easy care plants

Houseplants are just another way to garden. Indoor gardening has been polar for centuries, and I think it’s a basic human need to want to nurture nature, even within our homes. Plus, houseplants are great decorating accents, and help clean the air within a home. However, I think killing houseplants is an all time top factor behind the term “black thumb”. 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. In addition, the plants we have chosen are great for families because they are all non-poisonous. Remember however, to always check with your poison control center with the Latin name from the tag on the plant you buy. Our featured photo plant (above) is the house plant Peperomia. Easy to find in any nursery, and tolerant of a wide range of conditions. Prefer well drained soil, bright light and only water when soil is dry on the surface.

Norfolk Pine – This is an upright plant that reminds me of Christmas. In fact, my Norfolk Pine started it’s life as a mini holiday tree during December vacation to the beaches of Oregon. Likes bright light, but not direct sun. Can grow up to ten feet tall with time. Loves moist air as well, so keep out of the draft of a heating vent. Water when soil surface is dry to the touch.



Spider Plant – Who doesn’t love a Spider Plant? Famous for their “babies”, or little plant lets 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.



Umbrella Tree (Shefflera) – This larger upright plant has a fan of glossy dark green leaves attached to each stem. Can grow to eight feet tall. Will look leggy in too low of light. Water moderately.



Grape Ivy – Do not confuse this with English Ivy, which can be poisonous. Grape ivy is a wonderful hanging plant, and has glossy bright green leaves shaped like an oak leaf. Will tolerate lower light, but prefers moderate light. Water moderately.



Cast Iron Plant – 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!


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”.

Image Credits: plantsarethestrangestpeople, BHG, BHG, BHG


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

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

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

    what does it mean when the leaf time turn brown?

    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.

  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?

    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…

  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.

  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?

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

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


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