Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your living space with some fun, cheerful plants to welcome all of the warm weather ahead. Whether you’re a budding plant enthusiast or have a well-seasoned green thumb, the easy-to-grow plants we’re exploring today are nontoxic to keep your family, friends, and pets safe while adding life and a little extra color throughout your home.
Easy-to-Grow Indoor Plants
Calathea (Prayer Plant)
This tropical beauty loves indirect sunlight and consistently moist soil. Its leaves will close at night, like praying hands, making it an eye-catching addition to any room. It's also an air purifier that helps reduce toxins in the air, making them a great option to keep in your bedroom and other relaxing spaces throughout your home.
As its name suggests, this hardy houseplant can handle just about anything. Its dark green foliage grows in clumps that reach up to two feet tall when mature, making it an impressive addition to any space. Cast-iron plants also require very little care—just make sure they get plenty of bright, indirect light and allow the soil to dry out completely between watering sessions.
Grape ivy is an attractive trailing vine with heart shaped leaves that come in shades of purple, maroon, or green depending on how much sun they receive each day. They thrive best when given plenty of bright indirect sunlight. However, they are also very tolerant of low light conditions if bright, indirect sunlight isn’t an option.
Also known as “wax plants” or “porcelain flowers” due to their waxy blooms, Hoyas are easy houseplants with minimal care requirements. They prefer bright indirect light but can tolerate lower levels of light, too. Just make sure not to overwater; allowing their soil to dry out completely between watering sessions will help keep them in top shape.
Also known as the "friendship tree," jade plants have thick succulent leaves which makes them perfect for busy gardeners who don't have a lot of extra time. They do best when placed near a window where they can get plenty of indirect sunlight throughout the day but can also survive in darker spots if necessary.
This succulent plant is low maintenance and requires very little water. It does best in a sunny spot, but can also thrive in areas with indirect light. If you’re looking for something that will bloom year-round, the Kalanchoe is the perfect option for you!
A unique plant that looks like a miniature palm tree, the ponytail palm has a distinctive trunk and plume of foliage at the top. Though it's drought-tolerant, it’s important to keep the soil lightly moist during warmer months and let it dry out between sessions the rest of the year. And while ponytail palms prefer bright indirect light, they can tolerate lower levels of light as well.
Schefflera (Umbrella Plant)
This evergreen shrub produces glossy green leaves that look like umbrellas on long stalks. While Umbrella plants prefer indirect sunlight, they can tolerate low light levels without issue. To keep yours looking nice, try to maintain light moisture in the soil during the growing season and let it dry out slightly between watering sessions during the off season (i.e., winter months).
With long arching leaves and delicate white flowers, spider plants are great for beginning gardeners because they are super low maintenance. They prefer bright direct light but can survive in lower levels too, making them ideal for a variety of spaces. Just make sure not to overwater—letting their soil dry out completely between waterings will help keep them healthy throughout the year.
Snake plants are perfect for those who don’t have much time because they are known to survive up to several weeks without water. Just make sure they get as much bright, indirect light as possible and that, when you do water them, you allow the soil to dry out completely before watering them again.
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