If you’ve ever tried and failed, to keep a houseplant alive, chances are you don t have a “black thumb”; you may have simply been growing the wrong plant. While some people certainly do seem to have a “green thumb”, or a special way with plants, growing indoor plants can be very easy. Most of the time, the biggest issue for indoor plants is a lack of enough sunlight. Here are a few hardy indoor plants that don’t require much sunlight or extensive care.
Spider plants are one of the most common indoor plants for good reason. These thin, green leaves don’t need very much care. In fact, some planters feel that spider plants grow better the more you neglect them. They do well in indirect light, seem to grow better when their roots are crowded in smaller containers, and propagate themselves with off-shoots. Their scientific name is Chlorophytum Comosum, and they look perfect as hanging plants or up on high shelves, where their spindly leaves can trail over the sides of their container.
If you want something that has a bloom, the peace lily is one of the best indoor flowers you can grow. Peace lilies require their soil to dry out completely between watering, so they are perfect for the busy homeowner who frequently forget to water plants. They also help improve the quality of your air and don’t require a lot of direct sunlight to bloom. They grow on tall stalks with graceful white blooms, so they are best suited to lower shelves, tables, or planters on the floor.
The snake plant is another green leafy plant that seems to do better the more you ignore it. These plants are succulents, so they don’t take a ton of water and need no pruning. They do well in light or dark areas and have even been known to thrive in shadowy corners where almost no light reaches. The biggest problem you’ll have with a snake plant is overwatering, so when in doubt, just skip that chore for a while. These plants can grow nice and tall, so they are better suited to floor planters or low shelves.
If you prefer the look of a potted tree, the Fiddleleaf fig is a great choice. This tree has deep green leaves that can tolerate low light spaces. This is a good plant for beginners who want to start transitioning to more intricate plants. While this tree can be left alone to grow, you can also prune it to keep it within a certain height. The soil needs to dry between watering, so again, it’s another plant that is perfect for natural procrastinators.
English ivy plants are another good transition plant that can be maintained with basic care, or given a little more thought if desired. These plants can grow on mantels or shelves where they’ll trail down, or they can be trained to grow in a specific topiary shape with a little pruning. This plant does require some light, but you can get away with just medium indirect sunlight. Keep the soil evenly moist, and give ivy a room-temperature bath periodically to prevent spider mites. Keep in mind that this plant is poisonous to animals and small children.
If you find that caring for these low-maintenance house plants is rewarding, you could now begin trying out fussier plants. But there is plenty of variety among hardy houseplants to keep your home filled with beautiful, low-maintenance greenery forever if you so choose. Just be sure to check out a plant’s mature size, water and sunlight needs, and potential poisonousness before you bring it home.