The definitive guide to easy, indoor plants
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Staying Alive1 of 11
By Martine Bury
For those whose thumb is more black than green, it's time to turn over a new leaf (ha, ha). We've pulled together the ultimate list of hard-to-kill plants, thanks to Eliza Blank, owner of The Sill, a company that delivers only easy-care plants to your door. From the kitchen to the kid's room, here are ten places to enliven with a little low-maintenance greenery.
The Entryway2 of 11
Pilea Cadieri (Common Name: Aluminum Plant)
Happiest in light humidity, this easy-growing plant, known for its silver striped leaves, is a friendly, welcoming sight.
The Kid's Room3 of 11
Peperomia Argyreia (Common Name: Watermelon Peperomia)
With its vibrant fruitlike foliage, the Watermelon Peperomia will brighten up any kid's room in a hanging basket. Ubiquitous in South America and the Caribbean, this tropical wonder likes a lot of light, but only needs to be watered sparingly.
A Side Table4 of 11
Peperomia Obtusifolia (Common Name: Baby Rubber Plant)
The Baby Rubber plant starts out with oversized spoon-shaped leaves, but eventually fills in proportionately as the plant matures and gains height. Let the soil dry between waterings and ideally place in front of a north-facing window. No natural light? No problem. The Baby Rubber plant can happily grow in artificial light too.
The Living Room5 of 11
Ficus lyrata (Common Name: Fiddle Leaf Fig)
"If you’re lucky enough to have high-ceilings and ample floor space, then the Fiddle Leaf Fig should be your go-to houseplant," says Blank. "It is one of the easiest varieties of Ficus plants to care for, making it an excellent choice, even for beginners." Keep it away from drafts or heat sources as it flourishes in a room with consistent temperatures.
Home Office6 of 11
Crassula Ovate (Common Name: Jade Plant)
With shiny green, oval leaves on treelike stems, the Jade plant is a perfect pick for a frequent traveller. Hardy and attractive, it can be left on its own for a month or more after a thorough watering. Added bonus? According to feng shui principles, the Jade plant is believed to attract money and prosperity—a must for any home office.
Dining Room Table7 of 11
Sedum Spurium (Common Name: Stonecrop Plant)
Living plant "mats" (used mostly for green roofs and outdoor gardens) can be "cut to size for a variety of containers," says Blank. "While they won’t thrive indefinitely indoors, you can opt to use them as a centerpiece—a longer-life alternative to flowers."
The Windowsill8 of 11
Echeveria (Common Name: Perle Von Nürnberg)
This succulent does well in arid climates, making it a great choice for apartments or homes that tend to be drier. Blank suggests placing it on a windowsill that faces east or south, where sun is usually available all day long. Water once a month in the winter and more frequently in the summer.
The Bedroom9 of 11
Sansevieria Trifasciata (Common Name: Snake Plant)
"The Snake Plant makes it to the top of our list at The Sill for easy care, air-filtering houseplants" says Blank. "They’re known for filtering toxins like formaldehyde–which can be found in a lot of unexpected home goods, like everyday paper products."
The Office10 of 11
Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (Common Name: ZZ Plant)
Add life to your cubicle with the ZZ plant, a popular choice for offices because it can survive in near darkness. "Its waxy evergreen green leaves make it a great choice for a colorful planter," says Blank.
The Kitchen11 of 11
Philodendron (Common Name: Philo Brasil)
With vines trailing upwards of ten feet long, the Philodendron's leaves are heart-shaped beauties. "The Philo doesn't need direct sunlight and lives well in a room, like a kitchen, where it can tolerate a range of humidity and temperatures created from running appliances," says Blank. The houseplant is toxic to pets, so be sure to place it somewhere out of reach from Fido.
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