11 Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive

February 27, 2024
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What are the easiest indoor plants to keep alive? Let’s find out!

Are you someone who loves the idea of houseplants but fears you might not have a green thumb? That was me a few years ago. I pitied any plant I ever received as a gift, because I could pretty much guarantee its death sentence.

But then I discovered the world of plants that almost take care of themselves. And I was hooked. More than 10 plants later, and some may call me the “plant lady”. Haha! The “plant lady” who cheats and only buys the easy houseplants. 🙂 That’s me!

“What are these easy house plants you speak of?” You may be wondering. Let’s dive in and explore the easiest indoor plants to keep alive.

Oh and be sure to read to the end. Because I’m revealing some surprising contenders that may just be tougher than they look.

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11 Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive

#1: Fiddle Leaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

Falling in my top 3 favorite is the Fiddle Leaf Fig. I have 3 of these and I would have to say they are my favorite. One in my living room and 2 flanking the windows in my dining room. They truly are the easiest plants to care for.

And with its large, glossy, violin-shaped leaves, it’s a favorite amongst interior designers.

Depending on the size of the planter, Fiddle Leafs can grow to be huge! If you’re wanting it to maintain it’s size and not get much bigger, keep it in its original pot. However, if you want it to fill a corner and grow to be very tall and full, upsize its planting pot every 2-3 years.

Care Tips: It thrives in bright, indirect light and requires watering only when the top inch of soil is dry. Be mindful not to overwater, and give it a consistent environment, as it doesn’t like changes in temperature or location.

Fiddle Leaf Fig in front of floating shelves.

#2: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)–Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive

As I shared in my last article, Adding Greenery to Your Home, the Peace Lily I have in my home, holds a very special place in my heart. I acquired it from my grandparents’ funeral a couple years ago.

Every year around Easter, it’s a great reminder of them, when the white flowers bloom amongst the dark green leaves. Such a beautiful plant.

But the Peace Lily is more than just an attractive plant, it’s actually a natural air purifier too. Contributing to a healthier living environment, it’s known to filter out harmful toxins.

If you’re looking for a plant that is very forgiving, a Peace Lily is an excellent choice. Known for its ability to thrive in lower light conditions, it’s perfect for rooms with few windows.

Care Tips: It’s a low-maintenance plant that requires watering only when the soil feels dry to the touch, and it’s forgiving if you occasionally forget to water.
With its combination of beauty, air-purifying abilities, and ease of care, Peace Lilies are the perfect plant for enhancing both the aesthetics and the air quality of your home or office.

Peace Lily for Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive.

#3: Snake Plant (Sansevieria)

Coming in as my 3rd favorite plant that I own, is the Snake Plant. What I love about this plant is, it is literally hands off almost all the time.

I only have to water it once every couple months. And I can put it anywhere in my house and it will thrive. Very little sunlight needed. The easiest of easiest houseplants.

That’s my kind of plant.

Care Tips: Known for its upright, sword-like leaves, this striking plant thrives in low light and only needs watering every 2-6 weeks. Depending on light and humidity, it may require less water.

 

Snake plant in front of boucle chairs.

#4: Aloe Vera–Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive

This succulent plant is not only easy to care for but also has medicinal properties. It prefers bright, indirect sunlight and requires minimal watering.

It’s perfect for sunny kitchen windowsills.

Aloe Vera is a low-maintenance and useful plant. It thrives in bright, indirect sunlight, so placing it near a window works well.

If your kitchen window is a sunny spot, your aloe plant will thrive there.

It’s important to water Aloe Vera plants only every 2-3 weeks, making sure the soil completely dries out between waterings. Overwatering can harm the plant, so be cautious.

A unique feature of the Aloe plant is its gel, which is beneficial for soothing skin burns and irritations. Just break off a leaf and apply the gel to your skin for relief.

Care Tip: For best results, always check the soil before watering your Aloe Vera. It’s better to underwater than overwater. This will keep your plant healthy and happy.

 

#5: Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)

Known for its heart-shaped leaves and trailing vines, pothos is a great beginner plant. It can handle a range of lighting conditions and infrequent watering.

Pothos, also known as Devil’s Ivy, is an ideal plant for those new to indoor gardening.

Although it flourishes best in indirect, bright to medium light, it’s quite resilient and can survive in various light conditions.

Watering is simple: just let the top inch of soil dry out before watering again. It’s actually quite forgiving if you occasionally forget to water it.
Its vines can be draped elegantly or trained to climb.
Pothos Plants also act as air purifiers, adding a practical benefit to their aesthetic appeal.

Care Tip: If you’re unsure when to water your Pothos, it’s safer to wait a few more days. This plant handles under-watering better than over-watering.

#6: Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)

The Jade Plant is a charming succulent with thick, oval-shaped leaves. It’s very low-maintenance, requiring full sun and infrequent watering.

It can live for many years, becoming more tree-like over time. Another one of the easiest indoor plants to keep alive.

Care Tips: Ensure it receives at least 4 hours of direct sunlight daily. Water the plant when the topsoil feels dry, typically every 2 to 3 weeks. Reduce watering in the winter. Repot every 2 to 3 years to encourage new growth and refresh the soil.

7" Mini Jade Garden Artificial Plant, Hanging Planter

#7: Philodendron–Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive

With its heart-shaped leaves, Philodendrons are not only beautiful, but also fall under the easy-care houseplants. Capable of growing in different kinds of light, they do best in medium to bright indirect light.

Water them when the top inch of soil feels dry, usually about once a week.

They like to have their leaves cleaned occasionally, which keeps them looking shiny and healthy.

Another great plant for improving the air quality in your home.

Care Tips: Remember to check the soil before watering your Philodendron. If it’s still moist, wait a few more days. This helps prevent overwatering, which can harm the plant.

