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My Top Picks for 8 Easy Houseplants to Keep Alive
- Aloe Vera
- Cast Iron Plant
- Jade Plant
- Spider Plant
- Tillandsia (Air Plant)
- ZZ Plant
- Peace Lily
The Easiest Houseplants to Care For & Keep-Alive
As a houseplant guru, today I am presenting to you some of the easiest houseplants to keep alive. I promise even the least experienced houseplant owners can handle these!
Aloe vera is one of the most popular plants used in home gardening and decoration, probably because it’s relatively easy to care for. Made up of thick succulent leaves, aloes are well-adapted to surviving water shortages and high temperatures.
They come in beautiful shapes and colors that look great when planted in terracotta planters filled with well-draining soil.
With enough sunlight – about 6 hours each day – a little water every one to two weeks should keep your Aloe thriving. Too much water can cause root rot though, so always check the soil before giving it a good soak! Plus, you’ll know if you’re giving too much if its leaves start getting limp or turning brown.
The main thing to remember with cast iron plants is to keep them out of direct sunlight—which means the sun’s rays never shine directly on the leaves—and to avoid overwatering them. That’s it! The cast iron plant thrives on neglect, so a light touch works best.
The cast iron plant is one of the most low-maintenance houseplants around. Not only does it require very little water, but it can also survive in near darkness. Just remember to keep it away from direct sunlight (as it may scorch the plant’s leaves), and you’ll be good to go! This hardy foliage is the perfect solution for anyone looking for an easy-to-care-for houseplant that thrives on a light touch.
These lovely succulents are easy keepers, although they’re slightly more finicky than others on this list because they don’t like the rigidity of schedules. Jade Plants require full sun and should be watered when their top layer of soil becomes dry to the touch. Jade also requires fertilizer treatment every six months for the best growth.
Peperomias are a good beginner plant because they can tolerate low light to direct sun exposure in small doses and only need to be watered once a week. They come in a variety of sizes and colors to fit your style. As an added benefit, their foliage cleans the air. Great news for dog owners! Peperomias are non-toxic for dogs!
The spider plant is a great choice for beginners or busy people looking to bring some greenery into their homes. Easy to care for, it thrives in indirect sunlight and moist soil, so don’t worry about getting out the watering can too often – this tough little plant can handle itself.
Plus, with its signature long wispy leaves, it’s sure to bring a touch of exoticism and life into any room!
These plants are so named because they get most of what they need by absorbing nutrients through the air around them. Air Plants don’t need soil, they adapt to a wide range of sun exposures or artificial lighting, and their watering requirements are minimal, so even a brown thumb should be able to keep them thriving in any environment.
To care for your Air Plant, soak it for 15-30 minutes once a week and then allow it to dry thoroughly before returning it to its resting place. If the leaves on your plant begin to curl or dry out, increase the frequency or duration of watering.
Last but certainly not least, ZZ Plants are another highly-adaptable, willing-to-accept-your-abuse variety of houseplants. They’re drought-resistant, do fine in low-light environments, and are slow-growing. Like Peperomias, ZZ Plants help filter toxins from the air, making them a great companion in your home or office setting.
No specialty soils are required for this contender, but they need a monthly fertilizer treatment to thrive. ZZ Plants should be watered as soil dries out, but they’ll survive even if you forget about them for a while.
The one drawback? They’re poisonous, so be sure to situate these lovelies out of reach of children and pets.
Peace Lillies can thrive in low light! This plant is a low-light plant meaning that it does not need direct sunlight. They prefer to have bright, indirect light from a window that is nearby. They can be placed in a room with a window, but the farther away from the window they are, the less likely the flowers are to bloom.