With winter fast approaching, it is a great time to add some indoor plants to your living space. Not only are plants beautiful, but they also can remove chemical toxins from the air and naturally humidify the air. As someone with allergies, this is great news! Since not everyone is a natural plant person, this list includes the best plants to buy that will be easy to take care of and will add some life to your living space! Maybe you’ll even develop a green thumb with a few indoor plants under your belt.
Snake plants are one of the easiest indoor plants to take care of on the market. They are also known to grow very fast, and require very little care. Sounds like the best combination to me! The plant has stiff, upright leaves that are edged in either gray, silver, or gold depending on what kind you buy. It grows best in the sun, but can also tolerate low light. You don’t have to water it very often, only when the top few inches of the soil feel dry to the touch.
Named because its leaves look a little bit like a spider at first glance, the spider plant is another easy to take care of indoor plant. If you suffer from asthma or allergies, this is the plant for you. It’s considered the top air purifier by NASA (science is so cool sometimes!). The spider plant is also versatile in terms of where it will grow, as it takes any kind of light source. Water the plant by soaking the soil, then allowing it to dry out between watering.
If you’re going for looks when buying your next indoor plant, then I would recommend going with the Jade plant. Not only does it look beautiful, it also changes in the summer to have a magenta edge to its leaves. This is why it is sometimes called the Sunset Jade plant. This indoor plant prefers sun, but only needs to be watered when dry, making it an easy choice.
Besides having a very majestic name, the Majesty Palm can inject a lot of character into your space with it’s frond-like leaves and tall height. If you’re looking for tropical vibes, you’ve found the perfect indoor plant. Showcase the Majesty Palm in a prime spot in the house, like a corner in the living room or dining room. This plant prefers an East or West facing window. Be sure to water it when the top couple inches of soil feel dry.
I was intrigued by this indoor plant first because of its name. Once I saw a picture of it, I realized why it’s called “neon.” The leaves on the Neon Pothos are a bright almost lime green color, so they’re sure to brighten any space. If you’re looking for a plant that will grow fast, than this is the plant for you! Because they grow trailing vines (beautiful, right?) the best place for them is on a shelf or in a hanging basket, so that the vines can hang naturally down the sides of the pot. Keep the Neon Pothos out of direct sun and away from any drafts in your house.
Heart Leaf Philodendron
The philodendron is probably one of the most well-known house plants, especially because it’s also one of the easiest to take care of and the fastest growing indoor plant I’ve ever had. You’ll know when the philodendron needs to be watered by the leaves looking a little sad and wilted. Once you give it some water, it will pop right back up! The philodendron can be placed almost anywhere, just keep it out of direct sun. They look great in a hanging pot, as well.
The ZZ plant is another easy to take care of option in the world of indoor plants. This one has more of an upright look, so it would go great on a side table or as a centerpiece. If you’re just a beginner to the world of plants, this might be the best starter plant for you! Just water it when the soil is dry, and make sure the water drains. It can be placed in any kind of light condition, so you’ll have your pick of where to place it. Flexible enough to be moved around when you redecorate, too!
If you’re more of a succulent fan or looking for a dessert vibe in your space, then Haworthia is the indoor plant for you. With its rosette-shaped leaves and short roots, the Haworthia is a cute addition to any small table. It grows upright and can take medium or bright light. You can leave Haworthia at home for a few weeks without worrying about watering it, since its a drought resistant plant. Good for someone who travels a lot and doesn’t want to enlist the help of a plant sitter!
The Aloe Vera is another great indoor plant if you like the look of succulents. Its cactus-like leaves can grow pretty big when taken care of, and if you ever have a sunburn you can just break a leaf off and spread the goo from inside all over your burn! Seriously. They only need water about every three weeks, and do best in bright, indirect sunlight.
String of Hearts Plant
This might be one of the coolest indoor plants on the market, and as soon as I have a spot for a hanging plant I will be investing in one! The string of hearts plant looks just as it sounds, with vines overflowing down the sides and leaves shaped of hearts. If you notice large amounts of space between the heart-shaped leaves, that’s a sign the plant is not getting enough light. They do best with small doses of direct sun, and will not thrive in a low light condition. Keep the soil lightly moist in the spring and summer for the best results!
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Maggie is the blogger behind The Artful Everyday, a travel and lifestyle blog dedicated to living intentionally and finding beauty in the ordinary. She loves the idea that we get to escape our normal lives when we travel, and that it allows us to be more open to the world and its cultures. Maggie lived in Florence while studying abroad, then was an au pair in Rome last fall. She is very passionate about traveling in Europe, especially Italy, and living abroad. Maggie studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota, but is currently pursuing a career in writing.