As purse strings tighten and free-time gets smaller, more and more people are opting for easy-to-keep indoor plants over large and opulent gardens. For many, home means a flat or apartment completely devoid of an outdoor space to get green fingered anyway.
We recently wrote about the basics of indoor gardening, which explained in detail how to squeeze a greenhouse into the smallest of spaces. And it got us thinking – what about the folk that just want to grow a little something? What about the people (that are lazy, like me) who are completely satisfied with nurturing just one seed?
Bringing the outside in is currently a hugely popular interior design trend. Not just that, but so many studies have proved the benefits of having indoor plants; such as… improving air quality, reducing stress and creating a sense of well-being.
So, if you weren’t convinced before about investing in an indoor plant, you definitely, definitely should. Check out these 25 easy-to-keep houseplants!
25 Easy-to-Keep Indoor Plants:
This beautiful plant doesn’t need to be in direct sunlight as it only requires low to medium levels to thrive. In terms of water, this indoor plant only needs to be watered when the top of the soil is dry.
Fiddle Leaf Figs
These wonderfully unique plants ideally need direct light but only require watering when the top inch of soil is dry; meaning you can just plonk them in front of a window and they’ll only require very little maintenance.
English Ivy is one of the most popular indoor plants thanks to its visually pleasing cascading effect. English Ivy requires direct sunlight and needs its soil to be always moist to be thriving – so it’ll need to be in a sunny room near a window and watered daily.
Spider plants are another household plant that works well thanks to its low maintenance. All a spider plant will need to stay healthy is bright, indirect light and occasional watering.
Cacti are the most well-known home plants thanks to their low maintenance and small size, which makes them ideal for windowsills.
Asparagus Fern is a more unusual home plant and is rarer to find, which is surprising given how easy it is to look after. All this plant requires is indirect light and plenty of water – just be careful not to saturate the soil.
Popular thanks to their unusual aesthetic and reputation as the ‘un-killable’ plant, snake plants make a good option for part-time gardeners. To keep these at their best ensure the plant is placed in indirect light and is watered occasionally after the soil has fully dried.
String of Pearls
Named after its resemblance to a string of pearls, this plant is known as one of the most beautiful houseplants that one can keep. Enjoy long strands of pearls quickly by leaving the plant in bright, indirect light with lots of water to keep the soil moist.
These cute little plants are very popular at the moment and grow pretty much anywhere. All you need to do to keep these guys happy is soak them in water once a week for 10 minutes.
Thanks to their medicinal purposes, Aloe plants are great to keep in homes. Aloe plants love the sun and thrive in direct sunlight. Try to water your aloe plant once a week, allowing the soil to dry completely in between.
Calatheas are a great choice of indoor plant as they have a vivid purple colour to their leaves, which make a nice change from regular green houseplants. A Calatheas plant requires indirect light (direct light could cause the leaves to discolour) and moist soil that’s neither wet or dry to touch.
Chinese Money Plants
We LOVE the Chinese Money Plant because it looks just completely different to everything else, the leaf shape is totally unique. However, with their total uniqueness comes a little extra care, these indoor plants require indirect sunlight, drench-to-dry watering technique (water thoroughly, then let the soil dry out) and need to be misted once a week.
Split Leaf Philodendrons
This lovely indoor plant gives us all the tropical, rain forest vibes and will make for a very contemporary look in your home. To keep this plant looking its best by simply placing it in a bright room while ensuring an even moisture of the soil.
Unlike most indoor plants the orchid produces a gorgeous flower that’s impossible to ignore. This stunning plant prefers low light and humid climates – so you’ll tend to find these plants thrive in the bathroom.
Simply place this plant to bask in the glory of a sunny window and water it occasionally as the stems work off the reserves. It’s a Mexico native so will love the heat!
Another low maintenance household plant that looks fantastic. This plant gets its name because at night-time the leaves curl up, making it look as though it’s praying – cute, huh? This plant prefers living in moist soil and indirect light.
The cast-iron plant is a great choice of household foliage because it can withstand low light, poor-quality soil, spotty watering and a wide range of temperatures.
This plant comes from the same family as pineapples: the Bromeliaceae family. The Bromeliad produces beautiful pink, purple and fuchsia flowers that hark back to their tropic origins.
This beauty grows lovely and large, slowly becoming your party show-stopper. The only pressing requirement that Dieffenbachia needs is a curtained window – make sure to protect leaves from too much sun.
Maintenance: Super Easy
The Begonia plant is known for its colourful flowers which come in many different colours – so pick one that matches your interior design theme! Your Begonia plant will only require the occasional drink and even less so in the winter.
This indoor plant is immensely popular because unlike most foliage, it flowers in winter; and thanks to its winter flowering, the Christmas Cactus makes a fabulous festive gift.
The plant performs well under average home conditions, even adapting to low light conditions (though it will produce better blooms if exposed to brighter light). The Christmas Cactus requires frequent watering, particularly in Spring and summer when the soil should be kept moist.
This leafy vine survives low light and irregular watering, and can still grow up to 10-foot trails that look wonderful draped around door frames and hanging pictures!
Another hugely instagrammable, easy-to-keep houseplant. The Philodendron has hundreds of species (both split and non-split versions) and is known for its large, waxy leaves.
The Philodendron prefers low light and a drier soil than most – so this plant will only need watering once a week.
The Rubber Plant is another large-leafed indoor option for a homeowner looking to parent a plant. These plants can grow to over 100 feet tall in their native Asia – but fear not – regular pruning will keep them in check.
The Schefflera plant comes in many different varieties, but the basic care for each is very similar. Your Schefflera will need bright but indirect sunlight, and allow the soil to completely dry out before soaking it once again – if your leaves are turning yellow that’s a sign that you’re overwatering your plant.
And that’s it – our 25 favourite and easy-to-keep houseplants! Are you going to treat yourself to one? Or perhaps you already have one? Let A Fancy Home know on Facebook.