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Room Therapy: Low-Maintenance House Plants?

Dear CasaSugar,

I want to get a house plant for my not-so-green apartment, but I need something low maintenance since I'm barely home on my days off. Any suggestions?


Hi Lioness5,

I was just at a friend's house this weekend and she had stunning houseplants. This is remarkable only because she used to have a black thumb — she killed every plant she touched. So what changed? She found easy, low-maintenance plants that could deal with her occasional indifference to their existence.

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I've rounded up a few different types of plants that might work for your house, depending on your home's growing conditions. Take a look!

Plants That Will Grow in Water

Don't want to bother with planting your houseplants? Then check out these plants, which will grow in a vase or bowl of water!

  • Wandering Jew
  • English Ivy
  • Bamboo

Plants That Need a Sunny Room But Little Else

  • Cacti
  • Aloe
  • Bromeliads

Plants That Require Little Care And Indirect Sunglight

  • Snake plant
  • Spider plant
  • Wax plant
  • Ivy

I hope this helps! Anyone else have other suggestions for easy-to-care-for, hard-to-kill houseplants? Let Lioness5 know by leaving a comment below.


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