10 of the easiest houseplants to take care of

Now that the holiday decorations have come down, you may be looking for other ways to add some vibrancy and life into your home and houseplants are the perfect way to do just that!  Houseplants are a great way to bring the outdoors in and brighten up your home, especially during the colder months when we’re all spending more time indoors.

Whether it be herbs in your kitchen that you can use for cooking, or a small, colourful cactus on your desk to make you smile, houseplants can bring small moments of joy into your day to day life. Along with acting as beautiful decorations, houseplants also provide numerous health benefits, including improving air quality, boosting productivity, and increasing focus. Studies have even shown houseplants may help reduce stress levels. Tending to your plants is a way to practice mindfulness and being surrounded by greenery can induce feelings of calm.

The great thing about houseplants is that there are so many different varieties, so even if you don't have a lot of space or light in your home, you can still enjoy all the benefits and beauty of houseplants. If gardening isn’t your forte, there are many low-maintenance houseplants that don’t require a lot of attention so are easy to keep alive. Here are 10 of the easiest houseplants to take care of!

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera Plant

Aloe vera is a type of succulent that typically grows in hot, dry climates. This plant contains a ‘first aid’ gel that can be used topically and internally for a variety of health benefits, such as treating acne, healing burns, and improving digestion. Aloe vera requires bright, indirect light and needs only a little water, so can be watered infrequently. 

2. Snake Plant

Snake Plant in pots in a living room

Snake plants are native to subtropical regions in Africa and Asia. They are known for their long, pointed leaves that have a yellow border and grey stripes. Snake plants are very resilient, being able to survive low light and minimal watering.

3. ZZ Plant

A plant in a pot on a kitchen counter

ZZ plants are popular for their wide, shiny leaves and indestructible quality. Native to Africa, where there are often droughts, ZZ plants can handle receiving very little water. They can also withstand low-light. ZZ plants help remove pollutants, like toluene and xylene, from indoor air.

4. Spider Plant

Spider plant

Named after its dangling leaves that resemble spiders on a web, the spider plant is great for beginner gardeners. Spider plants should be kept in bright, indirect light and don’t like to be too dry or too wet. Spider plants can be easily propagated and are most commonly potted in hanging baskets. 

5. Pothos

A pothos plant in pots

Growing up to 10 feet long or more, pothos is a unique plant that can be planted in both soil or water. Pothos are very tolerant of a variety of growing conditions and can withstand artificial light. Keep in mind, however, the pothos plant is poisonous so should be kept out of reach of children or pets. 

6. Mint

A small mint plant

Mint can make for a pretty and convenient houseplant. For this herb to flourish, it requires regular watering and direct light, so is best kept on a windowsill. As a bonus, mint will also provide a refreshing fragrance in your home.

7. Cast Iron Plant

Cast iron plants

Just as its name suggests, the cast iron plant is very durable and hard to kill. The cast iron plant requires regular watering and likes low-light, preferable to be kept partially in the shade. Although a slow grower, the cast iron plant is beautiful with its long, evergreen leaves, and even blooms purple flowers near its base in the summer.

8. Jade Plant

Jade plant in a orange pot

Part of the succulent family, the jade plant is fairly simple to grow and can live a long time. Similar to most succulents, jade plants like bright, indirect sunlight. You want to avoid overwatering jade plants, but also shouldn’t let the soil dry out. Jade plants are a symbol of good luck.

9. Rubber Plant

Rubber plant

A rubber plant is a tree-like plant that can grow to become quite large, so it can work great as a focal point in your home. Don’t worry though! You can stop rubber plants from getting too big by keeping them in a smaller pot. Rubber plants like bright, indirect light and should be watered about once a week.

10. Peace Lily

Indoor Lily plant

Peace lilies are very beautiful with green leaves and white flowers. Native to tropical climates, peace lilies appreciate consistent watering and can tolerate low to bright light. Peace lilies can also be grown in just water alone.

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