They have amazing health benefits like purifying your air, they help reduce stress and promote a sense of wellbeing, and they make your home look amazing!
Some plants, however, are snotty, high maintenance, and just downright finicky. They INDUCE STRESS and make you want to stomp the sass right out of their smug little leaves.
“I want more water, even though I just drank 4 gallons of water! You forgot to rotate me ½ a degree yesterday. My soil is four days old. HOW DARE YOU PUT ME IN FULL SUNLIGHT?! Why did you give me fertilizer…DID I ASK FOR FERTILIZER!?”
Don’t even get me started on those succulents that claim to be sooooo low maintenance, yet when I look at them the wrong way, they get so offended they shrivel up and die.
I know you feel my pain, I hear it all the time from my plant parent support group. Believe it or not there easy indoor plants out there that aren’t high maintenance snobs and are almost impossible to kill.
So. Let’s talk about five of these lovely laid back houseplants that I am growing now, or have grown in the past. I can personally attest to how easy it is to keep these five houseplants alive!
1.) Spider Plant
Seriously, the BEST house plant! The spider plant is like that aunt who is the supermom with a ton of kids who somehow manages to do everything with ease. Just give her a corner with lots of indirect light, a pot with great drainage and watch her sprout little babies and spread her magic through the air.
Forget to water her for a while? Don’t worry, she won’t be surprised or upset! She does like humidity and therefore, makes a great plant for the bathroom. They can even grow in water alone!
The spider plant is non-toxic and plays well with babies and pets. It is also tasty, so you may want to keep it out of reach. In fact, spider plant leaves are used as a substitute for spinach in Africa! They contain high levels of vitamins and micronutrients including vitamin c, calcium, and other powerful antioxidants.
Spider plants also remove up to 90% of toxins in your home and help to absorb mold, allergens, small amounts of formaldehyde and even carbon monoxide! Talk about a humble super plant!
The snake plant, commonly known as mother in law’s tongue, is an extremely low maintenance house plant. He is more like the stoic uncle who likes to be left alone — all he asks for is a pot that allows for good drainage and indirect sunlight.
He enjoys dry soil so don’t bother him often with watering or he will NOT be happy! Be warned, snake plants are toxic to both pets and children, so keep out of reach of little hands and paws!
Fun Fact: Snake plants are associated with good Feng Shui, as in many cultures it has positive associations such as prosperity, protection, and luck.
Ponytail palms (also known as elephant’s foot) are one of my favorite indoor plants. Despite her exotic look, she requires very little care.
Ponytail palms do not need to be watered frequently (maybe once every three to four weeks). They actually store the water in the bulb at their base, so there is no need to worry if the soil is a bit dry to the touch. Too much water causes root rot, which I found out the hard way!
Ponytail palms need five to six hours of direct sunlight each day. Occasional rotation is helpful so that sunlight hits all sides. I rotate mine each time I water — once per month — and that is sufficient.
A little known fact is that ponytail palms bloom later in life! It typically does not happen until they are about 10 years old! Ponytail palms are also non-toxic you so you don’t have to worry about your two or four-legged babies.
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Pothos is a vining plant that will survive for YEARS. It is also one of the best air-purifying plants for your home! She is super low maintenance and requires only good drainage, indirect sunlight and an occasional drink of water.
I have quite a few pothos hanging around my house, as they are easy to propagate and can also be grown in just water!
However, these hardy beauties are NOT friendly to pets, so keep away! I hang most of my pothos or keep them where they can’t be reached by curious hands or paws.
Cast Iron Plant
The cast iron plant is appropriately named. It is an extremely hardy and adaptive plant, much like a well-trained soldier.
He thrives in shade or low indoor lighting, and won’t get his feelings hurt if you forget to water him. Water once a week, or once a month — he ain’t picky. Like the rest of his low maintenance buddies, well-drained soil is a must and the rest is gravy.
Cast iron plants are also non-toxic, so you don’t have to worry about keeping them out of reach.
From now on, you don’t need to stress when thinking about adding indoor plants to your home. Be confident! If you choose any of the five houseplants above, you are set for success.
You don’t have to worry about constant watering, finding the best light, fertilizing at the perfect moment, or offending them in any way. Our friends the spider plant, snake plant, ponytail palm, pothos, and cast iron plant are all more than happy to cooperate and add that natural charm to your home!
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Jessica Lehman | Interior Designer, Owner, Jessica Lehman Designs
Jessica Lehman is an interior designer, momtrepreneur and bohemian — not necessarily in that order. I collaborate with people who are looking for a beautiful home but don’t have the time to make it a reality. Her design aesthetic is unique and free-spirited, and she tends to color outside the lines. She holds a bachelors in Interior Design with a minor in Art Studio from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jessica has been designing colorful, life-friendly, functional homes since 2010.
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