Who doesn’t love the idea of a lush, plant-filled home? But the reality of needing to constantly care for a huge collection of houseplants is daunting. Luckily, we’ve got 10 low-maintenance houseplants you can add to your collection.

They’re hassle-free, stunning, and a few you probably haven’t thought of adding to your houseplant collection.

10 low-maintenance houseplants

1. Aloe vera

Aloe vera is not just a healing marvel but also a low-maintenance delight. Its thick, fleshy leaves store water, making it incredibly drought-tolerant. This succulent can survive neglect and thrives in bright, indirect light. It’s perfect for adding a touch of green to your windowsill or bathroom.


Care Tips: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight for extended periods to prevent leaf burn.

2. Cast iron plant

True to its name, the cast iron plant is nearly indestructible. With its broad, dark green leaves, it adds a touch of lush greenery to low-light areas. This plant is perfect for those who often forget to water or have limited natural light.


Care Tips: Water every 2-3 weeks and place it in low to moderate light conditions. It’s highly tolerant of neglect and poor lighting.

3. Burro’s tail

Burro’s tail is a charming succulent known for its trailing stems adorned with plump, blue-green leaves. It’s a striking addition to hanging baskets or high shelves where its delicate, cascading stems can be admired. This plant is drought-tolerant and thrives on minimal care.


Care Tips: Water sparingly and ensure good drainage. Place in bright, indirect light for optimal growth. Handle carefully, as the leaves are prone to dropping off.

4. Haworthia

Haworthia, with its rosette shape and translucent, window-like leaves, is a captivating succulent that requires very little attention. It’s small and compact, making it ideal for tight spaces or as part of a succulent arrangement on your desk or windowsill.


Care Tips: Water once a month and keep in bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight to prevent the leaves from scorching.

5. Chinese Evergreen

Chinese evergreen is a stylish and durable houseplant with lush, patterned leaves. It’s well-known for its ability to thrive in low light and low humidity conditions, making it a versatile choice for various indoor environments.

Care Tips: Water every 2-3 weeks and place in low to bright indirect light. It tolerates a wide range of lighting conditions and can thrive in less-than-ideal environments.

6. Ponytail palm

Despite its name, the ponytail palm is not a true palm but a succulent with a bulbous trunk and long, curly leaves. It’s a quirky and attractive plant that’s easy to care for, making it a fun addition to your home décor.

Care Tips: Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering. Place in bright light for best growth, though it can tolerate lower light conditions.

7. Heartleaf philodendron

The heartleaf philodendron, with its cascading vines and heart-shaped leaves, is a beloved houseplant that requires minimal care. It’s adaptable to various lighting conditions and can thrive even with infrequent watering, making it perfect for those who want a touch of green without the fuss.


Care Tips: Water every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between watering. It thrives in low to bright indirect light and can adapt to various environments.

Fun Fact: Heartleaf philodendrons can be trained to climb or trail, making them versatile for hanging baskets or climbing supports.

8. Parlor palm

Parlour palms bring a tropical flair to your home without demanding much in return. With their elegant, feathery fronds, they add a lush feel to any room. This plant is known for its adaptability and can thrive in a variety of indoor environments.

Care Tips: Water every 1-2 weeks and keep in low to bright indirect light. It can tolerate lower light levels but thrives best with moderate light.

9. Zebra plant

The zebra plant is a striking addition with its glossy green leaves adorned with bold white stripes. It’s relatively low-maintenance and can thrive in bright indirect light, adding a splash of visual interest to your home.


Care Tips: Water when the top inch of soil feels dry, and provide bright, indirect light. Ensure good humidity levels to keep the leaves looking vibrant.

10. Bird’s nest fern

The bird’s nest fern, with its wavy, lush fronds that radiate from a central rosette, adds a touch of tropical elegance to any room. It’s relatively low-maintenance and thrives in medium to low light, making it a versatile option for various indoor settings.


Care Tips: Keep the soil consistently moist and avoid direct sunlight. It thrives in medium to low light and appreciates higher humidity.

Maintaining your low-maintenance plants

While these plants are easy to care for, they still require some basic maintenance to stay healthy. Ensure they have good drainage, and avoid overwatering by allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions. Periodically dust the leaves to keep them clean and help them absorb light more efficiently.

When to re-pot and refresh

Most low-maintenance plants need repotting every 1-2 years, depending on their growth rate. Signs that it’s time to re-pot include roots growing out of the drainage holes, slow growth, or soil that dries out too quickly. Choose a slightly larger pot and refresh the soil to give your plants a new lease on life.


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Originally written and published by Jade McGee for Woman&Home.

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