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10 Plants that Thrive Indoors

Need a little winter pick-me-up? Plants might be just what you need to brighten up your home or office. Check out our list of 10 plants that thrive indoors.

Try freshening up your indoor space by adding some green to your decor. Although some plants require a lot of care, many will thrive indoors without much attention. Listed below are ten plants that can grow indoors and don’t require much TLC.

1. Lady Palm

Palms add an airy, outdoor feeling to indoor space. The Lady Palm is slow-growing and does well in a small container since it likes to be slightly root-bound. It’s easier to care for than other palms, as it needs only indirect sunlight. It tolerates the lower humidity and colder temperatures found in most home environments. Houseplant fertilizer is recommended from April through September.

Attractive Lady Palm plant thrives indoors

Lady Palm, left

2. Peperomia

This variegated plant can be ground cover outdoors, but it also grows well indoors. Peperomia doesn’t require much watering and grows well in indirect sunlight. It holds water in its stem and leaves and is non-toxic, making it a pet-friendly addition to your home. Some varieties feature pink edges on their leaves. Check out this beautiful plant!

Non-toxic Peperomia

Peperomia, above

Air-purifying Pothos plant thrives on shelf

Pothos, below

3. Pothos

Nicknamed Devil’s Ivy because it’s nearly impossible to kill, the Pothos plant can tolerate almost total darkness and sporadic watering. According to, it’s one of the top houseplants for improving indoor air quality and making home and office environments cleaner. It’s toxic to pets, so place it out of reach of curious cats and puppies.

4. Asparagus Fern

Technically not a fern, this airy plant can adapt to dark or bright light. It likes moist soil but requires less water in cold weather. The Asparagus Fern’s feathery stems spread out, making it perfect for a hanging planter. If it starts to look puny, try misting it. If its stems become woody over time, it can be repotted and may last for years.

Wispy Asparagus Fern

Asparagus Fern, above

Chinese Evergreen, also known as Aglaonema

Chinese Evergreen, below

5. Chinese Evergreen

Officially called Aglaonema, this plant comes in many varieties, some with shades of red and pink. Chinese Evergreens like moderate watering, and the soil should dry out slightly between waterings. They need indirect sunlight and prefer moderate warm temps and a humid environment.

6. Yucca Plant

Looking for something to fill up an empty corner? The yucca plant might be just the thing. The yucca leaves grow on woody canes, making some yucca plants quite tall. They like sunlight and require water about every ten days. It’s best to let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overly moist soil that causes root rot. In spring and summer, monthly fertilizing is recommended.

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Yucca plant thrives indoors

Yucca plant left

7. Peace Lily

Noted for its pretty white blooms, the Peace Lily grows well in low to medium light. It likes moist, but not soggy, soil. If it gets too dry, its leaves will droop to signal that it needs water and then perk up right away once they are watered. Bright light helps the Peace Lily bloom, but even without flowers, it’s a beautiful plant with its glossy green leaves. It also improves air quality!

Dark green leaves and white flowers on a Peace Lily

Peace Lily, above

Apple-green leaves on a Philodendron

Philodendron, below

8. Philodendron

This popular houseplant grows well, provided it has plenty of indirect sunlight. Place a Philodendron by a window and water it every one to two weeks, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. These fast-growing plants produce heart-shaped leaves that grow on vines. It is considered an easy plant to grow since it gives clear signals indicating what it needs. For example, if its leaves turn yellow, it’s being overwatered.

9. Calathea

Calathea, often called the prayer plant, has spectacular leaves that come in many varieties. It’s used to growing in shady tropical areas, so it thrives in low light. Potting in peat-based soil helps to keep it moist, and fertilizing is recommended during the growing season. This stunning plant comes with leaves in many colors—pink, lemon-lime, dark and light green.

Striped Calathea, also known as prayer plant

Calathea, above

Bird's Nest Fern

Bird’s Nest Fern, below

10. Bird’s Nest Fern

Last, but not least, is the bird’s nest fern, a popular houseplant that produces shiny, apple-green leaves. Place your Bird’s Nest Fern in a warm, sunny spot, but not in direct sunlight. Too much sun will cause the tips of its leaves to turn brown. It prefers moist, but not soggy, soil and is not toxic to humans or pets.



We hope you’ll consider one or more of these 10 plants that thrive indoors, all of which are easy to grow. They can spruce up your surroundings, purify the air, and boost your mood!

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