10 Easy Houseplants



Houseplants add a wonderful natural element to the home and it’s no secret they improve our air quality overall.  They filter out particles and chemicals, increase oxygen, and increase humidity.  For those of us with low light homes or the sometimes forgetful gardener, plants in the home can be a challenge.  We’ve put together this list of ten easy houseplants!  So whether you have a spot in your home that is lacking ample sun or you sometimes forget to water, you’re sure to find several on this list that could benefit your home.

DSC08078Zeezee Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)*

Many people joke that you can’t kill this plant.  It’s often called the eternity plant for this reason.  This succulent plant tolerates low light and a little abuse.  These thick, almost rubbery stems and leaves are so durable they almost look artificial. This is by far the easiest houseplant to grow and it looks pretty neat too.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Dry between waterings

PothosPothos (Epipremnum aureum)*

Often confused with philodendron, this low-maintenance vine is one of the most versatile plants.  Sometimes called ‘devil’s ivy’ it’s heart shaped leaves come in an expansive selection of hues from dark green to a nearly neon yellow.  Many varieties also have marbled variegation from yellow to white to light green. They look great as a mounded tabletop plant, in a hanging basket, and can even be trained to grow upright on a pole. They tolerate low light but brighter conditions will make variegated varieties more defined.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Keep moderately dry

snake plant greenhouseSnake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata)

The snake plant is a succulent that tolerates neglect. The only problem these plants seem to develop is root rot when over watered so don’t be afraid to leave them on the drier side.  They offer an interesting contrast to other house plants with their solid, tall, sword shaped leaves.

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Dry between waterings

2016-02-10 10.17.46Dracaena (Dracaena fragrans ‘Massangeana’)*

This beautiful houseplant has colorful yellow-and-green-striped leaves and a single upright stem.  It is often called a ‘corn plant’ because it resembles a decorative corn stalk. Several can be planted together for a more full display.  When it grows too tall, cut back the stem to one foot tall and new growth will form under the cut.

Light: Medium to Bright     Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

DSC05696Fiddleleaf Fig (Ficus lyrata)

This tree’s namesake is the shape of this dark green and leathery leaves. It lights substantial light but will tolerate low light as well but will sometimes lose some of its lower leaves in such conditions.  It can be pruned if it gets too tall for your liking.

 

Light: Low to Bright     Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

20160105_150733Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)*

We love this tough plant for it’s beautiful leaf coloring.  Leaves are marked with shades of silver or green.  It is ideal to brighten low-light areas in your home.

 

Light: Low     Water: Keep evenly moist.

IMGP2153Dieffenbachia*

Dieffenbachias produce cane stems with tropical like variegated foliage. They can be potted alone and grown to a tree like appearance or grouped together for a full look. Dieffenbachia seguine (pictured) has large arching marbled leaves.

 

Light: Low to Medium    Water: Keep evenly moist

PhilodendronPhilodendron*

The heart leafed philodendron is the classic houseplant.  It can be trimmed and kept compact or it’s trailing vines can hang over the edge of a table or bookshelf.  They can even be attached to a pole or bark slab for climbing.  It works well in low light too.

 

Light: Low to Bright    Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

20151022_133913Hoya (Hoya carnosa)

This ‘wax plant’ has green waxy leaves and similar textured fragrant pink flowers. Some varieties have variegated leaves. The plant will climb, easily train on a topiary, or will trail in a hanging container.  It’s forgiving if you forget to water it sometimes.

 

Light: Medium to Bright    Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

Rubber_Plant_(Ficus_elastica_'Robusta')_2 Creative CommonsRubber Tree (Ficus elastic)

Another classic, this old-fashioned houseplant can grow in warm climates to full sized shade trees outdoors.  It can grow to a large tree in your home but can be easily pruned to keep it shorter and more shrub like.  It has large, dark and shiny leaves that resemble that of a magnolia.  As they get larger, these can make a dramatic and substantial addition to any room in your home.

Light: Medium to Bright    Water: Allow surface to dry between waterings

Plants marked with a * are poisonous.  Use caution around pets and small children.