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low maintenance houseplants – ficus tree

Gorgeous plants without the hassle!

You’ve got a lot on your plate, and high-maintenance decor can be too much to handle. That’s not the case with these houseplants! These household favorites are next to impossible to kill, and many are available on TheSill.com with up to a 1-year guarantee—you know, just for reassurance. And did we mention they’re all under $20?! Get ready to put your new low-maintenance greenery on display!

1. Spider Plant

low maintenance houseplants — spider plant

Don’t let the name fool you, these plants are actually quite festive looking. The long green and white shoots only resemble the shape of spider legs, though they’re perfect for hanging pots due to the flowing leaves. Plus, it’s the greenery that keeps on growing since mature plants will grow small plantlets at the end of their stems that you can re-pot for an additional plant!

  • Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering at the base every few days.
  • Make it your own: Spider Plant in 4″ pot

2. Pothos Neon

low maintenance houseplants — pothos neon plant from the sill

Also known as Neon Devil’s Ivy, it’s pretty obvious why this plant has “neon” in the name — just look at that vibrant hue! You’d think these need tons of maintenance to keep them beautiful but they require minimal upkeep. This plant does well whether it’s in a pot or a hanging basket, though we think they look best high up on a shelf where the vines can dangle down naturally.

  • Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
  • Make it your own: 4″ Pothos Neon

3. Shamrock Plant

low maintenance houseplants — shamrock good luck plant with small white flowers

Shamrocks – they’re not just for St. Paddy’s Day! These fun and festive plants can grow in shades of green to purple and will bloom periodically with little white or pink flowers — you won’t even believe how beautiful they become. The best time to get your hands on one of these plants is in the spring around (you guessed it) St. Patrick’s Day!

4. Snake Plant

low maintenance houseplants — snake plant from the sill

The name sounds a tad frightening, but this plant is sneakily easy to care for. It stands tall with thick, robust green leaves speckled with yellow accents that will do well in most conditions. Perfect for a corner decor piece in any room of the house or even at your office!

5. Peace Lily

low maintenance houseplants — peace lily plant and bush

This plant looks as tranquil as it sounds. A simple bloom of a white with golden center lily is the perfect easy-to-care-for plant as it requires minimal light and watering. It even detoxifies the air! But in light of all its great qualities, this plant may be better suited for the office if you have pets as it’s poisonous to dogs and cats if eaten.

  • Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
  • Make it your own: Peace Lily in 4″ pot

6. Aloe

low maintenance houseplants — aloe vera plant from the sill

Also referred to as aloe vera, you’re probably already familiar with this plant’s name if you’ve ever had a sunburn before. These are perfect houseplants as they’re pretty, easy to care for, AND serve a purpose. Whenever you want to get some of the soothing gel from a stalk, simply snap it off and apply!

  • Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a month.
  • Make it your own: Aloe Vera 4″

7. English Ivy

low maintenance plants — english ivy plant from etsy

This simple and elegant looking vine is pretty versatile — planted indoors, it will trickle down toward furniture from a pot. Planted outside, and you’ve got some serious ground, wall, or tree cover (but if it’s not maintained, it will aggressively spread). What’s really great about this plant is that you can technically get it for free (with permission from the plant’s owner). Just ask for a trimming from an existing live vine and stick it in some soil. The roots will regenerate on their own.

  • Conditions they love: Medium to bright light and watering once a week.
  • Make it your own: English Ivy 4″ pot

8. Aglaonema (Chinese Evergreen)

low maintenance houseplants — aglaonema also known as chinese evergreen plant

Eye-catching with their huge white-speckled dark green leaves, these plants will also visibly dictate what they need. The lighter varieties love brighter rooms (though the light should be indirect), and you’ll notice a bit of drooping whenever they need more water.

9. Rubber Plant

low maintenance houseplants — rubber plant in pot from the sill

This plant looks too good to be real! It features large deep green and burgundy leaves with some serious shine. Plus, by sticking it outside in the summer to really soak in some light, it can mature to a full-on Rubber Tree, adding a sharp “wow” element to any room!

  • Conditions they love: Low to medium light and watering once a week.
  • Make it your own:  Rubber Tree in 4″ pot

10. Fiddle Leaf Fig

low maintenance houseplants — fiddle leaf fig tree

Appropriately named for its large waxy leaves that resemble a fiddle, this tree will make a big impact on any room’s decor — literally, as they can grow up to 6′ tall! If you need something to make a statement without having to fuss over it, the Fiddle Leaf Fig is your new best friend.

11. Heart Leaf Philodendron

low maintenance houseplants — heart shaped philodendron from the sill

The gorgeous heart-shaped leaves on this plant cascade over the edge of any pot making it another great hanging option. Plus, this plant will pretty much tell you when it needs to be watered — yellow leaves mean too much watering and brown leaves mean the soil is too dry.

  • Conditions they love: Low to bright light (indirect) and watering weekly.
  • Make it your own: Philodendron Green 4″

12. Jade Plant

low maintenance houseplants — jade plant and jade bush

Part succulent, part tree, all glamour. The thick, dense leaves can have a range of color from green to deep ruby. These trees have been known to symbolize luck and good fortune, and fortunately for you, they’re pretty easy to care for! Overwatering leads to root rot, so just test to see when the soil is dry as an indicator for some water.

13. Peperomia

low maintenance houseplants — various colored peperomia plants

You could make a mini forest of peperomia with all the color and shape options available! These low-maintenance potted plants do well with basic care, and their pet-friendly nature makes them a great plant for any home!

14. Ficus

low maintenance houseplants - costa farm ficus bonsai

These popular indoor trees are great to fill large spaces as their canopies stretch out much further than their thin trunks. While most enjoy bright indirect light, there are some varieties that grow just fine in lower lit spaces. They are fairly easy to care for, though if yours starts to lose its leaves, try relocating it to a brighter spot with a stable temperature and only water when the soil is dry.

15. Parlor Palm

low maintenance houseplants — parlor palm plant

This air purifying tall palm gives any space a fresh tropical vibe. Plus, they’re great for beginners as they adapt to low levels of light and humidity. They’ll even sprout flowers if given enough light!

  • Conditions they love: Low to bright light and watering once a week.
  • Make it your own: Parlor Palm 4″ 

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Comments 6

  1. Becky

    Please check out the poisonous plants for animals before you bringing them into your home. The Peace Lily is one of them. I am with the Humane Society and we see too many people not think about this with their animals.

    • Emily (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s a great point, Becky! Choosing plants that are safe for animals is so important for households with pets. Thanks for bringing that up!

  2. Lissa

    I love this list since I love greenery, but I kill everything I buy! I will give these a try!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback, Lissa! Hoping these work well for you!

  3. Kristen

    Love this list! Any ideas for plants that will thrive in a small outdoor garden? Have some space in our front yard I need to fill up and have a horrible brown thumb. Thanks!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Kristen! Thanks for the sweet comment! SO glad you are loving the list! I have the “Vinca Minor in Periwikle” around my house. It is an ivy type ground cover with glossy green leaves. In the spring, summer and fall they will have these pretty blue flowers. I actually grabbed pieces of them from my mom’s garden and planted them in mine. They have grown to be SO pretty. They really fill in any garden area. You can keep them trimmed to a small spot or allow them to grow out. They are even cute in small pots and are really low maintenance. Hope that helps!

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