10 Low Maintenance Indoor PlantsCarl SchwabDIY Garden0 Comments 0 Gardening can be really tricky, especially when you first try it out. If you haven’t quite developed your green thumb don’t be too hard on yourself there are still some amazing plants out there that aren’t easy to kill and will make your home beautiful. I know it’s hard to always remember a watering schedule, which is why the next list of plants doesn’t consist of the dainty, temperamental type. Different plants need different levels of care so it’s no surprise that just picking out the most colorful or first plant you see might not go so well in the long run. If you really want to make indoor gardening a hobby it’s important that you do a tiny bit of research to make sure the plant that you’re getting is right for your environment… And Its a good thing you’re in the right spot for some great information on what options you have, and you have mostly Africa and Asia to thank for these beauties. Don’t think that because the next ten plants are hearty they aren’t going to be colorful or flashy because actually, they make some of the best decorations. 10. The Snake Plant kenhsuckhoe.com There are many good things about the snake plant from its beautiful pattern to its high tolerance for neglect. Now, you should never get a plant if you’re planning on neglecting it but lets admit it’s easy to forget to water them every now and then. This sturdy plant has sword like leaves and has also been called Saint Georges Sword, or by its scientific name Sansevieria trifasciata. This beautiful plant is native all across West Africa and does it’s best in bright light conditions and should be rotated weekly if possible. For watering you want to make sure not to over water these plants or they will get root rot, and distilled water is best for the least amount of chemicals. Don’t worry too much though, these plants will withstand about any condition you’ll just notice that with a little TLC they can flourish. 9. Philodendron luisabrunble.com The heart shaped leaves of the Philodendron hederaceum oxycardium, or more commonly known as the philodendron house plant, are perhaps the most tantalizing thing about this great indoor wonder. The stems can grow up to eight feet long and love to crawl up or down anything near it. Because of their long limbs they look great hanging from the ceiling or on top of a bookshelf. Care for this plant is as easy as it gets because it needs some bright indirect sunlight—which is a given for most plants. Other than that it needs to be watered about once a week, or when the top inch of the soil is dry. Make sure to measure the soil dampness with your fingertip or knuckle because over/under watering can cause droopy leaves. Unlike people, the philodendron is a great communicator and will tell you exactly what it needs based on the color and size of the leaves. If they’re growing in small and grayish in color it’s time to add some fertilizer, and it would benefit to change the soil as soon as you get them and repot them. 8. Spider Plant kwizoo.com The spider plant is no stranger to many homes as they have been popular for many years, and for good reason. Don’t let the name scare you away this plant is unique because of the way the plantlets grow off and below the original plant. The thin slick look of the leaves are reminiscent of the legs of a spider, hence the name. Chlorophytum comosum is its scientific name and Its origin is southern Africa. This amazing looking plant comes in a variety of sizes and patterns so you can customize your indoor garden. They need only minimal care with watering every week or so, letting the soil dry out. Once your spider plant gets really full it can actually help your plant grow even bigger if you snip some of the florets at the base. If some of the leaves on your plant start to turn brown it’s usually because the water you are using has a higher content of fluoride so the plant will sacrifice a couple leaves to push the excess salt to. 7. Hoya Carnosa www.pinterest.com Another vine plant that is one of a kind is the Hoya carnosa. It has a waxy like substance covering its almond shaped leaves. This plant probably looks familiar to you because it’s a pretty popular vine plant because of how easy and durable it is to have one. What you probably aren’t used to seeing is the clusters of beautiful soft pink and white flowers. If you keep your hoya carnosa healthy enough it will bloom in indirect light with only the occasional watering. The best rule for this plant like many others on this list is water it when it looks thirsty, making sure to test the soil. There are other variations of this plant such as the hoya carnosa varigata which is a multicolored version with thinner longer vines. When caring for any of the variations of the hoya make sure not to cut any foliage off the vines because florets and new leaves will continuously grow from them. Make sure that each of your hoyas are potted in something with drainage so they don’t get root rot. 6. Croton blog.walpolewoodworkers.com This eye catching plant made the list for obvious reasons—look at all those colors! They will flourish in warm and highly lit environments due to their Indonesian origin. You can expect your croton to have leaves ranging from orange, green, yellow, red and occasionally pink. Being native to such a warm and tropical climate these plants will need to be kept in a nice humid environment and be sure to keep the soil damp at all times. Keeping these colorful plants in bright colored pots or hanging them from the ceiling will keep them the center of the room, filling your home with positive energy and clean air. They will tremendously benefit from a little fertilizer in the spring and summer to make sure it stays healthy and vibrant all year round. 5. Jade Plant littleyankeehomestead.com The Jade plant has many different names: the lucky plant, money tree, friendship tree, and Crassula Ovata, it’s scientific name. Whatever you want to call this succulent plant is up to you but you won’t be disappointed when you get one. These plump leaves will be accompanied by beautiful pink and white florets in blooming season. The obvious succulent traits are very apparent in this plant, with it’s waxy plump leaves and thick base stem. Originally from South Africa this plant will thrive in sunlight with sparse waterings. The new stems will sprout and look and feel like the mature leaves but will eventually dry out and become firm wood that will support numerous leaves. One of the most magical things about this plant is that it will propagate from only a single leaf if pressed into the soil. 4. The Umbrella Tree ebay.com The Hawaiian umbrella is one of the most stunning houseplants you can get and it just so happens to be extremely durable. The schefflera arboricola bonsai is the official name for this majestic tree and it’s pretty much the miniature version of its quite large sibling. The miniature tree has a dense brush of think dark green leaves that stay all year round and all they need is some indirect sunlight. They aren’t fickle about their watering schedule either making them great for everyone—even if you haven’t quite got your green thumb yet. This is another plant that’s a great communicator because it will tell you with its leaves exactly what it needs. If the leaves are starting to curl up it needs some water and if they turn brown you’ve done too much. These tropical wonders can grow large and their trunks can be trained to take on some pretty interesting shapes. 3. Calathea happyinteriorblog.com The calathea is prized for it’s beautiful leaves and the every changing colors and patterns that can appear. Several dozen species allow this plant to have a vast variety yet they are still apart of the Marantaceae family. Like many other plants this one has multiple names that it might be called including zebra, peacock, or rattlesnake plant. The care for this plant is going to be a tad more strenuous than others on this list because it needs to stay moist all the time and needs light but never direct sunlight. Keeping the plant moist is essential but never too wet or you will drown your plant. Another important part of the care to this plant is to keep the humidity as high as possible. If you want to enjoy this plant and you don’t like in an area with high humidity, try keeping them in your bathroom. It will also highly benefit from a feeding of fertilizer every two weeks in the spring and summer months. 2. The Weeping Fig www.mnn.com The weeping fig, or known as the Ficus Benjamin, is a tall flowering waxy leaf plant that is very popular for indoor gardens because of the height and striking look. In nature this giant can reach up to 98 feet and indoors you can expect about three to four feet. What’s so special about these sturdy trees is that the waxy and glossy leaves droop down giving any room an etherial look. The weeping fig is native to parts of Asia and Australia but with today’s modern wonders you can have this beautiful natural piece of art almost anywhere. The weeping fig is going to be best in a large pot in the house unless you wanting it taking over any indoor/outdoor boxes or patches because the roots grow quick and strong. The beautiful twist in the trunks are unique to each tree and when you’re caring for the plant be careful not to change the lighting to dramatically because the leaves will fall off and replace themselves, leaving your tree a little sparse. 1. Succulents sylviavalentine.com All succulents are amazing if you’re not so good with plant care because they only need water about every two weeks and a good sunny spot. There are numerous varieties of succulents that are all different shapes and sizes such as; aloe plants, echeveria, stonecrop, aeonium, and agave are just a few. Depending what type of style and look you’re going for you’ll need to do some shopping and research to learn what looks you like best. Succulents will mostly all grow upward when they flower and can be propagated by snipping flowerets off the mother plant. Aloe plants can be harvested and used for the gel that is in the meat of the plant and it works wonders for irritated skin. Echeveria plants are one of the most common succulent plants to see and they look like round colorful blooms with diamond shaped leaves. Aeonium also come in different colors and patterns with long, flat leaves.