Live plants are a great way to add life and vibrance to your spaces, and the process of keeping up with them and watching them grow can be so soothing and enriching. But if you’re a beginner plant parent, it can be stressful to know what a new plant needs. Some are sensitive to overwatering and others will wilt quickly without attention and figuring out where the best light is in your home can be a complicated process. That’s why we’ve found some of the lowest maintenance plants so you can easily stock your home with life without feeling stressed out or guilty for not meeting their needs. From shade plants to air plants, here are some low maintenance plants that are forgiving and easy to care for, the perfect addition to anyone’s home.
Vibrant and winding, pothos are a great option for any home. They quickly grow leafy trailing tendrils if they’re not trimmed so they can fill a lot of space— they can easily take up the same amount of space as a tall potted plant for much less money and upkeep. Pothos are very shade friendly (some even call them “cubicle plants”) so they don’t need very much light and don’t need more than a watering every couple of weeks.
Also called snake plants, sansiverias are one of the lowest maintenance plants you can find. They only need to be watered once a month or less and they’re light versatile, meaning they’ll be as happy in a shady space as they will in direct sunlight. There are even reports that in large quantities sansiverias can help purify the air in your spaces, and their deep green coloring will add beauty to any room.
3. ZZ Plant
ZZ plants, or zamioculcas plants, are extremely low maintenance and thrive in lower light; as long as you keep it out of direct sunlight, it will be a gorgeous accessory to your decor. ZZ plants are also able to store water in their root systems for months, so they can go for long stretches without being watered. A word of caution: ZZ plants can be toxic, so use discretion if you have pets or small children.
4. Air Plant
Air plants are trendy and make for the perfect decor in any setting; you can leave them on shelves or rest them in bottles, trays, bowls or even sea shells for the perfect addition to any room. Even better, air plants’ watering schedule couldn’t be easier. Simply let them soak in water every week or so and they’ll stay bright and beautiful. Just make sure you let the plants dry fully so they don’t develop any rot!
5. Spider Plant
Spider plants are so low maintenance that they’re basically unkillable; they’re able to grow in lower light and only need watering every couple of weeks. This is another houseplant that can help to purify the air, and you can even easily propagate cuttings to grow new plants.
6. Chinese Money Plant
In addition to having an interesting look, Chinese money plants are very easy to care for and need only sporadic watering and indirect sunlight. Place it anywhere in your home where it can soak up the light without getting hit by a direct beam and watch it grow gorgeous, green discs. As an added bonus, when their stems fall off you can replant them to make new plants!
You don’t have to have a world class green thumb to stock your home with lovely green plants. There are so many varieties of low maintenance houseplants that are forgiving and will fill your home with natural vibrance without demanding a lot of attention or care. Hopefully one of these plants will make the perfect addition to your home and will add peace and calm wherever you place it.