Decreased stress levels. Heightened concentration. Happier mood. Boosted indoor air quality. It’s hard to believe, but simply having interior plants can provide you with these science-backed benefits. Not only that but having some greenery in your house makes the place look and feel fresh, too. You’re on board with the boom in houseplant popularity, but you might not have invested in some foliage of your own yet. Why? You’re just not sure which plants will survive — and thrive — in your abode.
Here are seven of the best indoor plants for aspiring green thumbs.
1. Snake Plant
No need to be nervous — snake plants don’t contain actual snakes.
Instead, this indoor plant gets its name from its wavy-looking leaves, which stand straight up. The patterning on the foliage almost looks like snakeskin, which makes each spike look eerily similar to the feared reptile.
However, the snake plant shouldn’t scare you. Quite the opposite, actually — it’s one of the easiest houseplants to care for, and it can grow in a slew of conditions.
Snake plants do like bright light, but they can grow in low light conditions, too. They also filter out chemicals from the air, so they’re great for city dwellers who want to breathe cleaner oxygen.
Speaking of unkillable plants, we also have to talk about pothos. This plant is also called “devil’s ivy” because, when left unchecked in the wild, it grows like crazy — even killing other foliage in the process.
Indoors, though, the pothos’ ability to grow and grow and grow is good news for domestic gardeners. It is a nearly unkillable houseplant and one that can grow to impressive lengths. Some pothos parents have cultivated 10-foot-long vines, which look impressive dangling from bookshelves or climbing over doorways.
If you buy one pothos plant, you can turn it into many others, too. This interior plant is super easy to propagate, meaning you can cut its leaves, leave them in water, watch them grow roots, and then re-plant those clippings to create new pothos.
Chances are, you’ve seen a leafy monster plant somewhere. Their giant, etched-out leaves make a grand design statement — that’s probably why they’re so popular in homes, trendy restaurants, and any other Instagrammable locale.
Monsteras are easy to maintain, as they only need water every two weeks, or when their soil dries out completely. They thrive in bright, indirect light — so, no need to have a property that’s drenched in direct sunlight all day long.
If that’s not enough of an incentive to invest in a monster, then consider that they’re one of the most efficient when it comes to purifying indoor air, too. So, add it to your must-buy list before you hit up the plant shop.
4. Aloe Vera
In aloe vera, you get a two-for-one houseplant. For one thing, you get its unique look and the freshness of real foliage. And then, there are the plant’s healing effects: you can pluck off an aloe vera spike and use the goo inside to soothe wounds and sunburn.
Your aloe vera plant will just need a bright, sunny place to grow. It doesn’t need frequent watering, either. In fact, it does better if you let its soil get super dry before you pour in more water, so it’s great for forgetful plant parents.
5. Bird’s Nest Fern
Think of where you might find a fern in the wilderness. You’re picturing a misty, grey-skied forest, right?
Well, you’re right: ferns love to be in humid environments, and they don’t need a huge amount of sunlight to thrive. Now, you might be picking up what we’re putting down. A fern is perhaps the best indoor plant to put in your bathroom.
Just make sure that the bathroom does have a window because they do need some indirect sunlight. In return for the perfect growing conditions, your fern will filter the air — great news, since you may use harsh cleaners and chemicals to keep your bathroom clean.
Let’s say you’re looking for an indoor plant to go in your office. Look no further than the hearty begonia, which grows like a champion underneath fluorescent bulbs.
Much like many indoor plants, the begonia will thrive, so long as you don’t over-water it. Allow the soil to dry out completely before pouring more water into the mix.
7. Peace Lily
Now, not everyone should opt for a peace lily as their indoor houseplant. It’s definitely a step up in terms of care, compared to the others on this list. You could hire a pro from Phillips Interior Plants to come care for your must-have peace lily, or you could learn the ins and outs on your own.
Peace lilies need more water than the plants we’ve already mentioned on this list. That being said, they don’t need to be drenched in water — they simply prefer that their soil stays moist.
On top of that, peace lilies like to be in bright, indirect sunlight. Be sure they’re not getting the sun’s rays directly, as this can scorch their leaves.
Here’s another pro-tip: place your peace lily in your bedroom. While most other plants produce oxygen during the day, the peace lily emits it at night. This makes for extra-clean breathing while you snooze.
With proper peace lily care, though, you get a great reward. These houseplants produce some gorgeous white flowers — few of the others on this list can boast the same trick.
Invest in Interior Plants
Which of these interior plants is perfect for your abode? Only you can decide — and only you can cultivate your new green friend into the large and leafy plant you envision.
So, pick up your ideal plant today and get started. We promise that once you start, you probably won’t be able to stop buying new houseplants to add to your collection.
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