I find that during the short days of winter I long for some greenery inside my home. A little something that represents the freshness, the flora and fauna, of the great outdoors. I have learned through the years that growing indoor plants is simple and it’s just as fun as having an outdoor garden. Indoor plants will not only act as a quick decorating tool, but they will help to clean the air and environment around them.
But remember, plants are living creatures. If you give them some basic TLC like soil, water and sun (and a little boost of nutrients from time to time) chances are they will survive and maybe even thrive in your home. And, it just so happens that some plants are a little more resilient than others, making them much easier to care for, even for those that do not have a “green thumb”.
Here are some hardy indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Spider plants are great plants to grow because they have a neat growing formation that makes them easy to propagate. Healthy plants often create stolons with plantlets (baby plants) at the ends, which give the plant a “spidery” look. You can grow the plants in hanging baskets or in pots. They grow in everything from indirect light to bright light.
Cast-iron plant (Aspidistra elatior)
This is a wonderful plant for beginners because as the name may indicate, this plant is practically indestructible. It’s extremely tolerant of irregular watering and low-light conditions. The only thing this hardy plant doesn’t seem to tolerate is direct sun, which is perfect for those of us who may not have big windows.
This succulent with long pointed leaves has medicinal properties you probably well know from product labels. It can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces. Aloe likes room temperatures around 70 degrees and a lot of sunlight. As youmight expect for a succulent, this indoor house plant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.
Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)
Chinese evergreen is a gorgeous variegated foliage plant that grows well in low to medium light. The soil should be evenly moist, but it can survive periods of dryness. Please note that this plant has a sap that is an irritant, so it’s best to keep away from inquisitive kids and pets.
Snake Plant (Sansevieria sp.)
It doesn’t get much easier than this indoor house plant—also sometimes known as mother-in-law’s tongue! It has variegated leaves that grow upright, and some varieties have yellow or white edges. It has small white flowers that bloom only rarely. This indoor plant grows well in a whole range of lighting conditions. The air should be somewhat dry, as should the soil. Any normal room temperature should suit it just fine.
This pretty indoor house palm is a great inspiration if you’re dreaming of tropical climates (or even just trying to conjure the look inside your home). It can grow to about seven feet for a dramatic touch in a room, but a smaller pot will keep it contained if you’d like it to stay smaller. The areca palm does well in indirect light. Keep the soil somewhat dry, only watering on alternate weeks or so.
Dumbcane (Dieffenbachia sp.)
The leaves of this attractive indoor plant can grow up to a foot long, and will offer a tropical-looking accent to home. The entire plant can grow up to six feet high. Diffenbachia thrives in normal room temperature not colder than the mid-60s. Keep the soil evenly moist, and provide medium or low lighting conditions for the best result. Please note, this plant can cause stinging and burning sensations in the mouth and throat, so be sure to wash your hands if you have to cut the plant, and also be mindful around pets and children.