Few things can make a home feel fresh, colourful, yet calming at the same time than adding a little greenery.
Whether you’ve got the green thumb or if it’s your first time bringing home a plant – picking the right one and caring for it can be intimidating.
So here is a list of 5 low-maintenance plants that would be perfect for your home.
If you’re a frequent traveller, then the snake plant may be just what you need – being able to go without water for 2 to 3 weeks!
Also known as ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’, the snake plant is succulent with thick waxy leaves that does just fine with indoor lighting.
What’s more, it helps purify indoor air by filtering out toxins!
Snake Plants are also resistant to bugs, so you won’t have to worry about bringing any critters into your home.
However, a word of caution, the saponins in its leaves are toxic to pets and people should they be ingested.
Care Tip: To avoid rotting and overwatering, ensure that you place your snake plant in a pot with drainage holes at the bottom.
Best Place To Keep It: These plants look great in any part of a home. According to Feng Shui experts, snake plants are known to remove negative energies from rooms, so place them in any area of your home you think might need a little help!
The Pothos has quick-growing, self-supporting vines which can reach over 10 feet long!
Much like the snake plant, the Pothos is a very forgiving plant and can grow well in nearly any condition.
Incidentally, one of its nicknames is the ‘Devil’s Ivy’, which is testament to how hard it is to kill this plant.
This plant comes in a variety of beautiful colours and variations, like:
- Golden Pothos – A bright emerald green shade with small patches of creamy yellow.
- Neon Pothos – This variety is known to have the most perfectly heart-shaped leaves among all Pothos varieties. And its bright neon green colour adds to the overall dramatic effect of the plant.
- Marble Pothos – The shades of cream and green on this variety gives the whole plant a classic, marbled look.
Care Tip: It’s always better to underwater this plant than overwater it. So allow the soil to dry well between waterings. You’ll know it needs some more water when you see its leaves begin to droop.
Best Spot To Keep It: Try to place your Pothos in a central part of your home – away from direct sunlight.
For instance, dining areas or home offices are great locations.
The Monstera Deliciosa plant is native to Mexico and other South American regions. The ‘Deliciosa’ part of the name comes from the delicious pineapple-like fruit it bears in its natural habitat.
Monstera plants thrive in warm, humid conditions. With their dark green foliage, they really do bring in a tropical vibe into your home.
Another distinct feature is the holes that occur on their leaves – which is how they’ve earned their nickname ‘the Swiss Cheese plant’.
Monsteras grow pretty slowly but can come up to quite a large size. So you may need to move them around your home to accommodate them better into your space.
Care Tip: Monstera plants like soil that is a little moist and do best when they are allowed to dry out a little bit between waterings.
Make sure you rotate your Monstera every now and then so that you ensure even growth on all sides.
Best Spot To Keep It: Living rooms or bedrooms are great places to keep Monstera plants. Just make sure that they only receive indirect light – so keep away from windows!
Aloe plants love warm temperatures and do well in even limited lighting – which is why they make ideal indoor plants.
They are usually short-stemmed succulents with thick green fleshy leaves.
Aside from their visual appeal, aloe has a whole host of other uses. You can use the gel within its leaves to soothe a sunburn or as a lightweight moisturiser for your skin and even hair!
A word of caution, though, while the gel is very beneficial when used topically, ingesting the leaves (for humans or animals) is toxic. So keep them on a higher surface, out of the reach of kids or pets.
Care Tip: Ensure that the top layer of the soil is dry before watering again. In spring and summer, it’s advisable to water your aloe plant every 2-3 weeks, even less during fall and winter.
Best Spot To Keep It: They are great in any part of the house, but the best position for them is near a south-facing window – which will ensure they get just the right amount of light.
The double Z stands for Zamioculcas zamiifolia. This succulent is native to dry, arid environments and requires minimal care – making them the ideal starter plants.
These plants tend to cost a little more than other succulents at the nursery, since they grow very slowly.
One of their major drawbacks is that they are poisonous, and can sometimes cause skin irritation.
Care Tip: Funnily enough, the only way you can really harm this plant is by overwatering it. If you see your ZZ plant turning yellow, it’s a telltale sign that it is getting more water than it needs and that its rhizomes underneath may be rotting.
Leave it in a spot with medium indirect light and water it about every three weeks when the potting soil is completely dry.
Best Place To Keep It: Its dark green thick leaves have a beautiful shine, making it a gorgeous addition to any room.
Keep your ZZ plant in any area of your home that has low humidity. Since it’s known to remove toxins from the air around us, it’s a good idea to keep it in high-traffic areas of your home.
No matter your skill level or the amount of space available, there’s always a gorgeous indoor plant you can bring home.