Low Maintenance Indoor Plants To Consider

The 70’s hit “What a wonderful world” rings in the ears even today. Well, who doesn’t love green grass and blue skies as much as Louis Armstrong does? Who doesn’t love to plant a little bundle of joy? Are time constraints and a busy life schedule holding you back from creating a green space for yourself in your house where you can relax and detox your mind, body, and soul? Friends, all you need is a little support and guidance to be a plant parent. 

Won’t you be happy if someone told you it’s not challenging to grow and maintain certain indoor plants? So here is a list of such plants that will add ambiance to your space, lift your spirits, and be significantly easy to nurture.

Zamioculcas Zamiifolia

Native to Africa, belonging to the Araceae family, is popularly known as ZZ, arum fern, cardboard palm, eternity plant, and aroid palm. Featuring magnificent luster as if it just has been polished, ZZ is the hardiest plant. Every creation of God is incredibly unique in itself, but I bet ZZ is one of its kind; its endurance is of the highest level.

It can survive without water for 2-3 weeks and can stay in the dimmest light conditions. Its stems retain water for many days. Its thick wax-like lustrous green leaves can withstand challenging weather, making it look ever-green even in winters. It grows up to the height of 2-3 feet and can grow even bigger if you plant it directly in the ground. 

It can grow well in the nursery pot for months before requiring repotting. ZZ is a very forgiving plant; it can thrive without fertilizer as well. Ideally, you should pot it in a bark-based or peat-based potting mix. Watering only a few times in a couple of weeks with a good drainage pot is what the plant needs. Break all the mental blocks that you have created around planting. Bring home a ZZ today, and all your claims will change. 

Height: 2-3 feet

Water Requirement: Infrequent

Sunlight: Shady, indirect sunlight

Soil: Peat-based potting mix (not mandatory) and well-drained pot (compulsory) 

Propagation: Stem cuttings

Potting Requirements: Infrequent

Fertilizer Requirement: Once in every 6-months; however, can also do without it 

Note: Considered mildly toxic for pets

Beaucarnea recurvata (Ponytail Palm)

Native to desserts, Ponytail Palm is one of the rugged and sturdiest plants. It is the most forgiving plant and won’t dwindle if you cannot take care of it. 

If you are busy taking care of your children, working full-time and forgot to water them for days, this aesthetically pleasing plant will still show you no signs of distress. Another striking characteristic of this plant is that you can’t kill it, come what may. So if you are known to have a black thumb, you can count on this to break your curse. 

Belonging to the succulent family, this slow-growing plant requires significantly less water, indirect sunlight and thrives in hot environments. 

Did you know it is drought tolerant as its massive bulbous trunks hold water up to days, and it is non-toxic and is entirely pet-friendly, especially if you have cats? It will live more than your pets. So, you can consider making it your green friend for life. 

Height: 1-3 feet, 3-8 feet, and 8-20 feet tall

Water Requirement: Drought tolerant, once in few weeks 

Sunlight: Grows best in full sunlight

Soil: Well-drained mix

Propagation: Division

Repotting Requirement: Depends (keep it in a small container to limit its growth, else plant it in the ground if you want it to get taller) 

Fertilizer Requirement: Rarely required

Peperomia

Peperomia is an excellent and shallow maintenance house plant. Belonging to the genre of the Piperaceae family, this plant has a variety of foliage, often used for ornamental purposes. You’ll be surprised to know that no two types of it look the same. It has about 1500 species, best suitable for tropical and subtropical climate with a high concentration in the Central American region and northern South America. Tolerating any weather conditions, this green friend is ideal for all. For a happy peperomia blooming in your home, keep it indoors in indirect sunlight and water it infrequently. 

You only need to water it once in 7-10 days; however, check for the topsoil; if it has dried out entirely and cracks appear on the surface, then your baby plant is demanding water. Plant it in a well-draining pot. Remember, it has succulent-like properties so that over-watering can kill it. It won’t grow more than 12 inches. This slow-growing plant is compact with sturdy and bushy stems, making it ideal for tight places. It can be grown in small pots and doesn’t require repotting. 

