Are you looking for a splash of green to brighten up your home or office (…or home office)? Have you tried growing house plants in the past…only to succeed in killing them? Don’t worry — these 16 plants are easy to find and even easier to care for.
- African Violet (Saintpaulia). With its long pointed leaves and brilliant purple blooms, the African Violet requires moderate to bright indoor light. Wait for soil to dry before watering. The African Violet is most comfortable with temps between 60 and 85 degrees F.
- Aloe. Handy for scrapes and burns, this spiky succulent prefers bright indirect sunlight and only requires water when the top two inches of soil are dry. Temps between 60 and 80 degrees F. are preferable.
- Asparagus Fern (Asparagus densiflorus). May be grown inside or out and prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. Too much sun will turn its leaves yellow. For best results keep in moist loose potting soil in temps between 60 and 80 degrees F.
- Cactus. The ultimate no fuss no muss houseplant, cacti need a little water once weekly, do best in bright sunlight. Avoid direct sunlight which can yellow your plant. Temps between 60 and 80 degrees F are preferable.
- Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra). This very resilient plant prefers low light and should be kept evenly moist in spring and summer and dry in fall and winter. Thrives at 45 to 85 degrees F.
- Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum). This popular houseplant is available in many varieties and prefers medium to low indirect sunlight. Chinese Evergreen thrives best in a 60 – 75 degree F environment.
- Christmas Cactus (Zygocactus or Schlumbergera). This seasonal houseplant with its trailing deep pink, red, yellow, or green flowers blooms in early winter, prefers moderate light and occasional direct sunlight. Keep temperature at between 55 – 65 degrees F. For best bloom results prune once flowers have passed.
- English Ivy. This trailing plant with its variegated leaves of green and white can be grown indoors or out. For best results keep soil moist and temps between 50 to 70 degrees F.
- Ficus. Ideal for home or office, Ficus, with its shiny green leaves, can withstand full sunlight, requires minimal water and thrive in temp of 65 to 75 degrees F.
- Jade Plant (Crassula ovata). This lush succulent is an extremely hardy plant and requires very little water. It’s happiest in bright sunlight and with temps between 60 and 80 degrees F.
- Lavender. This fragrant flowering plant prefers as much bright sunlight as it can get. Soak when watering and water again once soil is dry. Temperatures from 50 to 55 degrees F. at night and 70 degrees F. during the day. Cooler temps are best starting in late fall through winter.
- Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum). With its beautiful white blooms and dark leaves, the Peace Lily prefers low humidity and low light. Best to keep soil moist and temps between 60 and 85 degrees F.
- Heartleaf Philodendron. This trailing plant with its heart shaped leaves prefers moderate to bright indirect sunlight, requires water only once soil is dry and temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F.
- Rubber Tree (Ficus Elastica). Can grow up to 8ft tall but remains small if properly pruned. Rubber Trees should be kept moist during the summer but require minimal water — twice monthly — during the rest of the year. The Rubber Tree likes medium to bright sunlight and temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F.
- Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’). Sometimes referred to as mother-in-law’s tongue, the Snake plant is extremely hardy, prefers bright sunlight, doesn’t need watering until soil is dry and prefers temps between 60 – 85 degrees F.
- Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’). This iconic hanging plant with its variegated leaves of green and cream prefers medium to bright sunlight, moist soil, and temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees F.
These house plants are not only easy to maintain. In addition to bringing a little of the outdoors into your home or cubicle, they also purify the air. So, don’t give up. You’ll have to work hard to neglect these hardy house plants.