
This plant is an easy-care indoor plant and is considered to be one of the most tolerant plants. They are categorized by their upstanding leaves with yellow borders and are actually considered to be a succulent. They can be neglected for quite a while and still look fresh. It can tolerate low light and water conditions and have few insect problems. Also, one great benefit of having one of these plants in your house is that they are known for helping to cleanse the air in your home of formaldehyde and benzene.
The Jade Plant is another easy to care for indoor plant and is also in the succulent family. It has a beautiful green color, woody stems and oval-shaped leaves. This plant grows very well in the home environment and needs more watering during the spring and summer months and less watering during the fall and winter. When caring for this plant, let the plant completely dry between watering otherwise it could be susceptible to rot. One of its amazing characteristics is that a Jade plant can live a really long time and be passed down from generation to generation. How cool is that?
This gorgeous plant is named the Christmas Cactus because it blooms before the holidays. Move over poinsettias! It’s a hardy succulent that is a native of the tropical forests of Brazil. It has flat, green leaves and beautiful flowers. Although many times you picture this plant with red or fuchsia flowers, there are also other varieties that have white and yellow flowers as well. This plant is pretty low maintenance. They need indirect sunlight and to not be overwatered or underwatered them. They can last for years!
This is another easy-care indoor plant that I’ve had for many years. This is a fast-growing and low-maintenance vining plant that has leaves that spill over. It has shiny, green heart-shaped leaves with a point. This plant is native to Africa and the Canary Islands. This is a very low-maintenance plant that can tolerate low light, poor soil, and irregular watering. Perfect!
The Aloe Vera Plant is another relatively easy-care and low-maintenance plant. It’s a native of the desert and is categorized by large pointy leaves that are filled with goo! I had aloe vera growing in my back yard growing up and we used to cut the leaves off and use the inside juice for sunburn. As an indoor plant, you want to keep your aloe vera close to sunlight and water every two weeks. This plant has antibacterial and healing properties when applied to the skin. Just another reason to love it!
Cast Iron Plant
True to name the Cast Iron Plant is known to be an indestructible house plant. It is also known as the bar room or ballroom plant and is an evergreen plant. It has large, long green leaves that sprout up and fall down. It grows in shade and is a very undemanding plant. It can be planted both inside and outside and can survive various conditions such as heat, aridity, and dry shade.
These fascinating little plants are another easy-care indoor plant. Their actual name is Tillandsia. They are known as air plants because they get most of their nutrients from the air around them. If you can believe it they do not need soil! isn’t that cool? You just need to soak or mist them once a week in the spring and summer or once every two weeks in fall and winter. They are the perfect plant décor for an office or desk.
So now that we’ve reviewed some easy to care for indoor plant varieties – which one are you going to choose?
We have another fun idea with our Happy Cactus Planter craft project. Take a look here!