October 17, 2021

Dare Quill

The Real Estate Maniacs

12 indoor plants you don’t need a green thumb to keep alive

5 min read

Indoor plants are a natural mood booster and air purifier, but unfortunately, not everyone has a green, or even green-ish, thumb. If you dream of bringing a little of the outdoors inside but struggle with keeping any plants thriving, let alone surviving, inside your home, it’s time to look into some low-effort options. Whether you never remember to water your plants or live somewhere with minimal sunlight, don’t worry — you can find a plant that is compatible even for beginners. Ahead you’ll find 12 different indoor plants that are so low maintenance, you’ll wish everything in your life could be this easy.

Mini Money Tree

bloomscape.com

$35.00


Unfortunately, money trees don’t actually grow money, but their low maintenance lifestyle may save you some cash from constantly having to replace your greenery every other week. And it’s also thought to bring good luck and fortune, even if you’re less than plant-savvy — it’s easy to grow, pet-friendly, and lives in low to bright indirect light. This small money tree from Bloomscape comes in a pot that’s made of 80 percent recycled plastic, and if your horticultural skills truly fail you, there’s a guarantee where the company will replace your plant if it accidentally dies within 30 days.

Pothos

Pothos

Pothos

shopterrain.com

$64.00


Pothos is a durable roommate. Place it in bright, indirect light, and let the soil dry between waterings. It’s also called devil’s ivy because not only can it stay green in the dark, but it’s hard to kill. The leaves will start to droop and wilt when the plant is thirsty, but give it some water and it should perk back up. Note that the pothos plant is a grower; over time, this vining plant can grow to up to 6-10 feet long, and you can root it (cut off a stem that has a node and wait for roots to sprout) to grow more pothos plants or give them to friends as proof of your new gardening skills.

Philodendron

Philodendron Heartleaf

Philodendron Heartleaf

bloomscape.com

$35.00


Add some extra love to your home with this philodendron’s heart-shaped leaves. The plant is more forgiving than most of the things in your life, and won’t judge you if you forget to water it regularly or leave it in a dim corner. The philodendron heartleaf can deal with low light, temperatures between 65-80 degrees, and regular household humidity, but it will grow bigger in bright indirect light and higher humidity. It’ll let you know if you’ve watered it too much (yellow leaves) or too little (brown leaves). It’s also a vining plant, so you can put it on a shelf or hanging planter and let the leaves grow down.

Air Plants

5 Pack Assorted Tillandsia Air Plants Free Shipping

5 Pack Assorted Tillandsia Air Plants Free Shipping

CTSairplants

etsy.com

$14.95


Air plants are so hardy they don’t even need soil — just sunlight and the occasional soak (~eight hours every 1-2 weeks). They’re small and unique and can live on your bookshelf, on side tables, in terrariums, and more. Grab an assorted set of air plants and they’ll also take care of your home decor problem.

Succulents

Succulents Pack for Beginners

Succulents Pack for Beginners

succulentsbox.com

$18.00


Succulents make for adorable (i.e, Instagram-friendly) decor, and taking care of them certainly doesn’t succ. Their leaves store water, so they can afford to miss a day or two of watering if you get busy. Find a sunny spot for them and let them brighten up your room. For something extra easy, you can pick up a pack of 2-10 organically-grown succulents for beginners from Succulent Box. They also have monthly subscriptions if you want to build a succulent collection over time.

Aloe Plant

Costa Farms Aloe Vera Live Indoor Plant Ships in Modern Ceramic Planter

Costa Farms

amazon.com

$24.99


The aloe plant is part of the succulent family, so it’s low-maintenance and doesn’t require a ton of water (every two to three weeks). It grows well in the sun, but it can also come in handy if you spend too much time under some harsh rays — the gel inside the thick leaves can help treat sunburns, minor cuts, and irritations, or serve as an extra moisturizer in a pinch.

Peace Lily

Peace Lily Air Purifying Plant

Peace Lily Air Purifying Plant

PrettyInGreenPlants

etsy.com

$24.00


For anyone who likes flowers at home but can’t figure out how to keep anything blooming, the Peace Lily may be for you. This evergreen plant has a striking low-pollen white flower that can bloom throughout the year and help purify the air inside. Regular watering is needed but peace lilies are expressive and will start to look a little sad if they need more water. They grow best in bright, indirect light but can also adjust to low and medium light locations.

Snake Plant

Snake Laurentii in Grant Cream

Snake Laurentii in Grant Cream

thesill.com

$40.00


The snake plant (also known as Sansevieria), true to its name, has stiff green and yellow leaves that snake upwards. They can help clean toxins like formaldehyde out of the air, and since they’re succulents, only need water every 2-3 weeks. They do well in moderate-to-bright sun but can deal with low light conditions if that’s your only option.

Cacti

Mini Cactus Trio$54.99

Mini Cactus Trio$54.99

plants.com

$54.99


If there’s one plant that comes to mind as being super-resilient, it’s gotta be the cactus, which seems to thrive even while living in hot desert temperatures. These mini cacti are great for people who don’t have the time or energy to babysit their house plants. They love sunlight but need minimal water; you can let the soil dry in between waterings (intentionally or accidentally). It’s hard to hurt them, but the opposite isn’t true as their spikes can definitely do some damage if you’re not careful.

Jade Plant

Sunset Jade Plant – Crassula – Easy to Grow House Plant

Hirt’s Gardens

amazon.com

$12.50


The Jade plant has thick leaves that store water, doing half the work for you. Put it in the sun, but you only need to water it when the soil is dry (like a succulent, less is more when it comes to hydration). In the summer, the Sunset Jade plant also develops a magenta edging around the leaves.

ZZ Plant

Costa Farms ZZ Zamioculcas zamiifolia,

Costa Farms

amazon.com

$28.99


The ZZ plant’s bright, shiny, green leaves will make you look like a pro plant owner with minimal effort. It doesn’t need a ton of light (and will grow under the sun or artificial light), water, or humidity. You only need to water it when the soil is dry and drain the excess water afterward.

Ponytail Palm

Ponytail Palm in 6 in. Grower Pot

Ponytail Palm in 6 in. Grower Pot

Costa Farms


The Ponytail Palm plant will guarantee that there’s always someone with messier ‘do than you. Even though it’s called a palm, and looks kind of like a tree, it’s part of the succulent family, so it prefers bright, dry climates. It’s an easy, slow-growing plant that will fit in with a laid-back lifestyle.

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