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5 Easy Indoor Plants You Can't Kill

First Obstacle: Why Would You Even Want Houseplants?
A group of houseplants in colorful pots near a window.

There are many reasons to enjoy having indoor plants. For starters, they add style to your home and they also clean the air.

Low-maintenance houseplants bring a welcome pop of green to your decor with spiky or trailing leaves. The colorful flower pots can add a bit of oomph near the windows.

Try out a few of the easiest indoor plants this year. Then move up to containers of outdoor plants on the patio next spring. With some success, you’ll be ready for a small vegetable garden in the backyard the summer after that.

Before you bring any of these easy-to-care-for plants home, take stock of your living space and note the best placement for houseplants. Good light is crucial — choose a location that gets either morning or afternoon full sun. Some indoor plants prefer plenty of indirect sunlight over direct sunlight.

Afternoon sun can be intense, so be prepared to experiment once you bring your plants home by placing the pots at varying distances from the window.

Succulents and Air Plants
Three air plants in white ceramic planters.

Plant succulents and cactus plants in a well-draining potting mix and find a dry, sunny location in your home. Let them be, checking for moisture every week or so. The fleshy leaves help them retain water. Delicate “air plants” require no soil, but their thin and wispy tendrils do require a misting of water every couple of weeks.

Three small snake plants in colorful pots.

Sansevieria (a.k.a mother-in-law’s tongue or snake plant) will soak up sunlight and tolerate infrequent watering. The glossy, spiky leaves add interest to any room.

A philodendron in a red plant pot.

Philodendron (also called pothos), a climbing vine, is green with irregular streaks on its leaves. Put it in a spot with good light, and let the soil dry out before watering. The leaves will become limp when they need water and perk up after a drink.

Jade Plant
A jade plant in a red pot on a white side table.

Jade plant (sometimes known as lucky plant), a succulent, just needs weekly watering in the warm months, and every other week through the winter. Have a room with lots of sunlight? Put the jade plant there and it will thrive.

Two aloe plants in colorful striped pots.

Dazzle your friends with the healing properties of an aloe plant. Aloe likes light, but it does not need direct sunlight. A north- or south-facing kitchen window is a convenient home for your aloe vera plant. Water only when the soil dries out.

Basic TLC for Houseplants
A person using a spray bottle to mist houseplants.

While these indoor plants for beginners need little attention, it’s important to provide the right environment and be aware of basic houseplant tips.

  • Find the right light in your home. This will take some experimentation, so start with the sunniest room and work from there. Look daily for signs of stress such as wilted or yellowing leaves.
  • Make sure plants are in properly sized, well-draining containers with quality potting mix. A root-bound plant will not thrive in just any condition.
  • If over-watering is a temptation, put a base of gravel in the pot saucer. Known as an overflow container, this is especially helpful when you there are several gardeners tending the plants.
  • Get in the habit of observing your houseplants every few days. Touch the soil to determine if watering is needed. Every so often, wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth to keep them glossy. Look for signs of pests and ill health and treat immediately.

Begin your journey to gardening with houseplants that are easy to care for. Success with these strong varieties can give you confidence to branch out with more potted plants inside and outdoors. Liven up your indoor space and shop for houseplants and containers online. The Home Depot delivers online orders when and where you need them.