Top 10 Houseplants

Do you have a brown thumb, or are simply new to gardening indoors and want to start with plants that need minimal care? These 10 Easy Houseplants are perfect no-fuss tropicals for the home.

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1. Aloe

Known for its gel used to sooth cuts and burns, Aloe is a succulent plant that requires very little water to grow. Make sure you allow soil to dry out between waterings as too much water may cause this plant to rot.  This may be up to two weeks. Place in a sunny windowsill in indirect but bright light.

Light: Bright       Water: dry between waterings

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2. Spider Plant

This striking plant is great in hanging baskets or on a shelf where its “babies” can hang over the edge. Most cultivars are of the variegated sort. They require medium to bright light and water about once a week.

Light: Medium to Bright            

   Water: allow surface to dry between waterings

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3. Peace Lily

Peace lilies have glossy leaves and long-lasting flowers surrounded by a spathe as is typical for aroid species.  Peace lilies are a favorite indoor plant. They flower best when root bound and when thriving can bloom twice a year. Peace Lilies like high-humidity, so mist frequently. Do not over-water, but don’t allow soil to dry completely between waterings. If the plant collapses due to dryness, water as normal and wait for the plant to perk up again. This can take several hours.  

Light: low to medium     Water: allow surface to dry between waterings

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4. Snake Plant

The snake plant is a succulent that tolerates neglect. The only problem these plants seem to develop is root rot when over watered so don’t be afraid to leave them on the drier side.  They offer an interesting contrast to other house plants with their solid, tall, sword shaped leaves.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Dry between waterings

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5. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This tree’s namesake is the shape of this dark green and leathery leaves. It lights substantial light but will tolerate low light as well but will sometimes lose some of its lower leaves in such conditions.  It can be pruned if it gets too tall for your liking.

Light: Low to Bright     Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings


6. Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachias produce cane stems with tropical like variegated foliage. They can be potted alone and grown to a tree like appearance or grouped together for a full look. Dieffenbachia seguine (pictured) has large arching marbled leaves.

Light: Low to Medium    Water: Keep evenly moist


7. Dracaena

This beautiful houseplant has colorful yellow-and-green-striped leaves and a single upright stem.  It is often called a ‘corn plant’ because it resembles a decorative corn stalk. Several can be planted together for a more full display.  When it grows too tall, cut back the stem to one foot tall and new growth will form under the cut.

Light: Medium to Bright     Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

8. ZZ Plant

Many people joke that you can’t kill this plant.  It’s often called the eternity plant for this reason.  This succulent plant tolerates low light and a little abuse.  These thick, almost rubbery stems and leaves are so durable they almost look artificial. This is by far the easiest houseplant to grow and it looks pretty neat too.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Dry between waterings


9. Pothos

Often confused with philodendron, this low-maintenance vine is one of the most versatile plants.  Sometimes called ‘devil’s ivy’ it’s heart shaped leaves come in an expansive selection of hues from dark green to a nearly neon yellow.  Many varieties also have marbled variegation from yellow to white to light green. They look great as a mounded tabletop plant, in a hanging basket, and can even be trained to grow upright on a pole. They tolerate low light but brighter conditions will make variegated varieties more defined.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Keep moderately dry

Heartleaf Philodendron

The heart leafed philodendron is the classic houseplant.  It can be trimmed and kept compact or it’s trailing vines can hang over the edge of a table or bookshelf.  They can even be attached to a pole or bark slab for climbing.  It works well in low light too.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings