10 Easy-to-Grow Houseplants

Living in Durango, CO comes with many benefits. We are able to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities all year round, whether it’s mountain biking in the summer or skiing in the winter. However, this lifestyle can come at the sacrifice of other hobbies that we might enjoy. One of these is being able to garden outside year-round. Luckily, however, we can satisfy our green thumbs with indoor plants. The following ten indoor plants are some of the easier plants to care for. So whether you’re a new gardener who’s getting their feet wet for the first time, or just busy with obligations outside of your home, you’re sure to success when it comes to these plants.

1. Pothos

Pothos can thrive in an array of lighting conditions and room temperatures, making them especially easy to grow indoors. You will want the soil to dry somewhat between waterings so you don’t drown the plant. Because this houseplant does so well in a variety of conditions, the stems can trail eight feet or longer. You will simply want to trim them when they get too long. Your plant will continue to look full and healthy, even if after trimming it. Possibly the greatest thing about this plant is that it has an air-purifying quality that is able to absorb and strip toxins, such as formaldehyde, that live in materials in your home

2. Aloe

Aloe is a succulent that contains medicinal properties in its long and pointed leaves. In addition to the medicinal properties, aloe is easy to care for. Since it’s a succulent, it prefers dry soil. It’s best to avoid frequent watering to help it thrive. Also, try to keep it in a lot of sunlight in room temperatures around 70 degrees.

3. English Ivy

English Ivy likes moist soil and room temperatures ranging between 50 and 70 degrees. The great benefit of this plant is that it is easy to start a new plant by simply cutting a section of the stem and re-planting it. This can make for a thoughtful and easy present.

4. Rubber Tree

If you’re looking for a larger plant in your home, a rubber tree makes the perfect candidate. These plants can grow up to eight-feet-high, but can be pruned to maintain a smaller shrub shape. To do this, just prune any long stems. When it comes to watering, rubber trees thrive when the soil dries out in between watering. The plant prefers medium to bright conditions and a room temperature between 60 and 80 degrees.

5. Peace Lily

These plants are simple and elegant looking in addition to being easy to care for. Peace lilies favor low humid conditions, making them a great plant for the arid climate of Colorado. They also prefer low light, so try and keep them in a room with few windows. Finally, these plants thrive with moist soil throughout the pot and can stand room temperatures up to 85 degrees.

6. Snake Plant

This is quite possibly the easiest houseplant to care for. It thrives in a wide range of lighting conditions and room temperatures. It does prefer drier air and soil, making it a great houseplant for Durango. The leaves on this plant will grow upright and has small white flowers that bloom on rare occasions.

7. Spider Plant

Spider plants can be a great conversation starter with their long and narrow leaves. To grow these, look to have evenly moist soil in their pot in a room with medium to bright lighting conditions. To help them thrive, try to maintain a room temperature between 60 and 75 degrees.

8. Areca Palm

This plant can help you dream of being on a tropical beach during the long and cold winters in Durango. They can grow to roughly seven feet high, which can help bring a beautiful and decorative touch to tie any room together. If you don’t want the plant to grow that high, simply keep the plant in a smaller pot to keep it contained.

To care for this plant, keep it in indirect light and water it every other week. It prefers a somewhat dry soil.

9. Heart-Leaf Philodendron

This houseplant is very low maintenance when it comes to care. It does well in a wide range of lighting conditions, but just try to keep it in indirect light. Allow the surface of the soil to dry between watering, as it does not like to be constantly wet. This will help it grow into a plant with trailing stems with heart-shaped leaves.

10. Jade Plant

Jade plants are easy to care for. Try to keep the soil somewhat dry, as they do not require a lot of water. They also prefer bright light and normal room temperatures. By following these instructions, you can grow this elegant looking succulent with lush leaves and beautiful branches.

For more information or tips on growing indoor plants, speak to a knowledgeable staff member at Native Roots Garden Center today. Happy growing!