Easy Care Indoor Plants

Choose plants that prefer conditions similar to the existing conditions of your home, suggests the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, so your indoor plants adapt more easily to their new environment. Natural light, average indoor temperature and humidity as well as the amount of time you have to devote to houseplants are important factors to consider. There are many easy care indoor plants that will fit your current lifestyle and living conditions.

African Violets

African violets (Saintpaulia) are easy care indoor plants that adapt well to the typical home environment, according to Purdue University. They prefer growing in an east- or north-facing window. African violets need a lot of light, but too much light will cause their leaves to burn. High humidity and acidic soil enriched with organic matter are necessary for growth and flowering. Create high humidity by sitting the plants in a saucer full of pebbles covered with water. Turn plants grown in a window occasionally to keep the growth even on all sides. African violets benefit from the use of a bloom boosting fertilizer during periods of active growth, which typically occurs spring through fall.


Hoya, commonly known as wax plant or wax flower, grows well in hanging baskets. Hoya is adaptable to dry conditions and low light levels, according to Byron E. Martin and Laurelynn G. Martin, co-authors of Spectacular Container Plants. This is why many hoyas, such as hoya bella, are easy care indoor plants. Cool nights and lack of regular watering are necessary to induce flowering. The flowers have a five-pointed star in the center of each individual bloom cluster, according to the University of Florida Cooperative Extension Service. Close proximity to the flowers is necessary to enjoy their fragrance.

Palm Trees

Choose an indoor palm tree that is slow-growing or has a naturally small stature, suggests Clemson University Cooperative Extension, because new growth commences from a high central point on the palm tree, unlike other types of tropical plants. There are low light, medium light and high light palm trees, making it possible to find one that fits the existing lighting conditions in your home. Clemson University Cooperative Extension recommends placing palm trees that need bright light in a southeast- or southwest-facing window if possible. Palm trees require moist soil, but are susceptible to root rot, so pot them in a container that drains freely, water regularly and do not allow the plant to sit in a saucer full of water.

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Sheri Ann Richerson has been writing professionally since 1981. She is the author of 20 books, including "The Complete Idiot's Guide To Year-Round Gardening," "101 English Garden Tips" and "101 Organic Gardening Tips." Her articles have been published in hundreds of magazines and newspapers internationally. Richerson attended Ball State University and Huntington University, where she majored in communications and minored in theatrical arts.

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