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    22 Low Maintenance Houseplants You Can Order Online

    All's forgiven even if you forget to water 'em for a week or two.

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    1. A red Chinese evergreen with bold leaves that'll add an eye-catching pop of color on a side table (preferably right by a sunny window so you won't even have to worry about moving it around to catch the most light). You just have to water it about once a week when the top of the soil feels dry.

    The plant with long reddish-green leaves on a table

    Promising review: "This is my first order from Costa Farms and the first live anything I’ve ordered over the internet or had shipped via United Parcel Service. The plant came in an appropriately sized box and packaged in a manner that protected the plant. Not one leaf was broken and there was not a grain of soil spilled. The plant is beautiful and only needed a little watering. I’ve only had the plant a week and a few days and several new plants are coming up through the surface of the soil. Costa Farms and their plants will make nice gifts for loved ones and they are a lot less expensive than sending fresh cut flowers that are going to cost you about $75 and the flowers die after a week." —Bill In Spokane

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99.

    2. This medium-sized prickly pear cactus because it has an adorable charm that'll just ~grow~ on ya. It's native to the hot deserts of South America, Central America, and southern North America, so a sunny spot in your home will help this bloom. And like other cacti, you only need to water this once every two to four weeks.

    The small cactus with four paddle-like pads growing on top of each other in a blue pot

    Get it from Bloomscape for $80 (available in five pot colors).

    3. This medium-sized parlor palm that'll continue to grace your home with lush, wispy leaves whether you have a brightly lit or super dim space — it's pretty adaptable. Because this plant loves nice, moist soil, the brighter the light, the more you have to water it.

    The plant with slim stems and long, thin leaves in a plain blue pot

    Get it from Bloomscape for $65 (available in five pot colors).

    4. A ZZ plant because it'll just keep on growing even while you catch some Zzzs — it can tolerate low light so it's great for beginners who don't want to have to set up any fancy artificial lights or anything. In fact, you should keep it out of direct sunlight and only water it once every three to four weeks.

    The plant in a cream-colored pot with multiple small leaves on each skinny stem
    The Sill

    Get it from The Sill for $44+ (available in two sizes, five pot colors, and five pot styles).

    5. A pothos hanging plant that's so pretty you'll want to look at it all day, but rest assured that you totally won't have to! You only need to water it when its leaves start looking droopy (just once every couple of weeks).

    The small plant with large light green leaves in a white, rounded bottom hanging planter

    It also grows best in moderate or low indirect sunlight and can tolerate a range of temperatures from 55 to 85 degrees.

    Get it from for $38.24 (originally $44.99).

    6. A hedgehog aloe plant – it'll totally forgive you if you forget to water it for a week or two. It's a succulent that just requires bright light and water only when the soil feels dry or crispy.

    A model holding the small, white pot with the spiky hedgehog aloe in it

    FYI, you should try to keep this plant away from your curious furry friends who may try to bite it — it's known to cause mouth irritation or give pets a digestive reaction.

    Get it from Bloomscape for $35 (available in five pot colors).

    7. This spider plant that's actually much less intimidating despite its scary-sounding name. It does well with indirect or artificial light so it should be able to adapt to any part of your home. Just touch the soil before watering since you don't want to water it if the soil is already quite damp.

    A reviewer showing their small plant with long green leaves

    Promising review: "I purchased this plant several months ago (possibly over a year ago). It arrived in good condition. I have it hanging on our bathroom window and water it a little more than the description says and it's thriving really well! It has grown five times its size and even threw out a new shot! Now I have two spider plants!" —Camille

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    8. A bromeliad plant to offer maximum space beautification with minimum care — place it by an east or west-facing window and water it when the soil feels dry. As the plant matures, it'll actually begin to fade and die but the new baby bromeliads growing by the base will grow to be strong replacements.

    A reviewer showing the large plant with long, slim leaves shooting out and a pink flower coming out of the top

    Promising review: "I didn’t have time to open the box the day it arrived, it sustained after another day in plastic. I was surprised at how well it maintained. The colors were vibrant, as if I just picked it up from a local farm. The pot it came with was a huge plus, a much-needed accent for NYC living. I feel like I can breathe a little lighter already. Ordering online saved me a trip I didn’t have time for." —alex

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in two sizes, two colors, and two pot colors).

