These sturdy beauties will bring a touch of green to your indoor space
Are you the type of person who wants the beauty of indoor houseplants in your space, without putting in the effort to care for houseplants? If you’re just starting on your houseplant gardening journey, we’ve curated the top 7 easy to care for indoor plants.
Let’s take a look at our sturdy top seven below. Tough enough that they’re (almost) impossible to kill.
Quick list of easy to care for indoor plants
Succulent plants are part of the warm-climate, low-water plant families and are super easy to take care of. These sweet and architecturally intriguing plants look best when propped up against a backdrop that emphasizes their shape and textures (think gravel, rocks, rustic wooden walls, and tree branches).
These staunch little guys love living in containers with ample drainage and prefer when you water the soil directly. But don’t overwater them, because as the name suggests, they suck up the water and keep it inside them as a reserve to snack on later just like a camel.
The key to not killing these guys is to make sure they get enough light and are rotated often to prevent them from burning. Keep an eye on them to stop any bugs from having dinner and use a damp cloth to clean the succulents once in a while.
These little beauties are very similar to the succulents above in terms of care and style. The difference is that to be a cactus; the plant must have bumpy areoles (small light- to dark-colored bumps on cacti), which sprout spikes, hairs, and flowers.
Some of the more well-known cactus are the barrel, saguaro, and bunny ears (the ones from the wild west movies) and moon cactus– thanks to its bright colors. And the cardinal rule of cactus plant ownership is this: make sure the soil is dry between waterings. Do this, and you’ll stop roots from becoming waterlogged or rotten.
Interestingly, cacti become dormant during winter, so, like bears, they need less food (water) and sunlight during hibernation.
Bromeliads are a family of plants with more than 3,000 different species! These diverse divas of the easy-to-care-for-plant-variety typically live in warm tropical climates and also make excellent indoor house plants.
Some Bromeliads grow well as air plants and can be housed on logs, moss, or other organic structures. Some top tips to keep these darlings alive include:
- Giving them bright light but avoid direct sun exposure
- Making sure they have good drainage
- Watering them enough that they stay moist (but not soggy!)
They also love loads of air flowing around them and a bit of fertilizer once in a while. Easy peasy!
The zamioculcas zamiifolia (ZZ) is known for its broad, dark green leaves and spiny, almost prehistoric silhouette. Originally from Central Africa, these indoor plants are used to extreme weather conditions so they can survive on all strengths of light.
*Although they don’t LOVE direct sunlight so think of the mantra ‘shade is best’
These beauties like a drink ONLY when the top two inches of soil are dry. And you’re best to err on the side of underwatering them to prevent root rot (do you see a theme here!?). Feed your ZZ with a little fertilizer once a month in spring and summer and she’ll be a happy house-plant.
Bamboo is one of the easiest, easy to care for indoor plants on this list because, well, the soil is optional. The only thing a bamboo plant needs to survive is water, sunlight, and a weak liquid fertilizer every other month.
Lucky Bamboo grows most commonly inside water-only vases on desks in homes and offices all over the world. They’ve been a traditional Chinese culture feature for thousands of years before coming to our attention in the West about 15 years ago.
If you ARE interested in keeping these beauties a different way, the good news is they also love well-drained, rich potting soil. Again, the soil needs to be kept moist, but not soaking (root rot again).
Ferns are great bushy plants that thrive in rooms that don’t get lots of light. They LOVE a steamy bathroom, and we think the Boston and Lace ferns look loveliest in this space.
These lush lovelies thrive with evenly moist soil, so regular watering is a must. Like the succulents above, you need to let the soil dry out between waterings, so you don’t stress these guys out.
Once they’re safe to thrive they can get massive and very bushy. Best use a watering can with a long spout to give these fantastic ferns a drink right at the center of the pot.
Pothos are iconic indoor plants usually featured in Pinterest pictures of amply stocked bookshelves, stylish floating shelves, or trailing along the top of a window sill (with an outlook of the ocean). They have pretty heart-shaped leaves and a lovely vine-like habit of growing… and growing.
And we think the best thing about them is their ability to help purify the air!
These regal plants are light feeders, and we suggest topping them up with a monthly snack of balanced houseplant fertilizer. They can grow to about six to 10 feet over time and withstand neglect for long periods. Not too needy but extra pretty; the perfect houseplant guest!
Are you feeling confident about keeping your next indoor plant child alive? We think you’ll do great and reach out if you have any questions about how to keep your house buddies out of the trash can.