Easy Care House Plants
We’ve noticed that there are always people in our Facebook group, House Plant Hobbyist, looking for opinions on the easiest plants to grow and care for. To find the answer we talked to our modmin staff and scoured the group to get a general idea of some of the easiest plants according to HPH members. If you’re looking for a laid-back plant to add to your home or office, here are our suggestions:
Epipremnum — The easy-care Epipremnum, or pothos, is a great house plant that can vine or climb depending on the look you want to create. Pothos are fairly tolerant of lower light if you don’t have a bright window, can tolerate drying out a little between waterings, and will be perfectly happy in normal household humidity and temperatures. Keep in mind that if you have a highly variegated variety like a marble queen, it will need more light!
Zamioculcas zamiifolia — This extremely popular plant that is also known as the ZZ plant, or Zanzibar gem, is possibly the easiest plant on this list. They are drought tolerant, tolerate neglect, and will grow in lower light than most plants. These slow growing beauties only need watered when the potting mix is fully dry, and will forgive you if you skip a few waterings.
Hoyas — Certain types of Hoyas, like pubicalyx and carnosa, are very easy to care for. Treat them more like a succulent or cactus, and make sure to only water them when the soil is completely dry. Some people even say that you can wait until the leaves pucker before you water, I don’t recommend that. These will reward you for years to come with their gorgeous foliage and their uniquely beautiful flowers.
Cacti — If you are a chronic under-waterer, then these are definitely an easy plant for you. I put mine outside in the summer, and let the rain water them, and then once cold weather hits, I bring them in. Once they are indoors for the winter, I don’t water them. At all. They’re so simple to care for, but most varieties will thank you by putting out gorgeous flowers.
Beaucarnea recurvata — The ponytail palm, a classic plant that is not actually a palm, but a succulent. During the warm months I water mine maybe every other week, just when the soil is completely dried out. When cold weather hits, I maybe water it two or three times the entire winter.
Sansevieria — Also known as a snake plant or mother in law tongue, these plants are one of the most common plants that you will see. They don’t like that much water, and in fact, you should only water them once the soil has completely dried out. These plants that will grow in low light come on various shapes and colors.
Peperomia — There are a wide variety of Peperomia species that can add interest to your plant collection while not requiring super special care. Tolerant of the light from northern or eastern-exposure windows, they will also be happy in normal household temperatures. They can be allowed to dry out between deep waterings, but Peperomia will appreciate a slightly higher humidity. They’re also very easy to propagate from leaf cuttings, making them fun to grow and share.
Aglaonema —Also known as the Chinese evergreen, Aglaonema sports striking foliage and prefers not to be in full sun which makes it a great addition to your indoor garden. Don’t let them dry out too completely, and keep them out of drafty areas. As always, remember that your highly variegated plants will want more like than others, so plan accordingly when finding a spot!
Dracaena — This is a common plant to see being sold, and there’s a good reason for that! This super easy plant needs watered whenever the soil fully dries out, and not more often than that. These also do not require as much sun as some of the plants on this list, and prefer less exposure. The plant commonly sold as a “lucky bamboo” is not actually a type of bamboo, but is in fact a Dracaena. Its botanical name is Dracaena sanderiana, and it will thrive if grown in potting mix.
Chlorophytum comosum — Known commonly as spider or airplane plant, the Chlorophytum comosum acquits itself well as a laid-back plant for indoor gardeners. They adapt easily to most household conditions — plop them in well-draining soil mix in a bright spot, water thoroughly and then let them dry out a bit, and spider plants will be happy to hang out adding a bit of green to your space. If you want more interest than the grass-like foliage of your typical plant, “Bonnie” spider plants have pretty, curly leaves.