Indoor house plants are a fantastic way to brighten up your home, room or small space.
I’ve been told that I may have a few too many, but I can’t get enough of an indoor plant! They can add a splash of colour, give a space life, natural beauty and sense of calming serenity.
Many people are scared about growing indoor plants and think everything they buy just ends up dying. It doesn’t have to be this way when you buy easy to grow house plants!
Let’s take a look at first why you should keep indoor plants before we head into the list of easy to grow house plants.
Why you should have indoor house plants
Due to the way society has evolved and the advances in technology we’ve seen, humans now spend more than 85% of daily life indoors. If you’re not going out much then you need to bring a bit of the outdoors indoors!
House plants can bring multiple benefits to the indoor environment, as well as the physiological and mental health benefits to the people living there.
Here’s a quick list of the benefits of house plants backed up by science:
- Mood boosting – they quite literally can put a spring in your step
- Reduce stress and anxiety – looking at plants has been shown to make people feel less stressed and anxious
- Recover faster from illness – studies in hospitals have shown that plants in rooms helped patients to recover faster from illness and feel less perceived pain
- Boost productivity and concentration – being around plants to help your productivity levels
- Reduce blood pressure
- Reduce fatigue
- Purify indoor air – NASA experiments showed that plants can help clean and purify the air in a closed environment. Ok, you might not live in a closed environment, but plants are only going to bring benefits to indoor environments
The benefits of growing plants indoors are absolutely clear. However, some people are put off by the upkeep and care side of keeping plants.
In reality, many plants are very easy to grow indoors. It might take a little trial and error for where your indoor plant grows best, but ultimately it comes down to the right levels of water and the light conditions the plant is kept in.
Get these two things right and you’re on to a winner. See the bottom of this article for more on how to grow your indoor plants.
My top 7 easy to grow indoor plants in the UK
Before heading into the multiple reasons and benefits of why you should have house plants, here’s my quick list of 7 easy to grow indoor plants.
- Boston Fern
- Peace Lily
- English Ivy
- Golden Pothos
- Snake Plant
- Jade Plant
- Chinese Money Plant
Make a note of these and when your next our and about, keep your eyes peeled for these easy to grow and look after plants. You can of course by plants online, just make sure they’re from a good seller that’s local if possible.
Your house plants can always do with a bit of help. I’ve been using coir compost recently and it’s been great. Take a read on what coir compost is and if it’s any good here.
7 Easy Plants to Grow Indoors
With all this in mind, which plants are the best to grow indoors? Which plants will give you most chlorophyll for your pound?
1. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata)
I love Boston Fern’s for their wild, natural appearance. They require a cool spot with indirect light (they naturally occur on the forest floors under canopies), but high humidity.
They can get quite bushy when they’re happy, but look fantastic in an hanging basket, on a shelf, or in a pot hanging from the wall with their fronds flowing over the top.
When my Boston Fern got too big during the summer, I split it into four by cutting through the soil and root system and repotting them. After a little time to recovery, all four parts are doing very well! Four plants for the price of one – the power of natural regeneration!
2. Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Peace lilies are a common indoor plant, and for good reason. Peace lilies are very low maintenance, can grow in adaptable conditions and they also produce lovely white flowers.
They come in a variety of sizes, so you should be able to get one to fit your space. They can grow very large with big leaves. You will require a bit of floor or worktop space but you should be able to put the plant in most places and see it thrive.
Peace lilies don’t like direct sun, so keep it in a shady but light spot and water once every 3-5 days. They don’t like soggy conditions so make sure you don’t over-water it.
If you haven’t watered your peace lily for a while, it will let you know that it needs a drink by dropping right down. It might look like it’s completely dead but don’t panic – give it a glass of water and it’ll rise from the dead in half a day or so.
3. Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Peperomioides)
The Chinese money plant – thought to bring good luck, money and fortune to owners. With its striking round leaves and quite strange appearance, it’s a popular plant and also very easy to grow.
I bought my Chinese money plant when it was half dead for 50p. With a little bit of care, it’s come thriving back to life as you can see from the image above.
And it really doesn’t take much caring for. Place is near a bright window and water roughly once a week when the soil is dry.
4. English Ivy (Hedera helix)
An excellent plant for cleaning up the air. Being a vine plant so it’s a great one for growing up a wall or hanging down from an elevated position. When it’s thriving it looks majestic.
Some people find English Ivy tricky to grow but it’s easy when you know what it likes – medium to bright light, slightly dry soil and very good drainage so it isn’t sitting in soggy soil.
5. Golden Pothos / Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
Pothos is another type of vine plant that can look fantastic growing up a wall or trailing down from a hanging basket.
Pothos or Devil’s Ivy, isn’t too fussy when it comes to light conditions, requires a little water once a week but does like humid environments. They do well in bathrooms or kitchens, or if elsewhere in the home give your Pothos a spray of water.
There are actually many different types of pothos, check these pothos varieties out here.
6. Snake Plant / Mother-in-Laws tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata)
Requiring indirect light and not much water, snake plants need very little attention and care. Some say they are almost unkillable and actually does well with neglect!
If you’re a first time plant parent, you can’t go wrong with an easy to grow snake plant.
They also grow vertical so won’t take up any important floor or horizontal space – good for those tall, thin spaces that need a feature.
7. Lucky Plant / Jade Plant (Crassula ovata)
This plant has a few different names (which is where the binomial Crassula ovata name comes in handy) but you won’t mistake it once you’ve seen it.
It has thick, glossy, oval-shaped leaves and a strong wooden stem make this plant very eye-catching.
Require a nice sunny spot and watering approximately once a week. It’s a succulent, so doesn’t require loads of water. It’s also a slow grower but mine is doing really well!
Best way to look after indoor house plants
Indoor plants are often easier to look after and grow than people think.
Once your plant has been potted correctly, it’s a matter of water and light.
When you buy plant the label usually let’s you know what conditions the species prefers – warm, full sun, indirect light, shade, part shade are all options.
Once the light conditions are sorted it’s then a matter of giving the plant adequate levels of water. This is where most people come unstuck. A fair amount of problems come by overwatering plants, so I always think it’s better to slightly underwater than give too much. You can always add more water but you can’t take it away from the soil!
Before we head into the types of easy house plants to grow indoors, let’s take a look at the benefits that house plants can bring to an indoor space backed up by research and science.
Get your easy to grow indoor house plants
There you have it, hopefully some good ideas for you to easily grow some indoor house plants.
If you haven’t got any already, indoor house plants are a must in your life! If you’re a bit on the lacking motivation, have a look around my Lazy Flora review* for ideas and even get a subscription service to your door.
Having indoor plants in and around your home bring multiple benefits. These range from reducing anxiety and mood boosting benefits, to helping you to sleep better and improving concentration.
I’m not plant expert but I’d recommend starting off with one or just a couple of these easy to grow plants that will thrive indoors, even in our rather dreary UK climate.
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Ben is the Creator and Editor of Tiny Eco Home Life. I write and publish information about more sustainable, environmentally friendly living in and around the home.
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