October 18, 2021

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25 Low-Maintenance Plants You Need Right Now

Most people are extremely busy and have a lot going on in their lives. Between work, school runs, hobbies and other day-to-day goings on, it’s fairly easy to forget something as simple as watering your plants.

Here are 25 low maintenance plants that will brighten up your home, with minimal effort.

1. Pilea Peperomioides

Part of the nettle family, pilea peperomiodies—also known as coin plants or Chinese money plants—takes very little work to maintain. A splash of water when the soil is 75 percent dry will keep things ticking over. If it’s indoors, add fertilizer during the spring, and again in the summer.

Rotate your pilea a few times a week to stop it from becoming lopsided.

Pilea Peperomioides, also known as the Chinese Money Plant.
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2. Inchplant

Not only are inchplants easy to maintain, they’re famously difficult to kill. Just pop them in a hanging basket and watch things take off.

Be careful the light isn’t too strong, though. A little water now and then wouldn’t hurt either, when the soil is completely dry.

Inchplant
Inchplant, as known as the Wandering Jew.
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3. Aloe Vera

Another perfect plant for the forgetful. All aloe vera needs is decent light and the occasional bit of water, whenever the soil is dry.

Leave it on a window ledge that you often pass.

Aloe vera
An Aloe Vera plant in a modern pot.
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4. Chinese Evergreen

There really isn’t much work involved here. Just don’t forget to water the Chinese evergreen once every 10 to 14 days and you’ll be good to go. Make sure it’s somewhere well lit.

Chinese Evergreen
Aglaonema Commutatum, also known as the Chinese Evergreen.
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5. Spider Plant

If you’re up for occasionally rotating your plant in addition to watering it every once in a while, then definitely pick up this one.

Adding water just once a week should keep it in good health. Light shouldn’t be too strong.

Spider plant
Chlorophytum comosum, also known as the Spider Plant, sitting in a bathroom.
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6. Umbrella Plant

Your umbrella plant should stay in excellent shape if you keep it out of direct sunlight and add water every seven days, or when the soil isn’t damp anymore. Keep a saucer underneath for drainage.

In exchange, it’ll help clean the air in your home. Sounds like a fair deal.

Umbrella plant
An Umbrella Plant sits in someone’s home.
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7. Air Plant

How about a plant that doesn’t even need soil? Just submerge your air plant in water for 2-3 hours a week, also ensuring that it’s near medium to high light the rest of the time. Let it dry before putting it back in its place, to stop rot from setting in.

This one looks particularly good in a glass globe, doesn’t it?

Air Plant
An air plant in a hanging jar with stones.
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8. Money Tree

When left in the wild, a money tree can reach heights of up to 60 feet. Give yours a good soak every one to two weeks, so it gets tall but not too tall.

Usually it’s wise to add water when the soil is approximately 50 percent dry.

Money tree.
A Money True next to a wall.
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9. Bird of Paradise

Direct, bright light is best for this particular plant. A decent amount of water when the top half of its soil is dry will keep it alive.

For bonus results, mist your bird of paradise once a month.

Bird of Paradise flower.
The Bird of Paradise flower has stunning colors.
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10. Cactus

The cactus isn’t asking much of you. Move it to a cool, dry room during the winter months and place it beside nice, warm window at summertime.

When the weather is really good you’ll need to water it about once a week. It will require less maintenance when it’s cold out, but do keep an eye on it.

Cactus
A close-up of Cacti.
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11. Snake Plant

Otherwise known as the “mother in law’s tongue,” the snake plant looks great in any lounge or study area. Medium to low light is advised.

Touch the soil every now and again to see how it’s doing. If the soil is dry, pour some water on it. Simple.

Snake Plant
A snake plant on a wooden perch.
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12. Bird’s Nest Fern

This plant is best left near a shower or a sink, where it can absorb a decent amount of humidity. In practical terms, that means less work for you.

