Best Indoor Plants That You Can't Kill
Having indoor plants in your home improves your mood, sparks your creativity, and reduces stress.
Long gone are the times when houseplants were just something that your grandparents kept in the bathroom.
Now having indoor plants is more on trend than ever. Indoor plants fill the pages of every design magazine and overrun Pinterest boards, and for good reason!
Indoor plants help remove volatile organic compounds and purify the air in your home or office.
The NASA Clean Air Study showed indoor pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia can be reduced simply and easily with houseplants.
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Pothos is arguably the easiest houseplant to grow. It’s a long-growing, leafy vine that can reach 40′ or more in its native tropical jungles. It usually confines itself to about 6 to 10′ when grown in containers.
A perk of growing Pothos is that they are high on the list of plants that can help purify indoor air, clearing Formaldehyde & other vocs.
CARE: Pothos is a great indoor plant for those that forget about watering often. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering.
This indoor houseplant can produce stems that trail 8 feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy.
2. Aloe Vera
The Aloe Vera can be considered a wonder plant; not only does the Aloe Vera have air purifying qualities, it is also known for its topical medicinal benefits. When applied to the skin, it provides hydration and cools and soothes the skin after prolonged sun exposure.
CARE: The white speckled foliage of the Aloe is considered a succulent. Like other succulents, the Aloe plant requires little attention and minimal watering. Aloe thrives with a lot of sunlight, so place near a warm sunny window.
3. Ocean Spider
Spider Plants make excellent houseplants or indoor plants as they are not only such easy-growing plants but have beneficial properties in cleansing the air of pollutants, especially formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. As it tolerates artificial lighting very well and has air purifying abilities, it’s most ideal in an office environment where electronic pollutants are high.
CARE: Requires bright light or filtered sunlight for best growth and vibrant leaf colors. But never locate Spider Plants in full sun that will scorch their foliage. Fertilize sparingly as excess nutrients can retard its ability to produce more plantlets.
For those who love the look of a succulent — not to mention, the ease of care — a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It grows slowly and has the potential to live from the day your kids are born until their high school graduations … at the least! It also looks great in a pretty pot when paired with other succulent varieties.
CARE: Jade plants don't require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. Jade prefers bright light and constant room temperatures.
5. Fiddle Leaf Fig
This is one of the most popular indoor plants. The Fiddle Leaf Fig is easy to grow and unique, with its large distinct leaves. This is one that you see in popular design magizines and home decor shows. This easy to care for houseplant has a major impact on the feel of a room.
CARE: It thrives in bright filtered light and does not like to be over-watered. For best results place in a well-lit room and water when top inch of soil is dry. Make sure to drain any excess water.
Haworthia is a part of the succulent family and
CARE: As with most succulents, it is better to keep the soil on the drier side. If the soil is waterlogged the succulent roots will begin to rot. Only water when the soil is completely dry, once every 2-3 weeks. Succulents love light. They will thrive in a sunny room or window sill.
7. Split Leaf Philodendron
The Split-Leaf Philodendron is an old-fashioned, easy to grow house plant. This is
CARE: Proved bright, indirect light and water thoroughly when on the dry side. Prune as needed.
8. Snake Plant
This succulent is incredibly tough and can survive nearly any environment. The snake plant has tough leaves that can tolerate low light, but will do better with more light.
CARE: Water occasionally, allowing the soil to dry between waterings. The plant grows best in typical indoor temps.
9. Peace Lily
This is a great option for a hardy indoor plant. With such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves and it's easy to grow.
The Peace Lily can survive dim light settings. Peace lilies will even grow well under fluorescent lights, making them a good option for bathrooms or offices with little light.
CARE: This houseplant likes low humidity and low light, making it great for rooms with few windows. It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates regular to warm temperatures.
10. Burgundy Rubber Tree
The Rubber Tree is a winner indoors. It is able to adapt to low light conditions and generally poor treatment.
CARE: Provide as much light as possible, or not. Either way this hardy rubber tree with thrive. Keep the soil moist with good drainage.
11. Queen Fern
The Yucca Plant is easy to grow and unique, with its large head of leaves.
CARE: A happy yucca plant is easy- Sun, sun, and more
13. Majesty Palm
The Majesty Palm is a classic houseplant that is easy to care for, even for beginners. You can turn a boring corner into a loud statement with the majesty palm.
CARE: Water majesty palm to keep soil consistently moist. Never allow the soil to become saturated. Majesty palm happily grows in medium light, but can tolerate low-light conditions for extended periods, but not permanently. Don’t set in direct sunlight. Avoid exposing plants to temperatures below 50 degrees.
14. Red Bromeliad
This bold, stylish houseplant looks stunning in contemporary, modern, and tropical decors. Bromeliads have colorful, long-lasting blooms that contrast beautifully against the green leaves.
CARE: Position with medium to bright light and water the top inch of soil of the Bromeliad once the soil feels dry. Never allow the soil to become saturated.
15. Blooming Anthurium
Anthuriums are cheery, exotic flowering indoor plants that offer glossy, green heart-shaped leaves topped by heart-shaped pink, red, or white long-lasting blooms.
Anthuriums bloom almost all year long if they get enough light, fertilizer, and moisture. The brightly colored flowers make anthuriums perfect plants for centerpieces and tabletops.
CARE: Grows best in medium to bright light, keep
16. Coral Cactus
This Coral Cactus is sure to make a statement in any room. The name says cactus but it is actually part of the succulent family. The Coral Cactus can thrive in a range of light conditions.
CARE: The Coral Cactus needs infrequent watering, typically once every couple of weeks or so. If you're in doubt about whether to water, it's better to keep Coral Cactus a little too dry than too wet.
17. Ponytail Palm Bonsai
The Ponytail Palm is so much fun. Officially called the
CARE: Keep the soil of Ponytail Palm on the dry side. Water sparingly–only when the soil feels dry. This easy-care plant stores water in its trunk. Ponytail Palm thrives best in bright light.
18. Money Tree
Money trees are actually water chestnut trees made into
CARE: Indoor money tree bonsai are tropical plants that can adaptable to indoor conditions. Select a spot with good air circulation, but avoid cold drafts, drying heat vents, and appliances with heat exhausts. They prefer sunny areas near windows facing southeast or west.
In the fall, winter and spring, water tropical bonsai thoroughly every two or three days. In hot summer months, water daily – especially in dry, hot climates. Bonsai can never be allowed to dry out.
19. Boston Fern
This was one of the most beneficial indoor plants in the NASA Clean Air Study. It is easy to care for and removes more C02 and Formaldehyde than all other plants.
CARE: The Boston Fern thrives in indirect sunlight. Keep watered weekly or when dry.
This is my absolute favorite indoor plant to grow even though it isn't your traditional houseplant. It is an easy plant to keep health indoors over the winter. I like to move mine out to our deck in the spring after danger of the last frost.
CARE: Light is the most important thing when is come to keeping lavender indoors. Place the lavender plant near a bright south facing window. During cooler months water only when the soil is dry to the touch about one inch into the soil.
So whether you’ve gotten on board with this design and DIY indoor plant craze, or you’re just looking for ways to improve your health, definitely give some of these indoor plants a try.
They’re not super expensive at all, and the fair majority of them are low maintenance and easy to grow.