Houseplants are a truly delightful addition to any home. They’re a great decoration, but they also have profound impacts besides just looking good. They create a relaxed ambiance in pretty any room of your home. According to a 2008 study, researchers found that hospital patients who had plants in their rooms reported much less stress than those who didn’t. That’s why we’ve compiled for you this useful guide to the 10 easiest houseplants to grow. Enjoy!
1. Aloe Vera, Aloe barbadensis miller
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Aloe vera is one of my favorite plants to grow. They stay small if you keep them in a smaller pot but get much larger if you transfer them to a larger one. They’re succulents, so they don’t mind a little bit of neglect. Not just that, but they also have some medicinal properties. They’re good for detoxing the body when you add a bit to a smoothie or a juice, can be used to soothe the pain from cuts and burns on your body, and they’re also good for cleaning the air of pollutants. If your air quality is too poor, the plant will begin to show brown spots. Aloe vera enjoys warm, sunny conditions.
2. English ivy, Hedera helix
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NASA found that the English Ivy is one of the most purifying houseplants you can have, but be warned! English ivy is extremely, extremely invasive in non-native environments. It makes a great houseplant and it’s seriously easy to grow, but keep it indoors in a pot if it doesn’t grow as a native plant in your area. It enjoys moderate temperatures and medium sunlight.
3. Rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis
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Rubber trees are fast growing and easy to please. They thrive in dim, cool environments, making them one of the best houseplants for homes that don’t necessarily get a lot of direct sunlight. It’s a powerful air purifier that will leave your home a more relaxed, clean environment.
4. Peace lily, Spathiphyllum cochlearispathum
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The peace lily is a wonderful, easy to grow and impossible to kill houseplant that periodically sends up the gorgeous white flowers you see above. Like the aloe, it can get huge if you plant it in a larger pot, or will stay small in a smaller pot. They enjoy shade and cooler temperatures and help reduce the presence of various household toxins.
5. Snake plant, Sansevieria trifasciata
The snake plant is another easy to grow and hard to kill houseplant. They require little water or light to survive. They’re a great choice for a corner of your home that you often forget about. They’re a little bit different from most of your house plants. During the day, the plants absorb carbon dioxide, and at night, they exhale oxygen. This makes them a good choice for bedrooms too, as that oxygen released at night will help you sleep easier and wake up refreshed.
6. Bamboo palm, Chamaedorea
The bamboo palm also made NASA’s list of best air-purifying plants. It’s especially good at cleansing the air of benzene and trichloroethylene, but require a little more maintenance than the others listed here. They enjoy lots of water and need shade or indirect sunlight. This makes them a great candidate for the kitchen. I keep mine by the kitchen sink. Every time I clean my dishes, I’m reminded that it’s there and needs a squirt of water.
7. Philodendron, Philodendron bipinnatifidum
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Philodendron comes in tons of different varieties. Some have long, finger-like leaves. Others have holes in them. Some are rounded and some are even heart shaped. They’re a popular plant for the home. They’re easy to grow and care for. Like the English ivy, it’s great at absorbing formaldehyde and can last for decades if you take care of them well. They like moderate water and some sunlight, but not direct sun.
8. Spider plant, Chlorophytum comosum
I like to call the spider plant the “immortal” plant. The plant itself lasts for years and years when you properly take care of it. My mom had a spider plant when I was a kid that I think is still alive today. Their longevity isn’t just what makes them immortal. A mature spider plant will begin sending off chutes with baby spider plants on them. You can snip them, plant them in soil, and the next thing you know, you have a few dozen of them growing. This is what makes them one of the most common plants. Not only are they easy to grow, they’re effective at absorbing benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene. They enjoy shadier conditions and moderate amounts of water.
9. Dracaena, Dracaena braunii
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It’s not uncommon for a dracaena to grow to ceiling height, up to 15 feet tall, but they can be stunted by staying in a smaller pot. These beautiful plants are known for removing xylene, trichloroethylene, and formaldehyde. They do like lots of sunlight and moderate water, however.
10. Golden pothos, Epipremnum aureum
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Last but certainly not lease is the nearly mythic indestructible golden pothos. It made NASA’s list for its ability to easily clear formaldehyde from our air and the things are seriously difficult to kill. They’re a vine, so they make great hanging baskets. They’ll grow and grow and grow until they’ve reached the floor. They like cool temperatures, low levels of light, and while they do enjoy plenty of water, they can take some serious neglect.
And that’s our list! These plants are all commonly available at nurseries, inexpensive, and are very, very easy to grow. Which one is your favorite?