Indoor Plants

A Guide to Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

Indoor plants

Delve into the enchanting world of low maintenance indoor plants. As a florist, I’ve had the pleasure of working with a variety of plants, and today, I’m excited to share insights on some of the easiest to care for plants that you can give as gifts or keep for yourself!

So many people worry about giving flowers and plants as gifts due to their perception of the plants’ longevity. Luckily there are plenty of indoor houseplants that can not only survive being given as gifts, but they can also thrive.

Whether you’re a seasoned plant lover or a beginner, these selections are sure to add greenery to your space without demanding much in return.

Succulents – Masters of Minimal Care

Succulents like Echeveria, Dudleya, and the Jade Plant are renowned for being low maintenance indoor plants. They thrive with minimal watering and prefer bright, indirect sunlight. Their resilience to drought and ability to store water in their leaves make these succulents an ideal choice for those seeking easy-to-care-for houseplants.

Echeveria and Dudleya:

  • Watering: Infrequent; let soil dry between waterings.
  • Light: Bright, indirect sunlight is ideal.
  • Extra Tip: Avoid water on the leaves to prevent rot.

Jade Plant:

  • Watering: Allow soil to dry out completely between waterings.
  • Light: Enjoys bright light and some direct sun.
  • Extra Tip: Be cautious of overwatering; it’s their main enemy.

Hardy Houseplants for Busy Bees

The ZZ plant and Snake plant are exceptionally hardy and low maintenance indoor plants, thriving even in low light conditions and requiring only infrequent watering. Their robust nature makes them ideal for busy individuals or those new to plant care, as they can withstand occasional neglect without losing their vitality.

ZZ Plant:

  • Watering: Sparingly; every 2-3 weeks.
  • Light: Tolerates low light but thrives in bright, indirect light.
  • Extra Tip: ZZ plants are drought-tolerant, making them perfect for frequent travelers.

Snake Plant:

  • Watering: Only when the soil is dry; about every 2-8 weeks.
  • Light: Adapts to low light but prefers indirect sunlight.
  • Extra Tip: One of the best air-purifying plants.

Charming Choices for Effortless Beauty

Hens and Chicks and Aloe Vera plants are among the easiest succulents to care for, requiring minimal watering and thriving in well-draining soil with plenty of sunlight. Their ability to store water in their leaves and adapt to varying light conditions makes them forgiving and ideal plants for beginners or those seeking low maintenance indoor plants.

Hens and Chicks:

  • Watering: Minimal; allow soil to dry completely.
  • Light: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Extra Tip: These are perfect for creating a succulent garden.

Aloe Vera:

  • Watering: Deep but infrequent.
  • Light: Bright, indirect sunlight or artificial light.
  • Extra Tip: Aloe Vera has medicinal properties, great for skin care.

Vibrant Yet Forgiving Varieties

Roseum and Stonecrop plants are renowned for their easy care, requiring only occasional watering and thriving best in bright, indirect sunlight. These succulents are particularly forgiving, adapting well to various environments and perfect for those seeking low maintenance indoor plants that provide visually appealing greenery.


  • Watering: Keep soil slightly moist.
  • Light: Bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Extra Tip: Perfect for adding a splash of color indoors.


  • Watering: Allow soil to dry between waterings.
  • Light: Prefers full sun.
  • Extra Tip: These succulents are great for hanging baskets.

Elegant and Easy-to-Care-for Orchids

White Phalaenopsis Orchids, while slightly more delicate than typical succulents, are still relatively easy to care for, needing just a weekly watering and a consistent environment with moderate, indirect light. Their preference for high humidity and stable temperatures makes them great low maintenance indoor plants for gardeners who can provide a bit more attention to their environmental needs.

White Phalaenopsis Orchids

  • Watering: Once a week; avoid waterlogging.
  • Light: Moderate, indirect sunlight.
  • Extra Tip: High humidity and consistent temperatures are key.

Peaceful and Purifying – Low Effort Beauty

Peace Lilies are low maintenance indoor plants that are also adaptable, thriving in low to medium light conditions and requiring only consistent moisture in the soil, without being waterlogged. Their ability to purify the air and resilience in various indoor environments make them a popular choice for those seeking an easy-to-care-for and beneficial houseplant.

Peace Lilly:

  • Watering: Keep soil moist, but not wet.
  • Light: Thrives in low to medium light.
  • Extra Tip: Known for purifying the air and easy to bloom.

Seasonal Splendor with Simple Care

Christmas Cacti are easy to care for, requiring regular watering during their growing season and less frequent watering in winter, along with bright, indirect light. Their reputation for being low maintenance indoor plants and their stunning holiday blooms make them a festive and hassle-free addition to any indoor plant collection.

Christmas Cactus:

  • Watering: Regular watering during growing season; reduce in winter.
  • Light: Bright, indirect light.
  • Extra Tip: Blooms beautifully around the holidays with minimal effort.

Indoor Plants as Easy Gifts

These plants can bring immense joy into a home, not just as gifts but as living beings that enhance the environment and well-being. Understanding their basic needs and providing consistent care is key to thriving houseplants. Remember, less is often more when it comes to watering these beauties.

For those who feel they have a ‘black thumb’, fear not. Plants like the ZZ Plant, Snake Plant, and Aloe Vera are incredibly forgiving and are a great starting point when looking for low maintenance indoor plants. As confidence grows, one can experiment with others like the delicate Phalaenopsis Orchids or the festive Christmas Cactus.

Bringing nature indoors doesn’t have to be a daunting task. These low maintenance indoor plants are perfect for busy lifestyles, small spaces, or for those just starting their plant journey.

They ask for so little yet give back so much in terms of beauty, air quality, and even a sense of accomplishment, making dish garden plants and botanicals the perfect gift for plant-lovers of all kinds.