If you’re looking for a design element to spruce up your living space, low maintenance indoor plants are a great option. Not only do they add color and beauty to the environment, but they also make it healthier. Add in the minimal cost and you’ve got a home improvement that checks all the boxes. If you are all thumbs when it comes to gardening—and none of them green—have no fear. There are plenty of great choices that will survive with minimal effort.
Known for their plump leaves filled with a soothing gel that can relieve cuts and burns, aloe plants can grow as high as 3 feet and become a significant part of your décor. There are also smaller varieties that work great in limited spaces.
Aloe likes sunshine and room temperatures of about 70 degrees. Typical of a succulent, it thrives in dry soil so it’s best to avoid overwatering. Depending on your home’s humidity, your aloe plant may only need watering once every two to three weeks.
The snake plant, or mother-in law’s tongue, is another succulent that flourishes in pots and is happy to be ignored for weeks at a time. It prefers dry air and soil. Its thick waxy leaves grow upright, and some varieties have yellow or white edges. Its small white flowers bloom only occasionally. In spite of its mother-in-law moniker, it could not be easier to deal with and thrives in a wide range of lighting and temperatures.
Jade is another great low maintenance succulent that adds interest to the décor with its thick lush leaves and attractive branches. This slow growing plant is yours for the long term and looks great in a pretty pot next to other succulents. If you keep the soil on the dry side and provide bright light, your jade plant will be a permanent fixture for as long as you want it.
Pothos is a fast-growing member of the philodendron family that has trailing leaves and works well in a hanging basket. Its ability to strip and absorb toxins makes it a favorite air purifier. You’ll have to cut back its fast-growing stems every now and then, so they continue to look full and healthy. Your pothos will survive at normal room temperature, as long as you allow the soil to remain somewhat dry between watering. Bright light is preferred as low light will not kill it, but it will diminish the leaves variegation.
For a burst of greenery that makes an impact, try a rubber plant. Easy to grow and attractive, your rubber plant can grow into an 8-foot-tall focal point. For a less dramatic statement, create a smaller shrub shape by pruning long stems. Happy in medium to bright light, and room temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees, your rubber plant need only be watered when the soil is completely dry.
Dieffenbachia or Dumb Cane
The large colorful leaves of the dieffenbachia or dumb cane plant add a tropical flair to any space. They can grow to up to a foot in length on a plant that can reach a six-foot height. For best results, place in low light, prune regularly and keep the soil evenly moist.
Think of greenery as the decorative accent with Mother Nature’s seal of approval. With minimal TLC, any one or combination of low maintenance indoor plants will add a fresh new ambiance to your living environment.