4 Low-Maintenance Houseplants

Have less than a green thumb? Here are four low maintenance houseplants you may want to try.

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1. Aloe (Aloe Vera):  The aloe vera plant is well known for its clear, cool gel that helps heal burns and cuts. In addition to healing burns and cuts, aloe vera has many other medicinal qualities. Its thick, fleshy leaves point out in all directions and will have serrated edges or white spots, depending on the variety. When an aloe plant reaches maturity (at approximately four years of age), and if it receives enough light, it may produce a tall flowering stalk in spring. If you purchase your aloe plant in a small plastic container, consider repotting it in a larger clay container. Aloe plants become very top-heavy as they grow and will have a tendency to fall over. A heavy clay or terracotta pot will keep your plant stable. This article will help you weigh the pros and cons and help you determine which pot is best for you. 

1. Aloe (Aloe Vera)

The aloe vera plant is well known for its clear, cool gel that helps heal burns and cuts. In addition to healing burns and cuts, aloe vera has many other medicinal qualities. Its thick, fleshy leaves point out in all directions and will have serrated edges or white spots, depending on the variety. When an aloe plant reaches maturity (at approximately four years of age), and if it receives enough light, it may produce a tall flowering stalk in spring. If you purchase your aloe plant in a small plastic container, consider repotting it in a larger clay container. Aloe plants become very top-heavy as they grow and will have a tendency to fall over. A heavy clay or terracotta pot will keep your plant stable. This article will help you weigh the pros and cons and help you determine which pot is best for you. 

2. False Shamrock (Oxalis Triangularis): The flowering false shamrock grows from a bulb and is often sold around St. Patrick’s Day. This plant with three triangular leaves is also known as the purple shamrock or wood sorrel and displays small white or pale pink flowers during spring and summer. Like other bulb-based plants, the false shamrock can go into dormancy a couple of times a year, especially if indoor temperatures rise above 80˚F / 27˚C. The false shamrock prefers temperatures between 60˚ and 70˚F / 16˚ and 21˚C. When the foliage dies off, stop watering and feeding the plant. Remove the dead leaves and stems, and the bulbs will begin to grow again in about two to four weeks. At this time, resume watering and feeding your plant. Unsure if your plant is dead or dormant? Here is a helpful article that will help you determine whether your plant is dead or dormant and how to proceed.

2. False Shamrock (Oxalis Triangularis):

The flowering false shamrock grows from a bulb and is often sold around St. Patrick’s Day. This plant with three triangular leaves is also known as the purple shamrock or wood sorrel and displays small white or pale pink flowers during spring and summer. Like other bulb-based plants, the false shamrock can go into dormancy a couple of times a year, especially if indoor temperatures rise above 80˚F / 27˚C. The false shamrock prefers temperatures between 60˚ and 70˚F / 16˚ and 21˚C. When the foliage dies off, stop watering and feeding the plant. Remove the dead leaves and stems, and the bulbs will begin to grow again in about two to four weeks. At this time, resume watering and feeding your plant. Unsure if your plant is dead or dormant? Here is a helpful article that will help you determine whether your plant is dead or dormant and how to proceed.

3. Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata)  Commonly known as the friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree, the jade plant is a sturdy treelike succulent. Folklore has it that the plant brings an abundance of wealth and prosperity to its owners, perhaps because of the coin-shaped leaves. Jade plants store water in their flat leaves and will do best if you allow the soil to become almost dry between waterings. Jade plants thrive in room temperatures between 65˚F and 75˚F / 18˚C and 24˚C, and can grow up to 5 feet / 1.5 m indoors. Like aloe vera, the jade plant has many medicinal properties.

3. Jade Plant (Crassula Ovata) 

Commonly known as the friendship tree, lucky plant, or money tree, the jade plant is a sturdy treelike succulent. Folklore has it that the plant brings an abundance of wealth and prosperity to its owners, perhaps because of the coin-shaped leaves. Jade plants store water in their flat leaves and will do best if you allow the soil to become almost dry between waterings. Jade plants thrive in room temperatures between 65˚F and 75˚F / 18˚C and 24˚C, and can grow up to 5 feet / 1.5 m indoors. Like aloe vera, the jade plant has many medicinal properties.

4. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana) Lucky bamboo, also known as friendship bamboo or ribbon plant, is said to bring good fortune and happiness to its owners. Lucky bamboo can be grown in water or soil. If using water, make sure the level is high enough to cover the roots once they emerge. You will need to change the water every couple of weeks and keep your container clean. Use distilled water if chemicals in tap water are a concern. A tall container will help support the lucky bamboo’s stalks. Lucky bamboo is a great plant to give as a gift. In fact, did you know that the amount of lucky bamboo stalks you purchase represents different things? To learn how to care for these low-maintenance houseplants and many others, pre-order my new book, Happy Houseplants, now at a discounted rate. 

4. Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana)

Lucky bamboo, also known as friendship bamboo or ribbon plant, is said to bring good fortune and happiness to its owners. Lucky bamboo can be grown in water or soil. If using water, make sure the level is high enough to cover the roots once they emerge. You will need to change the water every couple of weeks and keep your container clean. Use distilled water if chemicals in tap water are a concern. A tall container will help support the lucky bamboo’s stalks. Lucky bamboo is a great plant to give as a gift. In fact, did you know that the amount of lucky bamboo stalks you purchase represents different things?

To learn how to care for these low-maintenance houseplants and many others, pre-order my new book, Happy Houseplants, now at a discounted rate.