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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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).
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