Easy Growing House Plants

House plants have a lot to offer an indoor space, providing color and greenery for a relatively low price. Gardeners with busy schedules don't always have time to tend to fussy indoor plants, and house plants can often be neglected or temporarily forgotten. There are a number of easy to grow house plants however that will look lovely even with very little care.

Gerber Daisy

A native of South Africa, the gerber daisy (Gerbera Jamesonii) is an extremely popular daisy-like flower that is sold everywhere from nurseries to grocery stores. Though a perennial, gerber daisies are often cultivated as annuals and tossed when their blooms begin to fade, though that needn't be the case. Gerber daisies are hardy and easy to grow indoors. The plant boasts thick, lush foliage topped with brightly colored blooms, available in a spectrum of solid colors ranging from yellow to pink, red and orange. Gerber daisies require very well-draining soil, or else their roots may rot. Place the gerber daisy in an area of the house that gets a lot of sun, and water as needed.

Spotted Chinese Evergreen

Spotted Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema costatum) is a perennial foliage plant native to China. The plant sports broad, dark green leaves that are covered with silvery white spots and blotches. Spotted Chinese evergreen does best in bright, indirect sunlight coming from the East, West or South. Planting the evergreen in a general purpose potting soil is fine, so long as its well draining. Water the plant frequently to keep the soil moist to the touch. For best results, supplement with a water-soluble, lime-free fertilizer every two weeks or so during the growing season. Misting the plant with lime-free water helps keep the leaves looking healthy.

Iron Plant

Iron plant (Aspidistra elatior), also called cast iron plant, is a low maintenance evergreen that gets its name from its iron will: the plant can survive with almost no attention at all. Difficult to kill and beautiful to behold, the iron plant is notable for its large glossy leaves, which can reach up to 20 inches in length. A native of China, iron plant does well in an indoor area with low lighting. Iron plant grows best in a well-draining, fertile soil. The drought-tolerant plant only needs to be watered occasionally. The leaves of the plant can be clipped and used in flower bouquets.

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Michelle Wishhart is a writer based out of Astoria, Ore. She has been writing professionally for five years, starting with her position as a staff arts writer for an alternative weekly paper in Santa Cruz. She has a B.A. in fine arts from the University of California in Santa Cruz and a minor in English literature.