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Easy Houseplants to Grow and Care for

Updated on October 8, 2011

Growing and caring for no fuss plants in your house will take the stress out of having to remember to do one more thing on your to-do list. A lot of people live busy lives and do not have time to water the plant before they leave for work or school. People don't want to have to worry about having to have someone water and care for their plants while they are away on vacation. This is what is so great about having no fuss plants in your house that look great too.


Pothos is a low maintenance vine that can be easily confused for a heartleaf philodendron. It can be grown in a pot on a tabletop, hanging in a basket, or upright on a pole. It does not need a lot of light but the brighter the light the more variegation there will be in the leaves. Also, the soil can be kept moderately dry so no need to water it a lot. However, this plant is poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children.

Snake Plant

If you have no experience with houseplants or have had past failures with them, try a snake plant. This plant can take neglect well. Shorter snake plants are available in addition to the tall snake plants. It can handle low light but does prefer brighter conditions. The only problem that can happen with a snake plant is root rot from overwatering it. The snake plant is almost invincible.

English Ivy

English Ivy is more commonly grown outdoors in Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa but can be used indoors as a houseplant also. Grow the ivy in a pot on a mantel or shelf where the leaves can flow down. You can also start new plants with the cuttings. Just snip off a five inch part of the stem, remove the leaves at the bottom and put it in a pot in moist soil. If you keep the soil moist enough but not too moist the cutting should take root in a matter of a couple of weeks. It can grow in medium to bright light. This plant is poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children.

Zeezee Plant

The zeezee plant is also called the eternity plant because it lasts a long time. It can be grown indoors in the home or in a greenhouse and is native to Africa. It is a stemless plant that can grow leaves two feet long. It is swollen at the base and has leathery leaflets. It can tolerate neglect and low light. The leaf stalks are durable enough to make it look like plastic. The Zeezee plant is also a slow grower. If you cut the stems they will remain green and healthy for several weeks even without watering them. It can live in low to bright light. This plant is poisonous and should be kept away from children and pets.


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      mvaivata 6 years ago

      Thank you for this really useful article!