Flowers don’t just belong outside; flowers are also an excellent addition inside. Some plants don’t do well indoors, instead craving the natural rays of the sun to thrive. Other plants do like living inside, but only with a lot of upkeep and maintenance on your part. So do low-maintenance, easy to care for indoor plants even exist? Thankfully, yes! Even if you don’t have good luck keeping plants alive, you can enjoy any of the following easy indoor flower selections. For a great looking addition without the added hard work, here are 5 indoor potted plants that are easy to maintain.
Easy Indoor Plant #1: Cast Iron Plant
The Cast Iron Plant can grow under the most horrible of conditions, meaning this is a hard plant to kill. While this plant can thrive indoors or outdoors, it prefers to be kept inside, under low lighting. The pointed leaves of the Cast Iron plant grow in clumps that can reach 2 to 4 feet in size. Cast iron plants bloom cream or tan blossoms all throughout the year. Since this plant can live without much water and enjoys little light, use some potted Cast Irons to decorate shadowy corners of your home or business.
Easy Indoor Plant #2: Christmas Cactus Plant
Looking for a plant that continues to grow even when it is ignored? The Christmas cactus flower actually prefers to be ignored most of the time. As a part of the cactus family, this plant can thrive in harsh, dry conditions. Ideally, the Christmas cactus prefers to be kept indoors and under bright lighting. In the winter this plant blooms with pink and red-tinted flowers, if you prune this plant when the flowering begins it will stay looking full. Fun fact: if you want your Christmas cactus to bloom in time for Christmas, keep it in complete darkness for 12 hours every night starting in mid-October.
Easy Indoor Plant #3: Jade Plant
Interested in adding potted succulent plants to your home? The Jade plant is a succulent that has been grown in both American and European homes for over 100 years. A part of the Crassula family, the Jade plant can store water in its leaves, stems, and roots. This makes them more hearty and harder to kill if you forget to water them for a while. Jade plants prefer modest, indoor temperatures between 55 and 80 degrees. Every 2 or 3 years you may need to repot your jade plant in order for it to continue flourishing. The Jade is usually a houseplant, but in warm climates it also grows outdoors as a shrub. Outside these plants are much pickier and only do well in USDA Hardy Zones 9 and 10. Jades might be fussy outside, but inside they make for low-maintenance potted plants.
Easy Indoor Plant #4: Pothos Plant
You might find pothos growing more than 40 feet long in tropical jungles around the world. You can also add pothos to your own home as well without much work on your part. Homes, offices, and dorm rooms can be brightened up with a nice potho plant. These low maintenance container plants only require you tend to their wild-growing vines. Over water today, forget to water tomorrow, pothos plants don’t mind inconsistent watering. In fact, pothos are some of the easiest plants to grow. They actually prefer to have dry soil before being watered again. If leaves look droopy or grow black spots on them, you have over-watered your Pothos plant. Pothos do best indoors and in low-lit areas. When planted in a container, pothos usually grow around 6-10 feet in size. It is rare to see, but vibrant green pathos can also bloom white flowers. All plants help purify the air, but a potted potho plant is one of the most efficient air purifiers from the garden.
Easy Indoor Plant #5: Herbs—Flowers & Food
There are multiple herbs that grow well indoors, granting you green foliage, fresh scent, cleaner air, and also some flavor for your
food. Potting a mass amount of herbs in a large potted plant can really make a statement, especially in a restaurant or kitchen where the herbs can actively be put to use.
Chives are a great option. Chives add good flavor to food and they are also easy to grow in potted planters indoors. Start with a high quality planter halfway filled with soil. You can then take a tug of chives (with the roots still intact) from a larger plant. Plant this into your soil, burying the roots by adding more soil. To promote faster growth, you can cut off around 1/3 of an inch from the top of the chives.
What great indoor herb grows really fast and reminds you of dessert? It’s peppermint! Peppermint does well in shade but needs a little sun each day to truly thrive; placing it near a window will help keep peppermint low maintenance. Unlike chives, which can be implanted from a larger plant, peppermint must be started from seeds. Plant all mints in their own containers, they are dominant and will grow much faster than other herbs. When planted together, mint herbs crowd out other varieties.
The Right Container Planter For Your Indoor Plants
A secret to healthy indoor plants is a great container planter. If a plant is too small for a certain container (see our products), water will build up at the bottom of the soil, constantly soaking the roots. Eventually, this will cause plant roots to rot. If a plant is too big for its planter it is at risk for improper root growth. In order to keep growing plants healthy, they may need to be repotted every few years. Repotting gives you the opportunity to clean out old soil and replenish with fresh soil, keeping your plants living environment comfortable and clean.