Don’t let anyone fool you — growing indoor plants is easy and just as fun as having an outdoor garden.
Bringing potted plants into a living space to liven it up is a trick that’s been used by interior designers for years, but did you know that our leafy friends are also powerful filters that purify the air around us? In fact, several studies have been conducted to know more about indoor plants benefits, and have proven that certain plants can rid a room of up to 89 percent of harmful VOCs like formaldehyde and xylene.
In fact, indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool. Caring for indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving is also a stress-buster and will quickly become a hobby!
A word of caution: If you’ve got kids or pets, do note before you buy: some may be toxic.
Don’t worry if you think you have a black thumb….some of these indoor plants are actually very easy to grow. So what are the best house plants for beginners? Start with these 6 easy to grow house plants, and transform your interiors!
Pothos is characterized by its golden, heart-shaped leaves and is extremely popular as a house plant. It’s a hardy plant that can survive in lower light and colder temps and is great for offices and homes since it rids the air of carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.
#2 Song of India (a.k.a. Dracaena reflexa)
As versatile as its name is poetic, Dracaena reflexa or “Song of India” is easy to identify because of its telltale green, lime, and yellow leaves. These plants are easy to grow in both high and low light and absorb undesirables like formaldehyde, toluene, and xylene.
#3 Snake Plant or Sansevieria trifasciata
It doesn’t get much easier than this indoor house plant—also sometimes known as mother-in-law’s tongue! It has variegated leaves that grow upright, and some varieties’ leaves have yellow or white edges. It has small white flowers that bloom only rarely. A healthy snake plant definitely attracts the eye. And a few together make another natural partition.
#4 Peace Lily
Surely you’ve seen this indoor house plant in many homes, since it has such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves—and it’s super easy to grow. This house plant favors low humidity and also low light, making it great for rooms with few windows. It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates standard temperatures ranging to about 85 degrees.
#5 Jade Plant
For those who love the look of a succulent—not to mention the ease of care—a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It grows slowly and has the potential to live from your kids’ birth until their high school graduations— at least! It also looks great in a pretty pot when paired with other succulent varieties. Jade plant does not require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. It prefers bright light and ordinary room temperatures.
#6 Spider Plant
These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room, and they haven’t fallen out of fashion after years of popularity in the home. Spider plants come in a number of varieties, and work well as hanging plants. Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions. Room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees keep them thriving.