22.08.17

The Best Indoor Plants For Lazy People

Kira Simpson

Good news, indoor plants don’t just look nice, they bring a host of health benefits too!

Plants remove volatile compounds from the air including ozone and carbon dioxide, turning CO2 into oxygen, improving indoor air quality.

Plus they’re mood boosters, plants confer positive changes in the brain’s electrical activity, muscle tension and heart activity.

They also help increase energy levels and work performance due to the positive state of mind they induce simply by being in the same room.

So far so good right? But, what if you’re lacking in the green thumb department?

If you’re the type of person who only has to look at a plant to kill it, these are the plants for you.

indoor plants

Snake Plant – Sansevieria trifasciata

Also known as a mother-in-laws tongue, snake plants emit oxygen and improve sleep quality, making it the perfect bedroom plant. They need minimal water, minimal light and are basically kill proof.

Arrow Head Plant – Syngonium podophyllum

NB this plant is toxic to pets if they consume any part of the plant. Needs average room temp and water every 2-3ish weeks, less in winter. When it grows too large you can re-pot and take cuttings to create a whole new plant.

Rubber Fig – Ficus elastica

Rubber plants are not only super hardy, they also rank high on the list of house plants that eliminate toxins from your home. A little water, the occasional spritz of water on the leaves and wipe with a cloth every few months, these babies will give you all the love you need for very little in return.

Spider Plant – Chlorophytum comosum

This pretty hanging plant is awesome at removing carbon monoxide from the air, they’re also perfect for bathrooms because they like humidity. A weekly water is all that’s needed to keep the spider plant alive.

Corn Plant –  Dracaena massangeana

The corn plant are excellent air purifiers. A small weekly water is sufficient to keep them happy and they grow slowly, so no need to re-pot for several years. If your house is prone to dust, the leaves will need a wipe down with a damp cloth every 2-3 months.

Most succulents

Succulents need the least amount of water of any indoor plant.Ideal if you’re the forgetful type. They’s so hardy, you can drop them and shatter the entire plant then just replant the leaves in a little soil. They are kill proof.

Kira Simpson

Founder + Director of The Green Hub, an urban green living advocate and coffee obsessive. She believes there is no one size fits all green lifestyle and we can all live more sustainably in a way that fits in with each of our unique lifestyles.