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9 Low-Maintenance Indoor Plants

by Point2 Staff
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Houseplants add a splash of color and a beautiful touch of nature to any home. And even though not all of us are blessed with a green thumb, there are plenty of beginner-friendly options out there that anyone can enjoy. Here are nine of our favorite low-maintenance indoor plants.

1.   Devil’s Ivy (Pothos)

Devil’s Ivy

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Fast-growing and available in a wide range of gorgeous colors and patterns, Devil’s Ivy is one of the easiest plants to look after. It can survive in low-light conditions, making it an excellent choice for darker rooms. Famously used in NASA’s Clean Air Study, it can purify the air in your home by removing pollutants such as benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.

2.   Snake Plant

Snake Plant

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Capable of growing in pretty much any light conditions, the iconic snake plant is another top choice that can thrive in any room. It’s visually stunning, with long, succulent leaves that boast gorgeous patterns and produces lovely small, fragrant flowers. In winter, it can survive for 4 to 6 weeks without water, and because it’s a slow grower, you won’t need to repot it too often.

3.   Air Plants (Tillandsia)

Air Plant

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Not a fan of soil or potting your plants? Air plants are for you! As the name suggests, they don’t need any soil and can grow anywhere that gets bright, indirect light. You can display them in a decorative bowl, mount them on driftwood, or even hang them using fishing line. To water them, just submerge them in a bowl of room-temperature water for 20 to 30 minutes, then shake them dry. Caring for houseplants doesn’t get easier than this.

4.   Aloe

Aloe Plant

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Aloe is ideal for beginner gardeners who love succulents but can’t keep cacti alive. While other succulents demand full sunshine, this one is happy growing in bright, indirect light. It won’t mind if you forget to water it from time to time, and, as a bonus, you can use the sap to heal burns or cuts.

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5.   ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas)

ZZ Plant

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Also known as Zanzibar Gem, the ZZ Plant is a superb choice for beginners. This hardy plant can tolerate low light conditions, low humidity and a light drought. As a result, it’s a wonderful choice for homes as well as offices. For something truly unique, look for the ZZ Raven, a cultivar with glossy, almost black leaves.

6.   Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)

Chinese Evergreen

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The Chinese Evergreen is the perfect plant for dark rooms. Unpretentious and resistant to most pests and diseases, it’s also available in various colors, from creamy white to vivid pink and purple.  Like Devil’s Ivy, this tough plant was also used in NASA’s Clean Air Study.

7.   Flamingo Flower (Anthurium andraeanum)

Flamingo Flower

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Bursting with vibrant flowers year-round, the Flamingo Flower is a piece of cake to look after. It needs a well-draining soil mix, bright indirect light, and regular fertilizing throughout spring and summer. It was also listed in NASA’s Clean Air Study and can remove harmful indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde and ammonia.

8.   Spider Plant

Spider Plant

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The Spider Plant is a fast-growing, extremely low-maintenance plant that can thrive in any home. Plus, it’s pet-safe making it an ideal choice for those with curious four-legged friends. As a bonus, it will produce ‘pups’ that are easy to propagate and can make perfect gifts for your beginner-gardener friends.

9.   Moth Orchids (Phalaenopsis)

Moth Orchid

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Contrary to popular belief, these orchids are easy to care for. Plant them in orchid bark or sphagnum moss, keep them in bright indirect light, and give them a good soak once a week. After the flowers wilt, simply cut the old stem above a node. The plant will grow a new stem that will produce fresh flowers after a few months.