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Indoor plants add a homey and airy feel to any living space. In most instances, if you have an empty corner or high, bare walls and ceilings, the right indoor plant will instantly fill that void, leaving your home looking like a page out of an interior design magazine.
Most folks tend to shy away from purchasing plants for their homes out of fear of eventually killing them. Even with the genius inventions of moisture meters and grow lights, owning an indoor plant is still an intimidating task for some. If you share this sentiment but still want to add some greenery to your space, investing in the best low-maintenance indoor plants is your best bet.
Also, you no longer have to visit a brick-and-mortar store to purchase your plants. Now, with trusted DTC brands like Bloomscape, Greendigs and Horti, you’re able to order the plant you like online and have it shipped directly to your doorstep.
In fact, I recently received a tall Dracaena Warneckii from Bloomscape, and it came extremely well-packaged. All I had to do was take it out of the box, fluff the leaves and place it in my preferred spot in my apartment. It’s that easy!
These three brands have some of the best and most stunning low-maintenance plants you’ll find. Also, if you live in an apartment with limited natural light, these are perfect since they thrive in high and low-light conditions.
Take a look at our top seven selections below.
The Sansevieria — more commonly known as the snake plant and mother-in-law’s tongue — is one of the most common and widely purchased no-fuss indoor plants you can buy. Since it’s native to the arid deserts of West Africa, it doesn’t require much water, especially during the winter months.
Its stiff, architectural and swordlike leaves make it the perfect choice for those who don’t like the look of foliage and more traditional leafy plants. If you’re new to plant ownership or just looking for an easily maintained indoor plant, the Sansevieria is the absolute best choice.
Place this plant in low to bright indirect sunlight.*
The Dracaena is one of the most visually appealing and interesting plant varieties out there. Available in tons of leaf and brand patterns and textures, these plants are sure to leave your guests in awe — and you don’t need to do a lot of work to keep them looking beautiful and healthy.
In particular, the Dracaena Marginata Open Weave is one of the boldest in its family, thanks to its woven tree stems and spiky, upright leaves. Also known as the Madagascar Dragon Tree, this one, despite its extravagant appearance, is low maintenance and thrives and adapts to almost any environment. It even grows well in low to medium light spaces.
For reference, I’ve owned my Dracaena Warneckii for about a month now, and I’ve placed it beside my entertainment center, away from indirect sunlight, and it’s thriving extremely well.
Place this plant in low to bright indirect sunlight.
Looking to add a subtle pop of color to your space without going through the hassle of painting? This 7-inch Red Chinese Evergreen Plant is the perfect way to do so. It adds a vibrant splash of red to any space. And when you look closer, you’ll also see that the full foliage comes in combinations of red, green, white and pink.
Think of this as the most artistic of the bunch with its eclectic yet modern color scheme. Also, and arguably best of all, this one is hard to mess up. It’s extremely low maintenance and, like the previous two Bloomscape picks, comes in a gorgeous ceramic pot.
Place this plant in bright to medium sunlight settings and water it about once a week or whenever the first couple of inches of the soil feels dry.
4. ZZ Plant
This medium-sized ZZ Plant is perfect for those who don’t have a lot of space or just need something for a tabletop, coffee table, end table or bookshelf.
According to Bloomscape, this completely no-fuss, carefree plant is “nearly indestructible.” In fact, the brand describes it as “ideal for beginner plant owners and those who don’t have the time for an extensive plant care routine.”
The ZZ Plant is adaptable to many indoor environments, thriving in low light and with less frequent waterings. Basically, if you’re extremely forgetful or need a plant that you don’t need to babysit, this is your best choice.
Place this plant in low to bright indirect sunlight.
5. Pothos Plant
For those who love vines, the Pothos is a no-brainer. In addition to its fast-growing trailing vines, this customer-favorite plant has beautiful heart-shaped leaves and helps purify the air. Best of all, it has a particularly helpful talent for thriving in most conditions — even when neglected — making it perfect for those who are forgetful or careless.
Choose from 11 ceramic planter colors, three display hangers and two sizes (coming in 5 and 7 inches).
Place this plant in low to bright indirect sunlight and water it about once a week or whenever the first couple inches of the soil feels dry.
If you prefer shopping in bundles instead of singularly, these final two options are going to be right up your alley. Bloomscape’s Tough Stuff Collection includes some shopper favorites: Sansevieria, ZZ Plant and Hoya, all of which thrive in low-light conditions and require very little work to maintain.
Each plant is categorized as “extra small” and ranges between 5 and 12 inches tall.
Whether you’re starting your plant family or adding to it, these easy plants are perfect for arguably any condition. Each of these handpicked plants will adapt to nearly any available light and are extremely forgiving. Best of all, since they’re so small, you get to watch them grow over time.
All three plants are no-fuss and carefree and thrive in low to bright indirect sunlight.
If your place lacks natural sunlight, Horti’s Low-Light Bundle is a must-have. This pair comes with a small Dracaena and a 6-inch Sansevieria.
According to Horti, this combo isn’t just perfect for just low-light conditions; it’s “also an amazing air-purifying set.” Described as “silent air-scrubbers,” these plants are tough and forgiving and love being left alone. In fact, they both thrive on neglect.
This set comes with everything you need to get your plant family started. The plants come in two 6-inch hand-painted terracotta pots and saucers (if you choose that option), along with plant care and repotting instruction cards.
Both plants are no-fuss and carefree and thrive in low to bright indirect sunlight. The more they’re left alone, the more they thrive.
*Indirect sunlight means a barrier between the sun’s rays and the plant. So, imagine a window or blinds as the barrier between the sun and your plant, in this case.
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