Plants have become one of my love languages over the years. Walking through a plant nursery is probably one of the most relaxing things to do and the happiest places I could be at. I often find myself bringing home a “new baby” every time I see a plant at the grocery store or plant nursery because I just can’t help myself!
Whether you’re experienced or new at taking care of indoor plants, I’ve rounded up a few plants to share with you that are fairly easy to take care of with low maintenance. Bonus: They all add life to any room! I’ve included a picture of each plant with a short and simple description of how to take care of it.
Plants and How to Care for Them
(Small) Anthurium– She needs high light, but not direct sunlight, so perhaps near an east facing window. Allow her to somewhat dry out between waterings. Overwatering can cause root rot. Fertilize about every other month.
Hoya Hindu Rope Plant- You could put her in a hanging pot, or on a shelf where her beautiful rope vines will trail down eventually. She like’s bright, indirect sunlight. A south facing window is best, but mine does well near an east facing window in my kitchen. Make sure her pot has drainage holes. Don’t over water, and let her dryout some between waterings. Pick a pot that fits her size and isn’t too large because she likes her roots packed together.
China Doll- These are the sweetest! Her leaves are dainty and oriental, which I think reflects her name, perfectly. Place her in bright, indirect light (mine is in an east facing window). Avoid direct, intense sunlight. Water as needed to always keep her soil moist. For those of you who live in cold, fluctuating climates, you’re in luck, because she tolerates the dry air from heated homes quite well.
Pilea Peperomioides (aka The Chinese Money Plant)– She can do lower light but she may look more sparse as the plant spreads out more. I have mine in an east facing window with hopes that the plant will cluster more. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings as she doesn’t like soggy soil. She likes to grow towards the sun, so consider rotating her a few times per week so she doesn’t just grow in one direction.
Devil’s Backbone- This one can grow a few feet hight. Fun fact: They call her the devil’s backbone, because her stem serves as the “backbone” and it sort of curves or zig-zags as it grows upward. Water to keep soil consistently moist. Do not let this plant’s soil dry out, nor flood it with water. Use a smaller pot, since they like to be root bound. This plant grows best in full or partial sun.
Button Fern- I just moved her from a spot near the stove to be with the other plants because she wasn’t doing so well. This lady likes water, but not soggy soil, so let just the top layer of soil dry out between waterings. She likes bright, indirect light and can also live in a slightly shady spot. Avoid direct sunlight. She likes humidity, like most ferns, so consider misting her if you live in dryer conditions.
Hoya Kerrii (Valentine Hoya/ Heart Plant)- I got this cutie around Valentines Day (hence her nickname). She hasn’t grown much since then, but they are slow growing. If you google pictures of these plants, you’ll see that full grown, they are quite bountiful. Her succulent type plants make her drought-tolerant so she needs maybe one or two waterings per month. Water well once soil has dried out, and then let the pot drain out.
Dieffenbachia Camille (aka Dumb Cane)- This is a friendly indoor houseplant to have because it can tolerate a variety of different lighting and living conditions. Keep soil slightly moist, but be careful not to over-water. I suggest getting a pot with a saucer on the bottom so it has drainage. This plant grows best in filtered light, so do not place in direct sun.
Calathia “Concinna”- I love her multi-color tiger stripes. Her and I have been a bit at odds the last month, and I finally switched her out of a porous, stone pot and into a ceramic one. Her soil should be kept moist, but not soggy. Do not let her dry out (which was happening with my plant, and the pot didn’t help that). Now, she’s in a ceramic pot that will keep her soil from drying out so fast. She can take direct light from the east or west, but avoid southern exposure, as it’s too much sun for her.
Birdsnest Fern- She is puurrty isn’t she? This gal doesn’t need a ton of light, and actually prefers lower light conditions. Keep her soil moist. She thrives in a humid environment. Consider misting her if you live in dryer conditions or if using heat in the home during the cool months so that she can retain some moisture.
I hope this was helpful! If you’re looking to start your own little indoor plant nursery like I have, these are some great options! I have another plant post coming soon with “kill proof” plants if you’re new to the plant world, or don’t have a green thumb! Stay tuned.