Don’t let stories of others’ bad experiences with trying to garden turn you away from growing some plants of your own. Even if you’ve never grown as much as a common daisy, have no fear—these plants don’t require a green thumb to flourish indoors. These low maintenance beauties just need a little bit of love and water from you to survive. And while even the hardiest of plants aren’t completely indestructible, these guys will forgive you when you completely forget about them and leave for a week-long vacation. Checkout our top easy house plants below.
Not only can most succulents survive without much water, but it’s actually better for them. Since watering succulents more than about twice a month can cause them to rot, most people suggest giving them just a bit of water at the beginning and middle of each month. That’s simple enough to remember, right?
Bring a piece of Asian history into your home with a Bonsai tree! The art originates from the Chinese, but was later popularized by the Japanese during the period of diffusion in the 1920s known as Japonisme. You can study and perfect the art form of bonsai to produce a small tree in a container that mimics a full-size tree, but luckily you can buy them already grown, making them an easy addition. These dwarf trees need a few more waterings per week than some of the other plants on our list, but they’re still easy to care for. If you’re still not convinced your thumb is green enough to keep this little guy growing, start off with a Bonsai Kit.
Believed to bring good fortune and luck to anyone they meet, we’ve given traditional bamboo a modern twist. If you’re not one for dealing with dirt or you have little ones that like to explore mom’s garden, you’re in luck. Not only are bamboo stalks easy to care for, but many of them can also grow without soil.
Snake plants look intimidating, but are one of the easiest plants on our list. They thrive under indirect sunlight, making them perfect for even the shadiest of interiors. Keep the waterings to a minimum and enjoy your new air filter. Learn more about the health benefits of plants here.
Air plants make a unique gift for anyone with little kids, someone living in a small apartment, or who’s looking to spruce up their indoor décor. Because air plants absorb the water they need from a piece of water-soaked moss, you can enjoy having a thirsty plant that you rarely need to water.
Get the full effect of a flourishing garden, even if you don’t necessarily have the space for it, with the help of a dish garden. Featuring an assortment of different succulents and plants, these mini gardens are a lot more than just beautiful—they also help improve the air quality in your home (like most green plants).
Don’t let their unique shape and beautiful colors intimidate you. Orchids are an exquisite plant to have in your home. Because they need only the basics to survive—indirect sunlight, water and a mild temperature—orchids are one of the most commonly grown houseplants in America in the last few years.