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Here is a list of the best indoor low maintenance plants for those who are looking for easy care plants for indoor decoration.
Many non-gardening people want indoor plants and they want pretty, flowering, low water plants that are easy to maintain! It’s not as hard as some people think. Below are some good plants that are easy care, insect, and disease resistant.
Best Indoor Low Maintenance Plants
Mother in Law’s Tongue (trifasciata) (Sansevieria)
Also called the snake plant and it is a low maintenance plant. You can basically put it in cactus soil and water about once per month. And pretty much leave it alone. It is a slow grower and there are many varieties to choose from. It can tolerate low light or lots of light. It’s perfect in an office setting since it requires little water.
It can grow up to 3 ft. in height and width. The Mother in Law plant is not susceptible to diseases or insects. However, It is a highly toxic plant and may cause skin irritation to some folks.
Feed it cactus juice since it is in the Cactus family and only about once or twice per year.
The Pothos Plant (Epipremnum aureum)
An easy fast growing trailing type of plant. Water about once per week and fertilize only occasionally. You can put it in a hanging basket or in a decorative container as it will grow and hang over the pot. There are several varieties to choose from. The marble and golden yellow are also very attractive plants. If they get too big just trim them off wherever you need too.
They do like lots of sunlight so place it near a large window or you can place it outdoors during the spring, summer and fall months. Place in morning sun afternoon shade or underneath a large shade tree. Bring indoors before the first freeze…if you live in a freeze zone garden area.
It rarely has insect or disease problems sometimes mealy bugs will attack this plant. Use a good systemic insecticide to remove them. You can also go organic by taking them outdoors and rinse them out thoroughly with water then spray them with neem oil.
The Dumbcane plant is an easy-care plant that grows fast. It is grown for its beautiful, colorful, bright green and white foliage. There is also an all green variety it is called the D. oerstedii Dumbcane. Place them in a large container and they will grow quickly and best if placed in full light but will tolerate medium light.
It is considered poisonous plant and will make your mouth swell up if chewed on. The sap is what makes it highly toxic so make sure to use gloves if you decide to cut it up to trim or to make cuttings from it. It got its common name from the swelling on their mouths after chewing the foliage. It’s hard to speak when your mouth is swollen!
The Dumbcane plant is not prone to disease or insects. Water about 1-2 per week. It likes the soil to be dried out before watering again.
Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
The Spider plant likes bright indirect sunlight. Can be taken outdoors during the spring, summer and fall seasons. Likes moist soil but not sopping wet.
The common name comes from the stems reaching out on the spider plant resembling… well, a spider! Fertilize in spring and summer only. Easy care and a fast-growing houseplant. You can also cut off the small spider-like ends and place them in potting soil for another fast-growing spider plant!
Spider plants are not susceptible to diseases or insects. Occasionally, mealy-bugs will attack this plant. Use a good system insecticide to remove them or go organic and use insecticidal soaps.
Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
Jade plants are succulents and they only need water about 2-3 times per month. Water thoroughly then leave alone until time to water again. Too much water will cause root rot on this plant. Use cactus juice instead of normal plant fertilizer. Make sure your container drains well.
Diseases are not a problem for this plant however, mealy-bugs will attack this plant. Use a good systemic insecticide to kill them. You can also place the plant on its side and spray them with water to remove mealybugs. Let the water and mealybugs fall into a plastic bag. Then, spray them with a good insecticidal soap to make sure these insects are gone!
The Jade plant will get quite large over time and does produce a nice light pink flower if you place it where it will receive lots of sunshine.
Content for visitorsMarginata Plant
The Dracaena Marginata plant is a favorite for the beginner indoor gardener. It is a slow grower but it tolerates inconsistent watering, fertilizing and light.
Water about once or twice per week. It is not susceptible to insects or diseases but mealybugs might attack it. Use a good systemic insecticide to remove. The spray insecticide will work however it will take several applications to kill these pests.
Go organic and place the plant on its side, place a plastic trash bag on the floor (outdoors). Use a good strong spray bottle to flush out these insects. Afterward, spray with a ready to use neem oil-based solution to make sure you have removed them.
Split Leaf Philodendron (Monstera)
Easy Indoor Plants
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