Adding house plants to your home are a great way to bring a touch of nature indoors. House plants have a variety of benefits to help improve your overall health and well-being. Here are our top picks for low-maintenance options to keep you healthy this winter.
ZZ plants are as low maintenance as they come. With long stems and glossy leaves, these plants will dress up any room, office, and or hallway.
Light: ZZ Plants will do great in any lighting condition and can even thrive in fluorescent lighting. Avoid direct sunlight, because the leaves can get sunburned.
Water: ZZ Plants like to dry out between watering, and can even thrive if forgotten for a bit. When in doubt underwater. Overwatering this plant can cause root issues, and stems to turn yellow. If plants are outside in the summer, try to keep away from an automatic sprinkling system where they could get too much water.
Fertilize: During the growing season (April to August), fertilize with a liquid fertilizer once a month.
Monstera or split-leaf philodendrons are popular house plants that add some Caribbean flair to your home. These plants come in a variety of sizes and are easy to grow.
Light: Monstera like bright light, making them great for brightly lit bathrooms and kitchens. Keep them away from direct sunlight, but the brighter the space the better. If your Monstera’s leaves are splitting, then your plant is getting the right amount of light.
Water: Keep Monstera soil moist, but not soggy. Monsteras love humidity. Give their leaves a spritz everyone once in a while to keep them happy.
Fertilizer: Use a general-purpose water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the Spring and Summer to help promote healthy growth. There is no need to fertilize during the winter.
Peace Lilies are low maintenance plants great for beginners. These plants have dark green foliage and will sprout white spathes, or waxy flowers, in the Spring.
Light: These plants do great in low lighting conditions like offices, or hallways and can even grow with just fluorescent light. If given too much light, the leaves will start to turn yellow.
Water: Water your Peace Lily about once a week. The leaves will start to droop when it’s thirsty, letting you know it’s time for water.
Fertilizer: Use a water-soluble balanced house plant fertilizer every other month during the growing season to give your plant a boost. Make sure to water your plant after fertilizing to get the food to all of the roots.
Pothos is a popular trailing house plant that is practically indestructible. It is great at cleaning the air and has variegated leaves.
Light: Pothos can survive in low lighting conditions but does best with bright indirect light. Lower lighting conditions may cause your plant to lose its variegation.
Water: Water your pothos only when the soil is completely dry. These plants will start to droop when they need water. If the edges turn brown or they start to shrivel it means you need to water more often. Thoroughly soak the soil when it’s time to water.
Fertilize: Use a water-soluble fertilizer on your pothos 2 to 3 times a year to make sure it’s getting proper nutrients.
Snake Plant, Sansevieria or Mother-in-law’s Tongue, is another low-maintenance option for new or seasoned plant parents. Available in several varieties, Snake Plant is a must-have for any room of your home.
Light: Snake Plants aren’t fussy about where their light comes from. They will do great with bright, in-direct sunlight, or within dimly lit hallways or offices. Just keep your snake plant away from direct sun as the leaves can get scorched.
Water: Snake Plants can go a while between waterings, and prefer their soil to dry out. Watering regularly is great, but don’t overwater. It is best to underwater these plants to prevent the roots from getting waterlogged.
Fertilize: A general, all-purpose plant food can be used once a month on your snake plant during the growing season which is April to August.