14 Best Indoor Houseplants That Are Easy to Maintain — Green Thumb or Not

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Low-maintenance indoor plants can liven up any home or office, transforming it into a lush, green space. Studies have shown indoor plants are relaxing, mood lifting, and can purify the air, making them functional and beautiful pieces of decor. Whether you’re interested in dual purpose plants like herbs, or just a striking botanical, plants are an inexpensive way to put a stamp of personality anywhere.

What You Should Know

  • Decorate a large space with this bulk pack of vibrant succulents
  • High light requirements; these are best suited to sunny spots in your home
  • Perfect for creating a green wall or vertical garden 

Greenery loves those light-rich spaces, so if you’ve got skylights, floor to ceiling windows, or sliding glass doors, you can let loose a creative side with indoor plants. These succulents will require minimal attention otherwise; they rarely need watering and will love being inside a warm, humid home. If you’ll be repotting these into a shared planter, make sure to have potting mix and plant food that’s tailored to cactus and succulents, to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

Review Highlights

“Costa Farms grows the best house plants! They are so healthy and green when they’re straight from their greenhouses.”

What You Should Know

  • Easy to care for, but requires more maintenance than cactus/succulents
  • Brings a tropical feel to any room
  • In a well-lit room it can grow to be a tall, bold statement piece

This Yucca Cane comes in a 10-inch starter pot that’s a comfortable size for gift-giving, making it a great choice for a housewarming present. It can be pruned and kept short, or supported with a transplant into a larger pot. With lots of light and regular feedings it can be a big and bold focal point of a room. Tropical in origin, it won’t survive patio life if you have below-freezing weather, so make sure to bring this snowbird indoors when the temperature starts to drop.

Review Highlights

“Originally purchased them for my patio but they became to extend rapidly I decided to bring all 4 of them indoors. They are even more beautiful throughout my home.”

What You Should Know

  • Images are of full-grown versions of plants; 4-inch potted versions shipped
  • Several of these plants are toxic if ingested
  • Grown and shipped from Miami, Fla.

Costa Farms curates a rotating stock of the best plants for indoor air purification, as determined by a series of studies conducted by NASA. Its O2 for You collection includes four of these six plants, either peace lily, fern, snake plant, devil’s ivy, parlor palm, or dieffenbachia. Since peace lilies and several other plants in this set are toxic to pets or children, these are best kept to areas that aren’t accessible, like on high shelves, where curious hands — or paws — can’t reach them.

Review Highlights

“They were packaged so carefully! I couldn’t believe how healthy and beautiful they looked! The peace lily even came with little flowers. All of the plants are doing well and came bigger than expected.”

What You Should Know

  • Order 4-16 plants with no duplicate varieties, guaranteed
  • Small starter plants in 2-2.5″ pots
  • Shipped from San Diego, Calif.

Lovely and low maintenance, cactus infuse a home or office with personality without requiring too much care and attention. These multi-packs of small starters let you order as many or as few as you require, enabling you to create custom mixes and arrangements by blending cactus with other plants. These are also interesting and unique stand-alone decor pieces, adding texture and color to your space.

Review Highlights

“I’m so happy with my cacti that I’m ordering 8 more, and the seller informed me that I’ll be provided with all new varieties so that I don’t get duplicates of the ones I bought the first time around. This is so super cool, and I can’t say enough positive things about my experience.”

What You Should Know

  • Grows fine in low light but requires high light to flower
  • Toxic if eaten, should be kept away from pets and children
  • Makes a lovely gift for housewarmings and weddings

This easy-to-care-for peace lily is an attractive houseplant that has beautiful seasonal blooms if given enough sunlight. It can be kept indoors or out, but prefers warmth and humidity, so be sure to bring it in if low temperatures are expected. It comes in a 10-inch starter pot, and should be transplanted to a larger pot when it becomes root-bound. Easy to care for, it will look its best if watered and fertilized appropriately — Delray, part of Costa Farms family, offers excellent online guides for growing beautiful houseplants indoors or out. Reviewers do note: if you’re ordering in the winter, don’t expect this tropical beauty to be happy after being shipped through snowdrifts in un-insulated warehouses and delivery trucks.

Review Highlights

 “I haven’t found a planter for it just yet, but it is still thriving in its temp pot and looks great. I could not be happier.”

What You Should Know

  • Receive a unique arrangement of succulents with every purchase
  • Reviews indicate seller includes a 6th plant, in case one is damaged in transit
  • Your purchase supports Plants for Pets animal welfare mission

Create your own green spaces at home with this unique selection of five live succulents, delivered fresh and healthy, and with an included 30-day guarantee. You can group them together for a unified arrangement, or spread them throughout a home or workspace to liven up every room with a cohesive theme.

Review Highlights

“I had high expectations and they were completely exceeded. Customer service has a personal touch and puts you at rest especially with me since I was a 1st time buyer of really any kind of plant.”