    9. This set of five tiny air plants that are so easy to take care of that you don't even need soil to help them thrive! Dunk 'em in room temperature water for around 10 minutes every two weeks, gently shake off the excess, and return them to their DIY terrarium home.

    A reviewer holding a tiny potted, spiky air plant the size of their hand

    Promising review: "This was my first plant, and air plant, purchase online. I can't lie, I was a touch skeptical. The box arrived on time and five plants were neatly placed in a small box. Considering they were shipped, I was quite pleased with their initial appearance. I popped them in water for a few hours, and by then next day they looked AMAZING! All spread out and beautiful! All five were very similar in size and shape. I would definitely recommend Franks Bliss Gardens! Thanks for the house is now more green!" —Andre Boo

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    10. Or a set of five little succulents already rooted in pots so you won't have to do any transferring yourself until you're ready.

    A reviewer showing six small assorted succulents in pots

    Promising review: "I ordered these succulents over a month back trying to bring some color into my office. As someone without a green thumb, I'm proud to say I still haven't managed to accidentally kill them and they look wonderful!!" —Cody

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $20.02.

    BTW, these plants don't come with the pictured pots, but giving them a new home is super easy — just check out our post on how to care for succulents for some pointers!

    11. This mini bamboo plant that's small enough for your tiny desk or coffee table. It needs up to four hours of natural sunlight per day, but otherwise you'll need to water it just once a week or when the top of the soil feels dry.

    The small bamboo plant in a slim, white pot with leaves growing from the shoots

    Get it from for $39.99.

    12. This juniper bonsai – it'll restore your tranquility if only because you won't have to stress out over watering this frequently; you only need to do so when the soil feels dry. Other than that, you just gotta set it in bright sunlight to keep this tiny tree happy.

    A medium bonsai tree in a wide white-gray pot with dirt

    Get it from for $44.99+ (available in two sizes).

    13. A rattlesnake plant since its beauty and health kind of lie in its lush green leaves. This 'lil guy doesn't need too much light and it looooves humidity (in other words, your bathroom is a wonderful place to keep this plant!).

    A reviewer showing their plant with large, lush green spotted leaves

    If the air is too cold and dry, the leaves might start to droop and turn brown.

    Promising review: "I'm SO SO happy with this beautiful fellow! It's huge, vibrant, and was packed so wonderfully that I didn't lose a single grain of soil unpacking it. I couldn't be happier! It's still going strong and growing beautifully in my windowsill. The first couple of days were a challenge but after a lot of research, I have it down. This plant will tell you if you needs more watering — if a leaf starts to curl at the edges I'll give it a good water it and watch it uncurl itself within minutes. A lot of people say this plant is not for beginners, but it's the first indoor plant I ever kept alive, it's almost doubled in size, and now I have a house full of other beautiful plants that are thriving. If you're willing to put the research in, you'll have a wonderful Calathea. It's so fun watching the newly sprouted leaves unfurl every week!" —Em

    Get it from Amazon for $24.48.

    14. This gorgeous pink orchid — if you can add ice to your cold brew, you can basically care for this plant because all it needs is THREE ice cubes a week!!!

    A single stem pink orchid in a slim, white pot

    Get it from for $51.99+ (originally $64.99+; available as options for a double or single stem plant with or without a tote bag).

    15. A little jade plant that'll quickly become your new favorite little desk buddy. It loves to be fed sunlight and only needs to be watered when the soil feels dry.

