What are the best low-maintenance indoor plants?

Quick Answer

Love plants but can't be bothered with constant fussing? No worries! There are loads of laid-back indoor plants that are practically impossible to kill. We're talking snake plants, ZZ plants, pothos, spider plants, and peace lilies. They'll handle a bit of shade, a missed watering here and there, and generally keep on looking their best without much effort from you. Perfect if you're new to plants or have about a million other things going on!

Further Information

Not a green thumb in sight? Don't stress! There are LOADS of amazing houseplants that practically take care of themselves... perfect for busy folks or those of us who tend to, ahem, forget about things. Here are some of our top picks for easy-going greenery:

Tough as Nails Legends

  • Snake Plant (Sansevieria trifasciata): AKA mother-in-law's tongue – perfect if you're prone to neglect! Handles low light, rarely needs watering, and cleans toxins from the air (bonus points!).
  • ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): Glossy leaves and cool sculptural shape, thrives on a bit of forgetfulness. Low light? No problem! Pest resistant too – perfect for newbies.
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum): Golden Pothos, Marble Queen... take your pick! These trailing beauties handle bright rooms or dim corners. Occasional watering is all they ask.

Foolproof Favourites

  • Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): A classic for a reason! Arching leaves, sometimes a bit stripey, and those baby 'spiderettes' are fun to propagate. Handles a bit of neglect like a champ.
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum): Elegant white flowers and lush foliage, even in lower light. Great at air-cleaning, and lets you know with a bit of droopiness when it's thirsty.

More Easy-Peasy Options

  • Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema): Colourful leaves and super low-fuss
  • Philodendron: Lots of varieties, most are laid-back
  • Rubber Plant (Ficus elastica): Big, bold, and forgiving
  • Dracaena: Spiky leaves add a modern touch
  • Aloe Vera: Useful AND easy to care for!

Low-Maintenance Doesn't Mean Boring

You can have a gorgeous, plant-filled home without tons of work! Here's the basic care most of these easy-going plants need:

  • Water ONLY when the soil is dry: Soggy roots = unhappy plants.
  • Good Drainage is Your Friend: MUST have those holes in the pot!
  • Wipe off Dusty Leaves: Keeps 'em looking nice and helps them capture light.

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