Low Maintenance Houseplants That Require Low Lighting

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There are a ton of great reasons to own and care for a houseplant. For one, they add to the atmosphere of your home, giving your rooms a natural, calming feel. They’re also a good source of companionship, as silly as it sounds. While a plant isn’t going to reciprocate your love like a typical pet will, there’s definitely something to be said about caring for another living thing on a regular basis.

It’s too bad that some plants can die so easily, no matter your best intentions and the effort you put in to maintain them. So if you’ve had bad luck with plants in the past, or you just want to get off to a good start, these are a few houseplants that require low effort to maintain.

Cast-Iron Plant

The scientific name for this plant is Aspidistra elatior, but it’s more commonly known as the cast-iron plant, a name earned from its reputation as a plant that can endure just about anything. The cast-iron plant grows just fine without being water regularly and thrives in low-light conditions. In fact, it does better when it’s out of the sun. This is a great starter plant for those who don’t want to put too much effort in for caring for a houseplant.

Dragon Tree

Besides having a sweet name, the dragon tree, also known as dracaena, has a few reasons for being a great low-maintenance houseplant. While dragon trees come in a variety of shapes and sizes, they’re commonly small, shrubby plants that don’t need a lot of love to thrive. Bonus: the dragon tree is a great air-filtering plant, meaning that you’ll be breathing fresher air in your home.

Dumb Canes

Oh, the poor dieffenbachia. With a nickname like “dumb cane”, who would ever want to care for it? Interestingly, that name actually doesn’t come from any stupidity on the plant’s part, but rather its mild poisoning effects that you get from chewing its leaves, causing the tongue to swell. Not so dumb after all, is it? If you can get past that frightening aspect, the dumb cane makes a pretty good houseplant, doing just fine in the shade and needing little love.

Peace Lily

The peace lily is a bit of a misnomer: similarly to the dumb cane, the peace lily has some toxic properties, causing discomfort in humans who eat it and much worse effects in pets who ingest it. But if you can get past the potential dangers of this houseplant, the beautiful white flower makes for a great decoration in your home. Further, it needs little light and only has to be watered once a week.

Fake Plants

OK, this is cheating a little bit. And it’s a little tacky. But if you really want the good looks of a houseplant without the downsides of having to care for it, even a little bit, consider going with a fake plants. If you pick the right ones, your guests won’t even realize – that is, until they look closely.

Even if you don’t have the greenest thumb, these plants will still do well under your care. They won’t keep you company like a puppy or a cat will, but on the other hand, they don’t really take much, which is perfect if you don’t have the time or inclination to care for a pet.

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