Low maintenance trees can be the perfect starter plants if you are not used to growing indoor plants. They can also be the ideal plant for you if you prefer not to spend a lot of time caring for indoor trees and plants. Some indoor plants will require various types of maintenance throughout the week for them to thrive, while others can go days and weeks without even so much a watering session, and they'll still be okay.
So if you are new to planting or just prefer plants that don't require a lot of time to maintain, this post is just for you. Here, we've rounded up 11 low-maintenance plants that you can grow indoors without having to obsess over their needs day-to-day.
11 Low Maintenance Indoor Trees
1. Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
The jade plant has glossy thick teardrop-shaped leaves that are lined with deep red tips. Jade plants are pretty easy to maintain, with their only caveat being that they can be susceptible to root rot very easily. The trick to prevent this is to determine how much water your particular parent needs and to create the right regimen for it. The best way to start is to let the soil dry out completely before giving the plant more water.
The soil should remain moist and well-draining to prevent the roots from absorbing too much water at once. However, you also don't want to let it go too long without water, as this can cause the leaves to wither and drop. The jade plant is native to growing zones 10 and 11, and it prefers plenty of sunlight daily.
2. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutated)
This plant is known for its beautiful freckled green leaves. The Chinese evergreen is a very forgiving plant that can easily adapt to many different room conditions. However, it doesn't like drafty rooms or areas where the average temperature is below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It typically prefers indirect or filtered sunlight in moderation throughout the day. You can also allow the soil to get a little dry for a few days before the next watering session. The Chinese evergreen is native to growing zones 6 through 9.
3. Christmas Cactus (Zygocactus or Schlumbergera)
If you're looking for a plant that will add a bit of color to your room, consider the Christmas cactus. This beautiful Mexican cactus is known for producing deep red or pink flowers at the early start of winter. The Christmas cactus plant can survive very well without much attention and is known to thrive even with weeks of neglect. It does well in low-light living rooms, but you'll find that it will bloom more flowers if exposed to hours of sunlight daily.
This plant is common in growing zones 9 through 11 and prefers slightly moist soil that can stay dry for several days at a time. It can survive in temperatures anywhere from 55 degrees to 85 degrees Fahrenheit and is perfect for areas such as windowsills, patios, and end tables.
4. Swiss Cheese Plant (Monstera deliciosa)
Here's another plant with an interesting nickname. The Swiss cheese plant has big green leaves with large holes, similar to the appearance of Swiss cheese--but its leaves are not edible, unfortunately. This plant can grow almost anywhere as long as they have access to a quality light source.
It doesn't require frequent watering, but the soil should be kept moist and well-draining. Weekly watering is ideal for the Swiss cheese plant. It's native to growing zones 10 and 11. It's best to keep the plant in areas where the temperature ranges anywhere from 65 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, as they don't tolerate cooler temperatures well.
5. Cast Iron Plant (Aspidistra relation)
This plant gets its name from its ability to survive some of the worst conditions environmental conditions. If you prefer a plant that isn't so fancy but is decorative enough to add a bit of greenery to your room, consider the cast iron plant. This plant has medium-sized sword-shaped leaves that will stand out during the blooming season. When grown indoors, it prefers temperatures anywhere between 65 and 78 degrees Fahrenheit.
It's native to growing zones 7 through 9, and some varieties can be found with small white dots on the top of their leaves. The cast iron plant prefers well-draining moist soil. It also prefers a low-light setting, so it's best to place it in an area that's several feet away from direct sunlight to prevent its leaves from scorching.
6. Pothos (Epipremnum)
For many growers, the pothos plant seems almost impossible to kill. This strong-willed plant is native to growing zones 11 and 12. The pothos can fit perfectly perched on windowsills, tabletops, or bookshelves. Its flowing heart-shaped leaves sit on the tip of twig-like branches, and some varieties come with light white speckles on top of their typically green leaves.
The pothos plant prefers soil on the moist to dry side, and it can tolerate low light levels very well. This plant can grow full and long with moderate sunlight throughout the day and a good watering session every seven to 14 days.
7. Philodendron Brasil (Philodendron hederaceum)
Here is another plant that doesn't require much attention to thrive. The Philodendron Brasil plant is native to growing zones 11 and 12 and has eye-catching heart-shaped leaves that grow on very thin nines. The leaves on this plant are known for their two-toned green hue and their down-flowing nature. If you have any tall shelves or stands in your living or bedroom, this plant can make a perfect addition for those areas.
It prefers soil that is more on the dry side, and it can survive in temperatures anywhere from 50 degrees to 78 degrees Fahrenheit. To keep the plant healthy, be sure that it only gets about three to four hours of sunlight a day. You'll also want to trim the leaves as they grow to keep them from spilling over and becoming a tripping hazard.
8. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena sandersl)
Chances are you've seen the lucky bamboo plant at the end of the compulsory aisle in your grocery store are at the local Home Depot. The narrow long shoots typically reach about three to four feet when grown indoors but can get up to 10 feet high. This plant will typically grow about two to three leaves at the end of each branch.
The lucky bamboo is native to growing zones 10 and 11 and can tolerate low-light levels for a very long time. However, these plants grow their tallest in direct or partially filtered sunlight. Watering the lucky bamboo every seven to 10 days will suffice for this easy indoor plant.
9. Dumb Cane (Dieffenbachia)
This plant is more than a tree with an interesting nickname. The dumb cane plant is a very attractive plant that's fairly easy to grow both indoors and outdoors. The name actually comes from the sap that the tree exudes, which is harmful when ingested. If the sap is ingested, it can cause humans to lose their ability to speak temporarily--thus its nickname.
This plant prefers to be in warm areas and typically requires a few hours of partial sunlight throughout the day. It also prefers temperatures anywhere from 60 degrees to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and grows best in moist but well-draining soil.
10. Mother-in-law's tongue, aka Snake plant (Sansevieria)
The snake plant is a common indoor house plant, and it's one of the easiest plants to grow. If you're looking for a plant that thrives on neglect, look no further. The snake plant is known for its slim sword-like leaves, and it can tolerate weeks without being watered. Its high drought tolerance makes it a preference amongst new growers. Overall it doesn't require pruning and will only require a re-potting about every two years unless it developed root rot.
The snake plant prefers direct to partial sunlight; however, it can tolerate low light levels very well. On average, the snake plant can grow anywhere from one to six feet high, and it's native to growing zones 10 through 12.
11. Prayer plant (Maranta)
The prayer plant's name comes from the ability of its leaves to hold an erect position during the day but a flat downward-facing one during the evening and night, similar to that of someone praying. If you're looking for a plant that has colorful leaves and is easy to maintain, here is the perfect plant for you.
These plants aren't necessarily picky about their growing conditions, but they prefer partial to sunny locations during the day. The prayer plant tolerates temperatures anywhere from 65 degrees to 78 degrees Fahrenheit and prefers slightly moist soil that is well-draining--you can also add peat moss or sand to help with this. Its native growing zones are 11 and 12.
Wrapping things up
It's important to remember that plants that are considered low maintenance will still need some TLC to thrive. The best way to care for the plant is to develop a daily or weekly regimen, depending on the plant's needs.