Growing indoor plants can be beneficial in many ways, from creating a serene environment to lowering stress levels and purifying the air. If you don’t have a green thumb or the time to keep up with all the pruning and watering, here’s a list of the 10 easiest low-maintenance succulents and leafy greens that won’t die on you:
1. Peace Lily
Spathiphyllum likes to be kept in a well-lit spot out of direct sunlight. Give it a weekly watering, plus a spritz in between.
This is probably one the easiest plants to care for. Just ensure soil dries out completely between waterings, and choose a position in bright filtered light.
3. Snake Plant
Otherwise known as sansevieria trifasciata, or mother-in-law’s tongue, this one’s super easy to look after, and only needs one spray of water a week. It prefers bright light, but is also tolerant of warm shady spots. Group with other plants.
4. Guzmania Bromeliad
If you’re after a flowering plant without the high maintenance, this is the one for you. Keep it in a shady spot and water it once a week. Too easy!
5. Maidenhair Fern
These ferns, also known as adiantum, provide a softer indoor look than most other low-maintenance plants. Just give them a bit of water every day.
6. Zanzibar Gem
These plants with their shiny waxy leaves are called gems for a reason – they’re practically indestructible! They’re also known as ZZ plants or welcome plants. Be careful of giving them too much water – once a fortnight is enough.
Aside from having one of the most glamorous flowers around, orchids are easy to grow and need only two to three tablespoons of water every two weeks.
8. Money Plant
Also commonly called golden pothos or devil’s ivy, these plants thrive in partial sunlight and symbolise prosperity, wealth and happiness as they grow quickly even without much care. Water every seven to 10 days.
9. Swiss Cheese Plant
If you prefer big, lush leaves, this evergreen plant is a great option as it can grow virtually anywhere indoors, even in more shady spots of your home. Also known as the monstera adonsonii, it just needs watering once a week!
These hardy air plants don’t require soil to grow and can thrive under artificial light, making them great for offices too. It’s okay to snip off dried ends, and it’s recommended to mist them with water once a week, or soak them in water once a month.
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Text: Bauer / Additional Reporting: Elizabeth Liew