Caring for plants grown indoors, aptly called houseplants, makes anyone a gardener. Easy growing indoor plants require no special tools, just sunlight and water. Grow indoor plants in a container with drain holes and a saucer beneath to collect overflow. Unless the nursery tag says to allow the soil to dry out, most plants will need water when the surface soil feels dry.
Some easy growing indoors plants have the potential of reaching a height of 6 feet or more. All these tall plants grow best with early morning sun. Place in front of or near a window on the east side of the house.
Helping to create oxygen, the corn plant grows from a central stalk and produces green leaves. The large leaves of the shefflera give it its alternate name of umbrella tree. Wait until the soil is dry before watering these two house plants.
The weeping fig, which is also known as a ficus, is a tree suitable for indoors. The leaves are small and elliptical. Weeping fig enjoys humidity like that found in a shower area or a house without air conditioning.
Dracaena marginata is also known as red-edge dracaena for the color on the edge of its spiked leaves. New leaves appear in upright groups while older leaves droop. The stalk, or cane, is narrow. This plant is recognized for helping to clean household air.
Sword plant gets its name from the shape of its sturdy, upward growing leaves. Also known as mother-in-law tongue, the leaves are trimmed in yellow and can grow up to 4 feet tall. Place sword plant near a window on the east side of the house.
Parlor palm, which can grow to about 4 feet tall and wide, prefers dim light. Many narrow blades project in opposite directions near the top of a stem. Stems grow close together, creating a dense looking plant. Parlor palm prefers dim light like in a north-facing room.
Vining plants may project 6 inches up from the pot before the leaf-laden vine tumbles down. As the vine grows, wrap it around the container one to two times before allowing it to drop down to eliminate pulling on the root. Vining plants can trail along a flat surface or from a hanging container.
The heart-shaped leaves of the philodendron will appear deep green and smaller in low light situations and variegated yellow and green in bright conditions.
Wandering Jew has yellow and green to almost purple leaves, depending on the amount of sunlight. This fast growing vine prefers the light from an east-facing window.
English ivy, which has been proven to help clean household air, can be trained to climb a small trellis, like an arc or teepee created from flexible, narrow tree or shrub stems pushed into the soil of the container. Suitable for trailing on a flat surface or hanging container, English ivy prefers an east or west window.
Some of the same flowers often planted outdoors, like geranium and chrysanthemum, grow indoors in a sunny window. Snip off the stems of spent blooms to encourage more blooming. If the plants become straggling or cease blooming, cut the stems about 3 inches above the surface. Place in a sunny, south window.
Christmas cactus blooms during cooler, dryer temperatures of winter in December or January. The limbs of Christmas cactus grow mostly outward and need no pruning. Place is an east or west window.