Plants breathe life and personality into any room. Low-maintenance houseplants in particular upgrade your living space with little-to-no effort.
If you want to start growing plants but don’t have the capacity or patience to keep them alive, you don’t have to resort to fake ones. The following are some houseplants ideal for beginners that only ask for a little water, sunlight, and love.
1. Aloe Vera
Succulents have long been a plant of choice for the home, and aloe vera might be the most popular of them all. Besides its aesthetic appeal, the gel inside offers a variety of health benefits.
Aloe vera needs lots of sunlight but little water. Keep it in cool temperatures around 70°. As a succulent, it keeps it’s compact size and won’t outgrow its small container.
2. Snake Plant
Snake plants come in a variety of styles, all of which are easy to care for and super trendy. Put one of these plants in a bare corner of your house and you’ll instantly enliven and style up your space.
Snake plants thrive in cool temperatures and any amount of sunlight. The truth is, you can leave them on your sunny balcony or in your dark closet and they will still probably persevere.
These low-maintenance house plants need little water and can actually be watered just once a month in the winter.
3. Spider Plant
Spider plants have been a houseplant staple for decades. They’re often hung in vases, adding color and dimension to a room while purifying the air.
Like most other houseplants, spider plants do best in cool temperatures. Moderate sunlight and weekly watering is enough to keep them alive. Every few years they’ll not only outgrow their pots, but they’ll sprout baby roots that you can cut off and replant. You’ll never have to buy more than one.
4. Jade Plant
Cute and compact, jade plants jazz up any nook or cranny of your home. These succulents are another on-trend plant that immediately add style to your interior.
As a member of the succulent family, jade plants need excessive sunlight, just like aloe vera. But they don’t ask for much else. Water them once every 2-to-3 weeks, leave them in the sun, and enjoy their company.
5. Rubber Tree
Show off your good taste with the instagrammable rubber tree. It’s simple and chic and goes well with any interior style.
Rubber trees also like cool temperatures, but they can handle it a little bit hotter, too. Sunlight is important to keep them alive, but they only need water every one or two weeks. During the summer they’ll need more water than the winter, but that goes for most plants.
6. Peace Lily
Peace lilies may be low-maintenance houseplants, but their elegant appearance seems anything but. They brighten up dark spaces with their broad leaves and white flowers.
Peace lilies prefer less sunlight and require water about once a week. When you see them sagging, you’ll know it’s time to water them, so as long as you keep them in your vision you should be able to keep them alive.
7. Pothos Ivy
Pothos ivy is a classic staple of houseplants for a reason. It’s easy to care for and its growing branches keep on giving. With one pot of pothos ivy you could easily transform your home into a botanical paradise, if that’s your style.
This low-maintenance houseplant lets you know when it needs you. You won’t have to water it until its leaves start turning brown- in fact, overwatering will cause it to rot. They’re so flexible with lighting that they can even survive on artificial light. Just keep it out of direct sunlight.