Indoor plants are great for your health and can really help liven up an indoor space but some of them are a lot of work to keep healthy and looking good. Here is a list of some of the top, easy-care plants to beautify and bring life into your home indoors, without the hassle.
A classic plant that nearly everyone’s grandparents have, the spider plant is so commonplace simply because it is almost indestructible. It is largely pest free and has swollen roots that can hold extra water for times when it is forgotten. It is an interesting plant architecturally and comes in a couple different variegated and green forms.
This vine looks great in any home and can take a lot of neglect. If it gets too dry it will stop growing but can still do well with weeks between waterings. It comes in different leaf forms, including dark green, lime green, blue-green, variegated and miniature. The variegation increases with more light but these plants can survive and grow well with a lot less light than most plants. It does well in pots that you can hang up in the house.
A truly indestructible, low-light plant with succulent leaves and roots, this one is a plant that definitely makes the easy care list. It comes in many color forms, shapes and sizes so you can find one to fit just about any space. They can survive months without water and that is probably why you often see them in home interiors. This is a plant that hardly needs any maintenance!
These plants are often used as bedding plants outdoors but what many people don’t know is they make great houseplants! Their attractive foliage comes in many shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors so you can surely find a coleus to match any décor. They are also low-light plants so finding a place where they will thrive is easier than for many plants. Coleus like to dry between waterings and will wilt when they need a drink, making it easy to know when they need water. They can be propagated easily from stem cuttings in water to refresh an old or leggy plant.
Kaffir Lily (Clivia sp.)
These plants may look exotic and hard to care for, but they are very tough and flower well even when stressed as long as they are receiving enough light. They come in red, yellow, orange, and cream and can be either dwarf (~12-14” tall) or standard (up to 3” tall).
The jade or money plant as some people call them is a super tough succulent tolerant of low light conditions. They store a lot of water in their stems and leaves so they can be forgotten without any harm done. They also have low nutrient requirements so you only have to repot every couple years.
Wax Vine (Hoya sp.)
Wax vines are long lived plants with very interesting star-shaped, evening scented flowers. They have succulent leaves that can hold moisture for dry times and they are tolerant of lower light conditions. There are many different species that are either variegated, speckled or green. Some even have cool twisted leaves like the Hindu Rope Plant (Hoya compacta) or lovely flowers like Hoya bella. Just be sure to keep them in a small pot or they will never bloom.
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