by: Carmen Stinson
If you’re anything like me you dream of having healthy, happy plants. For whatever reason, it seems like it just wasn’t in the cards for some of us. You may even envy those Green Thumbs who seem to make everything bloom without lifting a finger (HOW?!) It’s easy to feel like you’ve tried everything and still can’t keep your indoor plants from looking sad. If you are looking for the best house plants that thrive with low maintenance, look no further!
I made a list of hard-to-kill house plants that only require a decent amount of sunlight and the occasional watering. These plants are great for those who don’t have the time to cater to needy plants but still love having them around. If you’re dying to find the perfect plant that doesn’t require you watering 5 times a day, rotating every half hour in the sun, and speaking sweet nothings into its leaves, look no further.
1. SPIDER PLANT
Found from: Harkoon
These plants are definitely a go-to if you’re a black thumb. They require minimal sunlight and water and should be good to go if you need to leave for a week long vacay. Spider plants look great in plant hangers and high-up spots that allow their long leaves to hang down.
These guys are some of the best house plants if you’re just getting started with your plant family. They also produce plants that you can repot all over your home!
Tip: Water these guys about once a week + Stick to well-lit areas.
Found from: Momo & Coco Inc.
Jade is a beautiful type of succulent that makes a great addition to any desk or table top in your home. This plant has a unique look and is characterized by its plump green leaves. Jade plants store lots of water which = a lot less maintenance. (Hear that Black Thumbs?!) But in all seriousness, if you don’t have tons of space or just want a sweet little addition, pick Jade!
Tip: Allow soil to dry in between watering + Place in direct sunlight
3. PEACE LILY
Found from: DIY & Crafts
When it comes to hard-to-kill plant Peace Lilies definitely top the list. Not only are they super easy to care for but they’re also great for filtering toxins from the air. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance plant that also improves your home’s air quality, this one is for you. Peace Lilies are known to remove traces of mold from the air and would be a great addition to any bathroom or damp area of your home.
BONUS: The Peace Lily was recently approved by NASA for improving indoor air quality. As if you needed another reason this is one of the best house plants!
Tip: Place in indirect sunlight + Water once a week / when the soil begins to feel dry
4. ALOE VERA
Found from: Balcony Garden Web
Don’t get me started on all of the AMAZING benefits of the Aloe Vera plant. Aloe requires very minimal water compared to most plants. If you’re looking for a great starter plant that also boasts amazing health benefits I would definitely recommend Aloe Vera.
Some benefits of using Aloe Vera include decreasing hyperpigmentation, clearing acne, moisturizing skin, and powerful anti-inflammatory properties for bug bites, eczema, and other skin irritations. (Not to mention key if you ever have a sunburn).
Tip: Allow soil to dry in between watering + Place in indirect sunlight / Artificial light
5. PRAYER PLANT (MARANTA)
Found from: The Jungalow
The Prayer Plant plant is definitely a beauty. It’s unique shape and texture make it look like some kind of designer plant (is that a thing?). But you can snag one of these for less than $20. These are some of the best house plants for planters or plant hangers and will be perfect in any corner of your home. Not to mention they’re super low-maintenance and only require indirect light and minimal water.
Tip: Avoid too much direct sunlight + Water about every 2 weeks + Wipe the leaves off every so often
Found from: Real Simple
Who doesn’t love a cactus? These desert dwellers are just about everywhere right now (trendy plant alert)! It really isn’t hard to see why. Cactus are adorable and add the perfect touch to any room. To top it off they’re one of the most low maintenance plants on the list. Cacti aren’t keen on frequent watering (my kind of plant).
Grab one of these to add a little desert style to your home and I guarantee your guests will love them. Out of all of the plants, these are one of the most resilient! Plus did I mention how cute they are?
Tip: Water every couple of weeks / Avoid over watering + Place in direct sunlight.
7. POTHOS PLANT
Found from: Atilio
Up next is the Pothos Plant. These plant babies also look beautiful hanging in plant hangers in corners of the home. The leaves cascade down perfectly so I definitely recommend placing them in elevated areas. I’ve had my Pothos Plant for almost 3 years! This is one of the best houseplants if you’re looking for something hard-to-kill. Coming from a self-proclaimed black thumb, this is huge.
Tip: Allow soil to dry completely in between watering + Place in indirect sunlight
8. SNAKE PLANT
Found from: Lonny
This funky plant adds so much character to any corner of your home. It’s also definitely on the ‘trendy plant list’. Snake plants have distinct waxy leaves that stick straight up. They do great in medium to large pots and are perfect for those who may forget about watering for a week (or two). This is an independent plant who doesn’t need any (hu)man! (Okay took it a little too far.)
Tip: Keep soil lightly moist + Place in indirect sunlight
9. RUBBER PLANT
Found from: Dengarden
The grand finale! This is hands down one of the best house plants for low-maintenance. I don’t know about you but I just love the look of the Rubber Plant. It’s so prim and adds the perfect touch to any living space. These plants are notoriously easy to take care of. They’re great if you have a little bit of extra space and need a beautiful focal point in any room.
Tip: Place in indirect light + Water about once or twice a month
So there you have it! The perfect guide for those of us who are on our 10th fern and just can’t seem to get it right . . . But seriously, these are the best house plants for easy care without sacrificing the look you may be going for.
Low-maintenance is key for a busy life or just plain forgetfulness. That doesn’t mean you can’t have your cake and eat it too! Don’t get me wrong all plants do require maintenance and deserve to be cared for like the beautiful living things that they are! That doesn’t mean you have to cancel your weekend trip because you couldn’t find anyone to water your fiddle leaf tree. Like I always say, everything in moderation! Plant maintenance included.
DISCLAIMER: Some indoor plants (including those on this list) can be toxic if ingested. I highly recommend keeping a watchful eye and placing the plants in hard to reach areas if you have any concerns about them getting into tiny hands or paws. (Click here for The Perfect Guide to Plant Hangers.)