Unfortunately, loving plants and having a green thumb doesn’t always go hand-in-hand. For those who want to bring an essence of the world outdoors into their home, finding a low maintenance plant is key.
Here are six of the best decorative and low maintenance plants to bring your home to life, without causing you undue stress about keeping them alive.
When it comes to low maintenance decorative plants, chives have it all. These plants pretty much grow themselves and act as an aromatic, decorative grass. Under the right conditions, chives will also bloom into beautiful purple flowers.
Chives are perennial plants, meaning they’ll come back year after year. When you trim back your plant, you can use the shoots and blooms in the kitchen. This is a decorative indoor plant that keeps on giving. You can get a pack of chive seeds in the edible wildflower seed collections from MySeedNeeds.
One of the challenges “black thumbs” face when attempting to grow plants indoors is soil knowledge. Some plants require soil of a specific texture or acidity level to grow and thrive. With an air plant, you don’t need to worry about the soil because it doesn’t need any.
That’s right. You can set an air plant pretty much anywhere, without needing a pot. You could have it growing on your desk if you felt so inclined.
These beauties are incredible to look at and easy to water. Instead of watering every day, you can usually turn it upside down in a bucket of water for 15-30 minutes each week, hang it to dry, then put it back in it’s growing spot. If your air plant’s leaves start to curve inward, it’s telling you that it’s time for another bath.
Jade plants are resilient and long-lasting. As a plant that’s susceptible to root rot, it actually thrives when you forget to water it for a while.
If you plant your jade from a cutting, all you need to do is give it space to grow itself. Leave the cutting in a dry, warm area until the cut area heals, then set it on top of some dirt in a pot. From there, it will grow roots until it’s firmly rooted. During these weeks, you avoid watering it until it’s rooted and ready.
Jade likes bright windows and direct sunlight. Take it outside during the summer, but keep it warm and indoors during winter months.
Aloe is a fan-favorite for low maintenance plants. Like jade, it does better if you leave it alone and let it soak up the sun. During the winter months, you will only have to water your aloe every few weeks as it goes into a period of dormancy.
Not only do aloe plants look great, but they also have potent healing properties. These are a decorative plant that will not only look great in your home but can be a lovely gift to your friends.
A ZZ plant (zamioculcas zamiifolia) is a unique looking low-maintenance house plant. Its leaves are a vibrant shade of green, growing straight up rather than fanning out. It’s pleasing to look at and easy to take care of.
The ZZ plant doesn’t like direct sunlight but enjoys exposure to bright light throughout the day. That being said, it still thrives in dim light; it just doesn’t grow as fast. This is a plant that also does well without too much water.
Note that the ZZ plant isn’t pet-friendly. If you have furry friends at home, avoid this one.
A money tree is a beautiful indoor plant that’s recognizable by its unique, braided trunk. This decorative plant is a feng shui favorite and said to attract luck and wealth to a household.
Money trees like bright, indirect light and humid areas. This is a decorative plant that would do well in a humid bathroom, as long as you keep it away from drafty windows. You can turn this plant into a bonsai masterpiece by encouraging the stems to braid more tightly using wire.
These plants are beautiful and low-maintenance, making them perfect for interior decorating.