5 Of the Easiest Houseplants to Nurture

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 2.58.21 PM

Image: Emily May via Flickr CC

Last week, I wrote about the beneficial properties of bringing the outdoors inside at home. In the spirit of embracing the great indoors, I wanted to detail some of the best, easiest-to-care-for houseplants. Wintertime can feel grim for avid gardeners, but these plants will give you something to look after and nurture year-round:

Peperomia. “Peperomias are a diverse group of small houseplants with waxy and often highly textured leaves,” explains Better Homes and Gardens. These waxy, colorful plants will take up only about 1 square foot of space, making them perfect for a smaller apartment. Growing up, my mother always kept a Red-edge Peperomia in the house, and she can personally attest to this varietal’s very low maintenance care requirements.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 3.00.57 PM

Image: Iris via Flickr CC

Chinese Evergreen. Slightly larger in size at up to 3 feet tall and wide, the Chinese Evergreen has beautiful foliage great for brightening up indoor low-lighted nooks and crannies. These plants can be potted on their own, or used as ground covers around treelike houseplants. Its extra sturdy nature makes this plant an easy one to care for.

Fiddle Leaf Fig. Better Homes and Gardens calls this plant “one of the classiest-looking indoor trees thanks to its big leaves and the shape it forms as it grows,” of the violin-like outline of its deep green leaves. Indeed, these plants have a lot of grace and character, despite having such sturdy leaves. Fiddleleaf Figs tolerate low lighting fairly well, but often outgrow smaller apartments. If you invest in one of these plants, you may have to consider extra pruning or repotting.

Snake Plant. You may already be aware of how well succulents take to the great indoors. This varietal, which was named for its snake-like, reaching leaves, is known for its ability to tolerate neglect extremely well. Don’t overwater your Snake Plant, as root rot is the only problem you might encounter with this easygoing succulent.

Spider Plant. What houseplant list would be complete without mention of the Spider Plant? If ever there were a “vintage” houseplant, it would be the Spider Plant, often associated with grandmothers and old-fashioned aesthetics. Easy to care for, bright, and great for hanging, Spider Plants have a lot to offer.

What are your favorite indoor houseplants?


About Alex Holt

I am a local artist from Brooklyn, NY. I love art, design, books, photography, gardening and blogging.
This entry was posted in Gardening news, Home Gardens, Small Spaces, tips and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to 5 Of the Easiest Houseplants to Nurture

  1. My favorites are snake plants & spider plants because they are almost indestructible. Someone recently gave me an orchid and I will have to learn how to take care of it because I’ve never had an orchid before. If it flowers again under my care, I will consider it a huge achievement! 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s