10 Very Simple Plants to Grow Indoors

A large number of people love houseplants, however sad to say not everybody has a green thumb.

Here are ten essentially foolproof plants that you can grow. The plant require only simple maintenance and as such will enable even the brownest thumb to keep beautiful plants in her/his home.

If you don’t know where to start have a look at our guide for beginners, caring for houseplants.

Cacti come in all kind of exciting shapes.
Cacti come in all kind of exciting shapes.

1.The Cacti

Where could you go wrong with a cacti plant? Well, just excess watering. Too much water will rapidly rot the cactus plant. Think desert and scarce water, and you will be fine. The cactus can handle direct bright sunlight. However, if the cactus plant is next to the window and the light becomes extremely bright, the plant might get burned.

Cacti is not a boring plant, as some might think. Cacti have beautiful colorful flower and can also bear fruits. Here are a selection of cacti that are suitable for growing indoors; Rat’s tail (Aporocactus Flagelliformis), Peruvian Apple (Cereus Peruvianus), Bunny ears (Opuntia Microdasys) and the Christmas cacti, also called Thanksgiving cacti (Schlumbergera Bridgesii).

2.The good luck bamboo (Dracaena braunii)

These plants can normally be grown inside the container they come in. The bamboo could be grown in soil and rocks as well as water. Remember to be watered them frequently, but they are tough and can handle periods without much water. The bamboo likes indirect bright light best and temperatures normally found indoors.

The good lucky bamboo have got its name because it is believed it brings good luck and fortune, especially if the plants were given as a gift. It has a reputation for being nearly indestructible as well.

3.The Mint plant (Mentha)mentha

Mint can both grow indoors and outdoors without any problems. A typical feature of the mint plant is the square stem. Abright spot near the window sill is
good for this particular plant. Mint likes it moist so water it often. The mint can handle many different conditions and can be placed in a shady spot if it is outdoors. It grows pretty fast and can be propagated by stem cuttings.

A benefit with the mint plant is that you can eat it. I you cut off the leaves and let the stem be, the plant will grow new leaves on the stem. It is excellent in hot drinks, like tea, and as an ingredient in food.

4.The spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)Chlorophytum comosum

The spider plant is also called the airplane plant. Fair amount of water and moderate light is all this plant requires. Fertilize it when the plant color starts turning lighter in color and this will bring back its nice variegated color.It has a really nice dark green color with lighter edges of the leaves, but this is depending on the species you have in your home.

You can get away with forgetting to water it now and then. The spider plant may also be propagated by rooting those small spiders it puts out. A very great plant for hanging on the wall.

5.The Dieffenbachia

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Image credit: LucaLuca

This is a very undemanding plant that likes filtered, direct light. Usually, the plant grows up to 4 feet in height .While it is growing it loses the bottom leaves, this is normal with the dieffenbachia to do this. Be careful not to water it too much. Excess watering is the most widely made mistake as far as this plant is concerned. Let the soil dry in between watering, prevents over watering it.

A critical note on this plant: it is very poisonous. If the sap is consumed, the tongue and the vocal cords will swell. Therefore keep the children away from this plant. This is the reason this plant is also called the ‘dumb cane’.

6.The Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea)

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Image credit: Karelj

Creeping Charlie is often also called ground-ivy, gill-over-the-ground, alehoof, tunhoof, catsfoot,field balm, and run-away-robin. This plant is a very enduring hardy plant .

Caring for Creeping Charlie is a breeze. Just provide it with bright light. Water when the top few inches of soil start to dry. Creeping Charlie is easy to propagate by using its stem cuttings and putting them into water. After the stems have got roots put them in soil. Some fertilizer from time to time can be beneficial.F ertilizing ensures that its leaves maintain a dark green color. Creeping Charlie can sometimes be difficult to find in stores, but seeds should be readily available online.

7.Philodendron (Philodendron)

The Philodendron plant origin from the South America area, from Panama down to Brazil. It is perhaps the Philodendroneasiest of houseplants to grow and tend to. There are several types of Philodendron, but all are quite easy to keep. The Philodendron is tolerant of impure air and low light. However, it does need some humidity, not a surprise considering the region it comes from. Water it when it gets dry.

They can also be propagated via stem cuts and some species like the elephant ear Philodendron is propagated via leaf bud cuttings.

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Image credit: Mutari

8.Norfolk Island pine (Araucaria heterophylla)

This tree, yes it is a pine tree, comes from the Norfolk island which is located in the Pacific ocean between Austrailia and New Zealand. This tree is ideal for the areas in the house that receive a consistent supply of humidity and natural light. It is vital that this plant gets adequate light if not the branches and the leaves will soon turn brown then die. Also make sure that the air is humid as well since this tree is a tropical plant. It might sound complicated to grow, but it really isn’t. Just remember humidity and light.

Araucaria heterophylla can grow to a height of 11 feet and the best temperature range is 50-60 Fahrenheit. If the temperature gets below 35 degrees Fahrenheit the tree will most likely die.

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Image credit: Topjabot

9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum)

The Chinese evergreen plant is both tough and attractive. It doesn’t need a lot of light and can therefore brighten up areas where other plants won’t thrive. The colorful leaves include silver, gray and green. This plant can grow to a height of 4 feet; it needs soil which is sufficiently moist and likes a temperature range of 55 to 65 Fahrenheit.

Additionally, it is of utmost importance to be very careful with this house plant since it can easily cause irritation to the lips, tongue or throat when chewed by pets or children.

Ivy10. Grape ivy (Cissus rhombifolia)

A grape Ivy is an excellent choice for creating those hanging neat lush green baskets. These plants have tendrils which soon cling to a trellis or a stake and can easily be shaped.

The Cissus rhombifolia have textured leaves in deep green shades and can grow to a height of about 7 feet.The most suitable conditions for growth include temperature of 60 to 70 Fahrenheit, evenly moist soil and medium light.

So what are you waiting for?

For many years most plants were only considered to be greenhouse subjects instead of house plants. That gratefully has changed and nowadays many species are regarded as house plants that decorate our homes.

These 10 trouble-free, simple, low maintenance houseplants will add a delightful variety to your indoor garden with little effort and care. House plants tend to bring about tranquility, peace and calmness in the home and they are excellent air purifiers. Make sure you add some humidity and get rid of any dead leaves to make your plant collection look at its best.