Not everybody is born with green thumbs. If you’re looking for a houseplant that will bring brightness and oxygen to your home (without taking up your time with things like watering and pruning), there’s a plant for you!

 

CACTI
These plants – tested in the desert, where there’s not another living thing to take care of them – make for perfect low-maintenance options, especially if they’re planted in a stylish geometric-patterned pot.

 

A cactus is a succulent with thick leaves to retain water so it’s a dream if you have a busy lifestyle. Water every two to three weeks and make sure the soil is completely dry all the way through before watering again.

 

Place in bright, indirect sunlight. A Jade Plant is a pretty alternative to the traditional cactus.

 

LUCKY BAMBOO
Dirty secret: it’s not actually bamboo. Place this minimalist Dracaena in indirect sunlight in a vase with pebbles.

 

It grows in water, but you only need to change it every two weeks. Lucky bamboo is sensitive to the chemicals in tap water so let it sit overnight so the chemicals can evaporate.

 

SNAKE PLANT
Otherwise known as Mother-in-Law’s Tongue, its two names would suggest that this sharp-leafed plant is one tough cookie.

 

Another succulent, it is pretty and it improves air quality. Snake plants grow well in sunny spots and like to be watered every two to three weeks.

 

FERNS
Ferns thrive in humid areas, but they don’t like to be kept wet. This is ideal if you forget to pick up a watering can for a few days.

 

Let the soil dry out completely before watering again and water underneath the leaves instead of on top.

 

FICUS
The full leaves of this plant make them a noticeable and happy addition to a room.

 

They prefer bright, but indirect sunlight and hate to be overwatered. Brown leaf edges usually mean a lack of light or water.

 

KALANCHOES
Don’t let the pretty flowers fool you. This plant is a hardy succulent on the inside.

 

It thrives in lots of sunlight and can survive weeks of neglect. Water thoroughly but let it dry out completely before watering again.


LET IT GROW!
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