Low-maintenance indoor plants and easy-care tips

Four easy-care tips to use for popular low-maintenance indoor plants

A woman watering her house plants inside her home.

Plants are a great way to spruce up your living space and add more life to your home. Besides being beautiful, plants can also improve your indoor air quality. And while you may think caring for plants (and keeping them alive) is out of your reach, it might not be as challenging as you think.

Popular low-maintenance indoor plants for your home

Fortunately, many indoor plants require little maintenance. Below you’ll find a list of eight resilient plants that don’t require a “green thumb” and can fit into nearly any space or lifestyle:

  1. Aloe Vera Plants don’t require much watering (about once a week) and survive best in a warm place with plenty of light. As a bonus, you can also use the leaves for medicinal or other self-care purposes.1
  2. Snake Plants thrive in nearly any environment, even those with indirect light and dry air. They are stylish plants that can add flair to any space, and you don’t have to water them often.
  3. Succulents are beautiful as stand-alone plants in any room, or you can put them in a terrarium or other smaller space. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes, so you can mix and match in different rooms. And most importantly, they require minimal water.
  4. Cacti add a unique touch to any home and require little to no care. Just make sure to keep these plants away from small children and pets.
  5. Peace Lilies can be used to add a pop of color to any room and come in white, pink, or purple. These plants don’t need much light, and you only need to add water to the soil when it’s dry.
  6. Spider Plants are often used as hanging or potted plants in homes. While they do need light and water to survive, they can go days without care.
  7. Lavender Plants have a distinctive purple color and pleasant smell, which brings a beautiful, fresh feeling to any room. Additionally, many people use the plant’s sprigs as a garnish or to start an herb garden.2
  8. Velvet Calathea (or Peacock) Plants have a velvety texture with two-toned green leaves. They are typically used to brighten up a space that has limited light.

Easy-care ideas for indoor plants

Many indoor plants don’t require much maintenance to survive. Follow these four simple tips to keep your plants thriving:

  1. Follow the watering directions for each plant you buy. Every plant is different, so read how to care for each one you buy. For example, you may need to water one plant once a week and another only when the soil is dry.
  2. Keep your home’s temperature no lower than 55 degrees. Most houseplants thrive best at a temperature of at least 55 degrees — and the warmer it is, the happier your plants will be. You should also avoid placing plants in your home where there’s a hot or cold draft.3
  3. Clean up your plants. Dirt and dust can block sunlight, so it’s essential to keep your plants clean. If you see any dirt, dust, or bugs on your plant, wipe the leaves with a moist sponge or dry dust cloth.
  4. Give your plants a manicure. Take off dead or yellow leaves from your plants, and cut stems to the soil line if they’ve lost their leaves. On the other hand, pick your flowering blooms to encourage more growth.

Where to start

Adding plants to your home is a great way to keep it looking (and smelling) fresh and clean. If you’re just starting in plant care, it’s best to visit a local nursery and ask an expert to recommend plants that fit your home and lifestyle. Follow the directions outlined to care for each plant, and ask for assistance when necessary. As time progresses, you may find that plant care is not as challenging as you thought — and you may even start to enjoy it.

1 https://inhabitat.com/the-top-10-houseplants-of-2020-and-whats-trending-for-2021/
2 https://inhabitat.com/the-top-10-houseplants-of-2020-and-whats-trending-for-2021/
3 https://gardenerspath.com/how-to/indoor-gardening/houseplant-care-primer/