Easy Peasy Plant Care

Here's a handy guide for purchasing and caring for easy plants (plus some more hefty herbage suggestions for the green thumbs).
Large Leaf House Plant Monstera Deliciosa In A Gray Pot On A White Background In A Light Interior

Large leaf house plant Monstera deliciosa. Getty Images.

Key:

* = Low Water/Low Light

***** = High Water / Bright Light

 

Pothos | Epipremnum aureum

Light: **

Medium to bright filtered light, eastern or      western window. Can tolerate low light from         northern windows

Water: *

Water when top inch of the soil feels dry

Soil: All-purpose potting soil

Size: More than ten feet long, as it is a trailing/ vining plant

 

Spider plant | Chlorophytum comosum

Light: ***

Bright, indirect light, eastern or western window

Water: **

Water when top half inch of the soil feels dry,      occasional misting

Soil: All-purpose potting soil

Size: Around twelve inches tall

 

Snake plant | Sansevieria

Light: ***

Bright, indirect light, but can tolerate low light

Water: *

Water when the top inch or two of the soil feels dry

Soil: Well-draining potting mix

Size: Between one and three feet tall

 

Aloe vera | Aloe vera

Light: ***

Bright light, southern or western window

Water: *

Water when top inch of the soil feels dry, let dry
out between waterings

Soil: Well-draining cactus and succulent mix

Size: Between one to three feet tall

 

ZZ plant | Zamioculcas zamiifolia

Light: *

Low light

Water: *

Water when top inch of soil feels dry, let dry out
between waterings

Soil: Peat- or bark-based potting mix

Size: Between one to three feet tall

 

Philodendron | Philodendron

Light: ***

Bright, indirect light

Water: *

Water when top inch of soil feels dry

Soil: Well-draining potting mix

Size: Up to twenty feet long, six feet wide

 

Don’t miss these other easy-peasy plants:

Rubber plant, Peace lily, Dumb cane, Chinese evergreen and Majesty palm

 

Go Big or Go Home

To help fill up empty space and add some life to your home, bring out the big guns with this hefty herbage.

Fiddle-leaf fig | Ficus lyrata

Light: ***

Bright, indirect eastern light

Water: *

Water when top inch of soil feels dry

Soil: All-purpose potting soil

Size: Can grow to six to ten feet tall

 

Monstera | Monstera deliciosa

Light: ***

Bright, indirect eastern light, but can also grow in
lower light conditions

Water: *

Water when top inch of soil feels dry.
Monsteras love humidity

Soil: All-purpose potting soil

Size: Can grow to six to eight feet tall

 

Parlor palm | Chamaedorea elegans, Syn. Neanthe bella

Light: *

Low, northern light. Avoid direct sun

Water: *

Water when top inch feels dry

Soil: All-purpose potting soil or
cactus/succulent mix

Size: Can grow to three
to four feet tall