If you don’t have a green thumb, you have to limit yourself to cacti? Not correct! We introduce you to different types of houseplants that are not only very easy to care for but also particularly robust and durable.
Everyone knows that cacti are extremely easy to care for indoor plants. However, it is hardly known that there are many more easy-care indoor plants that are tough and virtually thrive on their own. We have put together a varied selection of particularly robust and easy-care species for which you are guaranteed not to need a green thumb.
Which houseplants are particularly easy to care for?
- Kentia palm
- Gold fruit palm
- Bow hemp
- Elephant foot
- Dragon tree
- Rubber tree
Easy-care houseplants for palm lovers
The Kentia palm (Howea forsteriana) is surprisingly easy to care for and, with its expansive, evergreen fronds, creates a holiday atmosphere in your own four walls. Fortunately, it only needs light to a partially shaded location, a constant room temperature all year round, and a suitable substrate. We recommend palm soil from specialist retailers or a 1: 1 mixture of potting soil and sand. Pouring is moderate, fertilizing even less and if you provide a new pot about every four years, nothing stands in the way of a long future together.
The golden fruit palm or areca (Dypsis lutescens / Chrysalidocarpus lutescens) is no less exotic and also a very easy to care for houseplant. It also thrives at normal room temperature but needs a lot of light. You will have the least effort if you hydroponically cultivate the golden fruit palm, but conventional potting soil will do the same. If you place the palm in a saucer filled with water, there is even no need to water it because the houseplant simply gets what it needs for itself. It also has an air-purifying effect and improves the indoor climate.
A bright, but shady location is perfect for the gold fruit palm
Easy-care houseplant classics
It is a true houseplant classic – not least because it is so extremely easy to care for: You can hardly go wrong with the care of the bow hemp (Sansevieria trifasciata). The succulent plant appreciates warm, bright rooms without drafts – who doesn’t? Watering is done sparingly; in winter, once a month is actually sufficient.
The Efeutute (Epipremnum pinnatum) is an easy-care houseplant with heart-shaped, fresh green leaves. It is typically set in a traffic light. It grows in potting soil as well as in hydroponics in light to partially shaded place in the apartment. Longer watering intervals are urgently required for maintenance – the Efeutute is very frugal. The plant stays healthy and vital by adding fertilizers now and then.
As a green curtain or room divider, the Efeutute is a real eye-catcher
Asparagus as easy-care houseplants
You don’t know the asparagus family (Asparagaceae) yet? Some of these species are pleasantly easy to care for and the ideal houseplants for beginners. For example, the elephant’s foot (Beaucarnea recurvata, syn. Nolina recurvata), a succulent tree that can store so much water in its thickened trunk that it basically hardly needs to be watered. It stands perfectly in a shady place in the room, but can also be moved outside in summer. In winter, the sturdy elephant’s foot likes to be a little cooler. Cactus soil is suitable as a substrate, in spring you can lure it out of hibernation with a little fertilizer (also for cacti).
The yucca or palm lily (Yucca elephantipes), although not a palm often called the yucca palm, is considered a typical “student plant” due to its easy care. The location should be sunny, slightly cooler in winter than in summer, and conventional houseplant soil is completely sufficient as a substrate. During the growing season, watering is done once a week (exceptions are graciously forgiven), in winter once a month is sufficient, as the yucca can also store water in reserve. If you forget to repot the houseplant every few years, you will keep its growth more compact than necessary, but you don’t have to worry about that either.
In the Canary Islands, the Canary Island dragon tree (Dracaena draco) grows wild, in our house as an easy-to-care-for houseplant. Without much effort, it can grow up to two meters high in a bright spot without blazing sun. Whether in hydroponics or mixed with sand or gravel in potting soil: the dragon tree does not need a lot of water and only needs a little liquid green plant fertilizer now and then. A new pot is due every few years – and that’s about it.
Easy care houseplants with large leaves
A jungle feeling for your home is not just reserved for plant experts. Even trend plants like the Monstera (Monstera deliciosa), also called window leaf, are in fact absolutely easy to care for. As a houseplant, it only needs light to partially shaded and warm location, some liquid fertilizer, and a little bit of water regularly. If you dust off the huge leaves two or three times a year, you can enjoy the beautiful decorative leaf plant for the room for a long time.
Large-leaved house plants like the rubber tree should be dusted occasionally
The rubber tree (Ficus elastica) develops strikingly large, wonderfully shiny leaves – almost entirely without your intervention. Place the houseplant in light to a partially shaded spot in a pot of houseplant soil. At normal room temperature and it is better to have too little than too much water, it will keep your apartment green for many years. Since it is so robust, occasional fertilizers in spring and summer are sufficient to keep the plant healthy. Repotting is also only due when the pot is completely rooted.
“The hardest houseplant in the world”
When it comes to easy-care houseplants, the zamie (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) should of course not be missing. The exotic-looking ornamental leaf plant basically forgives even the greatest mistake in care and can hardly be killed even without a green thumb. Give it a bright place away from direct sunlight and occasionally some water. There is really nothing more to say about care. You can find these and other particularly easy-care houseplants in our picture gallery.
The elephant foot can store water in its trunk and is very easy to care for as a houseplant
The yucca or palm lily is a decorative and easy-care houseplant
The money tree (Crassula ovata) is considered a lucky charm but is absolutely modest when it comes to its care
The green lily (Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’) is a very undemanding houseplant and hardly needs any care
Bow hemp has almost achieved cult status among indoor plants. Because it is so easy to care for?
The echeveria (Echeveria agavoides) is a popular houseplant and, as a succulent, absolutely easy to care for
The weeping fig (Ficus Benjamina) doesn’t need much maintenance to thrive in indoor culture