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5 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants For Your Home

The natural beauty of plants can lift our spirits, improve productivity, and increase overall happiness. It’s no wonder that we want to invite them indoors!

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can still enjoy lush, leafy plants throughout your home. These 5 great low-maintenance indoor plants (that aren’t succulents) will instantly brighten any space in your house!

Things to consider when buying low-maintenance indoor plants

Choose low-light plants

Your best bet for owning plants that thrive is to choose ones that require minimal levels of natural light. Due to furniture arrangement and window treatments, most spaces in our homes are medium- to low-light areas, so these types of plants work perfectly.

Water them sparingly

You may be surprised to learn that over-watering plants kill them faster than under-watering them. But it’s a more common issue than you might think. Many low-maintenance plants only need water a few times a month. Always read the care instructions that are provided with each plant.

Use pots with proper drainage

To that end, be sure your plant’s pot has a drainage hole in the bottom, and put a dish underneath it to collect excess water. If the plant can’t properly drain, the soil will always stay wet and the roots can begin to rot.

Fertilize as needed

All plants extract nutrients from the soil, so over time that soil will become depleted. Using fertilizer helps keep your soil robust so your plants stay happy and healthy.

Keep pets away

Keep in mind that houseplants can be toxic to pets. While toxic doesn’t necessarily mean fatal, your kitty or pup can still experience digestive upset and other health issues from ingesting it. When thinking about where to put your plants, consider areas that will be out of your pets’ reach whenever possible.

Best low-maintenance indoor plants to brighten up your home

Bird’s Nest Fern (Asplenium Nidus)

The Bird’s Nest Fern, known for its wavy ripple-edge leaves, is the perfect tropical houseplant. It’s easy to care for and will add a stunning pop of green to any corner. Pet owners will particularly love this fern since it’s considered non-toxic to your furry friends.

Bromeliad (Bromeliaceae)

Think low-maintenance means boring? Think again. Bromeliads bloom in a gorgeous array of colors, from light pink to deep purple. Don’t be intimidated by their exotic look. Bromeliads are highly adaptable plants and grow very well in indirect and low light, making it a fabulous fit for any room in your home.

Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

This wonderfully easy, sturdy plant makes it one of the best plants for beginners. Its rich green leaves with silver pattern is neutral enough to go with any decor color. It’s also a slow-growing plant, so you don’t need to worry about it taking over.

Heart Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron Cordatum)

Heart Leaf philodendrons may appear dainty and delicate, but they are quite hardy. They’re very tolerant of low-light environments and simple to care for. You’ll love watching the cascading leaves grow over time, creating a soft touch anywhere you place it.

Snake Plant (Sansevieria Trifasciata)

Beginner plant folks will adore the snake plant for one main reason – it’s super resilient and virtually impossible to kill. In fact, plant experts say all you have to do is mostly leave the snake plant alone in low light, and its lovely green stalks will continue to happily grow unattended. Score!

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