Indoor plants are a simple way to add greenery to any room. Whether you’re aiming for a modern urban jungle look for your living room, looking for a low-maintenance plant for your bedroom or aiming to add a pop of green to your bathroom, you don’t have to be a plant whisperer to keep plants in your home.
Until a few years ago, my luck with plants was pretty much non-existent. My mom gave me an aloe vera however, which changed everything. That aloe has gone on to make a baby aloe (which in turn has had a number of its own babies). I have since successfully added a number of beautiful, easy to care for plants in my home.
A very effective tip that has helped me hugely in my plant growing journey is to listen to the plant. Yes, I know, it sounds ridiculous. But understanding what your plant needs is crucial. If you know how much light and water a plant needs, it will thrive. It really is that simple… at least where fuss-free house plants are concerned, anyway!
Try These Easy but Gorgeous Indoor Plants
If you are still learning the ropes in plant care, you may want to try one of these easy to care for indoor house plants that do well with minimal upkeep and effort. Fair warning though… you may, like me, find that plants are addictive.
Aloes are amazing plants. There are many different species – many originating in Southern Africa. Aloe vera is a good choice for indoors as they purify the air. They grow quite big but aloe veras are typically smaller. This species is also known for its medicinal gel, which treats sunburn, burns and various other skin complaints. Aloes prefer room temperature and like lots of sun. You can give them a bit of water during summer – only enough to keep the soil damp, however. It is good to know that aloes have shallow but wide roots. If you are replanting one, make sure that it has a wider pot rather than a taller one. In winter, it is best to move the plant outdoors if possible, so that it can get plenty of light.
This species is extremely hardy, and surprisingly versatile as well. There are a number of different types that range from the exotic looking corn plant, to other varieties. There’s a reason these plants have the nickname of cast iron plant… they really are hard to kill. That does not mean you won’t have to give them a bit of care however. They are ideal for low light rooms and prefer shade. Giving them water now and then to keep the soil damp will keep them healthy. You may also need to keep their big, glossy leaves clean by misting with water or wiping very gently with kitchen towel.
3/ Spider Plant
As the name implies, these plants have long, spider-like leaves that often make ‘babies’ (smaller clusters of leaves). They are not huge plants and are best on tables or plant stands, or in hanging baskets. They like to have their soil kept evening moist (spraying rather than pouring will do the trick) and are happiest in medium to high light. Sit a pot on a sunny windowsill or hang on your balcony for best results. Room temperatures should be fine, but if you live somewhere especially cold, this plant may not be the best choice.
4/ Rubber Plant
This plant can reach a whopping eight feet! This makes it ideal for high impact greenery in your home. It can be kept smaller with a bit of pruning, too. The leaves of this plant (which is part of the ficus family) are thick and glossy, with a deep shade of green that makes it excellent for air quality. In between watering, allow the surface of the soil to dry out so that it is not over-watered. It does best in medium to bright light, in rooms that are moderate in temperature.
5/ Snake Plant
Also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, this plant is super easy. It has long, snake-like leaves that are green and yellow, with interesting patterns. Some varieties grow straight up while others have different colours. Some even flower, with little white flowers (this is fairly uncommon however). These plants are very easy-going, thriving in a range of lighting conditions. They prefer dry soil and air, with a regular room temperature.
A tried and true classic in the world of indoor plants, there are many different types of ficus available – about 800, to be exact! All types share an ease of upkeep that have made this a popular species for offices as well as homes. Its leaves are typically shiny and green, with a stem that can be braided or left plain. Ficus plants prefer full sun, or bright filtered light. They like to have several days of dry soil in between watering, so take care not to water more than once a week.
7/ Fiddle Leaf Fig
The current reigning ‘cool’ plant, this plant is actually a type of ficus. It gets its name from its fiddle/fig shaped leaves, which are large, green and glossy. As this plant is nice and big, with a tall and busy appearance, it has become hugely popular in boho and modern decor trends. It likes medium to bright light, with moderate water. Keep the surface soil damp and it will be happy. If the leaves start to look a bit pale, move it to an area that has more sun.
8/ Areca Palm
Also known as a butterfly palm, this tropical-looking palm gives you the sense of being somewhere far off and exotic. Big, bushy and eye-catching, it has palm-like leaves that are a bright shade of green. Be prepared to fork out a bit of cash for this plant – they do not come cheap. They are worth every cent however, lasting a long time if they are kept in indirect light. Water it every other week and keep the the top soil fairly dry for best results.
What indoor plants do you have in your home/on your plant bucket list?
Currently, I am yearning for a nice big palm and maybe a fiddle-leaf fig. Whatever I choose, I will be happy as long as it is green and living and healthy!