What You Should Know

  • Self-pollinator with summer flowers
  • Edible berries, great for a natural bird feeder
  • Myrtle can grow very tall; pruning keeps it manageable indoors

This small indoor/outdoor tree makes beautiful, fragrant blooms in the summer. The evergreen leaves have a lovely scent when crushed and are frequently made into potpourri and essential oil blends, making them a functional indoor air purifier, and infusing a vibrant, green scent throughout your home. Self-pollinating, this Greek Myrtle (often called True Myrtle) will produce beautiful, dark-colored berries that are edible; or push the plant outdoors during the berry season and you’ll have an attractive, natural bird feeder to watch.

Review Highlights

“The product arrived in great shape. I would buy them again.”

What You Should Know

  • Best for low light rooms
  • Transplant into larger containers and this fern can easily spread
  • Good for home air purification

Guests will be surprised that this cheery Boston Fern is real, not silk. Popular as a decor item, the faux versions can’t compare to a live plant; with its healthy gloss and an air purifying effect, the difference should always be noticeable. Boston Ferns prefer indirect sunlight, so they’re always a good choice for indoor greenery; with only about two hours of light required per day, they’re suitable to nearly any room in the house.

Review Highlights

“It is beautiful – lush and healthy! Just hope I can keep it that way!”

What You Should Know

  • Grow all your herbs in this year-round kitchen garden
  • Hydroponics are mess-free and low maintenance
  • Brighten a room with the cheerful LED grow light

There’s very little maintenance required for this small indoor herb garden, but what little is necessary will always be prompted. This little hydroponic system alerts you to any necessary action on your part, and handles everything else autonomously. The perfect kit for anyone invested in smart home technology or the beginnings of self-sufficiency and gardening, it’s also a fun and functional way for retirees to keep a gardening tradition in the family, even for grandkids too young to get involved in an outdoor garden.

Review Highlights

“I bought this because it was on sale and it was the end of the gardening season here and I was curious about hydroponics. It’s worked so extremely well, that I’m contemplating buying a bigger model. I really love eating what I’ve grown and this makes that possible year round!”

What You Should Know

  • Produces edible fruit
  • Comes in a starter pot and requires replanting
  • Prefers indirect light

Split-Leaf Philodendron lives up to its name, with vibrant green leaves that develop rippling patterned splits in the leaves with age, giving it a strikingly attractive look. Described as “impossible to kill” it’s the perfect plant for beginners looking to inject greenery into their decor.

Review Highlights

“This plant is STUNNING. I’m in love! And it’s MUCH larger than the description said it was, which I’m absolutely thrilled about.”

What You Should Know

  • Highly affordable, especially for its size
  • Unique and interesting color pattern
  • Can’t be kept in direct sunlight

Big and bold without being expensive or difficult to maintain, this tricolor Stromanthe is a member of the maranta family, sometimes called “prayer plants” for the way they roll up their leaves at night. Shaded patios or entryways with indirect light will yield a happy, vibrant, and colorful foliage.

Review Highlights

“It is flawless and perfect and healthy. I can’t wait to pot it and love it and treat it with all the love and adoration that I have for it. BEST PLANT DEAL I’VE EVER GOTTEN!”

What You Should Know

  • Comes in a stylish ceramic planter, great for gift giving
  • Flowers last for weeks
  • Large enough to use as a floor plant, but still small enough for a shelf, if desired

Available in a less expensive plastic growers pot, if this bromeliad is intended as a gift, we love the upgraded ceramic planter option. Enjoy the pop of color this tropical plant brings to any indoor area; having plants in living and working spaces inside can encourage creativity and brighten moods, as well as improving indoor air quality.

Review Highlights

“The colors were vibrant, as if I just picked it up from a local farm. The pot it came with was a huge plus, a much needed accent for NYC living. I feel like I can breathe a little lighter already. Ordering online saved me a trip I didn’t have time for.”

What You Should Know

  • Tall floor plant creates plenty of texture and contrast
  •  Requires medium light levels
  • Large enough to frame a space

Large enough not to get lost in a big space like a dining room, this palm works great to counterbalance wall art, or frame both sides of an oversized entryway. This tropical plant does best in areas that don’t drop below 50 degrees, so plan for a full-time space indoors, or plan somewhere for it to safely spend the winter.

Review Highlights

“The plant was beautifully packaged and arrived in the most excellent condition. It’s a beautiful palm and I look forward to many enjoyable years with it.”

What You Should Know

  • A useful addition to any home garden, inside or out
  • Aloe Vera has a long history of being used for skincare
  • Easy to propagate more plants from cuttings

Aloe Vera is a well-known home remedy for slathering on sunburns, but who knew it was also a stylish succulent that can be grown at home even by those with no green thumb to speak of. Rarely requiring water, this sun loving plant will grow best in the brightest room in your house, or outdoors during warm temperatures. Mid-range pricing makes aloe more expensive than some other succulents, but this listing is for a full grown plant, at 12 to 14 inches.

Review Highlights

“I can’t even tell you how shocking it was to receive such a picture perfect plant via mail. Wow!! It was stunning. Exactly as stated in size height etc exactly!”


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