Updated: Dec 10, 2021
PLANTS!! Yes, you heard it right. Who doesn't love to add a bit of greenery to their home? But always there are a number of excuses that kill your GREEN DREAMS!
1. "I really want to have some plants indoors but I don't have any space for it."
2. "How will I look after my plants when I already have such a busy life."
3. "How will I choose the right kind of indoor plant?"
4. "Will the plant lose a lot of leaves and make my space dirty?"
These are the common questions that might cross your mind when you think of it. But this does not mean that bringing green home is impossible. So we've compiled information on 10 low-maintenance plants ranging from tiny succulents all the way to small trees, something for every skill level.
1. Bunny Ear Cactus
The Bunny cacti are native to northern Mexico. This plant has the appearance of a shrub and spreads out to cover between 2-5 feet of ground as a mature plant. Named for its visual appearance, the Bunny Ear Cactus, also called the Polka-Dot Cactus, has the scientific name of Opuntia microdasys.
If you’re looking for a low-maintenance cactus to enhance your interior, this is the best option for you. It is fairly easy to grow if a grower can provide enough bright light and no over-watering.
2. Aloe Vera
Not only is it a beautiful plant, but aloe vera is also easy to grow indoors as a potted plant. Given the proper care, these plants can live for many, many years. And the good news is that Aloe vera doesn't require much care. In fact, they thrive if you neglect them. But proper water and light are important for this plant to grow.
Don't water the plant too often. In nature, the Aloe vera plant grows in desert areas where they hardly get any rain. Too much water can cause root rot and eventually stem rot. Aloe vera plants will grow their best when given lots of light. A south-facing window would be the ideal spot for it.
3. Swiss Cheese Plant
The scientific name for this plant is Monstera deliciosa. It provides an edible pineapple-like fruit. But there is a specific way to tell that if the fruit is ripened. If they are eaten before they become ripe they can cause mouth irritations. These stunning large-leafed plants make a great statement piece and add warm, tropical appeal to any interior.
They can go over 10 ft tall and these look fantastic in large rooms, hallways, within offices and anywhere else that can cater for their size and caring needs.
4. Areca Palm
The areca palm, also known as the butterfly and golden cane palm is the most popular grown indoor plant. It can go up to a height of 8 ft. All plants clean airborne toxins for us to breathe in healthier oxygen, but palms were named as one of the best air purifying plants after a scientific clean air study was completed by Wolverton and Nasa.
Areca palms do best with bright light like from a south- or west-facing window and may last longer with some direct sunlight. But do not give too much direct sunlight, the leaves will turn yellowish-green in direct sunlight.
5. Rubber Plant
The Rubber Plant is also known as Ficus elastica could be the ideal houseplant for you if you want a tough but easy-going indoor plant that can reach staggering heights within just a few years. The shiny leaves look great in most homes and fill the space in an empty corner quickly.
Even if you don't want to grow a really tall tree-like plant indoors, the Rubber Plant's size can be restricted to an extent with regular pruning.
6. Chinese Water Bamboo
Dracaena Sanderiana grows without the need for soil – simply place in water like a cut flower would be. You can even add your favourite river rocks or decorative shells to match your decor! The bundled arrangement pictured above ensures they grow strong and tall. Just make sure to replace the water every few weeks but avoid treated tap water if possible. Or, you can transfer to a well-draining potting soil mix for a more traditional houseplant experience.
7. Giant White Bird of Paradise
Now, this is a statement piece! Strelitzia Nicolai, or the giant white bird of paradise, grows up to 20 feet tall in ideal conditions and certainly tall enough to make an impression in any interior or atrium. While many plants are sensitive to full sun, this plant welcomes it. Keep the soil moist and remember to fertilize monthly to get the best results.
This plant will look good in areas with high ceilings. Because of its big leaves and huge character, its delivers a bold statement. It doesn't mean that you can't have it in the living area of your house. They don't grow just overnight! and with proper maintenance, you can control the growth.
8. Snake Plant
What most people know as the snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue is an exceptionally hardy and distinctive plant with high-contrast banding that is impossible to ignore. These plants grow rather tall and make a great statement piece for low tables. Snake plants are tolerant of low light and irregular watering, considered nearly indestructible by many.
It is also known as "The Bedroom Plant". While most plants take away oxygen at night this plant gives off oxygen at night.
9. Calathea Obrifolia
Smooth streaks of white stand out against the vivid green leaves of the Calathea orbifolia, like a living painting. These plants are a little tricky to care for compared to some of the others on the list, but the key is to stay calm and make adjustments slowly. Moist soil, good drainage, and low but reliable lighting conditions are a great place to start.
With proper care, these plants can grow up to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The leaves, which can grow to 2 feet in length, arise from a central rosette, rising straight up until a new leaf emerges.
This cultivar of anthurium is especially popular for its persistent, constant blooms and eye-catching waxy red flowers. Guests won’t believe it’s real! Avoid direct sunlight and allow the soil to dry slightly between each watering.
The Anthurium plant is grown as a houseplant in cooler areas and as landscaping plants. These plants develop in bright colours and a wide variety of shapes; some are flowering varieties and some have magnificent foliage. It is one of the best houseplants to have in your home because it tops NASA's air purifying plant's list