I should begin by saying that I’m no gardening expert. I doubt that I’d ever be described as having a green thumb, BUT, I’m a sucker for in-house plants, always have been, ever since I was a scrawny preteen whose only chore was to ensure that all the plants on the veranda were watered (good times). I have dreams of a lily garden, but until I can make that happen, I’ll start by training my fingers with low maintenance indoor plants and herbs.
So if you too would like a little green in your apartment, but are scared that there’ll die long before you get a chance to celebrate their one month anniversary, or maybe you’ve tried the route of the faux plant and bought out all of Whatnots potted plants and feel ready for the next step, I’ve out together a short list of indoor plants that will not only bring in some green to your apartment and purify the air, but is also so low maintenance even the brownest thumb can take a swing at it.
- Sansevieria (Mother-in-law’s tongue, Snake plant, Viper’s bowstring hemp)
The snake plant is almost indestructible. It is a great houseplant that prefers indirect light and minimal watering. With it’s pointy leaves and evergreen quality, it’s a great first choice for your indoor garden.
- Dracaena reflexa (Song of India, Pleomele)
For an indoor plant, the Song of India has a lot of colour. The bright yellow is definitely a mood lifter.Medium light and moderate watering are all this gorgeous plant needs to survive.
- Aloe Vera
This fast growing decorative succulent also doubles as a soothing gel. Low maintenance, plenty benefits. Just be sure to give it as much natural light as possible.
- Fiddle Leaf Fig
This plant gets a lot of Pinterest love, and with good reason too. Indirect light, little water and a lot of space to flourish, and you’re good to go.
- Yucca Elephantipes
Lots of bright direct light and moderate watering is all the TLC this beauty needs. It does really well in the tropics so you’re all set.
- Weeping Fig
- Bird’s Nest Fern
For the graceful, elegant look, the Bird’s nest fern is it! Thriving off moderate light and moisture, it’s pretty much easy to look after. They double in size over time, so can be moved outdoors whenever you’re ready, or trim leaves to keep indoors if you’re in a tiny apartment.
If you have the space and want to go for some tropical indoor plants like these ones below, there are a few you could try here.
All of these plants I’ve seen some version of in the local nurseries around Lagos and there are tons more. I’m pretty sure some of the road side ones would be able to help you with plants that’ll work best for you if you ask.
Do you have indoor plants and want to share some tips with us? Please share in the comments.
The weekend is a good time to start your indoor garden, don’t you think? Happy planting!