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.
Easy Houseplants for Brown Thumbs
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‘.
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‘.
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‘.
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‘.
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‘.
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