9 Stunning Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
Contrary to popular belief, not every plant requires a ton of maintenance. In fact, the plants I’ve listed below require such little maintenance that they are almost impossible to kill. Beyond that, there are many benefits that come with having indoor plants. For example, studies have proven that indoor plants can improve productivity and concentration by up to 15 percent. Additionally, indoor plants can reduce your stress and boost your mood. Lastly, what better way to decorate your apartment than with indoor plants? If health benefits, uplifting moods, and good interior design don’t excite you, then you should probably stop reading here. But if they do…then keep going and enjoy the ride!
If you’re a beginner gardener, then starting with a spider plant is a great idea. Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to maintain, they are non-toxic, and they are edible (perfect if you have animals or children.) Spider plants can flourish under most indoor lighting conditions, meaning they do not require sunlight. You must of course water them regularly (2 to 3 times a week) but that is a quick and easy task. Some benefits of the spider plant is that it produces oxygen while it purifies your air as it soaks up carbon monoxide, xylene, and formaldehyde.
Another plant that is great to have if you are a beginner gardener! Again, not difficult to maintain but are toxic to animals so keep that in mind! Dracaenas come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. In terms of care, you’ll want to make sure the soil is always damp but never soggy! This is important because if your soil is soggy, your plant will die. Too much water will kill the plant. Some benefits of dracaena plants are that they eliminates xylene, toluene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and benzene.
You’ll definitely want to consider this plant if you’re a beginner gardener because it’s basically indestructible. Additionally, the golden pothos plant is said to be one of the most effective air purifiers in ridding toxins. Disclaimer, the golden pothos is toxic to animals, so you’re going to want to keep your pets away. The plant can grow up to an estimated 8 feet long, but you can trim the tendrils to your liking. In terms of care, you only need to water this plant when the soil is dry. The benefits of the golden pothos plant are that it purifies the air and rids of toxins such as xylene, toluene, benzene, monoxide, formaldehyde, etc.
Another low maintenance plant is the Swedish ivy. But don’t get it twisted, the plant is not native to Sweden nor is it true ivy. Needing very little attention to thrive, Swedish ivy should be kept moist but not soggy, requiring watering just once a week. In the winter, the plant should be watered more often than once a week. The plant requires a bit of sunlight and is non-toxic. Besides being a low maintenance plant, Swedish ivy also makes for a great air purifier.
The philodendron plant has a reputation of being one of the easiest house plants. In terms of care, these plants thrive in medium indirect light. Water them every 1-2 weeks, usually when the soil dries out. The plant can grow up to 6 inches tall. The plant is toxic to pets and could be toxic to humans since they contain calcium oxalate crystals. Watch out for soft or black stems as this means the roots are rotting. Benefits of these kinds of plants include improving the air quality, instilling feelings of calmness and trapping dust.
ZZ plant – Zamioculas Zamiifolia Plant
Because this plant can be neglected, it’s great for beginners and frequent travelers. The ZZ plant can go months without water, but will grow faster if watered regularly. Disclaimer, the ZZ plant contains calcium oxalate crystals which can cause skin irritation and stomach pain. So, again, would not recommend this plant if you are someone who has sensitive skin. The plant is toxic for animals/children as well. In terms of care, just make sure you are never overwatering! You’ll know if the plant is underwatered by the look of the leaves. If they are falling that is a bad sign. Remove yellow leaves throughout the year and cut any stems that are overgrown. Overall, just make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and let the soil dry in between waterings. Benefits of the ZZ plant include the removal of toxins such as Toluene and Xylene, the toleration of low light and the low water maintenance.
Ponytail Palm Plant
Although this plant is called a ponytail palm, it is actually not a palm at all. As with most succulent plants, the ponytail palm plant thrives on neglect and in semi dry conditions. The plant is non-toxic to pets and humans. Ponytail palms only require fertilization one to two times per year. In terms of care, just the basic stuff of not overwatering. Re water every time the top 2 to 3 inches of soil dry out. The benefits of a ponytail palm plants are that they break down toxic gasses to purify the air you’re breathing.
The cool thing about a snake plant is the variety of leaf shapes you can pick from. Some examples are narrow or long leaves, or wide and short leaves. Additionally, snake plants come in wide range of colors, from green, to yellow, etc. In terms of care, it’s a pretty low maintenance plant, just be sure to not overwater. The benefits of the snake plant is the ability to absorb insane amounts of carbon monoxide while also emitting oxygen. A few other toxins that a snake plant helps rid are benzene, xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde.
Peace Lily Plant
The peace lily is known to increase humidity. The increase of humidity is especially great for your breathing while you are sleeping. Peace lilies are toxic to humans and pets if consumed. In terms of care, make sure the plant receives sunlight. Again, always keep the plant moist but not soggy. Fertilize the plant about every six weeks if growing in bright light. The recommended liquid to fertilize with is known as the 20-20-20 product. Repot only once the roots have outgrown the container it is placed in. Benefits of peace lilies are the following: air purifier, prevents the formation of mildew, rids mold spores from air, and absorbs acetone vapors.