Large Leaf Philodendron Silk Plant, Real Touch

#8: Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)

Requiring a little more maintenance, Boston Ferns are known for their bright green, feathery leaves that can add a touch of nature to any room.

They like to be in a cool place with high humidity, like a bathroom, and they need indirect light.

It’s important to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy.

Boston Ferns also enjoy being misted with water, especially when the air is dry.

And once again, another natural air purifier for your home.

Care Tips: Make sure your Boston Fern gets enough humidity. If your home is dry, try placing the fern’s pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water, or mist it regularly. This helps keep the leaves from turning brown and drying out.

Boston Fern, White Planter

#9: ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

The ZZ Plant is known for its dark green, glossy leaves and is a great choice for people who are busy or forget to water their plants.

It’s a super tough plant that can handle minimal light. Making it perfect for rooms that don’t get a lot of sunshine.

Water it only when the soil is completely dry, which might be every couple of weeks or longer.

The ZZ Plant grows slowly but steadily, and it’s great for making any space look greener and more lively. And it’s one of the easiest indoor plants to keep alive.

Care Tips: Be careful not to overwater your ZZ Plant. It’s better to let the soil get a bit too dry than too wet. This helps prevent root rot, keeping your plant healthy and happy for a long time.

Artificial Plant, 20" Tall, Zz, Indoor, Table, Greenery, Potted, Green Leaves

#10: Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

The perfect plant for beginners. Next to impossible to kill!

Known for its long, green and white striped leaves, the Spider Plant is a fun and easy-to-grow houseplant,

Spider Plants like bright, indirect light but can also grow in lower light.

Water them when the top inch of soil feels dry, usually about once a week.

The coolest feature of these plants are the baby plants they grow, called “pups”. These “pups” can be replanted to make new Spider Plants.

Care Tips: If you notice the tips of your Spider Plant’s leaves turning brown, it might be due to tap water with too many minerals or chemicals. Try using distilled or rainwater for watering. Also, don’t forget to repot the “pups” to grow more Spider Plants!
Spider Plant Hanging Basket

#11: Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Known for its dark green, shiny leaves, the Rubber Plant is a robust and easy-to-grow indoor plant.

Rubber Plants like a spot with medium to bright indirect light.

Water them when the top inch of soil gets dry, which is usually every 1-2 weeks. In the winter, they need less water.

These plants can grow pretty big, making them a nice choice for filling up space in a room.

Care Tips: Be sure to wipe the leaves of your Rubber Plant with a damp cloth sometimes. This keeps the leaves clean and helps the plant absorb more light. Also, during the growing season in spring and summer, you can give it a little plant food once a month to help it grow.

Artificial Rubber Plant 51-Inch

Be sure to check out more about Adding Plants to Your Home, in this article. 

Benefits of Having Indoor Plants

Bringing plants into your home isn’t just about the aesthetics. You’re also making your home a healthier and happier place to be.

Plants help to clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide and putting out oxygen. This, in turn, makes the air fresher and healthier to breathe.
In addition, oftentimes, they remove toxins from the air, which is really good for your health.
Indoor plants can even help you feel more relaxed and calm, reducing stress.
Not to mention, taking care of plants can be a fun and rewarding hobby.
Easiest indoor plants to keep alive--plant on center island.

Lighting and Watering Tips for Indoor Plants

Each plant has unique needs, but here are some general tips:

  • Light: Most easy-care plants prefer bright, indirect light. A spot near a window with a sheer curtain is ideal.
  • Rotate Your Plants: Plants can lean towards the light, so rotating them every few weeks helps them grow evenly.
  • Water: Overwatering is a common mistake. Ensure pots have drainage holes and water only when the top inch of soil feels dry
  • Use Room Temperature Water: Cold water can shock the plants, so it’s best to use water that’s about the same temperature as your room.

Plant sitting on a kitchen island.

Decorating Your Home with Indoor Plants

Incorporate plants into your home decor by:

  • Creating a Living Wall: Hang small plants on a wall for a stunning display.
  • Utilizing Plant Stands: Elevate your plants with stylish stands.
  • Grouping Plants: Arrange plants in clusters at varying heights for a lush look.

Be sure to check out Adding Greenery to Your Home for more decorating tips. 

Fiddle Leaf Fig in a decorative pot for Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive.

Troubleshooting Common Plant Care Issues

Run into a problem? Here’s how to fix it:

  • Yellow Leaves: Often a sign of overwatering. Let the soil dry out more between waterings.
  • Drooping Leaves: Usually means the plant needs water. Check the soil and water if it’s dry.
  • Brown Tips: This could be due to dry air. Try misting your plant or moving it away from air vents.

Green leaf plant in front of 2 hanging pictures for Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive.

Surprising Contenders That are Tougher Than They Look

Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior): Don’t let its delicate look fool you. The Cast Iron Plant is super tough. It can handle low light conditions, poor soil, and even neglect. It’s perfect if you forget to water it now and then.

Cast Iron Plant for Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema): This plant has pretty, patterned leaves and is more durable than it looks. It can grow in low light and doesn’t need a lot of water, making it great for busy plant owners.

Chinese Evergreen plant

Christmas Cactus (Schlumbergera): Despite its festive name, this cactus is sturdy year-round. It doesn’t need much water and can handle different light conditions. Plus, it surprises you with beautiful flowers around the holidays.

Christmas Cactus for Easiest Indoor Plants to Keep Alive.

These plants are great for adding some green to your space without needing a lot of special care. They can handle a bit of neglect, making them perfect for beginners or anyone with a busy schedule.

And as promised, the most resilient plant we mentioned? It’s the Snake Plant! This hardy warrior can withstand a lot of neglect, making it a champion among low maintenance indoor plants.

Happy planting!

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