10 Low Maintenance Plants That Don’t Require A Green Thumb
Written By: Suzanne Kvilhaug
Do you love to have plants in your home but can’t figure out how to keep them alive for the life of you? Are you determined to have thriving plants regardless of your lack of skills in the greenery department? We’ve rounded up the best plants that are nearly impossible to kill so the inside of your house can look more like a jungle instead of a plant cemetery.
Want to start off with a plant that’s really low-maintenance? This is it. The pothos also known as devil’s ivy is nearly impossible to kill, as it can stay alive even when it’s kept in the dark. It also goes by other numerous common names, including: golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, money plant, and taro vine.
Conditions they love: Pothos is able to adapt to lower light but thrives in bright, indirect light year round. Harsh, direct sunlight will scorch the leaves, while too little light will cause the leaves to become a pale green and smaller in size.
Watering: Water enough to keep the soil moist, but not wet or saturated. It’s best to water when the top inch of the soil is dry.
Spider plants are considered one of the most adaptable and easiest of houseplants to take care of. Available in green or variegated varieties, they often start out as small white flowers.
Conditions they love: Provide with well-drained soil and bright, indirect light and they will flourish.
Watering: Water them well but do not allow the plants to become too soggy as it can lead to root rot. Note that spider plants prefer to dry out some between waterings.
Snake plants are common succulents popularly known as mother-in-law’s tongue. The leaves are dark green, pale green, cream and white and grow straight up, tapering to a point at the top.
Conditions they love: Forgetful? The snake plant could be your best best because of how low maintenance it is. While they can withstand full sun and handle low light, indirect sunlight is ideal.
Watering: Be careful not to over water as it can rot out. Always make sure the soil is almost completely dry before thoroughly watering again. Requires water every 2-6 weeks, depending on your home's temperature, light levels, and humidity.
Conditions they love: They prefer bright filtered natural light. However, the peace lily is tolerant of low light levels.
Watering: Being a tropical plant, the peace lily does well in high levels of humidity. Water the peace lily enough to keep the potting mix moist, but not wet or soggy.
Aloe Vera is a perennial, xerophytic, succulent plant that’s green and has triangular, fleshy leaves with serrated edges. Aloe gel is the clear, jelly-like substance found in the inner part of the aloe plant leaf.
Conditions they love: Place your aloe in a bright, sunny place.
Watering: You only want to water an aloe plant about once a week. Aloe Vera is in greater danger of being overwatered than underwatered. Because aloes are succulents, their bodies hold a lot of water. So even if the soil seems too dry, it is likely okay.
Aglaonema commonly called Chinese evergreen, is one of the easiest plants to take care of. It varies in color from dark green to silver, and some with hints of red and has large, narrow, and glossy oval leaves on short stems.
Conditions they love: Bright indirect sunlight is ideal.
Watering: Should be moist but kept in well-drained, heavy soil. Poor drainage or too frequent watering will cause root rot.
Rubber plant is a hardy evergreen plant that usually grows to 8-10 feet. Its sap is used to produce rubber, hence the name.
Conditions they love: Thrives in consistent, bright, filtered light.
Watering: Requires a very moist but well-drained environment. Learn more about watering one here.
Fiddle Leaf FiG
A fiddle leaf fig has very large, heavily veined, violin-shaped leaves that grow upright on a tall plant. Placing them on the floor-standing container where the plant is allowed to grow to 6 feet or more is ideal.
Conditions they love: Requires bright, filtered light. These plants can even tolerate some full sun, especially if placed in an eastern-facing window.
Watering: Keep steadily moist, but don't allow it to sit in water or it will drop leaves and suffer from root rot.
Heart Leaf Philodendron
Heart leaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. Ideal for hanging baskets, they drape casually down with their heart-shaped leaves.
Conditions they love: Can survive with very little light but will grow faster and healthier in bright indirect light. They will sunburn in harsh, direct sunlight.
Watering: Keep soil lightly moist spring through fall. Allow surface to dry out between waterings in winter.
Loved by interior designers because of an attractive appearance, parlor palm has elegant, green leaflets and can grow up to 4 feet.
Conditions they love: Prefers bright filtered light, but will adjust to low light areas.
Watering: Even moisture is ideal. These plants are sensitive to overwatering and cannot tolerate being waterlogged or sitting in saturated potting mix.