The 3 Easiest House Plants + Indoor Plant Care Tips

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If you want practical, multipurpose decorations in your home, look no further than houseplants. Choosing the best house plants can bring a manifold of benefits as it ultimately makes your home a beautiful, healthier, and more enjoyable place to relax.

House plants have become more and more popular in the home decor space. This is one trend that I’m inviting with open arms into my life! Our new home’s previous owner had a green thumb and so I’m slowly learning about plants and have recently bought a REAL life plant for the inside of my house. And I’m excited to share a few things I’ve learned about easy house plants.

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Including plants in your home decor also adds another level of style and makes it feel more inviting. Not all of us have a green thumb and may prefer to utilize fake houseplants to achieve the same effect without taking on the work necessary for maintaining live plants. There’s no shame in that! I love my faux plants as well.

For those (like me!) who long to stretch their green thumb just a tiny bit and add some life through plants to your their space, here are several options of live houseplants that can survive a fair amount of neglect. 😜

In addition to adding beauty, style and making a home more inviting, choosing the right air-purifying plants to bring into your space can improve the air quality in your home. 

NASA’s Clean Air Study found that there are a number of plants that can improve your air quality. This is pretty awesome—there are certain plants that can literally help detox your home from dust or germs that are often floating around.

Easy Indoor Plants For Your Home

If you’re looking to add live plants to your home, these are the most low maintenance indoor plants to bring home. These top 3 best indoor plant ideas are all easy to grow and can generally withstand neglectful conditions such as lack of water, low light, and cold or hot temperatures.

Basically, if you have a fear of killing a new plant baby, these ones are practically guaranteed to thrive! (Find where to buy some of these plants at the end of the post!)

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Pothos (AKA Devil’s Ivy)

The Pothos plant is a vining plant that can be potted normally or in a hanging basket. It can thrive in a wide variety of lighting and is known for its air-purification properties.

Pothos plants come in a huge number of beautiful varieties, so if you like it, you can have several different varieties around your home while still enjoying the visual benefits of what seems like an assortment.  but one of the easiest to take care of. 

Even if you think you have a “black thumb,” you can probably grow pothos. This plant is one of the easiest to grow. It does well in low light and is very tolerant of neglect. 

You can even let your devil’s ivy hang out in your shower, like By Brittany Goldwyn shows in her post about caring for pothos. Just keep it out of the direct stream of water to avoid overwatering.

Devil's Ivy hanging in the shower.

Light Requirements: moderate indoor light (such as an east or west-facing window) is ideal, although it will tolerate low light.

Water Requirements: allow the soil to dry out between waterings. If you see droopy leaves, give it some water. 

Fertilizer Requirements: Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro Liquid once a month when watering.

Notes: Pothos is toxic to ingest, so keep it away from pets and kids who might try to eat its leaves. 

Snake Plant 

Snake plants, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue (ha!), is tall and linear, so it’s great for adding an interesting visual element to your decor. This succulent is incredibly tough and can survive nearly any environment.

I love how this plant looks, particularly in a pretty basket like Delineate Your Dwelling has below! This plant is definitely one worth adding to your shopping list.

Snake plant in a basket planter.

Light Requirements: it will thrive best in medium to bright indirect light, but tolerates low light well

Water Requirements: Water occasionally, allowing the soil to dry between waterings.

Fertilizer Requirements: Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro Liquid once a month when watering.

Notes: Snake plant leaves are poisonous to pets and may cause nausea and vomiting if ingested.

ZZ Plant

As one of the lowest maintenance options on the market, the ZZ plant is just about as stress-free as it gets. The ZZ plant has gorgeous tall stalks with bright green leaves, and almost seems to welcome neglect! If you haven’t had any luck with plants in the past…give the ZZ plant a try.

They come in all shapes and sizes, but I’m partial to the ones on the smaller side, just like the ZZ plant I just added to my office.

ZZ plant on office shelves

Light Requirements: Prefers moderate light but does well in low light conditions.

Water Requirements: Water about 3 times a month, letting it dry out before giving it a good soak.

Fertilizer Requirements: Apply a balanced liquid houseplant fertilizer, such as Miracle-Gro Liquid once a month when watering.

Where to Buy Easy House Plants Online

I love The Sill for buying plants online because they come in these really nice planters (you can choose the one you get!), not to mention the plants are great! And they have all of the easy plants we just mentioned above. But if you already have a planter, you can find plenty of plants on Etsy.

More Places to Buy Your Indoor House Plants

The cheapest (and often best) place to buy these indoor house plants is at your local grocery store. If you can’t find them there, check out big box stores such as Home Depot.

Finally, you can find them at a local nursery, but that is usually the most expensive option. If you are a plant newbie, however, it may be worth the extra cost just to have the opportunity to speak with an expert.

Important Tips For Indoor House Plant Care

House Plant Problems To Watch For

Yellow/Brown Leaves – this could have two possible causes

  • Old, aging leaves. As leaves age and die off, they will turn yellow then brown. This can happen to a couple of leaves at a time and is natural with nothing to worry about.
  • Infection – if young, new leaves are turning yellow and brown, this is likely due to an infection which is usually caused by overwatering. When plants are overwatered, their roots suffocate, causing the roots to die which causes the leaves to die.

White Spots or Bugs – the plant has an infestation. If you see these symptoms, here’s how to treat your plant:

  • Take it outside 
  • Spray it down with this DIY solution: take a spray bottle filled mostly with water, add a couple of capfuls of Apple Cider Vinegar or Neem Oil as well as a couple of drops of dish soap.
  • Wipe down the leaves and let it sit outside for 2-3 hours and dry.
  • Bring it back inside.

When You Should Fertilize Your Plants

Plants have growing seasons (March-October) and dormant seasons. Fertilize your house plants during the growth periods and let them sleep during their dormant periods.

If you fertilize your plants during their dormant season, you may end up burning the roots because the plant can’t process the fertilizer when it isn’t growing.

Essential Houseplant Accessories

Use these accessories to help care for your house plants:

Remember, the right houseplant can add so much to your indoor environment. These plants are perfect for beginners – pick a couple of these and then keep adding to your collection over time.

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5 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for all this informative information. I have a couple of snake plants. I thought I knew all about this beautiful hardy plant, but I don’t. I did not know you need to let the dirt dry between watering. Helpful information on a few other plants I was thinking about buying, but had fears of not being able to keep them alive, because of my lacking in knowdgle of them. Thanks fir sharing.

    1. Oh yes, I’ve been there! I killed my first snake plant. But now keep one alive and love it! Glad the information was helpful! 🙂

  2. Its an awesome home decor ideas. This is very easiest way for indoor house plant and its also make my home more wonderful. Thank you!

    1. Yes, and I believe the pothos is as well … for pets and children. I don’t have pets or kids that will ingest plants. So always do your own research when adding plants to your home! Good info. Thank you!

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