16 Best Low Maintenance Plants to Spruce Up Your Home


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The best plants for home are the low maintenance, easy care plants that are perfect even for a beginner to minimize on the cost of keeping them alive.

Plants are a superb addition to the home decor. They come in various sizes, colors, textures which makes it possible to choose a plant according to your preference.

You can place plants practically in every space in the home including the bathroom for the moisture-loving plants. If you are looking for a dramatic experience, go for the large leaved plants.

The living room is another great place to display plants to great first impressions for your visitors. You can even decorate your bedroom with these bedroom plants.

Our best low maintenance plants for the home include; Pothos, Chinese Evergreen, Monstera, Philodendron, Rubber Plant, Palms, English Ivy, Dracaena among others. Keep reading for our complete list.

16 Best Low Budget Plants for Your Home

1. Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodedron scandens)

Heartleaf Philodendron, Philodedron scandens

Heartleaf Philodedron or Sweetheart Plant is an easy care, low maintenance, versatile plant with air cleaning properties and is perfect for the home.

On account of its small size, Heartleaf Philodendron is ideal as a table-top plant. It can also be grown in a hanging basket or as a climber on trellis or moss-pole.

Philodedron scandens is easy to grow and will thrive in a wide range of conditions as is found in the home. Read more on how to grow and care for Heartleaf Philodedron.

2. Pothos (Scindapsus aureus)

Pothos, Devil's Ivy, Scindapsus aureus

Pothos also called Devil's Ivy, Devil's Vine or Money Plant are popular colourful plants with air purifying properties and are easy to grow even for the beginner.

Pothos can be grown as a table-top plant or on a shelf or in a hanging basket. They are also ideal for the small spaces.

Devil's Ivy thrives in medium to bright, indirect light, moderately warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Pothos.

3. Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica)

Rubber Plant, Ficus elastica

Rubber Plant also called Rubber Fig, Rubber Tree, Rubber Bush, Indian Rubber Tree or Indian Rubber Bush is an ideal stand alone plant that is easy care and readily adaptable to indoor growing conditions.

Rubber Plant comes in many variations and there is a wide selection to choose from. They are also known to be good air cleaners.

Rubber Fig requires bright light with some direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read more on how to grow and care for Rubber Plant.

4. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)

Swiss Cheese Plant, Monstera deliciosa

Swiss Cheese Plant is a popular plant whose large deeply perforated leaves are a sight to behold and is easy to grow even for a beginner.

Monstera is ideal as a stand alone plant for occupying large empty spaces. To produce an upright plant, provide a moss stick to support it.

Swiss Cheese Plant grows best in bright to medium, indirect light, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow and care for Monstera.

5. Corn Palm (Dracaena fragrans)

Corn Palm, Dracaena fragrans

Corn Palm or Corn Plant is an easy care plant whose glossy, large, yellow-striped leaves will brighten up any space in the home.

On account of its large size and colorful foliage, this Dracaena Plant can be grown as a stand alone plant to provide a bold and attractive focal point.

Corn Plant thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Corn Palm.

6. Areca Palm (Dypsis lutescens)

Areca Palm, Butterfly Palm, Dypsis lutescens

Areca Palm also called Butterfly Palm or Golden Cane Palm is a popular, easy care, low maintenance palm that is perfect for the home as a stand alone plant.

The long, feathery fronds in Areca Palm grow in a canopy lending an air of elegance and sophistication in any space. The beauty also emanates from its yellowish cane-like stems.

Butterfly Palm grows best in bright, indirect light, average warmth and humidity and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read on how to grow and care for Areca Palm.

7. Bamboo Palm (Chamaedorea erumpens)

Bamboo Palm, Chamaedorea erumpens

Bamboo Palm is a low maintenace palm that is highly adaptable to a wide range of growing conditions and grows with a minimal outward spread which saves on space.

The Bamboo Palm is a good indoor air cleaner which gets rid of xylene, toulene, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloethylene from indoor air.

Chamaedorea erumpens thrives in bright, indirect light away from direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Bamboo Palm.

8. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum wallisii)

Peace Lily, Spathiphyllum wallisii

Peace Lily also called White Sails or Spathe Flower is a popular plant on account of its ability to clean the air while the dark-green glossy leaves and white blooms will brighten any space.

The bloom in Peace Lily is a spathe which appears pale green as it begins to grow and turns white at it opens.

Spathiphyllum wallisii requires bright, indirect light, average warmth, moderately humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read on grow and care for Peace Lily.

9. Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)

Snake plant, Mother in-law's Tongue, Dracaena trifasciata

Snake Plant also called Mother in-law's Tongue is ideal for the home on account of its long beautifully colored foliage and ability to clean indoor air.

In addition to cleaning the air, Snake Plant increases oxygen concentration in the air even at night as it a CAM (Crassulacean Acidic Metabolism) plant.

Mother in-law's Tongue thrives in bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, loose, fertile, free-draining soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Snake Plant.

10. Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema spp)

Chinese Evergreen, Aglaonema

Chinese Evergreens are popular plants on account of their spectacular foliage, ease of care, air cleaning properties and ability to adapt to indoor growing conditions.

The beauty of Chinese Evergreen emanates from their colorful large spear-shaped leaves borne on short stems.

Aglaonemas grow best in medium to bright light away from direct sunlight, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, well-drained soils. Read more on how to grow and care for Chinese Evergreen.

11. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plant, Chlorophytum comosum

Spider Plant also called Airplane Plant, Spider Ivy or Ribbon Plant is a fast growing air cleaning plant and is easy grow even for a beginner.

A hanging basket of Spider Plant is an excellent choice for the home. It can also be grown as a table-top plant or on a pedestal.

Chlorophytum comosum grows best in bright, indirect light, average warmth and consistently moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow and care for Spider Plant.

12. English Ivy (Hedera helix)

English Ivy, Hedera helix

English Ivy is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide growing conditions even in poor growing conditions. It is also a good indoor air cleaner.

The English Ivyis useful as a screen for the unattractive spots, as a hanging basket plant or as a climber on a trellis or on a moss-pole.

Hedera helix thrives in bright light, warm and humid conditions and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Read more on how to grow and care for English Ivy.

13. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis')

Boston Fern, Nephrolepis exaltata 'Bostoniensis'

Boston Fern is an attractive, hardy, low Maintenance fern which bears gracefully arching fronds and is perfect for a tabletop, a hanging basket or a pedestal.

The spectacular Boston Fern is a fast growing fern which can grow to a height of to 2-3 ft and upto 3 ft wide.

Boston Fern grows best in bright, indirect light, warm and humid conditions and consistently moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Learn how to grow and care for Boston Fern.

14. ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)

ZZ Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia

ZZ Plant also called Zanzibar Gem, Zuzu Plant, Aroid Palm or Emerald Palm is a highly tolerant plant with attractive glossy foliage and is ideal for small spaces.

The Zanzibar Gem is highly tolerant to low light, dry conditions but does not like direct sunlight. The plant is considered to be amongst the hard to kill plants.

Zamioculcas zamiifolia thrives in bright, indirect light, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, free-draining soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for ZZ Plant.

15. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra elatior)

Cast Iron Plant, Aspidistra elatior

Cast Iron Plant is one of the highly tolerant plants, almost an indestructible plant that easily adapts to varying indoor growing conditions.

The hardy Cast Iron Plant is an extremely slow grower and can withstand periods of dryness at the roots if the temperature is not too high.

Aspidistra elatior thrives in bright light, average warmth and moderately moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Read on how to grow and care for Cast Iron Plant.

16. Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)

Pony Tail Palm, Beaucarnea recurvata

Ponytail Palm also called Elephant Foot is an easy care plant that does not require a lot of attention which makes it ideal for a beginner or the forgetful plant parent.

Ponytail Palm is a hardy plant with a swollen bulb which stores water, therefore, occasional dryness at the roots will do no harm to it.

Beaucarnea recurvata grows best in bright light with some direct sunlight, average warmth and moderately moist, rich, well-drained soil. Learn more on how to grow and care for Ponytail Palm.

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