Gardening is hard work, and green thumbs are hard to come by. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could grow plants to freshen up your house as well as you can grow weeds in the garden? Well, some indoor plants are hardy enough that they can survive even the most tenacious plant murderers with minimal effort. If you’re looking to liven up your home with some greenery, try out these easy-to-grow plants for your indoor space.
If you’re someone who regularly forgets to water your houseplants, Pothos might be the one for you. This hardy vine can survive with minimal water and doesn’t even need direct sunlight, which makes it perfect for offices, dorm rooms, and all around your house. The vines can grow up to 30 feet, so when they reach the size you want, just trim them back with some scissors. Pothos is great for the tops of shelves or bookcases where the vines can flow down the sides. It’s also one of the best air purifiers you can get as it can remove harmful chemicals from the air.
One of the most helpful plants to grow indoors is basil. Unlike Pothos, basil does need direct sunlight and sufficient water, but if you keep up with the minimal care required, it can provide you with flavorful cooking year-round. Put the basil plant in a small four-inch container with potting soil and place it near a window. Keep the soil moist, but not overly wet. When the plant reaches maturity, it’ll fill your home with a wonderful aroma. Then find yourself a great pesto recipe.
Jade plants grow slowly and produce small, thick leaves, which makes them perfect for growing on a table or desk. Some people say they even bring good luck. After you plant your jade, put them in a sunny place with lots of light, and water it only when the top of the soil becomes dry to the touch. As long as you keep up with their basic needs, jade plants can survive between 70 and 100 years.
For timeless elegance, try English ivy. The leaves are a dark green with lighter green veins that make a classy contrasting look. The jaggedness of the leaves set it apart from most other houseplants. English ivy enjoys moist soil and somewhat cooler temperatures between 50- and 70-degrees Fahrenheit.
Since it’s a vine, it loves to run and climb. Just trim it back when it gets too long for your needs. For easy gift ideas, trim off a 4- to 5-inch piece of vine and place it in water. After a while, roots will emerge from the end and you can put them in potting soil to send off to a friend.
Don’t let the name fool you, snake plants are nothing to fear. They’re one of the easiest plants to grow indoors. It might actually be harder to kill than to grow! All you have to do is put them in some indirect sunlight and water occasionally. They prefer dryer soil, so use a soil with good drainage and don’t let it get too wet. Otherwise, it can go weeks without any attention. Snake plants grow vertical leaves that are dark in the middle and light around the edges.
If you’re looking for a larger plant, a rubber tree is a solid choice. With minimal effort, they can grow up to eight feet tall indoors. These plants prefer indirect light, room temperatures between 50- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit and infrequent watering. Only water the tree when the top of the soil becomes dry. During the dormant season, that can be as infrequently as once per month.
Peace lilies are a common plant in many houses because of their ease of care, beautiful leaves and unique white flowers. They prefer indirect or even low levels of light and moist soil. Water them regularly and watch them grow. When the plant gets too big, it can be uprooted and divided into several smaller pots to grow into multiple plants.
If you don’t have much luck growing flowers to decorate your home, try out a peperomia. They don’t flower, but their leaves are pretty enough to decorate any space with minimal effort. There are over 1,000 different varieties of peperomia that come in many sizes, textures, and colors. They grow slowly, need moderate light and only require watering when the top of the soil becomes dry.