Houseplants are full of amazing benefits that a lot of the time we don’t even realize. Keep reading to find out 12 low maintenance plants to keep inside and what rooms they will thrive in the most. Read the pros and cons as well as simple care routines to make the most out of your houseplants.
1. Spider Plant
Spider plants are a great, unique plant to add some texture to a space. There is nothing quite like a spider plant and they produce many new buds as well that can be replanted over and over.
Care: Spider plants are overall forgiving plants but they do prefer to have moist soil. Keep in a place with bright to moderate sunlight, avoiding a harsh direct light. Fertilizing the spider plant will help it thrive but only about two times a month during spring and summer months.
Pros: The spider plant absorbs carbon monoxide in the air as well as removes benzene and formaldehyde. They also have high levels of anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C and beta carotene.
Cons: They are safe for pets, but can be hallucinogenic to cats.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Kitchen, Bathroom
2. Ficus Plant
Ficus plants are absolutely beautiful! They can show off any room you put them in. They make great corner fillers or more of a feature piece.
Care: Ficus plants prefer a bright, indirect light. They will never mind an occasional misting and like to have moist soil. Since these are a tropical plant, it is very important to keep away from drafts and cold air. As well, try to keep the plant in one place and not move it around too much – it can be temperamental!
Pros: It is a great air-purifying plant for indoors! It also comes in different sizes so it can fit well in different rooms, depending on the space you have.
Cons: They can be a little finicky, but overall still low maintenance for your home. Don’t allow pets to get into the plant, the leaves can be toxic to them.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Living room, Dining room
3. Boston Fern
I personally love a full, potted Boston Fern. They are a very lush and attractive plant to house indoors.
Care: A Boston Fern thrives in a humid environment with natural light that isn’t too harsh. The soil should be moist but be sure to let dry out in between waterings – mostly in winter months. If you want the fern to grow larger, you can re-pot into a larger container.
Pros: Boston Ferns are non-toxic plants making them safe for humans and pets. They are air-purifying plants, removing toxins from the air.
Cons: These ferns can get messy since they hold tiny leaves that can fall off and get crumbly. They are also susceptible to root rot, so to prevent this be sure to water only until the liquid leaks from the drain holes.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bathroom
4. Golden Pothos
The Golden Pothos is a very versatile indoor plant. It can be displayed many different ways. It can thrive potted on a shelf, hanging, or acting as a climber. It is one of the best plants to grow as a beginner.
Care: The Golden Pothos plant prefers low light but can be forgiving if you are to miss a watering now and again. Between waterings make sure to allow the plant to dry out.
Pros: This plant is one of the easiest to grow, and can be low maintenance. It will rarely succumb to root rot and is another air-purifying plant.
Cons: If their leaves are starting to droop, be sure to re-pot into something larger so it can spread and stretch it’s roots. The Golden Pothos is also toxic to ingest.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bedroom, Den, Office, Basement
5. Snake Plant
Also known as Mother-in-law’s Tongue or Viper’s Bowstring Hemp (lovely names I know!). This is a very simple stand alone plant that can range in sizes depending what space you are looking to fill.
Care: This type of plant prefers bright, indirect light but can also withstand low water and moderately lit environments. Make sure to water these plants at the base. They can also withstand an environment with fluorescent lighting. If you wish to keep a Snake Plant in a window with direct light, make sure to rotate the pot a quarter turn every week.
Pros: They are a very hardy plant and can be forgiving most of the time. They can make a good focal point in any room or act as a smaller accent.
Cons: The Snake Plant can be toxic to pets.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Front hallway or Foyer, Living room, Kitchen, Office
6. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera plant is one that contains some of the best healing properties than any other plant. They are also very low maintenance indoor plants to have.
Care: The Aloe plant prefers a bright, indirect light as well as keeping moist soil. It is a very forgiving plant if you miss waterings (I once forgot about my aloe all summer long and it continued to thrive when I found it again!).
Pros: Probably the biggest ‘pro’ with the Aloe plants is that it contains a gel sap inside that heals cuts, scars and burns completely naturally. This sap can be applied directly onto the skin and can be re-applied daily. These plants also absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen (making them great for bedrooms).
