12 Low Maintenance House Plants Easy To Keep Alive – By Yourself !
What made me interested in doing a section for house plants is that I’m someone who can be rather lazy and forgetful at times. Pretty sure that has to do with the hundreds of other things there are to do and think about in a day, especially while being a mom.
But theres something about seeing a house plant hiding somewhere in the room, minding its own business while giving off all the good vibes.
Maybe it’s because they help someone feel the slightest bit sophisticated when every other part of their life isnt, or maybe its something about the colour, who knows?
While I’ve temporarily given up on house plants until I have a little bit more brain space, I’ve made a list of all the indoor plants I have either had, or would have in the future. I even added a little extra tip at the bottom to help you keep those plants alive! If you want, you can even involve your kiddos and make a fairy garden from some of the plants listed below.
Part of the succulant family and also one that comes in many varieties, these small plants make a dainty accent to your shelf, desk, or reading area. Once matured they require very little water and average sun. If you have cacti you can use the same soil for them since these plants are very alike in qualities – minus the sharp pricklies. Make sure this plant has a well draining potter, and light soil – don’t pack it in too tight if you are transfering potters or planting it from a seedling.
This plant is a real prick – just like your ex. It’s also slow as molasses to grow. But the cactus is native to the desert which means you would probably have to try kill it – to actually kill it. It does like sunlight, but really any light is good. It definitely doesn’t like too much water so drowning is a possibility with a cactus. Having owned one myself, I can personally say it takes a good 3 months of neglect to kill this one. Best grown with specialized potting soil.
These great little plants produce a nice colorful flower and add a little *pop* to your room. Although these do like water, they like it in big doses in between dry periods. So water yours well then let the soil dry out completely before the next water. Preferably in a draining pot, keep these plants out of hot windows otherwise they will burn.
The Spider Plant
Add some energy to your room with this free-sprited light coloured plant. Despite its name, it does not attract spiders, just merely looks like one when its matured and producing rosettes. You can hang this plant over-head or put it in a nice potter on pedastle for your company to admire. Medium sunlight is preferred and weekly watering.
The Aloe Plant
That common one we all have at least heard of. This plant is handy to have around because once matured its stems produce a gel that is a great humectant and skin soother. They grow to about 4 inches depending on the the type of aloe you choose, and only need to be water once or twice a week with an average amount of sunlight – meaning its not necessary to put them in a window, they’ll survive just fine on a table.
The ZZ Plant
This plant sounds cool, looks cool, and is overall pretty cool. People may even question you if it’s real or not due to its thick leaves, and the glossy, waxy appearance and texture. You can even go on vacation and not have to worry about getting someone to look after this plant as is probably one of the toughest ones around, surviving mostly anything. This plant was discovered in East Africa, so it is one that’s able to survive periods of drought and low lighting.
The Snake Plant
This stranger looking houseplant has firm upright leaves that twist slightly. It’s incredibly care free as it grows slowly at its own pace and will survive in almost any enviroment. Requiring low light and water only once every couple weeks.
This plant, native to Rain Forests, likes low light and moist soil. A well draining pot is your best pick for your plants home, as well as an area that receives light – but not bright sun light as it will burn the leaves. Too dark of an area and the plant will begin to fade. You can train it to be a bushier, fuller style or give it more space and it will begin to stretch out and maybe even climb.
Similar to the philodendron, the pothos is a little more universal. This plant can be trained to climb, or grow horizontally along a surface. Great for above doorways and window frames, this plant comes in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes; Many which tolerate any kind of lighting and environment. The pothos also has a bonus quality of being considered an air purifying plant that removes VOC’s from its environment. Although this plant can handle a missed watering or two, it does prefer routinely watering.
The Chinese Evergreen
This plant will add some light to your home with its green and white leaves. Although it needs to be watered thoroughly, it requires its soil to complete dry before the next water. It does not need a lot of light and will survive just fine in low indoor lighting.
The Chinese Money Plant
This plant is wonderdully simple, requiring low light and dry soil in between watering. This plant prefers a pot with drainage holes and if the leaves start to droop that’s your sign to water it. Rotate it once a week to prevent it from growing lopsided (like our boobs after breastfeeding).
The Jade Plant
Another one part of the succulent family, jade adds a cute touch to your counter top or window table. These adapt well to warm, dry environments. When it’s young and in its growing period, jade requires full watering with completely dry soil in between the waterings. However, once its fully grown it can tolerate less water and even prefers it as it’s a plant that’s susceptible to rotting.
If you still think you might kill even these plants, check out these handy home potting hacks
Bad at remembering to water your plants? Yeah, me too. That’s why I researched this section because I know I’m not the only one. Turns out the world knows too that there is people like us who suck, and even wanted to help us!
There are two items I found which are easily found online and in stores. One is a self-irrigating ‘system’ (it’s just a glass bulb) and the other is a little bird on a stick that gets annoying if you let the soil dry out (not recommended for plants that like it dry). They’re both pretty self-explanatory so I will drop a picture of both below so you know what you are looking for!