A splash whenever the top of the soil gets dry will keep everything in order here.

Bird's Nest Fern
A Bird’s Nest Fern on a stool.
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13. Heart Leaf Philodendron

Your heart leaf philodendron will prosper if you leave it in medium light. Water it when things start to look a bit dry—it should perk up almost immediately.

Heart leaf Philodendron
A Heart Leaf Philodendron in a pot.
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14. Giant Monstera

Nicknamed “the Swiss cheese Plant” for its many holes, the giant monstera is yet another low maintenance addition to any home.

As with many other plants on this list, simply check if it’s dry and water accordingly. Indirect sunlight is well advised.

Giant Monstera tree
A Giant Monstera Tree, also known as the Swiss Cheese Plant.
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15. Potted Devils Ivy Plant

Slightly higher maintenance than some other plants, but certainly worth the trouble. A devils ivy plant should receive some plant food once a month so it keeps growing.

Mist it and check that the soil stays damp.

Potted Devils Ivy plant
A Potted Devils Ivy Plant next to an open window.
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16. Peace Lily

It’s best to give the leaves on your peace lily a wipe every year, to help it absorb sunlight. If the soil is damp, don’t water it.

Low to medium light is recommended here.

Peace lily
A peace lily on a desk next to a window.
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17. ZZ Plant

Give your ZZ plant some water every few weeks to keep it alive. A bit of plant food wouldn’t hurt either, when you remember. Medium to low light.

Warning: This plant is poisonous, so keep it away from pets and small children.

ZZ plant
A ZZ Plant sits in a jar on a table.
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18. English Ivy

When growing English ivy indoors take measures to ensure that it has a decent amount of light. Ideally the soil should be dry but not too dry, for optimum results.

Whatever you do, don’t water it too much, either.

English Ivy
English Ivy in a garden during the day.
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19. Calathea Lancifolia

Indirect light will get results when it comes to the calathea lancifolia, also known as the “Rattlesnake Plant.”

Pour water over it whenever the top quarter of the soil is dry. It’s also good to use a pot with drainage, so if growing indoors make sure to place a saucer underneath.

Calathea lancifolia
Calathea lancifolia aka ‘rattlesnake plant’.
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20. Jade

A really low effort affair. Simply pop your jade into direct sunlight, or particularly bright indirect light. Add water when the soil is completely dry, or its leaves are beginning to look unhealthy.

If you can, add some fertilizer every 12 months.

 jade plant
A potted Jade Plant on a wooden surface.
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21. Lucky Bamboo

Indirect sunlight is what’s ideal for lucky bamboo, which can grow up to three feet tall when properly taken care of by its owner.

Add water when the soil is about 50 percent dry. Oh, and keep it away from vents and drafts.

Lucky Bamboo Plant
A Lucky Bamboo Plant is starting to grow..
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22. Asparagus Fern

This durable plant does well in low and high light environments. Simply spray the asparagus fern with mist each day to keep it in good health. Also use a pebble tray to stop leaves from dropping.

Asparagus Fern
An asparagus fern.
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23. Yucca

The yucca looks beautiful sat in any room of the house. Water it whenever you feel the soil is dry, and leave in indirect light to maintain its good health.

During spring and summer, add fertilizer.

Yucca
Yucca indoor plant next to a watering can in a windowsill.
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24. Rubber Plant

Don’t soak the soil, but don’t let it completely dry out either. Wipe down the leaves of the plant to maximize sunlight absorption.

Be careful when attending to your rubber plant, as it may cause skin irritation in some people.

Rubber Plant
A Rubber Plant, also known as Ficus Elastica, in a white flower pot.
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25. Kalanchoe

Plenty of natural light is necessary for a kalanchoe. Only water when the top of the soil has dried out.

This plant takes a little while to grow, so don’t worry if things don’t spurt immediately. Patience is required.

Kalanchoe Calandiva
Beautiful Kalanchoe Calandiva flowers on window sill.
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