Spring is here, and there’s nothing like celebrating the season with a brand-new plant. If you want to add a little green to your living space, there are plenty of indoor plants that are easy to care for, so even if you’ve never owned a plant before or think you have a black thumb, there’s still hope.
We know that choosing what to buy can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you’re inexperienced, which is why we reached out to plant experts to get advice on the easiest plants to care for.
“Indoor plants are an easy way to add color, texture and dimension to a space,” says Erin Marino, director of brand marketing at The Sill. Additionally, studies have shown how indoor plants can be beneficial to your overall health and reduce stress. “Checking my houseplants is a form of weekly meditation,” Marino says. “It feels great to disconnect from the screen – whether it’s a computer, phone or TV – and reconnect with nature.”
If you’re looking to add a new plant or two, there are a few things you should check before purchasing. Indoor plants for beginners can survive with natural light from a window and infrequent watering, but you’ll need to make sure you find the right plant for your space. “Indoor plants are generally sized according to the diameter of their nursery growing pot,” Marino says. “The 4-inch snake plant is not a 4-inch snake plant, but a snake plant that comes in a 4-inch wide grow pot.”
Summer Rain Oakes, author of “How to Make a Plant Love You” and host of the “Plant One On Me” YouTube channel, also stresses the importance of finding the perfect size plant. “If you buy plants just because they ‘look good,’ they’re unlikely to survive,” she says. If you have pets, you should also check the ASPCA’s website to see if a particular plant is pet-friendly.
Once you’ve selected your space, Oakes recommends starting with plants like Chinese evergreen, ZZ plant, golden pothos, satin plant or philodendron, because they don’t have extensive lighting and irrigation regimes.
Roy Barr and Milana Naumenko, co-founders of Water & Light, like snake plants, ZZ plants, pothos plants and rubber plants to start with. But just because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s boring. “We are particularly interested in variations that are hard to find or unique for some reason,” they say. “We have the ZZ Crow plant in our collection, which is an all-black variety. The plants are amazing in their diversity, and the deeper you delve into them, the more fascinated and addictive they become.”
If you’re ready to make new leafy friends and test your green thumb, take a look at our list below of the easiest indoor plants to care for.
This stunning plant loves moisture and low to bright indirect light. It removes formaldehyde from the air and has a length of 26 to 32 inches.
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These three hardy plants are perfect for the novice gardener. With Green Hoya, Sansevieria, and ZZ Plant, you’ll be fully stocked with easy-to-care-for plants.
If you have plenty of sunlight, this cactus is tolerant and beautiful. It does not require much water, and its juice can also be used to soothe burns and skin irritation.
“I can’t say enough good things about pothos,” Marino says. “There’s a reason you can see it almost everywhere, from malls to doctors’ offices to your friend’s living room — it tolerates almost any environment. This fast-growing trailing plant does best in bright indirect to medium indirect light (but can tolerate… Low light), and watered once every one to two weeks when the potting mix dries.
This leafy plant can survive in low light, but does best in bright, indirect light. They’re small, pretty, and pet-friendly, making them the perfect plant for any small space.
Whale Fin Sansevieria is a unique broadleaf plant with a single leaf. This plant is native to drought-tolerant environments, so it’s great for those who tend to forget their watering schedule.
This large type of snake plant is hardy and can handle low light and little water, but it does best in indirect light, and is watered when the soil is dry every few weeks.
“I love the lush vertical growth of the ZZ plant with its thick stems and waxy leaves,” Marino says. “You may not consider this plant a succulent, but you will notice large, potato-like roots beneath the surface of its potting mix, which – having evolved in the dry conditions of Africa – store water to help the plant survive drought.” In its original country. It does best in bright, indirect to medium indirect light (but can tolerate lower light), and is watered once every three to four weeks when the potting mix dries.
This low-maintenance plant needs medium to low, indirect light and water every one to two weeks, making it ideal for your home office or living room.
“Succulents are great low-maintenance plants if your space receives bright light,” Marino says. “One of my favorite drought-tolerant plants is the rosette echeveria. It does best in bright direct to bright indirect light, and is watered once every three to four weeks when the potting mix dries out.
Aloe vera is also easy to care for if you have enough sunlight. It doesn’t need a lot of water and can turn your room into your own little desert.
Indoor plant stands and planters
This set of three mini planters is made from materials such as bamboo fiber, wheat husk, and coffee bean husk.
Is there a prettier way to pot a plant? Yeah, we didn’t think so either. Handcrafted from speckled stone clay sheets, this is the perfect home for your new plant.
Add a splash of modern color to your outdoor space with this burgundy plant from Target.
Made from agricultural byproducts and natural fibres, this recycled planter comes in three sizes.
These little guys are a cute way to pot your plants. They are placed in different positions for sitting and relaxing.
For dangling and hanging plants, this pot is perfect for your little green friends.
If you prefer to place your plants higher off the ground, this set of 2 planters and stands is a great choice. Available in stylish duos of black and white or vibrant pink and orange, it will look great in an entryway or window.
This ceramic planter features grooves and dots to give it an elegant and decorative design.
This simple planter is great for any plant, and comes in 12- and 16-inch sizes.