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9 Low-Maintenance House Plants For Super Busy People

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Houseplants are a wonderful addition to any home. They offer a fresh, natural looking form of decor, they purify the air and surrounding environment and they create a general feeling of calmness and serenity in any setting.

Whether you have a preference for modern, vintage, Scandinavian, rustic or farmhouse decor, houseplants will always fit in with any type of aesthetic.

However, many people are put off – after all, houseplants are a living thing and they do require some level of care.

Plants are plants – and all of them do require some degree of sunlight and water. If you’re not prepared to put in some attention, you may as well stop reading now and look for other ways to decorate your home.

However, if you’re prepared to put the tiniest bit of effort into caring for some plants around your home, then I have put together a list of some of the easiest to care for, low maintenance house plants, which are excellent for beginners, or for people who lead super busy lives.

9 Low-Maintenance House Plants For Super Busy People

Spider Plant – Chlorophytum Comosum

Spider plants look super cool and produce long leaves similar in appearance to wide blades of grass. Spider plants also produce small flowers over time, which can be pruned and replanted to grow new plants – so you can buy one spider plant and turn into a whole family of mini spider plants!

Leaves can occasionally turn brown, but this is perfectly normal and you don’t need to worry that your plant is dying. Spider plants grow extremely fast, so with the right care, your mini spider plant could be looking super lush very quickly.

The Spruce

Light: they thrive in bright but indirect light – kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms make ideal homes for your spider plant, placed near a large window.

Watering: water adequately that the soil stays moist but not soggy – a light watering a couple of times a week should be sufficient.

Temperature: normal room temperature

Pets: Non-toxic to most pets but can cause digestive issues if ingested.

Snake Plant – Sansevieria Laurentii

Snake plants are an excellent choice for people with a busy schedule and a who are prone to forgetfulness. These plants are super cool looking aesthetically, however they require relatively little attention and can cope with occasional non-intentional neglect.

Snake plants are considered to be one of the most effective in improving air quality and removing toxins. These plants are also slow growing and very rarely require any pruning.

The Spruce

Light: indirect sunlight (but can still survive in low sunlight rooms). Kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms, placed near a large window, make ideal homes for your snake plant, however they can also survive in darker rooms such as hallways or offices.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. These plants are best under-watered than over-watered as they can be prone to root rot which can inhibit growth. Reduce the amount of watering during winter.

Temperature: normal room temperature

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Chinese Money Plant – Pilea Peperomioides 

For people looking for a plant that will brighten up a room, the Chinese Money Plant is the perfect choice. It’s bright green pad shaped leaves make this plant a really eye catching addition to any room. Wipe down leaves occasionally to remove dust and allow it to breathe.

The nickname Chinese Money Plant, comes from the resemblance that the small leaves have to coins, and the South-East Asian belief that the plant brings good luck and fortune to those around it.

The Spruce

Light: warm, bright rooms work best with access to indirect sunlight – lack of light won’t kill the plant but will result in pale leaves. Regular rotation of your plant will encourage even growth.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. These plants are best under-watered than over-watered as they can be prone to root rot which can inhibit growth. Reduce the amount of watering during winter. Misting of the leaves will also encourage a happy plant.

Temperature: normal room temperature but not below 10°c

Pets: non-toxic to cats and dogs.  

Yucca – Yucca Elephantipes

The yucca plant is yet another easy going, low maintenance plant. With its tree shaped stature and eye catching sword shaped leaves, this one can grow up to 10 feet tall given the proper indoor care – however, it is a slow grower. Some species of the Yucca plant can also produce small white flowers.

The Spruce

Light: Yucca plants thrive in bright but indirect light. Kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms make ideal homes for your Yucca plant, place near a large window. Yucca’s can also survive in shaded areas if give the right attention.

Watering: this plant doesn’t need too much watering – you should allow the top layer of soil to dry out before giving the plant more water – once or twice a week is usually enough.

