Easy care houseplants that will tolerate some neglect

It can sometimes feel like a daunting array of factors need to be considered to keep your indoor plants in good health: light levels, watering and feeding regimes, and temperature all need to combine to create an environment perfectly suited for your indoor specimen. In this article, we share 3 of the hardiest indoor plants, well-known for their sturdy constitutions and their ability to handle some neglect.

Variegated sansevieria in pot by window
Variegated Sansevieria

Variegated Sansevieria

Also known as the Snake Plant, Saint Georges Sword, or the Mother in Laws Tongue, Sansevieria is a beautiful plant with light and dark ripple patterns on its variegated leaves. It is one of only a few plants that give off oxygen primarily at night, making it an excellent choice for growing in the bedroom, helping you sleep. NASA has named it one of the top air-purifying plants.

Perhaps one of the most robust indoor plants around, Sansevieria can survive in many different light levels and is drought tolerant.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera makes a bold focal point with its interestingly shaped leaves. It joins the snake plant on NASA’s list of top air-purifying houseplants and is also a useful home remedy.

Like other succulents, aloe vera store water in their leaves, making them fairly drought tolerant. To ensure that you are not overwatering, allow the top third of potting soil to dry out between each watering.

Monstera Deliciosa

Nicknamed the ‘swiss cheese plant’ because of the distinctive holes in its foliage, Monstera is easily maintained, and its vigorous growth can be trained to fill out any space. It makes a great moving in gift thanks to its traditional associations with good luck.

Monstera thrives in bright to medium indirect light and should be watered every 1-2 weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between each watering. It will tolerate normal room humidity but will appreciate occasional misting with a plant mister if possible.