Growing plants indoors renews your space. Plants filter the air and brighten up any room. It just feels good to mix some life in with the rest of your décor, especially after a long winter. Maybe it’s the spring weather coming, but I’ve just felt all planty lately. Houseplants, along with herbs and veggies I’ve started from seeds, are cropping up in every room of my home.
Many common houseplants flourish all year long without a lot of maintenance. (My kind of plants.) These five are my favorite easy-to-care-for houseplants. They’ll even thrive for those of you with black thumbs.
You know what’s great about aloe vera? It’s happiest when you leave it alone. I’ve had my aloe vera plant for almost two years and I’ve found that when I coddle it, it starts to wilt. All aloe vera needs is a warm sunny window and very few waterings. Any time I overwater my aloe vera plant, it looses its bright green color and starts to turn a dull grayish-green. Just leave it alone, sit back and enjoy!
This lush plant requires just a little TLC. It only needs indirect light, making it the perfect indoor plant, and intermittent waterings. I tend to go a week or two without watering mine and it does fine, but I’d say experiment with yours’. There are many different varieties of dracaena, all of which are quite sturdy plants. Mine is Dracaena deremenis. I love its shiny green leaves. They’re so pretty, it almost looks like a fake plant.
I’ve forgotten the specific name of this succulent, but all succulents are notoriously low-maintenance. (Aloe vera is a succulent by the way.) Succulents are used to desert-like conditions, so they grow well with bright light and few waterings. Pretty much all you need to remember with succulents is to not overwater them and don’t let them sit in water. They don’t like wet roots! Side note: I planted this succulent in a thrift store teacup. Too cute, yes?
This quirky little plant doesn’t need a lot of care. Know why? Jade is also a succulent. (Seeing a pattern here?) Jade simply needs a spot in your home with bright light and some direct sunlight. Set it near a sunny window and it will be quite happy. You can let its soil dry out between waterings.
This striking plant with its dramatic vertical leaves matches its looks—it isn’t a plant you need to fuss over. Keep your snake plant in a room with lots of natural light and let it dry out between waterings. That’s it. I hardly ever water my snake plant and I’ve managed to keep it alive for almost a year.
What plants do you like to grow in your home? Let me know in the comments…