Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a Succulent species under the genus, Aloe, that is native to Southern Africa, naturally thriving in Arid environments and generally requiring little water. When domesticated, Aloe Vera should be kept in a bright area (but not in direct sunlight), and a room that’s between temperatures 55-80° F, (this leaves a lot of room for varying temperatures). It should be watered once every 3 weeks and will grow just fine for years in the same container/pot. Keep in mind that if you harvest the plant for the interior contents, do not take any more that one third of the plant at a time.

Cast Iron Plant

Cast Iron Plant, known also by many other names, is of the Aspidistra genus and is native to eastern Asia. It has its name for a reason, and is known for surviving in very poor conditions, but that’s not to say it should be kept in poor conditions. It prefers low light, will grow in clumps, and occasionally flower if kept indoors. When watering, it’s important to keep the soil constantly damp throughout spring, summer and early fall, but during the winter you can water less frequently. 

Bromeliads

Bromeliads are a flowering plant of the Aechmea genus, that are native to the tropical Americas. These plants should be kept in a bright area without exposure to direct sunlight. They are pretty hardy and are built to withstand drought, however they are not very tolerant of over watering. Throughout warmer seasons you should water your bromeliad every 3-4 weeks, but during the colder ones you can space it out a bit more to every 4-5 weeks.

Jade Plant

Jade Plant, or scientifically, Crassula ovata, is a small succulent native to south Africa. They typically thrive in sandy soils, and should be kept in sunlit areas (65- 75°) to simulate a more arid environment. Like most of the other plants on this list, you are going to be watering your Jade plant more frequently in the warm seasons, but the general rule is only water when the soil is completely dry to the touch. One last thing to note, is that these succulents are particularly top heavy. Make sure to plant yours in a ceramic or clay pot with a circumference larger than that of the plant. 

Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is one of my personal favorites in terms of appearance, with a gradient white-green leaf color, and a uniquely shaped flower. It’s in the Araceae family and originates in the more tropical areas of Central and South America. When keeping Dieffenbachia, it’s important that the soil is well-draining, and that it is only watered when there are 1-2 inches of dry soil at the surface, as this plant is easy to over water. The complex part of owning this Dieffenbachia is the more specific lighting conditions it needs. It should get a fair amount of light, but will “burn up” and/or fade in levels of sunlight that are too intense; I suggest keeping it in a location with bright, but filtered sunlight (60-75°).

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