There are many different ways I like to make my house feel like a home. One incredibly easy and low maintenance way is through houseplants. Aside from adding beauty and dimension to my space, plants have a lot of other benefits.
If you remember your 8th grade science class, you may recall photosynthesis, where plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Plants can actually increase a home’s oxygen level. In addition to this, my favorite ficus is simultaneously offering an eye catching centerpiece while purifying my air by removing toxins. Plants have also been linked to reducing stress levels and offering tension relief.
So what plant should you buy? Well the answer to this comes down to a few factors. Does your home have a lot of light? Is your home on a more shaded spot of the street? How much time and energy do you want to put into your “house guests”? Do you have pets or kids that may view your new leafy decor as a salad bar? Luckily for you, I’ve come up with my list of top 5 incredibly easy houseplants to grow.
Mother-in-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria Laurentii)
This South African beauty is a sturdy plant that you’ve no doubt seen before. With it’s long green snake like leaves climbing straight into the air, it’s hard to miss. This is an ideal plant for beginners, in fact it’s a favorite of mine in the housewarming gift department. It’s a slow growing plant so it can be with you for many years, as long as you follow a few rules.
- DO NOT overwater this plant, it can be prone to root rot. You want to allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between waterings.
- DO NOT water the leaves, you want to only water the soil. Again, you want to do this to avoid rot. If your leaves turn yellow or get soft and limp, it’s been over watered.
- Place in bright to full sun. It will tolerate low light but brighter is better.
- Not safe for cats and dogs 🙁
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum Comosum)
It doesn’t get much easier than a spider plant. With its arching green and white striped leaves and it’s tiny plantlets (or baby plants) clinging to the ends, this plant offers dimension. The best news is you can actually take these plantlets and re-pot them separately to make a whole new plant.
- This plant likes bright but not direct sunlight as its leaves can scorch.
- Keep your soil evenly moist, preferably with water not containing fluoride.
- It is a more tropical plant and will not tolerate temperatures below 50°F.
- Safe for cats and dogs!
Another classic, the philodendron won’t let you down no matter what you throw at it. This a plant that will actually tell you exactly what it needs. The leaves will change color based on if it’s had too much water or not enough. It doesn’t get any easier than that. There are two basic types, vining and non-climbing. Depending on the look you’re going for, that may affect which you choose.
- This plant likes indirect sunlight. If you can place it near a window where it’s near the light but not bathed in it, that’s perfect. If several leaves turn yellow at the same time, you know it’s getting too much light. If there are several inches on the vine between leaves, it’s not getting enough light.
- When watering allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings.
- This is not a great plant for curious pets as it can be toxic if eaten in a large quantity.
Ponytail Palm / Elephant Foot Tree (Beaucarnea Recurvata)
This is one of the prettiest and most stunning houseplants you could pick. The bulb like trunk sprouts long curvy leaves making it a natural conversation piece. Fun fact, this is neither a palm nor a tree although the name and it’s appearance would have you thinking otherwise. It’s actually a member of the agave family and is considered a succulent.
- Bright light works best for this plant but it’s so forgiving and easy going you could do partial light.
- It grows best in a semi-dry condition. You’ll want to let the soil dry out significantly in between waterings.
- Keep it in a relatively tight pot. If it gets too much space it could rot.
- Safe for pets!
Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)
The jade plant is by far one of the easiest plants you could choose. I was surprised to find out that this plant is actually a symbol of good luck since you need so little when dealing with them.
- Watering this plant is the key to its success. You never want to let it dry out completely while at the same time not over watering it as that can cause root rot. You only want to water when the top of the soil is dry to the touch.
- This plant likes full sun.
- Not safe for pets 🙁
I hope you enjoy these tips on easy houseplants to grow. Hopefully this gives you all the information you need to take that empty space and add some green. What’s your favorite houseplant to grow? Let me know in the comments below!