Indoor plants are gaining momentum with homeowners nowadays. Not only do they add a homey and elevated touch to interiors, they are also powerful air purifiers and stress-relievers.
While some indoor plants might require a little more care, most of them are generally easy to grow and maintain, even in space-constrained and dim apartments.
Here are ten low-maintenance indoor plants that you can get started with to build that eco-chic indoor garden for your home.
1. For An Exotic Look: Delicious Monster (Monstera deliciosa)
The Monstera is adored for its large and eye-catching glossy heart-shaped leaves that easily adds an exotic, jungle vibe to any living space.
As a wild grower, the Monstera requires more space than the average indoor plant and is best suited for the living room rather than a small corner. It’s perfect for spaces with bright and indirect light, and requires minimal, weekly watering. Keep in mind that it is toxic and is best kept out of reach from young children and pets.
2. For The Beginners: Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Widely considered to be a very adaptable indoor plant, the spider plant is a great option for first-time plant owners given its minimal care. These hardy plants thrive well in moist but well-drained soil and only requires indirect sunlight to grow. Beginners will know when to water as the leaves will start to droop noticeably.
It’s also a great option for those with pets or children as it is a non-toxic species.
3. For That Tropical Vibe: Yellow Palm (Dypsis lutescens)
Love that insta-worthy tropical look? Then these exotic-looking yellow palms will be the perfect addition to your interior. With its long, feathery arching fronds and natural yellowish tinge, this popular house plant brings the sunny tropics indoors.
A low to medium maintenance plant, it thrives in either direct or partial sunlight, and is fairly easy to care for as long as you don’t over-water it. For best results, place the plant next to any windows or openings and regularly feed it with fertiliser for leafier plants.
4. For Taller Ceilings: Rubber Fig (Ficus elastica)
If you’re patient enough to grow one of your own, younger rubber fig plants can adapt better to indoor living conditions than a more mature one. They’re perfect for larger interiors as they can grow to considerable heights within a few years – potentially up to 2.4 metres when grown under the right conditions!
To care for it, simply just place it in a low-sunlight spot in your home and water the rubber fig plant whenever the soil feels dry. Watch out for any yellowing or browning, which is an indicator of over-watering. Keeping the plant in a smaller pot to restrict their growth, if you want a smaller plant that is.
5. For The Tidy: Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides)
The Chinese money plant (not to be confused with money plant) has such a distinctive look with its adorably rounds-shaped leaves that resemble coins. They look stunning in short and tiny pots and grows upright without any branching, making it ideal for those who prefer a smaller and neater look.
This species thrives well in brightly-lit spaces but not in direct sunlight, and requires watering only once a week.
6. For Indoor Blooms: Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Whoever said that indoor plants can’t bloom clearly hasn’t met with the Peace Lily. While it is true that few species can’t flower indoors without direct sunlight, this species is a clear exception.
While it can thrive under low-light conditions, the Peace Lily does the best under partial sunlight such as by the window or in the balcony.
7. For The Lazy: Money Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
The money plant is one of the easiest houseplants to grow and is virtually impossible to kill. These trailing plants are very tolerant of all types of light conditions, even artificial lighting and only requires watering every week or so. You can let them trail down or secure them to additional support and frames for more design options.
They also grow fast and can be grown not just in soil but also in water-filled containers. To propagate them, simply just cut off a branch at a 45-degree angle before placing it in a container of fresh water.
8. For Better Sleep: Mother-In-Law’s Tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Because of its long, sharp, pointed leaves and longevity, it’s often cheekily referred to as Mother-In-Law’s Tongue. It’s a great beginner’s plant as it can survive with little water and light. It’s so easy to care for that you may forget about it!
Not only does this plant filter out harmful substances from the air during the day, it also releases oxygen at night. In fact, it’s one of the only few plant species that can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen at night. This helps you get a better night’s sleep, making this particular plant a perfect addition to your bedroom.
9. For Medicinal Properties: Aloe Vera (Aloe Vera)
The aloe vera is a great plant for those into DIY stuff. Popular for its medicinal properties, the aloe vera is renowned for its abundance of vitamins and enzymes and the ability to sooth skin irritations and burns. It can also help to purify the air by filtering out any chemicals.
This low maintenance plant grows well in bright, indirect sunlight and requires a minimal watering schedule of every three weeks.
10. For The Experimental: Air Plants (Tillandsia sp.)
Having no luck with potted plants or just want to try something new? Then, these air plants are just for you! Known as epiphytes, these plants are able to survive without any soil. Their leaves are able to absorb water and nutrients directly from the air. And those root-like appendages are only used to cling onto surfaces.
For the best results, fully submerge them in water let them sit there for a few hours once every week. Remember to dry them fully after each soaking session by shaking off any excess water and put them in a bright spot for at least 4 hours.
Time To Turn Those Fingers Green!
This list is only a starting point for those aspiring to start their own indoor garden. There are many more species of plants out there that are waiting for you to experiment with.
If in doubt, talk to the employees at your local nursery for more help on choosing plants that best fit your home settings. Happy gardening!