    A reviewer showing the jade plant in a pot. The plant has small rubbery-looking leaves

    Promising review: "I've had this for about a month now and it still looks as green and lush as it did when I first got it. At first, I was hesitant about the packaging, but it turned out not to be a problem at all. It was gently rubber-banded in a plastic bag and placed in box filled with those big plastic airbags to keep it from moving around. It arrived within two days, as promised, and came as if it had been freshly potted. I say this because the soil was as moist as ever. I didn't bother repotting it. Instead, I kept it in its plastic pot with the hole at the bottom and placed it in an open box near the windowsill where I let it flourish and grow. I also love how it came with instructions on how to care for it. For a first time plant-owner, this was extremely helpful." —Adrienne

    Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

    16. This parsley plant — yes, the type of parsley you use as a garnish — because its leafy fullness is actually lush enough to brighten up your home. Water it once every two weeks and make sure it gets up to eight hours of sunlight.

    The plant with long skinny stems and parsley florets shooting out in a brown textured, scale patterned pot

    Get it from for $25.49 (originally $29.99)

    17. A snake plant that'll slither its leafy way into your heart. The leaves are vibrant and will continue to brighten your space as long as you simply water it every three to four weeks.

    The plant with large, long sword-like leaves with stripes throughout in a teracotta pot
    The Sill

    Get it from The Sill for $33+ (available in two sizes, five pot colors, and five pot styles).

    18. This asparagus fern, which looooooves being in the shade and loves it even more when you give it a nice, humid environment. Misting it with a spray bottle takes care of this, but placing it in your bathroom and using your daily showers as a substitute works, too.

    A reviewer showing the fern with super thin, long stems and tiny leaves

    Promising review: "It arrived quickly and thoughtfully packaged. I've had mine for three months and it has new growth and is doing well. It lives in a fairly low-light room and still grows despite its dim spot (and over-watering). This is an easy plant to care for and it looks fuzzy and wild. It's a good houseplant for beginners and the seasoned." —Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A peace lily that's actually quite resilient when faced with periods of dry soil (like if you accidentally forget to water it for a week. Oops). It's no cactus, though, so on the weeks you don't forget, water it when the soil stops feeling moist.

    A reviewer showing their plant with large rubbery-looking leaves

    Promising review: "This peace lily is one of my easiest to care for houseplants. It's a lovely plant for beginners and the seasoned. It arrived quickly and thoughtfully packaged. I thought it was a generous in size and healthy in despite of shipping. Buying plants online can be a gamble. I purchased mine during January and it was an especially cold week when the plant was in transit. This unfailing plant is a pretty safe bet. You won't be disappointed." —Oregonians

    Get it from Amazon for $12.

    20. This haworthia zebra plant for a compact way to make your space a little cuter. It's a succulent so it loves sunlight and only needs water when its soil starts feeling crispy (about every three to four weeks).

    The small succulent with thick, spiky foliage in a striped teracotta and white pot
    The Sill

    Get it from The Sill for $27+ (available in three sizes, five pot colors, and three pot styles).

    21. A philodendron with large, tropical-looking leaves to bring those getaway vibes to your living room. They thrive when watered up to every two weeks or when the top of the soil feels dry. You'll transform your tiny baby into one that's large and lush over time (like the reviewer below did)., Amazon

    One customer also waters the plant with herbal tea diluted with water as "fertilizer" for the soil.

    Promising review: "My plant is huge compared to the description, and I love it! It's healthy, full, and has many mature leaves. It's been about three weeks since I posted the pictures, and she's grown many new and fully split leaves. The plant is still in perfect health and I expect massive growth over the summer!" —Julia Keller

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99.

    22. And a crown of thorns plant because you'll have beautiful pink flowers year-round. Water it when the top of the soil is dry. And if you keep it in a part of your home where you're constantly hanging around (like a desk), you'll be able to notice when you need to cut back on the watering (when there are no new leaves or flowers).

    A reviewer showing their small, leafy plant with small pink flowers

    And as the name suggests, it DOES have thorns on the stems so keep it out of reach of children and pets.

    Promising review: "It did not arrive in very good shape at all — broken and no sign of flowers. I got this in early summer so transplanted it into larger pot and put it outside on patio in sun. It did pretty well and doubled in size. I brought it in for the winter and placed it near a south-facing window on a table with a 60-watt bulb table lamp. It's thriving!! I have two groups of beautiful pink flowers. Glad I gave it a chance." —Carol Griffin

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

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