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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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shebata shebata 9 years
Any of the philodendrons is oh, so easy to grow. All it needs is indirect sunlight and reasonably moist soil; but it will tolerate your forgetting to water it more than occasionally. Philodendrons have a consistent rate of growth and can enhance any home with an invigorating atmosphere.
THEQueen THEQueen 9 years
I KILLED my Aloe Vera plant. :(
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i don't know. i always water too often or not often enough. right now i have some "lucky" bamboo in a vase with water in the bottom and that's it. i find Yuka plants to be pretty good for tolerating drought. :)
meetmeherelater meetmeherelater 9 years
everytime i buy plants they are on the brim of death after a week. my boyfriend takes them home and somehow they relive and are gorgeous. i dont get it. its very frustrating. haha but at least i enjoy them when i am there.
okmaebe okmaebe 9 years
For something big, try a ZZ plant. Zamioculcas Zamiifolia. Pretty low maintenance. Very pretty and bright green.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
Oh I forgot...I have mostly Phalaenopsis Orchids (Moth Orchids). They're by far the easiest ones to maintain!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
I seem to have a knack at killing almost any plant other than Orchids. They have a reputation for being difficult but I've found as long as you provide them with adequate sun and water once a week they thrive. I have a Violet that I've almost killed...but it's finally flowering :) They're pretty easy too. And I have a Wandering Jew (planted) that loves the sun it gets in my cubicle. I water all my plants once a week, since that's about how often I remember to!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love my spider plant. :)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I want a plant but I'm horrible. I'll try one of these and try to keep my kitty out of it.
tiffanylynn tiffanylynn 9 years
What do you do if you've got such a black thumb, you kill bamboo (it's true...I've killed three bamboo plants to date)?
omlove omlove 9 years
thanks ...that helps ...will have to look up a couple of names though :)
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