Houseplants are reputed to purify indoor air and promote a sense of calmness and well-being. They also inspire friendship when you can share easy-to-grow cuttings. The newest example of this is the Sharing Plant, taking Instagram by storm with its bold, modern foliage and sharing nature.
Pilea peperomioides is known as the Sharing Plant because it’s so easy to propagate. This plant produces “babies” that you can dig up and share with friends. Friends can plant the babies in pots, place them on windowsills and will soon have more plants to share.
As for care, give the sharing plant medium light, but not direct sun, and regular watering, says Justin Hancock, houseplant expert and horticulturist at Costa Farms.
“Like most houseplants, you can fertilize almost as much as you want for optimal growth, or as little as once or twice a year in spring and summer.” He recommends a timed-release fertilizer to do the work for you.
Keep pilea away from drafts, but it’s otherwise a low-maintenance star, Hancock says.
Like the sharing plant, many houseplants are easy to grow, and some will thrive in low light and low water situations. Note that not all plants listed here are available at all Garden Centers.
More Low-Maintenance Houseplants:
1. Ponytail palm
This petite palm brings the right mix of tropical vibes and whimsy to any room. Ponytail palms like sunlight, so place near a sunny window. Water only when the soil is dry to the touch, every seven to 10 days.
2. ZZ plant
You really have to know what you’re doing to kill a ZZ plant. In other words, this plant thrives on neglect.
It will adapt to low, medium or bright light, and needs to dry out between waterings. Touch the soil, and if it feels dry, it’s time to water.
A low-maintenance succulent, aloe features long, narrow leaves edged in soft teeth. In folk medicine, Aloe barbadensis, or aloe vera, is used to reduce the pain from minor burns.
Aloe is easy to propagate. Like other succulents, give aloe filtered sunlight and water only when the soil is dry to the touch.
4. Spider Plant
Spider plant’s brilliant foliage makes a striking accent indoors. Aside from the variegated foliage, spider plant is noted for the small plantlets and white flower sprays that dangle on arching stems and cascade gracefully from hanging baskets or planters.
Spider plant requires just a little more effort than others on this list. It doesn’t like to dry out, so water weekly and for best results, fertilize monthly. Like the Sharing Plant, spider plantlets can be pinched off and rooted in potting mix to share with friends.
5. Snake Plant
Snake plant (also called sansevieria or mother-in-law’s tongue) features sturdy striped foliage that feels right at home in any room.
Like ZZ plant, snake plant tolerates low light conditions and infrequent waterings. It’s the perfect plant for frequent travelers and folks who get busy and may forget to care for their plants.
Pothos is a classic with trailing heart-shaped leaves, often variegated, that spill over edges of pots and curl around trellises and posts, whatever is nearby.
Pothos likes low to medium light. Let the soil dry between waterings.