Check out these 10 low maintenance indoor plants that you can add in your home
Apart from adding to the sweetness of your home décor, indoor plants are beneficial in boosting your overall wellness and improving the general air quality. Recently, more and more people have turned to indoor gardening.
“The Coronavirus pandemic also brought anxiety and uncertainty with it. Many people have turned to gardening, as a coping mechanism. Tending to plants keeps one calm, grounded and joyful. The feel-good factor is additionally supplemented by the very fact that plants give out oxygen during the day. There are several house plants that keep the air pure,” says Anu Ganapathy, founder, Its Thyme to Garden, Bengaluru.
“With a little bit of planning and creativity, even a small indoor space can be spruced up with greenery. To begin with, opt for plants that are easier to tend for. With some basic knowledge (whether the plant is shade or sun-loving), one can nurture a variety of house plants,” she adds.
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List of 10 low maintenance plants for beginners
- Snake plant: This plant adapts itself well to indoor or outdoor environments, bright light or a dark corner, over watering or complete dryness for long periods of time. “It gives out oxygen even at night. Like other indoor succulents, it helps to filter the air and reduce pollution. It can be easily found, has great benefits and requires minimum attention,” says Ganapathy.
- ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia): “One can forget to water ZZ plants for long periods and it’ll still survive and appearance vibrant. Shiny leaves give them a singular feathered look. It looks great indoors or outdoors and helps to purify the air. It thrives in medium to low, indirect light.
- Spider lily: Pleasing to the attention, these plants have long green leaves and pretty white flowers that appear as if spiders and smell divine. Belonging to the Amaryllidaceae, they also keep the air pure and may dispel the gloomy look of any space. They need many water and filtered sunlight.
- Ficus: it’s a beginner-friendly plant which grows quite tall and has lush green leaves. Ficus foliage can enliven any corner of your home. They need a bright room but not direct sunlight. Watering regularly is important.
- Burn plant: Aloe vera is an air-purifying plant, which removes toxins from the air, emits oxygen in the dark and has medicinal value. It thrives partially shade, needs little maintenance and watering it once a month is enough. Make sure to not over water alternatively its roots will rot.
- Money plant: Money plant (pothos) one of the most well-known house plants, can be grown in water as well as soil. This evergreen creeper can increase the sweetness of your home and wishes indirect sunlight to grow. Apart from bringing good luck, money plants absorb the chemical toxins from the air and release fresh oxygen to breathe.
“I have alittle balcony and one among the walls features a vertical lush green look, because the honesty covers it. The entrance of my front room features a honesty kept on a high stool during a huge vase and it trails beautifully down. They can be styled in hanging pots, wooden frames in vertical gardens or kept with a moss stick. It can even adorn any corner in a glass container with water,” says Meera Sachdeva, a Mumbaikar, who is into indoor gardening.
- Chinese evergreen: Aglaonema or Chinese evergreen are available different colours and are quite hardy. They require watering just once or twice a week and are great to keep air pollutants away, as well. It is easy to take care of and may be kept indoors or outdoors.
- Peace lilies / spathiphyllum: A beautiful, low-maintenance tropical evergreen plant, peace lilies keep the air pure. It has the power to interrupt down and neutralise toxic gases and therefore the moisture given off can boost a room’s humidity. It requires minimal care and instantly perks up the space.
- Bamboo: The lucky bamboo plant, or the Dracaena may be a versatile, low-maintenance plant available in several sizes. It thrives in water easily and may be grown in soil, too. This popular air purification plant attracts positive energy and adds ornamental value, with its twisted stalks. If it’s kept in water, change the water of the container twice every week, to replenish the oxygen within the water. Avoid keeping the plant under direct sunlight.
- Succulents: There are quite a few varieties here in terms of colour, shape, size and hardness. These hassle-free indoor plants can grow in partial or indirect light. Mini-sized exotic cacti are ideal for desks and are easy to take care of for those that forget to water plants. These dry terrain plants are easy to care for and come in a range of wonderful textures.
“One must know if the succulent that one has, needs sunlight or shade and maintain it accordingly. Go for flower-bearing cacti to enliven your home décor,” suggests Ganapathy.
Tips for taking care of the indoor plants
- If you’re choosing plants for the primary time, start with a couple of plants and learn the fundamentals of plant look after each plant.
- If space may be a constraint, create a green area vertically by using ladders and shelves or use a window sill. Hanging baskets add visual appeal to the windows.
- The soil that one prepares for a replacement plant should be mixed with sufficient amounts of compost and manure.
- A good compost is important for healthy plants. Compost comprises nitrogen and carbon, which act as food for microbes within the soil.
- Use organic fertilisers.
- Ensure that the planters have small holes at rock bottom to permit excess water to empty out when keeping the plants indoor and keep a tray underneath the pot.
- Opt for decorative pots of different materials and sizes for a refreshing look.
- One must be observant about pest attacks.