Height: Compact, up to 12 inches ( about 60 cm.) 

Water Requirement: Infrequent

Sunlight: Indirect sunlight

Soil: Peat-moss potting or coarse sand, and well-drained pot ( mandatory) 

Propagation: Leaf cuttings, stem cuttings

Repotting Requirement: Preferably don’t

Fertilizer Requirement: Very light, can do without it. 

Chlorophytum Comosum ( Spider Plant) 

Incredibly adaptable, these plants can not just survive but thrive in any climatic condition. So if you don’t have a green hand, then the spider plant is your baby as it is almost impossible to kill it. These can hang around between moderate to low light spaces and are the best low maintenance fastest-growing houseplants. 

Known for their purifying qualities, spider plants remove toxins from the air, making your space safe to breathe and liveable, especially if you have kids around in your house. 

This will bring relief to pet parents because spider plants are safe for pets, especially cats. 

They have many varieties, from lush green to curly, variegated ones. A happy spider plant only needs water when the soil completely dries out or once every one or two weeks. 

Height: 12 inches

Water Requirement: Infrequent

Sunlight: Indirect sunlight (green versions will accept darker spots, but variegated ones with stripes require bright spots)

Soil: Regular soil  

Propagation: Stem cuttings

Repotting Requirement: Infrequent

Fertilizer Requirement: Very light, can do without

Jade Plant

The jade plant is rated the best amongst the low maintenance indoor foliage but one of the easiest to grow and propagate succulents. Jade plants grow very slowly and can live up to 70-100 years. Known as the good luck charmer, this plant is used widely in Feng Shui practices worldwide. Jade loves direct sunlight; low-light conditions make it leggy. Also, it requires infrequent watering like other succulents. Check the topsoil. If it is dry, then you can water the plant. Propagating jade is extremely easy; all you need to do is pinch one or two stems off the parent plant and plant it directly in a well-drained pot.

Height: Grows 5-20 cms in a year

Water Requirement: Infrequent

Sunlight: Direct sunlight

Soil: Regular soil 

Propagation: Stem cuttings

Repotting Requirement: Once every two-three years

Fertilizer Requirement: Fertilize after four months of repotting

Syngonium

This fast-growing ornamental foliage is exceptionally versatile and is very hardy. It is not fastidious about soil. It allows you to be very creative with it as it can grow even in the absence of sunlight, and you can create a breathtaking bottle garden with it. It increases well in open or closed terrariums, and you can plant it in small pots or trellises. 

Suppose you let it grow alongside a tree bark. In that case, it will vigorously reach heights.

Compact varieties of Syngonium are ideal for creating green walls indoors or outdoors in office places or at home, vertical gardening, and hydroponic planting (soilless). 

You can also use miniature Syngonium for ground cover, tabletop, and landscape gardening. A potting mix consisting of coarse sand and leaf molds is ideal for growing this foliage. However, you can also use coco-peat with a lot of vermicomposting. Synonym loves misting and thrives well in hot and humid climatic conditions. Light-watering, once or twice a week, is just enough for the plant. 

Size: Generally small and compact

Water Requirement: Light watering

Sunlight: Indirect sunlight

Soil: Regular soil, soilless, or coarse sand with leaf molds

Propagation: Leaf node cuttings, stem cuttings

Repotting Requirement: Infrequent depending upon variety and medium (grown in water or soil)

Fertilizer Requirement: Cow dung manure or vermicompost monthly for a healthy growth

Let’s Wrap Up

There are so many plants that can fill your space with positive energy and are easy to maintain. These plants add ambiance to your house and alleviate your mind, body, and soul. Some of these are even air-purifiers and non-toxic for your pets, especially cats. So, beautify your spaces with these green friends.