Cons: Since they contain a sappy gel inside, if taken outdoors for warmer months it can attract bugs and pests to the plant. This can cause larger issues in your garden and if you want to bring it back inside in colder weather.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bedroom, Bathroom, Kitchen
Also known as a “Money Plant”, a Jade plant is an attractive accent to any home.
Care: The Jade plant prefers to be in a bright light and will need to dry out in between waterings. They are slow growing plants so you will probably never have to re-pot them.
Pros: A Jade plant is known for improving air quality. It especially targets eye irritation, lessens headaches, and fewer respiratory problems.
Cons: This plant can be toxic to pets. It also occasionally might retain water faster than it can be used, which then can damage the leaves with black spots or lesions.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bedroom, By windows
8. English Ivy
The English Ivy is a very delicate and classic plant that is known for being an outdoor climber plant, but can also make a beautiful indoor potted plant.
Care: The English Ivy enjoys a bright light but does not do well in direct sunlight. Although it likes bright light, it also does better in moist soil and cooler temperatures. It still does like humidity so give it a good mist or for good filtration, place the plant in a tray of pebbles/small stones and water. You can also fertilize the ivy regularly excluding the winter months.
Pros: English Ivy reduces air pollutants and is classified as an air purifier. It can grow into larger varieties, so re-pot for optimal growth.
Cons: Can be toxic to pets and children. There are cases where the ivy has caused irritation or rashes to people with sensitive skin.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bathroom, Front hallway or Foyer, Basement
9. Areca Palm
If you are looking to get some tropical feeling into your space, an Areca Palm will do just the trick! It is a beautiful palm to liven up your home.
Care: Since we are dealing with a tropical plant, the Areca Palm prefers bright, indirect light. Make sure the soil is well drained and moist. Not overwatering will help the plant out a lot. They will require a large pot and can grow quite big.
Pros: The Areca Palm is another air-purifying palm where it removes formaldehyde and benzene from the air. They also add humidity to indoor air! The palm is a hearty plant and does well to fight off diseases and/or pests.
Cons: Keep an eye on the plant since it is more susceptible to root rot.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Living Room, Office
A great indoor plant that comes in many varieties so you can pick one that best suits your home!
Care: These are very easy plants to grow but they do prefer a low to moderate light as well as moist, well drained soil.
Pros: These indoor plants are great for smaller spaces since they never really grow any taller than about 16-20 inches. The Peperomia is non toxic to pets and children. it is an air-purifying plant, removing formaldehyde from the air.
Cons: Keep the soil well drained and do not overwater since the plant can get root rot easier. Too cold of temperatures can lead to damaged leaves, affecting the overall health of the plant.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bathroom, Hallway Nooks, Bookshelves, Office Desks, Bedroom
11. Fiddle Leaf Fig
The Fiddle Leaf Fig is one of my favourite looking plants ever! They are such a tall, statement piece with large leaves for any home.
Care: The Fiddle Leaf prefers a bright, indirect sunlight. Make sure the top inch of soil is dry before watering again. Fertilizing monthly is important during the growing season (excluding winter months). Make sure to dust the leaves off frequently to help the plants health and allow light absorption. Keep the plant away from cold drafts and try not to move it around too much.
Pros: A large plant to fill in the awkward spaces and corners in your house. They are non toxic to people.
Cons: Although they are non toxic to people, they can be toxic to pets. Moving the plant causes stress so be sure to keep it stationary.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Living Room, Office, Bedroom
12. Umbrella Tree (Schefflera)
Last but certainly not least is the lovely Umbrella Tree. This is the perfect type of greenery to add to your home and turn a space from boring into show stopping!
Care: The Umbrella Tree likes a bright, indirect light as well as moist soil. It will be forgiving if it dries out once in a while. It will grow faster if given extra water but can be managed by trimming off newer growths from the plant.
Pros: This plant is another air purifier for your indoor living space. It is very low maintenance and only requires to be watered a few times a month.
Cons: The Umbrella Tree can be prone to spider mites, so check your plant often to look for any pests or irregularities. It is toxic to pets and children.
Ideal Rooms to Store: Bathroom, Windows, Bedroom, Living Room