House Plant Ideas

Many people enjoy houseplants, but are convinced they need a green thumb to care for them. You don't necessarily need a green thumb to enjoy plants in your house. Many easy-care houseplants exist that even the blackest thumb can successfully raise. If you can remember not to overwater, you qualify as a good candidate for houseplant parent. The best idea for a new houseplant parent is to adopt easy-care plants at first, and try some flowering houseplants as well.

Cast-Iron Plant

Cast-Iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) tolerates any light conditions, making it a great first plant for novice houseplant owners. Even an occasional missed watering won't kill this hardy plant--but over-watering will. Let it dry out between waterings. It thrives in all house temperatures and humidity levels. Direct sunlight fades the attractive dark green leaves but won't cause burn spots. For best results, keep it in indirect light of any intensity. Cast-iron plant grows to 2 feet high and 2 feet wide.

Bamboo Palm

Bamboo palm (Charmaedorea erumpens), an extremely adaptable plant, prefers bright indirect light but adapts to other light levels as well. Direct sunlight fades the fronds. It prefers warm temperatures, but adapts to all living conditions. Keep it out of drafts, which may brown the tips. Bamboo palm is used widely as a decorative item in office buildings because of its adaptability. It's also a great first-time houseplant for homeowners. Bamboo palm grows 7 to 12 feet high and 3 to 4 feet wide.


Clivia miniata, also known as Kafir lily or clivia, does well under neglect. It prefers bright, indirect light all day. The roots are fleshy and store water like a cactus. Overwatering Clivia will cause root-rot, so water sparingly. Clivia bears beautiful flowers of yellow, orange or red. New plant owners enjoy clivia for the beauty and easy care it provides. Clivia grows 1 to 2 feet high and 1 to 2 feet wide.


Kalanchoe blossfeldiana, a blooming houseplant, requires little care. It prefers full morning or afternoon sun. Keep it out of midday sun. It likes temperatures around 60 to 70 degrees but tolerates cold and heat for short periods. Water kalanchoe only when the soil feels dry. Kalanchoe grows 6 to 12 inches tall with a width of 6 to 12 inches. It blooms with red, yellow, orange and white flowers.

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Brenda Reeves started writing in 1979. Specializing in gardening topics, her articles appear on numerous Web sites, including eHow. Reeves has a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from California State University, Northridge.