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Five Easy, Beautiful Indoor Plants

Here at Happy Gardens, we adore flowers, plants and all things garden. It’s no surprise, then, that we love to bring a touch of the Great Outdoors into our homes with gorgeous indoor plants. Unfortunately, indoor plants can be expensive to purchase and difficult to maintain. To save you some trouble, we’ve compiled a list of five of our favorite, easy indoor plants. These common houseplants are beautiful, verdant and–usually–quite forgiving.

  1. Spider Plant
  2. Lucky Bamboo
  3. Money Tree
  4. Boston Fern
  5. Snake Plant

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1. Spider Plant

The spider plant is one of the simplest, most frustration-free houseplants you can buy. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, these plants were beloved by Victorian-era indoor gardeners. Spider plants are often hanging plants, so you can decide whether you’d like to display them in traditional pots or in a hanging basket–or both.

If you like the long, narrow and arched aesthetic of spider plants, feel free to stock up! After all, spider plants are one of the best indoor plants for indoor air quality… but you’ll need lots of them to reap the benefits.

Make sure to place your spider plants out of direct sunlight. Try to find a place that offers bright or moderate, indirect natural light instead… otherwise, your plant’s slender leaves could burn and brown.

2. Lucky Bamboo

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Lucky bamboo is not your average houseplant! Why? Well, it can grow in both water and soil! And it’s actually not bamboo at all–it just looks like it! Lucky bamboo is a popular Chinese plant that’s actually a dracaena plant, which is known to make a great houseplant.

That means you can decide whether your lucky bamboo should grow like an everlasting bouquet of roses or like a traditional potted plant. If you choose to grow your Lucky Bamboo in a vase or dish filled with water, be sure to use purified or distilled water. Ensure there’s at least an inch of water available, and change the water weekly.

When possible, expose this indoor plant to filtered yet bright sunlight and moderate temperatures. Because these plants can be slightly toxic, please keep them out of reach of children and pets.

3. Money Tree

The Money Tree is a great indoor plant for businesses, since it symbolizes good luck and financial success. It’s also funky, lively and low-maintenance.

Known formally as a Pachira aquatica, the Money Tree is native to South American swamps where it grows to be a towering 50+ feet tall! In offices and homes, you’ll find a potted money tree ranging from a height of three to five or six feet.

Potted money trees, like their swampy Southern ancestors, do best with bright and indirect light and at least moderate humidity. That also makes them a great choice for brightening up a boring, old bathroom.

4. Boston Fern

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The voluminous, overflowing Boston fern will bring verdancy and a wild lushness to any household. The popular houseplant is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal fertilizer, moderate to high humidity and a cool environment with only indirect light. You can try the pebble tray trick to help your plant retain more moisture.

You’ll often see the Boston fern featured as a hanging plant, but they also do well in traditional planters. Just make sure to trim discolored leaves regularly.  

5. Snake Plant

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Finally, you may want to consider the snake plant as an indoor option for your home. These plants are considered one of the world’s easiest plants. They do well in average warmth and can do well in many ranges of light exposure, although they truly thrive in bright light with partial shade.

Snake plants are succulents, so they don’t need moist soil or a ton of water. Too much water will cause rotting.

Otherwise, you’ll mostly find that these household plants don’t require much care at all, look great and brighten up your home. But beware: they are poisonous… that’s why they’ve been not-so-nicely nicknamed mother-in-law’s tongue!

Want to jazz up your indoor plants with some bright color and gorgeous designs? Consider a unique garden stake to add color to your home’s plants!

Need a little more help picking out some indoor (or outdoor!) garden decor? At Happy Gardens, we’re here to help via phone or live chat.

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