There are numerous potted plants available that require only minimal care. These low maintenance house plants are a good choice for anyone with limited time or space. The only necessity is meeting their basic needs.
Mother-in-law’s tongue, also known as snake plant, has long and sharp pointed leaves. It can thrive in low light conditions, and is one of the longest-lived potted plants. It requires only minimal watering, no more than twice during the winter months. Variegated and dwarf varieties are available, although they may require more light.
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Aloe Vera, known for its ability to soothe burns, is one of the easiest potted plants to care for. It requires several hours of direct sunlight and watering only twice per month to thrive. It is tolerant of climate changes, but should not be allowed to drop below freezing. Re-potting may be necessary every few years as the plant grows.
African violet is a popular house plant, and needs only basic care to survive. It requires direct sunlight and watering once every three days. Water should never be allowed to sit on the leaves, as this can cause spotting or rot. Although African violet needs lots of light to grow, artificial sunlight can be substituted.
Spider plants are common potted plants in American homes. They require plenty of indirect sunlight and moist soil. Direct sunlight will burn spider plants, so take care to place them in an optimal position. Fertilizing in the spring and summer months may be necessary to increase growth.
Christmas cacti require watering only once every two weeks, similar to aloe vera. Moderate to bright light is needed, and artificial light can be substituted. Many other types of cacti also make easy to care for potted plants, as they need only infrequent watering.
Cast iron plants earned their name from growing under the most undesirable conditions. These potted plants can grow in deep shade, but they prefer low light. The leaves of the plant are sword-like and pointed. Occasionally, cast iron plants may flower indoors. Variegated versions are also available.
Lucky bamboo, which isn’t bamboo at all, is best suited to bright light conditions and should be allowed to dry out completely between watering. Even if the plant begins to wilt, it will regain its vitality after watering. It can tolerate low light, and can grow in nothing but water. However, once substantial roots have formed, it should be planted in soil.