Houseplants are a bit like rabbits. They tend to multiply very quickly. You could take a little spider plant cut home to pop into some dirt and before you know it you have a full windowsill garden.
No judgement. We’ve all been through this.
But then you have a catch. Your first snake plant, your cute little cactus, your squishy succulent, these plants were all easy to care for. Some light, not too much water, and they took care of themselves pretty well. As you start to expand your collection, it gets tougher. If you’re the type of person who looks forward to checking the pH of water and setting up hydroponic lamps for your rare tropical plants, that’s amazing. It goes on in good health. But for the rest of us (ahem) lazy plant owners, here are a few rare plants that will look great on your shelf but aren’t too fussy to care for.
There are hundreds of types of philodendron plants, and the vast majority are incredibly easy to care for. They need bright, indirect light, and you can let the soil dry out almost completely between waterings. The plants are also incredibly adaptable, so you can let the plant grow and infuse on its own or set up a trellis. Most philodendrons also grow large leaves that look stunning, so you can get all of Instagram’s influence without breaking your back.
Hoya is a tropical plant, but don’t let that put you off. It is extremely easy to care for and can reward you with beautiful flowers with little effort. Hoyas are sometimes called wax plants because they produce dark green, waxy leaves and have a nice, sweet scent. Hoyas should always have good drainage in their pots as they are sensitive to overwatering, but they like to have a schedule. Once you give them some bright light and find a watering routine, these guys will live forever.
Now let’s talk. Pitcher plants are eye-catching, with brightly colored leaves that form tubes known as trap traps. Fall That’s right, pitcher plants are carnivores. Not only do these plants look cool, they’ll also help you get rid of unwanted flies and bugs that are wandering into your space. Though they look fussy, pitchers are quite adaptable to interiors. Most need bright light, and the soil should be kept moist but not soaked. You can also hand-feed a dried insect into the trap every few weeks if it hasn’t caught one by itself.
Talk about simple – these plants don’t even need soil. In nature, air plants usually grow on branches and develop thin leaves that protrude from the center of the plant. For indoor gardens, air plants are well suited in small glass terrariums, but they can also be placed almost anywhere. You need indirect light and love a warm temperature. Keep them out of direct sun but near a window and they will be happy. For watering, place the plant in a bowl or glass with enough water to submerge about once a week. Let it soak for about 20 minutes, then let the plant drain on a towel before returning to its home. Voila!
Pilea, also known as the Chinese money plant, is native to southwest China. The plant is said to bring good luck and got its nickname because its leaves look like large coins. Today they are grown all over the world because they are easy to care for and look great. They sprout round, flat leaves from a central core and tend to stack on top of each other. Keep these guys out of direct sunlight or their leaves could be scorched. The soil also needs to dry out between waterings, so this is a perfect plant if you don’t want to do the rounds with a watering can every day. Your large leaves can get a little dusty, so wipe them every now and then with a damp cloth and you’re good to go.