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10 Houseplants That Are Easy to Keep Alive

Add color and texture to your space with some greenery that’s simple to care for—they’re basically the next step up from having faux plants.
Low maintenance and practical, its sculptural stems tend to sprout up and outwards in direction and have little jagged edges around the perimeter of the leaves. Some have speckled white spots, some long white subtle lines, and some are a softer green. The leaves can be split open and used on scrapes and burns.
It prefers bright but not direct sunlight. When watering, be sure to fully moisten the soil and water every 2-3 weeks (or when the top third of the soil feels dry).







These rounded leafy-looking succulent species love to crowd pots and look lusciously full, but very rarely need to be re-potted. Forgiving and easy to grow, they’re an easy way to add greenery to a room without a lot of fuss.
This plant loves a lot of indirect sunlight, but keep it out of rooms that get too hot or dry. Water when the soil is completely dry and moisten it completely. Don’t overwater, jade is prone to root rot.







Spider plants’ long, narrow, and pointy leaves grow very full and bushy. A lively looking green plant with a lighter green border around the perimeter of every leaf, spider plants are great for people who travel a lot or forget to water thanks to their hearty nature and durability.
They thrive in bright indirect light and actually prefer to dry out a bit between thorough waterings.







Nerve Plants have the prettiest leaves, they’re a rich green and have highly contrasted white veins, or you can find varieties with different colors like pink, red, or light green. Prone to dryness, they’ll do a dramatic wilt when they’re looking for water. 
They love bright indirect light and the soil should be kept consistently moist, nerve plants will dry out quickly if you miss their wilting leaves. This type of plant also flourishes in a terrarium setting because of the humid environment it provides.







Calathea’s large decorative green leaves can be wide or longer and narrow, sometimes with scalloped edges. Several popular varieties have intense green or pink stripes, some stripes look like they were painted on with a feathered brush and others have a more braided looking pattern.
They prefer indirect or lower light, and like to stay consistently moist, but be careful not to drown it with water. Because of its larger leaves, this plant’s leaves can be misted with water to keep the edges from browning.







ZZ Plants are ideal for people new to the green-scene since they can tolerate some neglect. It’s a very green plant, with waxy, smaller leaves. The root of the plant is interesting, too, it looks a little like a potato and stores water. 
ZZ plant can be placed in low to brighter indirect light and don’t worry about it drying out, give it a good soaking when the soil looks dry and it should be good for a few weeks.







Pothos’s leaf color can vary with yellow or white speckles. Pothos are known to grow in a vine-like system, as they are also known as Devil’s Ivy. They thrive in hanging pots where they can grow however they please.
Ideal for indoor settings, they prefer indirect light, but the range of light they receive can vary from low to bright indirect light. However, they will grow more vigorously with brighter light. Only water when the soil feels dry, over watering will make the leaves crisp up and turn yellow.







Air plants are excellent as low maintenance house plants, because as their namesake suggests, they grow without soil. At first glance, the small, long leaves grow peculiarly, almost resembling the top of a pineapple. Since they don’t require soil, they can be tucked into different vessels and work well as decorative touches.
Once every two to three weeks, submerge in water for thirty minutes. After soaking, place the plant upside down on a surface that will soak up the excess moisture. Like most house plants, air plants do not like direct sunlight, but do prefer brighter environments.







Bird’s Nest Fern is a rich green plant with long, frilly, and curly leaves. The leaves will start to look droopy and less green when it needs to be watered.
It’s versatile when location-spotting in your home, as it likes light ranging from low to bright and indirect sunlight. It prefers consistently moist soil, with some room for drying out in between applying care, and needs to be watered every week or two.







Rubber trees are great as a taller plant for indoor settings and are less challenging than a fiddle leaf fig tree. With large, waxy leaves, and wooden stems, a rubber tree creates a simple yet beautiful textured element for your home.
Rubber plants are ideal for environments with bright, but diffused light, where they can thrive and continue to grow, but they can also tolerate lower indirect light. Like many other plants with larger leaves, it can also take in water there, so misting them occasionally can be helpful. For your watering routine, be sure to give it a drink every week or two, and increase watering depending on the amount of light it receives so that the leaves don’t begin to burn.




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