7 Easiest Houseplants for Busy Moms
There's no doubt about it, houseplants have the power to bring positive energy to your space. From the scientific benefits of air purifying and increased oxygen to the emotional impact of bringing the outdoors in, plants are a wonderful way to raise the vibe of your home. But when you're already overwhelmed with keeping the tiny humans alive and well, high maintenance plants aren't the most practical way to go. So here are 7 of the easiest houseplants for busy moms to enjoy:
Snake Plant (Dracaena trifasciata)
Sometimes called a "Mother-In-Law's Tongue", the snake plant is an excellent low maintenance addition to your home. These beauties prefer indirect light and can even survive in that corner of your home that gets very little. We've got two in our bathroom, the only room in the house that receives no natural light, and they are are doing just fine! Just allow their soil to fully dry out between watering, as snake plants don't like to hang out in overly soggy soil. Breathe deeply and enjoy, as they are some of the best air purifying houseplants out there!
Pothos Vine (Epipremnum aureum)
There are many varieties of these lovely plant, sometimes referred to as "Devil's Ivy". The good news? All of them do well in a variety of light conditions, but expect growth to occur faster in areas of more sunlight. They are hard to kill, and give you warning signs of being quite droopy should you forget about them. Just throw a little water their way and they perk right back up! From the classic "Golden" and its variegated leaves to the "Marble Queen" or "Neon" varieties, there's sure to be a Pothos that strikes you. And fun fact... they are very easily propagated to share plant babies with family or friends. Keep them away from the mouths of your kiddos, dogs, or cats as they can cause some serious discomfort if consumed.
Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
Also called a ribbon plant, this easy-to-care-for plant friend is a gorgeous choice for plant hangers as it fills out lusciously. Give it bright but indirect light and keep the soil well-drained and it will happily produce shoots that look a bit like green spiders. Let them be, or cut these little ones to propagate and share!
There is an expansive selection of succulent varieties, from the popular Hen & Chicks or the stately Jade to the useful Aloe. Succulents can be a fun and visually appealing option to enjoy and are about as low maintenance as you can get! No really, put these plants in the brightest and sunniest spot you've got and FORGET about them. They require very little water (remember they're native to desert conditions). Just remember to pot and repot them in soil specifically for succulents or cacti, as a traditional blend of houseplant soil holds too much moisture and contains more nitrogen than they prefer. No soil for them to be found? Just mix two parts houseplant potting soil, two parts sand, and one part perlite and you've got the perfect blend to keep them happy.
ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia)
Also called a "Welcome Plant" or "Zanzibar Gem", this gorgeous air purifier is one of my favorites. It has thick and shiny leaves on gracefully arching stems and loves those low light spots in your home. Give it well-draining soil and don't dote on it too much, as it tolerates neglect well. If you enjoy something unique, check out the "Raven" variety. With its dark, almost black leaves contrasting brilliantly with any new shoots of bright neon green this one is sure to stand out and is a favorite in my own home.
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
A full and flowering plant, this one is incredibly easy to care for because it is quite dramatic if not in desired conditions. Peace lilies prefer damp soil and if their soil dries out the leaves will become limp and droopy. Even if they appear to no longer be living, throw some water in their pot and watch them bounce back to their full stature within 24 hours! Keep them sufficiently watered and in indirect or filtered light to enjoy their stately blooms.
Ponytail Palm (Beaucarnea recurvata)
Also called an "Elephant's Foot" due to the shape of its bulbous stem, this plant is incredibly tolerant. It prefers bright light, but will survive in lower light conditions as well. Just don't over water these Mexico natives, as they are prone to root rot if in soggy soil. Plant this slow-growing plant in the same soil mentioned above for succulents.
Hope you enjoy one or all of these air-purifying, emotion-regulating, vibe-raising houseplants in your space! Let me know your favorite below, or suggest another low-maintenance plant friend that wasn't mentioned.
Love & Healing,