Don’t let anyone fool you — growing indoor plants is easy, and just as fun as having an outdoor garden.
Indoor plants not only help clean the environment around them, but they act as a quick decorating tool. We found 15 indoor house plants that anyone can keep alive and thriving. If you’ve got kids or pets, do note before you buy: some may be toxic.
WHY YOU WANT IT: First of all, this indoor plant has an air-purifying quality that can absorb and strip toxins like formaldehyde from materials in the home like carpet. How neat is that? It has trailing stems and works well in a hanging basket or as a climbing plant with some training onto a trellis or whatever object you like that will support it.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: This indoor house plant can produce stems that trail 8 feet or longer, so just cut them back when they get too long and your plant will continue to look full and healthy. It can thrive in an array of lighting conditions, but low light may diminish the leaves’ variegation. Allow soil to dry somewhat between watering. Pothos does well in an array of normal room temperatures.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Pothos in 4″ Pot, $3 (originally $10), Amazon
WHY YOU WANT IT: This succulent with long pointed leaves has medicinal properties you probably well know from product labels. It can grow three feet high for big impact indoors. Smaller varieties like the popular aloe vera, work great in small, sunny indoor spaces.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Aloe likes room temperatures around 70 degrees and a lot of sunlight. As you might expect for a succulent, this indoor house plant prefers dry soil, so avoid frequent watering for the best result.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Aloe Vera plant in 6″ pot, $11, Amazon
3. SPIDER PLANT
WHY YOU WANT IT: These unusual-looking indoor plants add visual interest to a room, and they haven’t fallen out of fashion after years of popularity in the home. Spider plants come in a number of varieties, and work well as hanging plants.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions. Room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees keep them thriving.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Spider Plant in 4″ Clay Pot, $4 (originally $8), Amazon
4. ENGLISH IVY
WHY YOU WANT IT: There’s a real timeless elegance to ivy, and it trails down furniture for a pretty effect. Plus, it’s super easy to start a new plant for yourself or a friend by cutting a section of the stem. Instant hostess gift! (OK, not completely instant. It takes about two weeks or so.)
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: English Ivy likes moist soil and cooler room temperature conditions, ranging from the mid-50s to about 70.
WHERE TO BUY IT: English Ivy in 6″ Pot, $17 (originally $25), Amazon
5. JADE PLANT
WHY YOU WANT IT: For those who love the look of a succulent — not to mention, the ease of care — a jade plant offers thick, lush leaves and visually interesting branches. It grows slowly and has the potential to live from your kids’ birth until their high school graduations — at least! It also looks great in a pretty pot when paired with other succulent varieties.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Jade plant does not require a lot of water, so keep soil somewhat dry. It prefers bright light and ordinary room temperatures.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Jade Plant in 4″ Pot, $4, Amazon
6. RUBBER TREE
WHY YOU WANT IT: This easy-to-grow indoor house plant will grow into an 8-foot-tall tree for a major pop of greenery in a room. If you prefer a smaller plant, just make your rubber tree into a shrub shape by pruning any long stems. The dark green leaves have an attractive shine to them.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Allow the surface of the rubber tree’s soil to dry out in between watering. It thrives in lighting conditions from medium to bright, and a range of room temperatures between about 60 and 80.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Burgundy Rubber Tree Plant in 4″ Pot, $10, Amazon
WHERE TO BUY IT: 3′ Rubber Tree in Pot, $97 (originally $156), Wayfair
WHY YOU WANT IT: The leaves of this pretty indoor plant can grow up to a foot long, and provide a tropical-looking accent to home decor. The whole plant can grow six feet high for a cheery room focal point.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: Diffenbachia thrives in normal room temperature not colder than the mid-60s. Keep the soil evenly moist, and provide medium or low lighting conditions for the best result.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Splash Diffenbachia, $10, Amazon
8. PEACE LILY
WHY YOU WANT IT: Surely you’ve seen this indoor house plant in many homes, since it has such pretty, curving white blooms and dark leaves — and it’s super easy to grow.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: This house plant favors low humidity and also low light, making it great for rooms with few windows. It prefers moist soil throughout the pot and tolerates standard temperatures ranging to about 85 degrees.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Peace Lily Plant in 4″ Pot, $5, Walmart
9. SNAKE PLANT
WHY YOU WANT IT: It doesn’t get much easier than this indoor house plant—also sometimes known as mother-in-law’s tongue! It has variegated leaves that grow upright, and some varieties’ leaves have yellow or white edges. It has small white flowers that bloom only rarely.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: This indoor plant grows well in a whole range of lighting conditions. The air should be somewhat dry, as should the soil. Any normal room temperature should suit it just fine.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Snake Plant in 9″ Pot, $28 (originally $30), Amazon
WHY YOU WANT IT: This indoor tree has shiny leaves to add cheer to any indoor space. Its stems can be braided for a tidy topiary effect we love.
HOW TO CARE FOR IT: This tree likes full sun, or at least bright filtered light. Most varieties (there are about 800!) prefer several days of dry soil in between thorough watering. Room temperatures between 65 to 75 degrees work best.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Pure Garden Ficus Tree, $60, Amazon