When it comes to plants and gardening, I have the opposite of a green thumb. Pretty much every plant I have ever had has died very quickly once in my possession. For some reason, though, I can’t give up on my dream of having a home full of leafy greens. If you’re like me, these 4 easiest house plants will be your best friend!
We recently became homeowners and the plant mama inspiration returned once again. I decided to be very intentional in my choices this time. I even visited a plant nursery and asked all kinds of questions based on the kind of light each room in my home gets. While some of my plants are looking a little pathetic, I’m happy to report that all are still alive and hopeful. Here are the 4 easiest house plants that have given me some first time success stories.
This is a plant that can survive on infrequent watering and low indoor light. Basically, it thrives on being forgotten, which is my specialty! What I love about this plant is that it can act as a natural air purifier, which helps relieve my husband’s sensitive allergies. It also grows long, leafy vines that drape beautifully from the top of a bookshelf or a hanging basket.
I have a couple of these in different varieties. One of my favorite things about this plant is that they come in different shapes and sizes, so you can get a few without totally blowing your “trying not to be a plant killer” cover. They can grow in many different lighting settings, and prefer dryer soil- so forgetting to water them from time to time works in your favor! This one was also a great choice for me because we love to travel, and I don’t have to worry about them while we’re gone.
I literally bought this plant because it had a sign on it that said “Plants of Steel.” I took that to mean “very hard to kill”- and so far, so good! These plants also do well in low lighting. I love natural light in the home, but unfortunately our new home doesn’t get much. So this one has been growing wonderfully with only a little bit of sun.
This is another plant that can do well with a little bit of neglect, as well as purify your indoor air. It has a few different varieties, so you can pick the one that you like the best. These plants require “less water than most indoor plants” and only need indirect light. The massangeana variety is also relatively inexpensive, so that makes it a little easier for a penny pincher like me to take a chance on it.
When all else fails, I love sticking a few dried eucalyptus leaf stems into an empty vase. Additionally, I have found a few fake plants that are rather convincing. Caring for a plant is a lot of work, and not as whimsical as it looks. However, if you’re just as determined as I am to become a plant person, hopefully these suggestions on the easiest house plants will help you get there.