The best low-maintenance houseplants to invest in in 2024

The best low-maintenance houseplants to invest in in 2024

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Cactus is adorable

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Drought-tolerant and sun-loving, this little cactus lives up to its name. Unlike most of its cousins, it doesn't have any sharp thorns, so it's perfect for households with children and curious pets.

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Bromeliad Freesia Intenso Orange

Low maintenance plants
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This variety of bromeliads sprouts a vibrant central spike, so they're a great way to add color to your collection of greenery – and they're much easier to care for than most indoor flowering plants. It is also non-toxic and safe for pets.

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3

Kalanchoe flapjack

Kalanchoe flapjack
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The leaves of this compact succulent plant resemble pancakes, hence its delicious name. But they're not always short stacks: They can be more than 12 inches tall. Direct exposure to sunlight helps bring out the beautiful pink-red pigments on the edges of the leaves.

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Preserving kokedama ferns

Keep the plants low maintenance moss
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Naturally preserved, real ferns offer all the benefits of a real plant (such as look and texture) without the maintenance. Keep it out of direct light and never water it. What could be easier?

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5

Boston Fern

Boston ferns are medium sized
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This fern needs more moisture than sunlight, making it a great plant for the kitchen or bathroom. That's why you always see it hanging on southern front porches, where the light is shaded and the air is moist and warm. Mist it between waterings to keep it fresh.

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6

Money tree

a "Money tree" Bachira aquatic plant
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Need some good luck? The money tree plant is supposed to bring it, but you don't need good luck to grow it. Just give it bright, indirect light, turning it occasionally so it grows evenly. In its native habitat, it likes to be near water, so it's a good choice if you tend to overwater your plants. Water it every week or so when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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String of pearls

String of pearl plant
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With such a cute name, how can you not buy it? This elegant pendant-like succulent plant is a fast grower when given plenty of light. Place the string of pearl plant in bright, indirect light, and water it when the top few inches of soil are dry.

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8

Aloe vera

Aloe vera plant on a beautiful wooden table
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This beautiful succulent requires almost no care. Give your aloe vera plant bright, indirect light and water every week or two when it is mostly dry. The gel-like substance inside each leaf can help heal minor burns (cut off the outer leaf when you want to use it).

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9

Philodendron micans

Tropical houseplant
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Most philodendron species are very simple, and this one is no different. Mikan has velvety, heart-shaped leaves with pink petioles (stems that connect the leaves to the stems). Give it medium to bright indirect light and water when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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Dolphin series

senecio peregrinus series of delphinium or delphinium plant in white pot
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Another must-have baby dolphin series that looks just like baby dolphins jumping out of the water. It needs bright, indirect light and water when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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Bird's nest fern

Asplenium nest for houseplants in a bag pot
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If your heart is set on ferns, choose the beautiful Bird's Nest, which has thick, glossy leaves that retain moisture longer than many other ferns – making it less fussy. Give it bright, indirect light, and water when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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12

Golden pothos

Hanging plant
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This is the most tolerant type of plant you can buy, growing quickly when given bright light but is incredibly tolerant of low light, making it an excellent choice for beginners.

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Sindapsos

Torn plate in a hanging bowl
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Sometimes called satin pothos, this plant resembles pothos with its heart-shaped leaves and vine habit. However, it is actually a completely different genus, but one that is easy to grow. Give it bright, indirect light, and let the top few inches of soil dry out before watering again.

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14

Echeveria

echeveria
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This beautiful succulent plant has rosette-shaped foliage, often red or pink in color. Give this plant plenty of bright, indirect light (succulents don't tolerate low light), and water it every few weeks. You want it to be almost completely dry before giving it another drink, otherwise it will rot.

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15

Marble Queen Buthos

Its leaves are green and white, the Marbled Queen plant
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Want another plant that's easy to grow and gorgeous? This variety has dramatic white spots on its leaves instead of golden spots. Give it low or bright, indirect light, and let the top few inches of soil dry out before watering again.

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Prayer plant

Beautiful Maranta leaves with ornament on yellow background, Marantaceae family is an unpretentious plant space to copy houseplant in pot, green home decor, care and cultivation
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The magnificent leaves of this plant move in response to light throughout the day, and fold as if in prayer at night. Give your prayer plant bright, indirect light and let it dry out slightly between waterings.

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Moonlight Philodendron

Close-up of leaves of Moonlight plant Philodendron sp. growing in pot for home decoration
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Another easy-to-care-for plant, philodendron has the most beautiful, large leaves. The new growth shows a fluorescent color and turns dark green as it matures. Give it plenty of bright, indirect light, and it will grow quickly. Water when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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Haworthia

Close-up of a potted Haworthia plant
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This little guy is only about six to eight inches tall, so it's the perfect plant for the kitchen window. Give the haworthia plenty of bright, indirect light and water every few weeks when it is completely dry.

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Philodendron Brazil

'Philodendron hederaceum scandens brasil' tropical creeper house plant with yellow stripes in flower pot isolated on white background
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With two-tone leaves of light and dark green, this vine philodendron is a must-see. Give it bright, indirect light and water when the top few inches of soil feel dry.

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ZZ Factory

Green leaves of Zamioculcas zamiifolia with a white wall
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Tough as nails and not picky, the ZZ plant can handle low to bright indirect light. He also doesn't mind missing a watering and prefers to be mostly dry before you give him a good, long drink.

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