Indoor Plants that are Easy to Take Care Of

Introduction

Houseplants have countless benefits, from cleaning the indoor air to boosting mood and productivity. However, keeping plants healthy can seem intimidating if you’re new to gardening or have a busy schedule. The good news is that there are lots of indoor plant options that are very forgiving and low maintenance. This article will provide an in-depth guide to 20 easy care houseplants suitable for beginners. We’ll discuss each plant’s needs, care instructions, and tips for keeping them thriving with minimal effort. By selecting from these durable choices, you can enjoy greening up your space without a huge time commitment.

ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ plant might just be the lowest maintenance houseplant of all. It can thrive on total neglect, making it the perfect choice if you have a history of “plant murder.” This plant stores water in its thick, fleshy stems so it can go weeks between waterings. It grows well in very low light conditions and tolerates low humidity.

Care Instructions:

Water every 2-4 weeks when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry.
Place in medium to low indirect light. It will survive in very low light but may not grow as bushy.
Fertilize only in the spring when new growth begins. Use a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer.
Repot only when roots emerge from the drainage holes, which may take years. Use a pot with drainage.
No special care needed otherwise – it thrives on being ignored!
Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant is one of the toughest and longest living houseplants. It can scrub toxins like formaldehyde and benzene from the air. It tolerates low light, infrequent watering, and neglect better than almost any other plant.

Care Instructions:

Water every 2-4 weeks when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry. Allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.
Place in low to medium light away from direct sun, which can scorch the leaves. It does well in very low light conditions too.
Fertilize only in spring and summer. Use a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer.
Repot only when the plant has outgrown its pot, typically every 2-3 years. Use a well-draining potting mix and pot with drainage holes.
When repotting, check for roots circling the root ball. Gently separate the roots and replant. No other special care needed.
Chinese Evergreens (Aglaonema species)

Chinese evergreens come in an array of gorgeous foliage colors and patterns. They tolerate low light well and are drought resistant once established. Their leaves are toxic to pets so keep them out of reach if you have cats or dogs.

Care Instructions:

Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Allow soil to dry slightly between waterings.
Place in medium to low indirect light away from direct sun which can scorch leaves. Fluorescent office light works well.
Fertilize in spring and summer with a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer. Flush soil occasionally if using tap water.
Repot every 1-2 years in spring when new growth begins, using a soil-based potting mix and container with drainage holes.
Wipe leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust. No other special care needed.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider plants are known for their trait of producing “spiderette” plantlets on long tendrils. They are nearly indestructible houseplants and great for beginners. Their trailing stems can be propagated in water for new plants too.

Care Instructions:

Water when top 1-2 inches of soil is dry. Allow soil to dry between waterings.
Place in medium to bright indirect light. They tolerate low light but may get leggy.
Fertilize in spring and summer with a half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer every 2-4 weeks. Flush soil if using tap water.
Repot every 1-2 years in early spring when new growth begins, using a well-draining potting mix.
Remove brown tipped leaves as needed. No other care needed – they thrive on neglect!
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace lilies are beautiful flowering plants that add grace to any home. They are very user-friendly and among the easiest houseplants for beginners. Their white blooms and dark green leaves brighten up shady spots.

Care Instructions:

Water when the top inch of soil is dry. Allow top few inches to dry between waterings.
Place in medium to low indirect light away from direct sun which can burn leaves. Fluorescent light works well.
Fertilize bi-monthly in spring and summer with a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer. Flush soil occasionally if using tap water.
Repot every 1-2 years in early spring, moving up one pot size and using a soil-based potting mix with good drainage.
Wipe leaves occasionally with damp cloth to remove dust. Prune spent flower spikes.
Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast iron plants have earned their tough as nails reputation for thriving in the lowest light conditions. Their thick, leathery leaves that last for years make them a great pick for low light areas indoors. They tolerate low humidity and irregular watering too.

Care Instructions:

Water when top inch of soil is bone dry. They dislike soggy soils so allow soil to dry completely between waterings.
Place in very low to medium indirect light. They do well in the lowest light conditions but may not bloom without moderate light.
Fertilize in spring and summer every 2-4 weeks with a diluted liquid houseplant fertilizer.
Repot every 1-2 years in early spring, moving up one pot size and using a soil-based potting mix. Prune off bottom leaves if needed when repotting.
Wipe leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust. No other special care needed.
Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)

The Chinese money plant is renowned for its unique coin-shaped succulent leaves. It thrives in moderately bright light indoors and tolerates irregular watering well. Its glossy round leaves and fast growth habit make it very rewarding.

Care Instructions:

Water when top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. Allow soil to dry between waterings but don’t let it dry out completely.
Place in medium to bright indirect light. They tolerate moderate low light but may lose round shape and coloration without sufficient light.
Fertilize bi-monthly in spring and summer with a half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer. Flush soil occasionally if using tap water.
Repot annually in early spring into a slightly larger pot using a soil-based potting mix.
Wipe leaves occasionally with a damp cloth to remove dust. No other special care needed.
Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Pothos are one of the most popular and easy to care for houseplants. Their trailing vines can grow quite long, making them suitable for hanging baskets. They thrive on neglect in low light conditions.

Care Instructions:

Water when top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. Allow soil to dry between waterings but avoid soggy soil.
Place in low to medium indirect light. They tolerate very low light but may grow leggy without sufficient light.
Fertilize every 4-6 weeks in spring and summer with a half-strength liquid houseplant fertilizer. Flush soil if using tap water.
Repot every 1-2 years in early spring after pruning off old soil from roots, using a soil-based potting mix.
Wipe leaves occasionally with damp cloth to remove dust. Cut vines or take cuttings for propagation.
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

Jade plants are iconic succulents known for their thick succulent leaves and woody trunks. Their low water needs and tolerance for poor conditions make them one of the easiest houseplants to care for.

Care Instructions:

Water sparingly when soil is completely dry, about every 2-4 weeks. Allow top 1-2 inches of soil to dry out between waterings.
Place in medium to bright light. Jades tolerate low light well but may lose compact form without bright light.
Fertilize sparingly in spring and summer every 4-6 weeks with a half-strength succulent fertilizer. Flush soil occasionally.
Repot every 1-2 years in early spring, moving up one pot size and using a well-draining succulent potting mix. Allow soil to dry completely between waterings.
Cut off shriveled leaves as needed. No other special care required.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum)

Chinese evergreens are beautiful flowering houseplants prized for their colorful, patterned leaves. They tolerate low light environments and irregular watering once established.