Plants are a sure fire way to add color and brightness to any room. There may even be added benefits to keeping indoor plants that go further than aesthetics. Depending on the plant you go for, it could help lift your mood, reduce stress or purify the air in your room.
That all sounds great, right? But for those of us who struggle to keep these little green gems alive - getting the most out of them is that bit harder! Not to mention the huge amount of choice there is out there, it can be overwhelming!
Luckily for you, here at PlantX we have put together a great list of what we think are the ten easiest houseplants - meaning minimal work on your part! Trust us when we say anyone can have green fingers if they get their hands on a list like this.
10. Cactus - Our spiky little friends!
So here’s the obvious one. We’re sure you’ve heard that it’s pretty impossible to kill these desert plants! They come in a wide variety of sizes and colors, making them the perfect addition to a window sill or desk. Although cacti love the sun, they do well as indoor plants and require minimal watering.
One important thing is not to over water! Make sure the soil is completely dry between watering. Cacti only require watering every 10-14 days during the summer months, and only once a month in winter. During the winter months they will slow their growth to meet the environmental conditions around them. This is sometimes referred to as dormancy.
If you see your cactus start to shrivel, this means it’s needing a large amount of water - so give it a big drink! Never let your cactus sit in water, as that will lead to systemic rot.
Feel festive with this cute Christmas cactus!
9. Succulents - Hardy plants for not so green fingers!
Another super easy indoor plant! Succulents are super diverse in shape and color - making them the ideal plant to spruce up a dull bedroom or bathroom. They prefer warm, dry climates and have a great ability to store water - so they don’t mind a little neglect!
Like cacti, some succulents can handle direct sunlight, while others can thrive in shaded areas too. The biggest error with these little guys is over-watering, as it may stress the delicate roots. Allow the soil to become completely dry before watering, and try to water the lower part of the soil allowing it to become saturated.
Feeling like it’s too much work? Don’t worry! Plants like this are pretty hardy, so don’t worry if you forget to water your succulent one week.
8. Peace Lily - Feel at peace with peace lilies
Here’s a great one for those of us who like flowering plants! Peace lilies look beautiful in any room you put them in. Their emerald green leaves and snow-white flower is the perfect way to bring a calming atmosphere to your living or working environment.
And they’re not called peace lilies for nothing! These beautiful plants might even help you get a restful night’s sleep as they purify the air and absorb airborne mold spores - helping you to breathe easy.
And if that wasn’t enough, they’re one of the easiest indoor plants you can get. They need medium to low light and mild temperatures (keep them away from drafty windows!). Keep the soil moist by watering once a week.
PlantX Tip: Know a friend going through a bit of a rough spot? Peace lilies make great gifts! Bring some peace and beauty to their lives with their very own peace lily!
7. Spider Plant - Let these spidery plants climb your walls!
Spider plants are super easy to care for! With their long, spidery leaves - they look great as hanging plants or potted plants. We think these look great pretty much anywhere, but why not try hanging one in a well-lit bathroom?
These little guys don’t need much to thrive. Although they do better in bright, sunny spots, they can survive in lower light. All they need is weekly watering. You’ll be shocked at how fast they grow!
6. Red Aglaonema - A fiery addition to the house!
These plants are perfect if you love bright, striking colors, or if you’ve got a dull room that’s in desperate need of some vibrance. These plants have dark green leaves speckled with bright pink or red that makes for an eye-catching addition to any space.
While this fiery plant prefers bright, indirect light - it can also thrive on lower light. Water your Red Aglaonema once a week, or when the top two inches of soil starts to get dry.
PlantX Tip: A lot of these plants just require once a week watering. If you’re worried you’ll forget - pick a day of the week that will be your ‘watering day’ or ‘plant day,’ so you can keep track more easily if you’ve remembered to water this week or not!
5. Heart Leaf Philodendron - A sweet plant for your sweetheart
With dark green, glossy leaves - the Heart Leaf Philodendron is one of the easiest houseplants you can get your hands on. These plants tend to look great on shelves, especially as they tend to grow long stems that drape over the pots nicely! They look great in a hanging basket too.
Care for these luscious plants by keeping the soil lightly moist between spring and autumn, and during winter only water once the soil has dried out. If the leaves turn yellow - it’s a sign of overwatering. They do best in bright indirect sunlight.
Known as the ‘sweetheart plant’ because of its heart-shaped leaves, why not give this plant as a sign of love to someone special? It’s guaranteed to make their day.
4. Snake Plant - A plant that will never go behind your back!
Although snake plants are also known as the mother-in-law’s tongue - there’s nothing scary about them! Snake plants are an ideal plant for beginners because of how hardy they are. With tall, robust, yellow-bordered leaves, they’re as striking as they are simple. Take a look on our PlantX website.
Snake plants prefer bright indirect light, but can also survive in low light environments. In terms of watering, let the soil dry out completely before you water. It’s definitely better to underwater rather than overwater this plant!
Another reason we love snake plants is that they are known for their ability to improve air quality. Snake plants remove harmful toxins in the air, which is great for those of us with air-borne allergies. Not only that, it’s one of the few plants that can transform carbon dioxide into oxygen at night!
3. Orchid - They don’t kid around!
Orchids are a beautiful (and slightly more expensive) flower that requires little care. They are sure to brighten any room and also make wonderful gifts. They come in a huge variety of sizes and colors - and look especially great amongst lots of green plants.
Direct sunlight is often too harsh for orchids, so place your orchid somewhere with bright indirect sunlight for the best results. Water your orchid once a week, and be careful not to let the orchid sit in a pool of water. Orchids need a lot less water than you think!
Eventually, the flowers will die and fall off - but this is normal, even if you’ve been caring for it right! Remove any dead flowers and trim the flower spike 3cm before the last flower. Next place your orchid in a location where the temperature will cool down at night. Pretty soon, you will see your beloved orchid grow back to life!
2. Pothos - Dance with the devil’s ivy...
Pothos plants are also known as the Devil’s Ivy because they’re notoriously difficult to kill, and its leaves can stay green even when left in the dark. So it’s safe to say they’ll be a pretty easy houseplant to care for!
Pothos plants do well in almost all light conditions except for direct sunlight. If your pothos plant is in brighter light, water once a week. If it’s in lower light, water once every two weeks.
It’s important to know that these plants are poisonous if ingested. The plant contains calcium oxalates which are rarely fatal, but can cause vomiting and irritation if ingested. The plant is considered toxic to cats, dogs and children if ingested, although it is unlikely to be fatal, be aware of where you place your pothos plant.
1. Aloe - say allo to aloe plants!
Aloe vera plants look great and can help brighten the dullest of rooms with their bright green, fleshy leaves. They also even have some health benefits! The gel inside the plant can be used topically for treating minor cuts, burns - and sunburn! It’s full of antioxidants and has naturally antibacterial properties.
Aloe vera plants are actually types of succulents, meaning they store water in their leaves. When you do water them, give them a good amount of water, but then do not water again until the soil becomes dry. They thrive in bright indirect sunlight!