8 Best Low-Maintenance House Plants

Best House Plants for Beginners

Not everyone is born with a green thumb. With a bit of practice through trial and error, your green thumb will become second nature. I’m going to share 8 of my favorite houseplants great for beginners that are easy to care for and will look amazing in your home.

PURPLE SHAMROCK
Oxalis triangularis

The Purple Shamrock is a beautiful indoor plant with rich, vibrant, purple leaves. Keep your oxalis in a sunny spot, and you will find the deep purple foliage brings out the vibrant green of other plants. A cool plant because its leaves fold into a triangular shape at night and open up in the morning.

PRO TIP: This plant will become dormant during winter and may look as if you have killed it. DONT PANIC – it will revive itself quickly. Pinch off any dead foliage, especially as the plant goes into dormancy.

Oxalis Triangularis purple shamrock
Credit: Easytogrowbulbs

SNAKE PLANT
sansevieria

Also known as the Mother-in-Law’s Tongue. This plant is at the top of hard to kill houseplants. It adapts to lower light conditions, tolerates infrequent watering, and comes in a variety of species that have different color patterns on their leaves and grow to different sizes.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Snake Plants are excellent air purifiers and are known for converting carbon dioxide to Oxygen at night – making them a great choice for your bedroom. All plants convert carbon dioxide to oxygen but a group of plants has a special kind of photosynthesis that releases the oxygen at night.

PRO TIP: Look for yellow, drooping leaves, and funny smells, which may indicate overwatering

Indoor Snake Plant
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue / sansevieria

SPIDER PLANT
Chlorophytum comosum

Spider plants are one of the easiest and most rewarding houseplants to grow. Bright indirect sunlight keeps them growing steadily but will tolerate low light too! Spider plant grows best when watered weekly.

One of the most exciting features of the Spider Plant is its ability to quickly propagate itself. These plants are so fruitful and grow so fast your original Spidey could be producing large numbers of babies of its own within a year.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Spider plants are not toxic, low maintenance houseplants safe for cats or dogs. They are also fantastic at filtering the air of pollutants in your home.

PRO TIP: Spider Plant babies are miniature duplicates of the mother plant. These plants are very easy to propagate. Cut off one of the “spiders” and place it in a or cup of water or directly into a new pot of soil

Spider Plant

PEACE LILY
Spathiphyllum spp.

Peace lilies make excellent houseplants for the home or office. These lovely plants not only brighten up a living space and are easy to care for. The Peace Lily has dark green leaves and beautiful, white calla-like flowers on tall stems above the foliage. Blooms in high-light situations but will tolerate low-light conditions. These lilies are great for people with allergies or are sensitive to irritants. Their flowers contain very little pollen, which does not spread easily, and their leaves absorb mold spores and other irritants.

SPECIAL FEATURES: One of the most dynamic houseplants at filtering indoor pollutants from the air. This hard-working plant purifies most of the harmful chemicals commonly found in US homes. They are perfect accents to keep near TVs, ACs, and house vents.

PRO TIP: After its done blooming, cut off the dead flowers. Also, Peace Lillys want a lot of water. The plant will wilt dramatically when it gets too dry. After a good drink, it will happily pop back to life.

ZZ PLANT
Zamioculcas zamiifolia

The ZZ is a rhizome plant and has thick leaves with a natural shine. It requires little water, highly resistant to pests, and will be happy in any light. The ZZ is known to have a slow growth rate, however, I have noticed my ZZ growing faster with the more light I give it.

DO NOT OVERWATER – It’s best to water this plant less than too much because over-watering can cause stem and rhizome rot. Allow the soil to become dry at the top to the touch between watering and

CHINESE EVERGREEN
Aglaonema sp.

Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), is one of the best plants for beginners. This sturdy plant is wonderfully easy to grow as it tolerates just about every indoor condition. Most varieties have rich green leaves attractively patterned with silver but you can find many different varieties, including variegated forms.

PRO TIP: If the leaves begin to curl and the edges turn brown the temperature is probably too low or cold drafts may be affecting the plant.

RED RUBBER PLANT
Ficus elastica

A perfect houseplant for you if you want a tough and easy-going indoor plant. Prefers slightly moist soil, but if you forget to water now and then, the plant won’t mind at all.

Does best in bright light and will tolerate low light conditions, but the leaves fade to a light green color. If you want to keep those dark burgundy color leaves, you will want to give it direct sunlight.

PRO TIP: Use a soft cloth with a little coconut oil to wipe off the dust on the large leaves of the “Burgundy” rubber plant.

red rubber pant easy houseplant
Photo: mike-marquez-6T95IqhB65M-unsplash

PONYTAIL PALM
Beaucarnea recurvata

This slow-growing plant is another low maintenance indoor plant perfect for just about any room of the house. Grows best with bright light but will tolerate low light conditions too. This plant can survive extended periods with no water because it stores water in its thick trunk.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Purifies the air and super-easy to grow

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