Houseplants are just another way to garden. Indoor gardening has been popular for centuries, and I think it’s a basic human need to want to nurture nature, even inside our homes. Plus, houseplants are great decorating accents, and help clean the air within a home. However, if you have a “brown thumb”, maybe you haven’t had the best of luck? There are houseplants, however, that are easy to grow and hard to kill. Here are our top easy houseplants that any gardener can grow indoors.

If you have small children or pets, remember to always check with your poison control center with the Latin name from the tag on the plant you buy. Some plants share the same common name, so you want to make sure you are getting accurate info.

 

Best Easy Houseplants

Snake Plant

Latin name : Sansevieria

Our all time favorite popular houseplant, because it could not be easier. Simply pot this in well drained soil, water when dry, and provide medium to bright light. Done! Photo by ‘Green Seed Garden‘.

 

Pothos, or Devil’s Ivy

Latin name : Epipremnum

The Pothos plant is similar to a philodendron, but even tougher. Not only is it almost impossible to kill this plant, you can rejuvenate an ailing one practically overnight. It takes being cut back severely, and grows fast. You can train it as a vine, or keep it trimmed back to make it a compact, easy houseplant. Water when the soil surface is dry. This houseplant will tolerate lower light, but will thrive if you can provide it a brighter setting. You also get better color in brighter light. You can root this plant easily in water from the stems. Top photo by ‘Stamen & Stem‘.

 

 

ZZ Plant

Latin name : Zamioculcas zamiifolia

One of the newest houseplants on the trendy scene, the ZZ plant is easy, exotic and gorgeous. It grows slowly, so buy as large a plant as you can. Water when the surface of the soil is dry to the touch. Tolerant of low light. Photo by ‘My City Plants‘.

 

Peperomia

Latin name : Peperomia

Easy to find in any nursery, and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Prefers well drained soil, low to medium light and only water when soil is dry on the surface. These little plants have waxy, textured leaves that often are tinged in red or purple. Photo by ‘Pistils Nursery‘.

 

Dracaena

Latin name : Dracaena

Dracaena is a bold plant that is easy to grow, even in low light. Large, strappy leaves on plants that grow quite large if given enough time. Let soil surface dry between waterings. It prefers medium light for best color. Photo by ‘My City Plants‘.

 

Succulents

Latin name : Varies

There are tons of popular houseplants that fall under the term “succulent”.  These easy to grow plants just ask for bright light and well drained soil. Check your local nursery, there will be many too choose from! Remember, some succulents are meant to grow outdoors in full sun. Choose the greenhouse grown succulents for houseplants. Photo (and more info) from ‘Costa Farms‘.

 

Spider Plant

Latin name : Chlorophytum comosum

Who doesn’t love a Spider Plant? Famous for their “babies”, or little plantlets that grow at the ends of stems, and their wonderful arching shape. You can root the “babies” in water easily and create more plants! I love the variegated foliage. Bright to medium light. Keep evenly moist. Leaves will lose color if they are thirsty, but they will bounce right back. Photo by ‘Far East Flora‘.

 

Cast Iron Plant

Latin name : Aspidistra elatior

This plant coms by it’s name honestly…its made like cast iron! Hard to kill… will even bounce back from a bad wilt from lack of water, will tolerate low light and neglect. That having been said, it’s stripy leaves (sometimes spotted with cream) look best in medium light, with evenly moist soil. Thats it! Doesn’t get easier! Plant on the right is a cast iron plant. Photo by ‘Plant and Pot‘. Plant on the left is a fiddle leaf fig. Curious about those houseplants? Jump on over to our post on Caring for a Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree!

Whether it’s because it’s the depths of winter and you want to see some green living things, or just because you enjoy having houseplants in your home, these easy houseplants are a great place for busy gardeners to start their “indoor garden”. We think you will also love our posts on Privacy with Plants, and Hardy Tropicals You Can Grow!

Image Credits: Costa Farms, Green Seed Garden, Stamen & Stem, My City Plants, Pistils Nursery, My City Plants, Far East Flora, Plant and Pot



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8 Comments

  1. fedz April 12, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    you can add the snake plants, it improves indoor air quality.

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  2. Marianne March 9, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    what does it mean when the leaf time turn brown?

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    1. Kathy Woodard March 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm

      It could mean the air around the plant is too dry, or the plant is sensitive to chlorine in the water you give it… Try using water you allow to sit out over night to allow the chlorine to evaporate, and keep the humidity up around the plant with pebble trays or misting.

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  3. Denise June 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I have had bamboo, a small cactus, and a few spider plants and I’ve killed all of them easily. What’s a good plant for a dorm room that will be harder for me to kill?

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 23, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Pothos ivy is a philodendron that is pretty much impossible to kill! Google it for more info, you can find it in almost any nursery, even grocery stores…

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  4. Christy June 1, 2014 at 11:52 am

    We had a spider plant upstairs That we forgot about, it looked really dead. So we set it out and it came back to life.

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  5. [email protected] February 17, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Just popped over after seeing this on Pinterest. I’m at a loss with a Peace lily we got for my husband’s gram’s funeral. It’s only been three weeks and it looks terrible. The leaves are limp and hanging over. I was told to water once a week, but maybe that’s too much? Any tips?

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    1. Kathy Woodard February 20, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Hi Kim,
      Are the leaves turning yellow at all, or just drooping?

      Reply

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