Do you live in an apartment, loft, flat?! Don’t have a yard or garden? You can still enjoy the benefits by creating your own Urban Jungle indoors. Here’s a list of 5 Indoor Plants you probably won’t kill!
I absolutely love indoor plants!! Like L-O-V-E! For one, I’m inside the house A LOT so I get to really enjoy them. And two, they usually don’t require too much care. Today I’m sharing my list of 5 Indoor Plants that you probably won’t kill. How do I know?! Well, I don’t know for sure so that’s why I said ‘probably’. But back when I first started collecting plants, these 5 were the only ones I didn’t kill. Not only are they easy but most of them are proven to filter out toxins and improve air quality! Who doesn’t love that?!
Disclosure: I have no schooling or formal training of indoor plants, or any plants for that matter. All of the information given in this post is from my personal experience and random internet findings. No scientific names here. Just basic information.
1. The Swiss Cheese Plant is native to the tropical rain forests of Southern Mexico and Panama. This plant is gorgeous and will get huge if you love it enough! I worked at a golf course and they had one that was about 30 feet tall. Wowza!! It’s easy to care for and doesn’t need too much attention. It has beautiful big leaves that split when mature. I love that this plant is easily multiplied. Plants grow from stem cuttings so cut a leaf just below a node and place in room temp. water until roots form. Then place in soil!
Light: Gentle light. No direct sunlight. Will also grow in shade.
Water: Wet soil evenly and let dry completely between watering. Use a pot with drainage.
2. The Snake Plant is native to tropical West Africa. It’s a funky plant with creeping dense leaves. Mature leaves are dark green with light yellow/green edges. I love that this plant looks cool and also serves a purpose. NASA research shows that this is one of the best plants for air quality!
Light: Indirect sunlight. Can tolerate sunny conditions and will also thrive in low light.
Water: Do not water too much. Let soil completely dry between watering. It is not necessary to fully soak soil. (These plant can be prone to root rot.)
3. The Heart Shaped Philodendron is native to Southeastern Brazil. They are so beautiful and vary in color. They’ll climb up a trellis or make awesome hanging plants. This might be one of the easiest to care for plants EVER!
Light: Low-moderate. No direct sunlight.
Water: Water soil evenly. Let soil completely dry between watering. Mist approx. twice per week.
Humidity: Average-High. Will tolerate dry air.
Propagate: Yes. Cut leaves below a node and place in room temp. water until roots form. Then place in well draining soil.
4. The Spider Plant might be THE easiest to care for plant. They adapt well to almost any condition and have very few problems. They can vary in color from a white/green combo to dark green. The tips of Spider Plants will often brown. This is okay but due to fluoride in the water. You can use distilled water instead of tap.
Light: Bright indirect sunlight.
Water: Water soil evenly. Allow to dry in between watering.
Propagate: Yes. Baby spider plans will start to grow from shoots. Pick off and allow to root in water before placing in soil.
5. The Aloe Plant is amazing! The juices from this plant can be used around the house for things like burns and scrapes. It has green variegated leaves that can reach 2′ or more. They are so beautiful and will do really well in your kitchen window.
Light: Indirect bright light.
Water: Water soil evenly. Let dry completely in between watering. Do not over water! Use cactus soil.
Propagate: Yes. Babies will grow from the plant that you can then cut. Allow the cut to callus before placing in soil. Do not water for at least one week once the baby is in new soil.
I feel like I have to mention a few more. Succulents/Cacti are always fun and honestly do not require much attention AT ALL but, I have killed many succulents and cacti when I was first starting out. I didn’t believe that a plant could go months without being watered so I would over water. Once you figure them out, you’ll love them! I love Cassidy at Succulents and Sunshine she is so knowledgeable and has lots of info on her website about succulent care. The Jade Plant is another one I love. I have one right now that’s doing pretty well but it does get leggy and stretched out because it doesn’t always get enough light.
Most of these plants can be found at your local nursery or even a Fred Meyer or Home Depot. I prefer to buy local if I can. I feel like the quality of the plant is usually better and have been treated with less (if any) chemicals. We are bringing them into our homes after all!
Are there any other plants you love that are easy to care for? Leave me a comment. Let me know if I need to make room for any more plants in my house. Ha! Thanks for visiting today! If you love indoor plants as much as I do, follow me on Instagram where I share my plants almost daily! See you next time!