It's the perfect time to bring in the outdoors with some easy-care plants. We've collected some of the best houseplants that have a real moxie, require minimal water, and have flexible lighting preferences.
Most of these plants can be purchased online for about $ 20 to $ 40 from retailers such as Walmart, Amazon, The Sill, Home Depot, Horti, Plants.com, and Bloomscape. And if you have pets, we recommend double checking that the plants are safe for their species.
1. Aloe vera
Aloe plants come in many shapes and sizes, making it easy to purchase something specially formulated for your space. It is a succulent with southwestern vibes and a timeless look. Aloe prefers bright indirect light and requires little water. You want the soil to be moderately dry between waterings. You can also harvest the juice for home remedies and skin care, but don't remove more than a third of the plant if you want to keep it alive.
There are many different types of cacti and all of them are quite resilient. A cactus prefers warm and sunny spaces, but is low maintenance enough to survive in most places. They need so little water that they can most easily be killed by overwatering them. A cactus is an easy way to brighten up your space and makes the perfect spiky pet.
3. Cast iron plant
These plants are just as indestructible as their namesake. A cast iron plant can grow over a wide temperature range and prefers less light. You can even leave it in a dark corner to add green all year round. The leaves are thick and deep green, and the plant is generally lush. The cast iron plant grows very slowly, so you need to buy it to the desired size. This is usually larger than your average countertop plant and is best suited for a tropical touch in a living room or bedroom.
Hoya plants have a unique spherical shape on their leaves. These succulents are also called wax plants because of their shiny appearance. They grow quickly and the leaves will climb or climb up to a meter long. You can plant them in a hanging basket or train them to grow a trellis. Hoya plants occasionally bloom fragrant flowers in small clusters, especially if you keep them in brighter light. They need little water and you want to let the soil dry between waterings.
A jade plant can survive for weeks to a month without water because it stores the water in the stems and leaves (common for succulents). The jade plant will basically hibernate if it doesn't get enough water, then hydrate and grow again when it gets water again. It has a thick stem and the oval-shaped leaves grow in a bush-like cluster. They prefer bright sunlight and you should allow the soil to dry completely before watering. They can live for a very long time and are often passed down from generation to generation.
6. Philodendron heart leaf
As the name suggests, this plant has heart-shaped leaves and long, spindly stems. It is a durable and adaptive plant that can add a romantic touch to your home. It prefers indirect light or bright shade, and can grow or drag its vine up to eight feet – perfect for draping over a bookshelf or dresser. The philodendron heart leaf is also easy to spread, so you can gift an appetizer to friends. This plant is super cute but dangerous because it is poisonous to pets and people if consumed.
7. Rubber factory
The rubber plant or rubber tree is a dark green and modern looking plant. It has a glossy look and can complement more industrial and dark color schemes. If you don't prune the longer stems, it can grow into a real tree. The rubber plant prefers moderate to bright light (but not direct sunlight) and limited watering. If the leaves look drooping, it may need more water. If the leaves turn yellow or brown, the plant will get too wet.
8. Snake plant
The succulent snake plant has unique high and straight stems that make an interesting focal point. They are extremely easy to maintain, are sure to survive your two-week vacation, and will likely make you prefer to forget them. You also don't have to worry about repotting to allow for growth and you can keep it in low light. This hardy plant is also known as an air purifier.
9. Spider plant
Spider plants are fun, bright and have a striking shape. The leaves are resilient, long and thinly curved. As soon as the plant grows quite large, the tips begin to grow with baby spider plants that you can trim and use to grow a new plant (they look like little spiders, hence the name). You can plant them in pots or in a hanging basket. The spider plant prefers indirect sunlight and lower temperatures. This plant is also known for its air-purifying properties.