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If you're new to the zeitgeist-y hobby that's plant parenthood, consider starting small by cultivating an indoor garden. From there, the sky (or your square footage) is the limit! These 11 indoor plants are super low-maintenance and are the perfect greens to get you started.
Surely you're acquainted with these little guys! Echeveria succulents are petite plants that display a rose-like bloom, and they can be repotted with others in a single planter. They only need minimal water to thrive (about every 10 days), but that doesn't mean you should shirk caring for them completely — make sure they get proper drainage so that their roots don't rot.
Snake plants are indoor dwellers that have stunningly variegated, sword-like leaves. They like direct — but not intense — sunlight, so they're perfect for keeping by a window at home or in an office. These indoor plants are also known for being effective air purifiers, producing oxygen while eliminating airborne bacteria! Just water them once a week (and occasionally dust off their leaves) so that they stay happy on your sill.
Pothos plants are fast-growing, resilient greens that are fun to care for because they're always changing. When placed in indirect light, they only need to be watered about once a week, and they can grow to be incredibly long and vine-y.
They're simple to propagate as well — when the plant starts getting a little too long, just snip off a 6-inch vine just above one of its leaf nodes and place it in a glass of water for about two weeks until roots start to sprout. Then you can plant it and start the cycle over again!
Bamboo is as hardy as it is low-maintenance, and with proper care it'll continue to grow and proliferate for years. This indoor plant comes in its own ceramic pebble-filled planter — just keep an inch of water in the planter at all times to ensure that it's properly hydrated.
Air plants come in many different colors and sizes, and they're unique in that they actually aren't planted in soil! Arrange them with other plants inside of a terrarium, or alone in any decorative container, to add a little low-maintenance greenery to your workspace. About once a month, it's best to soak it in water for up to half an hour to rehydrate, and then let it completely dry out in a sunny spot before returning it to its planter.
You may be most familiar with the fiddle-leaf fig in its towering, very trendy, tree form. Even though this little guy arrives just around 17 inches tall, it can be trained to grow taller if repotted and pruned appropriately to allow the roots to grow!
This tropical plant likes warmth and humidity, so keep it in a sunny spot and make sure the top inch of soil stays moist. Another good rule of thumb with indoor plants is to rotate them every few weeks, especially if you notice the tree leaning one way, or see that some of the leaves are changing color.
Indigenous to desert climates, aloe vera plants thrive in dry atmospheres and only need to be watered about once a week. When it's robust and green, it's at its happiest; any paleness usually indicates that it needs to be moved into or out of the sunlight. It has medicinal properties, too. In case of a small kitchen burn, just break off the tip of the plant and rub its cooling goop on your skin.
Money trees have a distinctive twisted trunk and lots of feathery green leaves, and they're said to bring good luck and prosperity to their owners! This tree is very hardy and self-sufficient, thriving in bright, warm indoor climates and only needing a little water (not a drenching) every 10 days, along with a turn of the planter so that all sides get sun.
You can even encourage growth by repotting your plant every two years into a larger container, so that its roots have more room!
There are numerous types of bonsai trees (some hardier than others), but there's something especially eye-catching about the jade bonsai varietal — its rubbery, teardrop-shaped leaves seem to gleam when they catch the light. This tabletop tree is perfect for beginner green thumbs, as it can be cared for similarly to a succulent by watering minimally every week or so when the soil is dry.
If you're looking for a plant that's basically one step up in responsibility from having a pet rock, might we suggest the humble marimo moss ball? This adorable spongy ball thrives underwater in low-light areas, and it only needs to have its water changed (and a quick roll-around in your palm) every one to three weeks to keep it healthy! This starter kit from Moss + Twig even comes with stones and twigs to add decoration to its little world.