Temperature: prefers dry, warm climates

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Peace Lily – Spathiphyllum wallisii

The name Peace Lily comes from the resemblance that the white flowers have with small white flags – representing the white flags of a ceasefire. Another plant which is exceptional at improving air quality and removing toxins – plus they’re super pretty to look at.

The Spruce

Light: Peace Lily’s thrive in bright but indirect light. Kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms make ideal homes, placed near a large window. Peace Lily’s wont die in shaded areas, however if you notice that the flowers aren’t blooming or the leaves are turning yellow, this is probably due to a lack of sunlight.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry – aim to keep soil moist, not soggy. These plants are best under-watered than over-watered and if you notice that the tips are browning, its usually an indication of over watering.

Temperature: normal room temperature but not below 7°c

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Dracaena Fragrans Steudneri – Dragon Tree

Dragon trees are exceptionally versatile, and make great plants both indoors and outdoors. The name comes from the Greek mythological belief that the red colouring of resin inside the stems represents the blood of dragons.

The plants naturally shed their bottom leaves over time and as this happens, leaves may turn yellow – this isn’t an indication that your plant is dying.

Hortology

Light: Dragon plants thrive in bright but indirect light – keep away from windowsills as direct sunlight will damage leaves. Kitchens, living rooms, offices and bedrooms make ideal homes.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. These plants are best under-watered than over-watered as they can be prone to root rot which can inhibit growth. Reduce the amount of watering during winter.

Temperature: normal room temperature but not below 13°c

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Rubber Plant – Ficus Elastica Robusta

The fast growing rubber plant is extremely popular in a variety of indoor locations. Heights of up to 3 meters can be achieved under proper conditions. Super easy to care for and forgiving of occasional non-intentional neglect. Be sure to wipe down the leaves from time to time to allow it to breath.

The Spruce

Light: rubber plants thrive in bright but indirect light – keep away from windowsills as direct sunlight will damage leaves. Living rooms, offices and bedrooms make ideal homes.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. Leaves dropping off is an indication that your plant has been over-watered . Reduce the amount of watering during winter.

Temperature: normal room temperature but not below 12°c

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Oxalis Triangularis – Purple Shamrock

If you’re looking for something a little more unusual, then the Oxalis Triangularis could just be the perfect fit for you. Its unique purple leaves will close at night and open again in the morning, making this an interesting plant that you can see in action.

Super easy to care for and forgiving of occasional non-intentional neglect and has been known to ‘come back from the dead’ even if it looks like its a goner.

Beard & Daisies

Light: bright but indirect light – keep away from windowsills as direct sunlight will damage leaves. Kitchens, living rooms, offices and bedrooms make ideal homes.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. Reduce the amount of watering during winter.

Temperature: normal-cool room temperature but not above 25°c

Pets: toxic to cats and dogs.  

Parlour Palm – Chamaedorea Elegans

This luscious palm plant is not only beautiful to look at, but is another great option for those who are after an air purifying plant that will remove toxins.

One of the most adaptable house plants, this one can cope with occasional non-intentional neglect and will forgive a multitude of sins including under watering, low light and low temperatures. These plants are slow growing but can reach heights up to 4 feet given the proper care.

Patch Plants

Light: thrives in bright but indirect light. Kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms make ideal homes, placed near a large window. Can tolerate less light but leaves will not grow as full.

Watering: require watering only as and when you notice that the top layer of soil is dry. These plants are best under-watered than over-watered as they can be prone to root rot which can inhibit growth. Reduce the amount of watering during winter. Misting helps to replicate the plants natural habitat.

Temperature:  normal room temperature.

Pets: non-toxic to cats and dogs.  

To Finish Off…

I really hope that you enjoyed this post and that you learned something new about houseplants. Let me know which of these is your favourite, or if you can recommend any other houseplants that are great for busy plant-parents.

Share a picture of your plant collection with me @TheAngelinaArchives, and make sure to check back here soon, as I post brand new fashion, lifestyle and home decor tips and tricks on The Angelina Archives every single week!

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