Deciding to purchase a house plant requires careful consideration from the future house plant parent, especially if you want to avoid killing your beautiful new, live in home partner. Failing to get the conditions right for your house plant can detrimentally affect your house plants vigor, and your experience owning and caring for a house plant.

For someone looking to purchase a first house plant, going with something low maintenance and hardy (capable of surviving your learning pains) is a good idea. Aside from choosing something low maintenance, it’s a good idea to ask yourself a few questions.

You should first determine where your plant will live. Although an east or west window is preferred so the hot midday sun is avoided, there are plants that thrive in hot conditions, like cactus house plants.

Second, you should determine how much time you are willing to invest in your house plant. Certain plants have long, or intensive vegetation stages (the stage in a plant cycle where a plant is consuming resources like water, nutrients, and sunlight and preparing to flower or reproduce) Keeping a highly vegetative plant in top form requires lots more work and time. We have an article devoted to how to choose the right house plant and why these questions are so important.

Once you’ve asked and answered those two questions, you can then select the type of house plant that best suites your lifestyle and housing environment.

Easy to Grow House Plants

When first starting as a plant parent it’s a good idea to choose house plants that are capable of outliving some neglect from the owner. Whether the insufficient attention is based on forgetfulness or absence of knowledge, these house plants can sustain themselves for some period of time without great owner expertise, offering the plant parent the chance to gain some needed experience.

The benefit of low maintenance house plants is their beauty and resiliency. They can tolerate slight dehydration, dry air, and low sunlight and are also less susceptible to be affected by insects or diseases. These low maintenance house plants include:


Sweetheart Plant


Cactus House Plant

Snake Plant

Low maintenance house plants do not require specific methods of pruning or nutritional support to maintain the necessary environment for these house plants to thrive. That said, when presented with proper care and attention, these species will offer striking foliage and reward the owner for the effort given.