These Are the 10 Easiest Plants to Grow of All Time

updated Dec 13, 2019
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If your idea of indoor gardening is to plop a plant in a corner and splash some water on it once in awhile, this is the list for you. All will be well if you do exactly that for any of the plants on this list.

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Spider Plant

Spider plant has to top any list of fuss-free houseplants. I’ve practically ignored mine for the past few years and it still develops an abundance of new pups each year. Give them some indirect light and water once a week or so and you’ll be all set.

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Peace Lily

There’s a reason peace lilies factor into the decor scheme of so many office buildings, and it’s because they’re able to tough it out in low light situations. They’ve even been known to survive off only fluorescent overhead lights, though they do best with some access to sun, of course. For best results, provide them with part sun and water once or twice a week, depending on how large your specimen is.

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Cast Iron Plant

Cast iron plant is another hardy choice for dim conditions. In fact, it’s one downfall is direct sunlight as it’s prone to scorching. When it comes to watering, err on the side of less is more or you may risk root rot.

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The title of Apartment Therapy’s growing guide for pothos is “Pothos Are so Easy to Care for It’s Stupid.” And you can’t argue with that. Pothos do well anywhere on the spectrum of light conditions, though, like cast iron plant, they’re prone to scorching. Let the soil dry out fully in between waterings.

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Philodendrons are similar to pothos in both appearance and care requirements. They like to be kept out of direct sunlight, but they’re fine with most anything else, and they only need water when dry.

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Snake Plant

Snake plants are like outside cats. They want you to give them food and water occasionally and leave them well alone the rest of time. They tolerate a range of light conditions, but indirect light will give you the best results. Refrain from watering until the soil has dried out, especially in winter when plants need less water.

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English Ivy

English ivy is frequently grown as a ground cover outdoors, but it also makes a lovely, and super resilient, trailing houseplant. It’s great for shady, out-of-the-way spots where other plants might not grow, though it can take bright sun, too. And, because it’s typically grown outdoors, it’s also hardy in the face of temperature fluctuations.

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Dieffenbachias have mostly the same preferences as many of the other houseplants we’ve talked about so far: a medium amount of light and water when the soil dries out. Rotate the pot every now and again to prevent legginess.

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Shamrock Plant

Shamrock plants are small and dainty, great for adorning desks, bookcases, or mantles. They like a sunny window and water only when the soil is dry, about every other week.

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ZZ Plant

ZZ plants prefer bright but filtered light, and may even lean away from the window if the sun is too harsh. Other than that, you really don’t need to worry about them much. Water only when dry.

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