What are your favorite low-maintenance indoor plants?

Plants of all kinds can do wonders for interior spaces—but of course, some are easier to care for than others. We'd love to know your fave houseplants for beginners, low-light conditions, and anything in between. Tell us below!

Emily Kochman


Kristen W. June 10, 2021
Mother-In-Law’s tongue! They are cool-looking, require very little attention and you just can’t kill ‘em!
Emily K. June 10, 2021
Perfect combo for those with a not-so-green thumb :). Thanks, Kristen!
702551 June 9, 2021
Assuming the lighting is ideal, orchids are really low maintenance indoor plants that can survive for weeks without watering (suitable for a decent length vacation).

Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum), money plant (Epipremnum aureum), and some palms are very lenient to infrequent waterings as well.

Years ago NASA (yes the space agency) came up with a list of houseplants that were helpful in reducing toxins from the air. Almost all of those plants on that list are low maintenance. A judicious web search will find the NASA list.
Emily K. June 10, 2021
Thanks so much for the suggestions and information!
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