Some plants are just characteristically easier to grow than others. They require less maintenance and take to most soils and lighting. Those plants with these traits are well suited for a beginner gardener wishing to grow them indoors. Choices for easy plants to grow indoors can include foliage-only plants, flower plants and even succulents and cacti.
Pineapple, or Ananas comosus, is from the Bromeliaceae, or pineapple (bromeliad), family. Stiff leaves are 3 feet long and a 12-inch cone of purple flowers appears in summer. These will give way to the fruits, red or yellow in color, about 12 inches long and up to 14 pounds. This is the same pineapple you can purchase in the produce section. Plant the perennial pineapple in full sun and moderate humidity for fruits or partial shade for foliage. It needs a bright location inside the house.
The perennial Gerbera daisy, or Gerbera jamesonii, is from the Asteraceae/Compositae, or aster/daisy, family. Leaves are 8 to 10 inches long and flowers are 2.5 to 4 inches wide on 12- to 18-inch stems. Flowers can be a variety of colors. Plant a Gerber daisy in well-drained soil in full sun and propagate via clump division or by seed.
Grape hyacinth, or muscari spp., is from the Liliaceae, or lily, family. It is also a perennial. It has strap-like leaves 6 to 10 inches long with blue cone-shaped clusters of flowers 1 inch long. Plant a grape hyacinth in well-drained soil and in full sun. Propagate via offsets or by seed. Many will be able to self sow.
Flame nettle, or Coleus x hybridus, is from the Lamiaceae/Labiatae, or mint, family. It is a fast-growing annual or perennial depending on growth habit. Leaves are 1 to 8 inches long on a plant that reaches 1 to 6 feet tall. Flowers bloom in a variety of colors. Plant a flame nettle in well-drained soil and in shade or sun. As an indoor plant, it will need space near a window. Propagate via cuttings (best) or seed.