Low Maintenance Indoor Plants

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Low Maintenance Indoor Plants
Most small cacti plants don't require a lot of water to survive. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Low-maintenance houseplants are great for beginning gardeners as well as people who are busy and tend to forget to water their indoor greens. Succulents, cacti, vine and hanging plants as well as some trees and shrubs can do well with little light and little water. Most are available at your local florist shop.

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Succulents store water in their leaves, stems and roots, and they do not require frequent watering to survive. They also do well with very little light. Some of them, such as aloe vera, are susceptible to overwatering. Succulent plants include: aloe vera, agave, jade plant, moonstones and the chihuahua flower.


Cacti are similar to succulents in that they need little water, but they do require a bit more light. Cacti do best placed next to windows or in rooms where artificial lighting can help them survive. Cacti are prickly, and like succulents, they store water in their trunks and roots. Cacti varieties include rat's tail, living rock, sand dollar, monk's hood and desert barrel.

Hanging and Vine Plants

Hanging houseplants may be a good option for someone with little surface space. These plants are hardy and can grow with little water. They include the spider plant, philodendron and the purple heart. Vine plants such as ivy will grow well with little water. They can be planted in a hanging basket as well as in a pot on a shelf.

Indoor Trees and Shrubs

Again, hardy plants are what to get when you plan on having them indoors. Popular indoor trees and/or shrubs include the ficus, bonsai and African fern pines. These plants require little water and can be placed in the corner of a room to receive occasional light.

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