Looking for a list of easy to grow houseplants that are low maintenance and easy to keep alive? Find the most common options listed in the article below.
Years ago it became trendy to decorate with live house plants.
I was slow to jump on “trend”, although I really loved the look of them. I’d had decades of house plant fails, so I was reluctant to try again. But, I decided to dip my toes back in.
I googled and researched easy indoor plants, easy to grow indoor plants, indoor plants low maintenance, and basically any other term for the easiest houseplants to keep alive.
I wrote a post back then on how to arrange houseplants on farmhouse shelves with some fear and trepidation – as I really didn’t know if I could keep those pretty plants alive.
But, here we are – 2 years later and not only are they still alive, they look really pretty!
So, here you go:
A List of the Easiest House Plants to keep alive
Other recommended easy-care houseplants that are low maintenance:
Although I haven’t personally tried the following plants in our home, here are some more popular houseplant species you might want to consider: (Just click on the name to be taken to a site with more information.)
- Jade Plant
- Chinese evergreen
- Peace Lily
- ZZ Plant also called zamioculcas zamiifolia
- Fiscus Elastica (Rubber Trees)
- Golden Pothos
- Lucky Bamboo
- Dragon Tree
- Philodendron Hederaceum
- Rubber Trees
Why are my house plants always dying?
If you are finding your houseplants are dying in spite of your tender care of them, consider the factors of light, heat, humidity, watering, and feeding. If one of those key components is missing, they just might not be happy and thrive.
Decades ago, I really, really wanted an indoor orange plant. I had seen some pictures of them and thought the idea of fresh smelling citrus blooms in my living room would be delightful.
So, for some special occassion, my husband showed up at the door with the most beautiful mandarin orange tree. It was the cutest little thing with teeny tiny little mandarin oranges on it.
I was thrilled beyond words and tried to follow the instructions given to a tee.
But, as the bright days of Winter turned to gray and rainy Fall, I noticed it was showing signs of struggle.In desperation, I called up the florist where my husband had purchased the tree. As he graciously tried to diagnose my sick plant’s ailments, he asked me a very key question:
“What kind of heat do you have in your house?,” he asked.
As I described our very old house with no insulation and only wood heat, he gave one of those “ah ah” exclamations indicating, “Now I know what the trouble is!”
Reluctantly he answered, “First of all, orange trees are one of the most difficult house plants to keep alive and unfortunately, I don’t think that orange tree can ever be thrive in your house.”
Because that particular indoor plant (and most) require a consistent minimum temperature, it never stood a chance in our drafty old house when the temperature dipped so dramatically during the Winter nights!
Things to consider when choosing easy indoor plants
As you are choosing indoor plants, keep in mind the specific environment you can provide for them and what would be a good choice for you. Here are the main things to check for:
- What type of light is required? Will it thrive in low-light conditions? Does it need direct sunlight, low light, or indirect sunlight?
- How frequently does it need to be watered? Will you remember to water it regularly if it’s needed? If you forget, will it still thrive with infrequent watering?
- Does it require high humidity? If so, it may need to be misted or be near a mister.
- Do you want a plant that is low maintenance?
Check the tags on the plants you are considering. If it doesn’t have one, google it on your phone and see if it will fit well in your home. And, also, if you are at a greenhouse or florist, the staff are often very willing to help you choose.
Don’t forget to feed your plants, too!
I was told in a gardening class once that just like humans, plants need more than just water to survive. Be sure to give them plant food that is specially formulated for houseplants. Follow the directions as to how often to feed them. (I use houseplant food spikes for mine. – affiliate link)
For other plant tips:
- This hydrangea care in pots post might be of interest to you.
- If you are on Instagram, you might enjoy following Mandi at @happyhappyhouseplant. She has great tips and tricks.
- Sarah from Grace in my Space has a great resource for indoor plants.
This hydrangea care in pots post might be of interest to you.