There’s something about bringing the green from the outdoors to the indoors that brightens up our homes and workplaces. But we struggle to keep the little beauties alive.
While following the latest indoor plant trends can be fun, it's wise to choose varieties that are suitable for the conditions where you live, not just plants that go with your interior style. Check out this list below of fairly low-maintenance indoor plants that love life on the inside.
Peace lilies, also known as closet plants, are a popular choice for offices and homes. When it comes to indoor plants, peace lily plants are some of the easiest to care for.
Light/Water - Medium-to-low light and only watering when the top of the soil is dry will keep the lily standing tall.
This is a popular ornamental plant from the Ficus genus. In its natural habitat it grows over 30 metres tall, however, the varieties grown indoors are a much more manageable height.
Light/Water - Rubber plants need bright indoor light. Allow potting mix to dry out between watering. Keep the large leaves dust free, repot this vigorous plant as needed and prune to keep compact.
A great houseplant for beginning gardeners. It is a very carefree type of plant that likes dry soil and air, which makes it perfect for many indoor environments. If you want to share the plant, it can be divided or started from a leaf cutting
Light/Water - Little water, only when the soil is dry (1/4 cup of water every few weeks). This plant also likes bright, indirect light.
Heartleaf philodendron is a popular house plant because it is extremely easy to grow. It’s also known as the Sweetheart Plant. Heart-shaped, glossy leaves emerge bronze, then quickly turn green. The leaves are typically 2-4 inches.
Light/Water - Moderate to bright light, but no direct sun. Will tolerate low light. Keep soil lightly moist and allow surface to dry out between watering in winter. TIP! Yellow leaves are caused by over watering.
This indoor tree type plant grows over 15 metres tall in its natural habitat and up to 3 metres indoors, although they can be topped to prevent them growing taller.
Light/water – A brightly lit spot is needed without direct sunlight and water when the top soil becomes slightly dry and reduce watering in the winter.
The monstera deliciosa, also known as the Swiss cheese plant, is a huge floor plant with one of the most recognizable leaves in the design world. Keep in mind, these plants do take up a lot of space.
Light/Water - enjoys a well-lit spot away from direct light. Allow potting mix to dry out slightly between watering. Mist and dust leaves. Remove spent leaves and repot occasionally. Support climbing branches.
Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a striking foliage plant that's almost indestructible.
Light/Water - It needs a well-lit spot but survives long periods without water as it grows from a rhizome. Only water when dry.